Everton vs. Sunderland Premier League Soccer Picks

Steven Suarez

Friday, May 8, 2015 1:29 PM GMT

The Toffees have endured a forgettable season under the watch of Roberto Martinez, but they're still the firm favorites on the soccer betting odds board for Saturday's date with Sunderland.

Odds Overview
Currently we see the Toffees quoted at -125 or so to secure the three points according to the soccer odds, though some sites are offering a line that goes as high as -135. 

If you believe Sunderland is worth backing this weekend, you can find a price of +400 on their hands, while a draw is listed at just over +250 on the Premier League soccer odds board. As for the total, the O/U of 2.5 goals is seeing most of the action come in on the OVER (-125) rather than the UNDER.

 

Everton
Overall, the Toffees sit in 11th place in the Premier League, a far cry from what we're used to seeing from this team. It's safe to say they've been disappointing, especially when you consider some of the talent that can be found within Everton's ranks. When you've got players like Romelu Lukaku, Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley, better results are to be expected.

The good news? The Toffees may have lost their last time out, but they've been performing at a higher level in general in recent weeks. They've picked up four wins, one draw and one win over their last six Premier League matches and have only allowed a grand total of four goals in the process. That defense and goalkeeper play from Tim Howard has held up strong.

The Toffees will try to bounce back after last week's 3-2 away loss to Aston Villa. Lukaku and Phil Jagielka scored for Everton, but they were unable to stop Christian Benteke (who scored twice) from enforcing his will. Can the Toffees right the ship defensively on Saturday?

 

Sunderland
It's been a tough season for the Black Cats, who currently find themselves in the relegation zone. They're in 18th place, but fortunately they do have a match in hand and are only a point away from escaping the bottom three. Needless to say, with only four league matches remaining, every point is of the utmost importance.

Last weekend's 2-1 home win over Southampton should do wonders for confidence as Sunderland gets set to travel to Merseyside. As you probably know, the Saints have been one of the better Premier League outfits in the 2014/15 campaign, so getting three points against them is a tremendous haul. Jordi Gomez was the hero, as he converted both penalty attempts, with the winner coming in the 55th minute.

It should be noted, however, that one quick glance over Sunderland's away from paints a worrying picture. The Black Cats have failed to win in any of their last six away fixtures, with three losses and three draws to their name. Even worse? After this trip to Goodison, they'll still have to take trips to Arsenal and Chelsea.

 

Premier League Pick
Sure, the Toffees have done very little to warrant our backing, but they're still a very talented bunch and they're going to be at home to a team that's inferior when it comes to sheer quality.

We know Sunderland is going to come out motivated as ever, with hopes of still avoiding relegation as the season winds down. But, it's always going to be a tall task to get a positive result at Goodison Park - Everton hasn't been playing up to the standard we're accustomed to seeing from them, but they're more than capable of putting on a show on their day.

We don't anticipate it being a walk in the park for the Toffees whatsoever. But while we do think the Black Cats will put up a fight, we have to take Martinez's crew to survive and hold on to a narrow victory. Back Everton with your soccer picks.

Pick: Everton 2 Sunderland 1

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