Everton to test David Moyes
A much better Everton (than they ever were under David Moyes some might argue) are set to take on their old boss at the Old Trafford and while odds are rather steep on an Everton win at +450 at Bet365, the Merseyside outfit is in fact an attractive soccer pick to orchestrate a meaningful result at the expense of the Red Devils, who are still too inconsistent compared to past seasons.
Everton are enjoying a solid season with just one defeat through 13 rounds, the fewest in the league. They are fifth in the table on the back of a 6-6-1 record and 24 points, two points clear of Man U and three rungs up the ladder. So one has to believe they have a shot. Certainly, Roberto Martinez and his Toffees will be optimistic when they descend on the Old Trafford.
At the weekend Everton defeated Stoke City rather convincingly. From top to bottom, the Toffees played concentrated football to runaway 4-0 winners on the day at Goodison Park. Gerard Deulofeu opened scoring in the 45th minute to send the Toffees into the break with a 1-0 lead. Then the floodgates opened in the second half as Coleman, Oviedo and Lukaku added a goal each to seal the momentous victory – all of which fell in line with our weekend soccer picks for the Everton vs. Stoke clash incidentally.
Manchester United to test Everton
Sportsbooks send Man U into their highly anticipated tilt with Everton at rather fancied -138 odds to win outright, a price that belie current form and pecking order.
Man U are down to eighth in the table following a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane at the weekend. The result marked their second straight draw following a 2-2 draw to Cardiff City the week prior. In Wales, Man U failed to protect a 2-1 lead, allowing Cardiff to equalise in the dying minutes of the match. At Tottenham, Man U played from behind the entire match. Falling behind early in both first and second halves but equalisers from Rooney on both occasions saw them salvage the draw against a Spurs side that was thoroughly spanked by Man City just a week prior.
It’s hard to decide what to make of Man U this season on the whole. As far as recent form, it’s perplexing when interspersed between these dubious draws they deposited a truly impressive 5-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in midweek Champions League action.
That inconsistency doesn’t bode well for David Moyes ahead of the date with his former club who look extremely dangerous this season and have only lost to Man City. They beat Chelsea and held Liverpool to a 3-3 draw on week 12.
Soccer Betting Verdict: David Moyes has experienced a rather trying start to his tenure at Man U and just when it seemed he may have finally quelled the naysayers on the back of the most comprehensive victory to date (the thrashing over Bayer), his side stumbles against Tottenham. The recent spate of inexplicable results and up-and-down form not only reopens the door to a fresh wave of scrutiny but also boosts Everton’s chances. The up-and-down form namely will be something that Roberto Martinez will be looking to exploit to his side’s benefit on the happy reunion with Moyes. And certainly Everton’s attacking flair looks potentially dangerous for Man U, especially if they adopt Moyes’ trademark defensive tactics.
All told, Man U at their fancied soccer odds doesn’t hold much appeal. The real appeal in this game is to back the upset by Everton, either the outright win at +450 or the draw at +275 on your soccer picks. Both prices are just too good to ignore given how well Everton are playing right now and the confidence they bring to this matchup. For neutrals or for those simply unable to go against Man U and bookmakers (chalk it to an ingrained sensibility) the best bet perhaps is to take the Over 2.5 at -125. The bonus pick is to back Lukaku to score again – he’s scored three goals in the last two games and looks in fine fettle to continue the momentum against Man U at +163 to score anytime.
Soccer Free Picks: Everton at +450 to win outright; Over 2.5 at -125
Bonus Soccer Picks: Romelu Lukaku to score anytime at +163 at Bet365