Saturday, August 15, 2009
EVERTON SET FOR ANOTHER SLOW START ....
I suspect Everton might struggle today, there has been plenty of unrest at the club regarding Joleon Lescott's future and they can ill afford to be without him, be it in mind and/or body with Phil Jagielka already missing from defensive duties, also out are Anichebe, Arteta and Yakuba.
Last season they started very slowly and conceded 18 goals in their opening 8 starts and did not record a win at Goodison until November 1st. They opened with a poor 3-2 loss at home to Blackburn and then conceded three unanswered goals to Portsmouth in their next home match, if they start as sluggish this time round and all the signs are there, it is very hard to see them getting anything from a Gunners side that have looked strong in pre season. Andrey Arshavin is a player I rate very highly and he could dominate the EPL this year, he scored four times on his last trip to Merseyside and is worth a look in the anytime goalscoring market.
Aside from their FA Cup run last season, Everton do not have the best record against the "big 4" and I am firmly with the visitors off level ball.
7 points Arsenal level ball 1.75 asian line.