In recent years, Everton have been living in the shadow of the other major clubs and haven’t been able to take it that one step further to get into those Champions League qualification spots. This year, however, they have been very busy in the transfer market, and have made some incredibly exciting additions to their squad. With all the business that they have done in preseason, it’s quite apparent that this year they have set their sights on being a serious contender in this season’s Premier League.
Everton are no stranger to European football, though, and have played in the Europa League on many occasions. Undoubtedly, manager Ronald Koeman’s main goal this season will be to push for a top-four place and qualify for the Champions League.
The first two places seem to be already gone, though, with the odds so short for Manchester City and Manchester United that there is virtually no value for the average punter when betting on the two bitter rivals. With the amount of money these clubs have spent over the last few seasons, you would have to agree that it would be highly unlikely they won’t be playing in the top tier of European football next year, and people are looking elsewhere to try and find a cheeky outsider.
The Toffees are sitting back as the seventh favorite to claim one of the sought-after places, and with their preseason spending spree, they might just be able to sneak on in. This is by far the best value bet of the big teams, with the next contender Southampton not looking anywhere near as dangerous, and probably not doing enough in this year’s transfer market. It is probably not going to be your pick of the season but if you feel like a bit of a dark house on the side, why not visit : http://www.freebets.co.uk/free-bet-no-deposit/ to claim some fee bets and maximise your profits. Then you can have a crack on the ‘roughie’ without affecting your other choices.
The club have started the year in fine fashion with a one-nil win at home to Stoke City, before travelling to Manchester to play the Sky Blues. It was a one-all draw for the Toffees, but the Merseyside club was quite unlucky not to take all three points. Raheem Sterling salvaged a point for City when he netted in the 82nd minute, cancelling out Wayne Rooney’s earlier goal and forcing them to share the spoils. A point away at the Etihad is not to be sneezed at, though, and any other club in the league would’ve been tremendously happy with that result.
Their latest and most exciting signing is Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea. The energetic playmaker cost the Blues around £45 million and Everton feel that he will help to fill the gap left by departing striker Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian striker left earlier this year and made the swap to Manchester United after being with the Toffees for five years. It seems like it has been a good bit of business for the club though, with so many promising faces in this new look side. One thing is for certain, though, this is one of the most attacking looking Everton sides we’ve seen in a long time, and they are going to be a real threat this year
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