Premier League Betting: Watford vs. Everton Soccer Odds & Picks

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 6:43 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jul. 29, 2015 6:43 PM GMT

The Toffees fell way short in the EPL last season, so they'll be trying desperately to get off to a blistering start here in 2015/16. Will they take care of Watford as the soccer-odds on favorites?

Odds Overview
There is only one sportsbook that has lines listed for this encounter between Everton and Watford, and that would be Heritage. The Toffees are listed at -150 to notch all three points on their home turf.

If you think Watford will put on a good show in debut and could even challenge the hosts, you can find the newly relegated team available for backing at almost +350. A draw can be found at just over +250.

 

Everton
As far as the soccer odds go, the Toffees are not among the top six in terms of the Premier League victor pool. They're behind Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham on the list, as they're priced all the way up at +50000 at the top sportsbooks. 

Last season was very disappointing indeed for Everton, which has had a big impact on the odds, but we shouldn't write off the Toffees completely, not when considering how talented their squad is.

Though devoid of superstar names, there are some very top-quality players among Everton's ranks. Ross Barkley is one of the most exciting young players in the world, and we can't forget about the likes of Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman on the flanks, along with Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas and a number of other important pieces to the puzzle. Tim Howard has boatloads of experience and returns to lead Everton's backline, and it's going to be fascinating to see if this team can come out and play well early on after such a disappointing campaign in 2014/15.

 

Watford
After finishing in second place in the Championship last season, Watford was granted direct promotion to the Premier League, which brings with it millions of revenue. Promotion provides those lucky few teams with a huge amount of money because of the associated TV deals, so it's a success in its own right for the Hornets.

The benefit of being a "minnow" in the Premier League? You've got nothing to lose, and every single match is do or die for teams as they try to survive for another year in the top flight. That means we can expect maximum effort from Watford each and every time they step out onto the field, and that also means there could be some good value available on their heads when they face winnable situations in the league.

As far as the squad itself goes, we saw quite a few moves made over the summer as the Hornets tried to boost up their ranks ahead of what's sure to be a challenging season. Their biggest fee spent was for Steven Berghuis, who was signed for 4.6 million pounds.

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Premier League Pick
As fun as it'd be to cheer on the new boys, we have a hard time picturing them getting even a point from this trip to Goodison Park. Playing at Everton is one of the toughest assignments on the board for any Premier League outfit, let alone a team that will be getting its first taste of top-flight action for ages.

So, as we prepare to finalize our soccer picks, we feel it may be best to back the favorites, particularly since we don't have to take on a ton of chalk. It's a reasonable line that we're getting on a team that will be getting outstanding support throughout, not to mention the fact Everton simply has the more talented overall squad.

We're siding with the Toffees to win outright and will recommend a wager on them at roughly -150 for opening weekend.

EPL Soccer Pick: Everton 2 Watford 1

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