Everton’s recent 3-2 win over Newcastle may have ended up being a little too close for comfort, but it was just the latest in a run of incremental improvements on last year’s results that suggest that their odds of 9/2 for a Premier League victory against Manchester City are well worth a second look.
A point gained at Carrow Road.
The Canaries were a side that seemed to have the Toffees’ number last term, chewing them up and spitting them out pointless in last season’s East Anglian instalment of the clubs’ rivalry thanks to two late goals.
This season Everton came back from a goal down to take the lead before allowing Norwich their equaliser.
Beating Chelsea at Goodison Park.
The west London outfit beat them 2-1 home and away last year, but Martinez’s Merseysiders upgraded their efforts this term by shutting out Jose Mourinho’s strikers and holding on for victory.
Notching three times against West Ham away from home.
Last season saw Everton come from behind against the Hammers to record a 2-1 victory and this term they once again shipped early before battling back.
However, under their new manager they managed to get their noses in front not once, but twice with one of the hosts’ goals a penalty.
Resisting Newcastle’s comeback on Merseyside.
The Toffees twice took the lead against a Demba Ba-inspired Newcastle in an early season Monday-nighter in 2012/13, only to allow the Senegalese to haul his teammates back into contention.
Everton blew away the visitors with three goals before half-time in this season’s renewal and while they again allowed the Magpies a 90th-minute goal, this time they’d preserved a two-goal cushion to make the points safe.
A victory at the Etihad?
Under David Moyes the blue half of Liverpool have won seven of their last eight clashes with Manchester City.
Having beaten them at Goodison last term they were on their way to an away win over Roberto Mancini’s side until a Carlos Tevez penalty tied up proceedings.
Hull City’s narrow loss at the Etihad has already demonstrated that City can be frustrated by a well-organised defensive unit and the 5/4 about an Everton triumph with a one goal head-start looks a particularly cracking wager.