The English premiership kicks off this Saturday with the ‘Toffees’ hosting Arsenal, who just about managed to make it to Europe last season. Everton were not too far behind either. These teams are coached by two veteran premiership managers and have given us some intense matches over the years. At present, Sky Bet is offering 9/4 odds on Everton winning, which is a good one for team supporters.
Everton will start with a 4-5-1 formation with Louis Saha playing the sole striker and we might see the likes of Tim Cahill play the role of a second striker during counter-attacks. They look pretty good down the flanks as well with wingers like Leon Osman and Steven Piennar in their ranks and their captain Phil Neville has loads of premiership experience and will be tough nut to crack in central midfield. The ‘Toffees’ defense looking solid in Phil Jageilka and one of premiership’s best defenders, Johan Lescott. The problems that Everton face are niggles and injuries, which have sidelined quite a few of their players and the bench strength looks a little weak. Their biggest strengths will have to be attributed to the fact that the players of David Moyes’s team have peaked and Louis Saha, the former Manchester united striker showed excellent pre-season form. The Everton sides unlike their London rivals have managed to hold on to all the key players and are now gelling really well with each other and home advantage could have just been the kind of advantage they were hoping for.
Arsenal on the other hand will play with a traditional 4-4-2. Their only signing this summer has been the Belgian centre back, Thomas Vermalen. They have lost a couple of key players in Emmanuel Adebayo and Kolo Toure, both of them leaving to the cash rich Manchester city. They look a little weak in defense and their attack would certainly miss a bit of tooth without the goal-poaching instincts of the Togo captain. Robin Van Persie would play the sole striker with the Russian maverick, Andrei Arshavin playing second striker and Abou Diaby will probably be pushed to play the role of a left winger or an attacking midfielder. Or be pushed back to midfield with Nicholas Bendtner playing the role of second striker. Theo Walcott should look good in the right wing and captain Cesc Fabregas should be the fulcrum of this Arsenal tem with his sharp instincts, work rate and defense splitting passes. The lack of a proper defensive midfielder might just come back to haunt Arsenal yet again. The bench strength of Arsenal has plenty of talent but they lack proper first team experience with a majority of them barely out of their teens. The more experienced campaigners are sidelined with injuries and might just be the difference between the two sides.
Since this is the opening match of the season, both Everton and Arsenal will not want to lose this match, and experts are predicting that the teams will both go away with one point each. A result of 1-1 is being offered 6 to 1 odds by Sky Bet, and this is the result that was seen in the same match last season. On the other hand, there is a 9 to 1 chance offered by the same agent Sky Bet that there will be a 1-0 victory to the home side.