Betting on Tough EPL Soccer Match: Everton vs. Swansea City

Steven Suarez

Friday, October 31, 2014 2:18 PM GMT

Though the Toffees are clearly the favorites on the soccer betting odds board, they may not find it very easy against a dangerous Swansea City outfit this weekend. Who are we backing with our sports picks?

Odds Overview
The Toffees are listed in the -135 to -140 range to win Saturday's match at Goodison Park, signalling that oddsmakers are liking their chances of extending their unbeaten streak to four matches across all competitions.

Swansea City is quoted at anywhere from +400 to +450, while a draw can be found at roughly +275 on soccer odds. Some sites have as low of a number as +235, while others go up to +280 in some instances. As you can see, it's incredibly important to make sure you're shopping for the best possible lines out there in order to maximize your value.

 

Everton
Since a crushing 2-1 loss to Manchester United, the Toffees have responded by going undefeated in three consecutive matches, beating both Aston Villa and Burnley in the Premier League and then drawing with Lille in the Europa League.

The last time Everton was in action was a full week ago in the team's 3-1 away win over Burnley. 

Samuel Eto'o was handed a rare start and came through with two goals. He found the back of the net in the fourth minute and then put the match out of reach in the 85th minute. The Toffees' other goal came through striker Romelu Lukaku.

The win propelled Everton into ninth place, which just goes to show you how much they've been struggling in the Premier League early this season. There's still plenty of time for the Toffees to make up ground, and it's fixtures like these that they have to get a positive result from.

Protecting your home turf in England's top-flight league is imperative to having success. The Swans are going to present a challenge, there's no doubt about that, but this should be a match, in front of their faithful supporters, in which Everton shoudl be able to get a victory.

Bettors in the SBR Soccer Forum discuss picks and predictions.

Swansea City
An incredible start has fizzled out for the Swans, but they're still right in the thick of things near the top of the Premier League. As of now, they're in sixth place, ahead of the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and the team they're facing this weekend: Everton.

The month of October didn't go so well for Swansea City. They won once (2-0 over Leicester City) and then lost to Stoke City and Liverpool while settling for a draw against Sunderland and Newcastle.

This past Tuesday, the Swans came up against the Reds in the Capital One Cup, with Liverpool having the huge advantage of being at home for the clash. 

And, it looked like Swansea City was on their way to a historic 1-0 win at Anfield, but the Reds scored two goals in the dying minutes to break the harts of Swans' supporters.

It's a long season, though, and Wilfried Bony and company have an immediate chance to get the good vibes back. Bony has been instrumental to the team's success so far this term, scoring four league goals. We can't forget about Gylfi Sigurdsson either, as he's been making a terrific impact each and every match it seems.

 

Premier League Pick
One thing we can say about this upcoming match: we don't foresee a comfortable win for either side.

Yes, the Toffees are the obvious favorites, but we're not so sure they deserve to get the nod with our soccer picks this weekend. Everton has struggled at times this term, and Goodison Park hasn't exactly been a fortress like we've seen it be in the past. The Toffees have already lost to Chelsea and Crystal Palace at home, while also drawing Arsenal.

In short, we really like what we've seen out of Swansea City this term, and we reckon they'll do enough to get a point at the very least. We also think quite a few goals could be in order on Saturday, which would mean the 'over' as a soccer pick could be worth checking out closer.

Free Soccer Pick: Everton 2 Swansea City 2 at Bet Online