Climbing Everest, outsprinting Usain Bolt, stopping Lionel Messi scoring in Spain – there are many daunting challenges in the world, but none look greater than the one facing soon-to-be former Everton manager David Moyes.
How do you succeed a man who’s retirement has been described as ‘football’s equivalent of the fall of the Berlin Wall’? [‘Market opened on Moyes not lasting beyond next season at United’ – read here].
There’s no doubt that he will have already begun contemplating the task that faces him when Sir Alex Ferguson steps down as Manchester United manager at the end of the season but first the Scotsman will want to finish his Goodison Park tenure on a high note.
The visit of poor travellers West Ham this Sunday looks the perfect opportunity to do just that, and Moyes’ men start as clear 9/20 favourites, with an away win 6/1 in 3Way betting and the draw 16/5.
Their manager’s impending departure casts fresh doubt over the futures of some of the Toffees’ star performers, with Marouane Feillani, Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar among those sure to attract interest from other clubs, not least United. [‘Moyes set for big money raid on Everton duo’ – read here].
Feillani has had his best-ever scoring season and is 5/1 for a seventh last goal in a game, while deadball specialist Baines is well priced at 3/1 to score any time in what could prove either’s final home game in blue.
With those staying at Everton sure to be keen to impress Roberto Martinez, Michael Laudrup or whoever the new man is, a big home win looks likely.
As such, there’s good value in Everton to open the scoring in the first half at 4/5 and win both halves at 5/4.
New customers using the free £20 bet they receive when registering with bwin stand to win £74 should Everton take three points from a game of over 3.5 goals at a price of 27/10.
Not that Sam Allardyce will let his side roll over easily, of course, and in-form Andy Carroll looks well capable of claiming his eighth goal in 12 games at 3/1.
Yet I still fancy Everton’s players to give Moyes a big send-off and claim a victory by two clear goals or more at 27/20.