THE Premier League weekend gets up and running with Everton looking for a fourth straight win as they face Swansea. Does Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) think they’ll get it?
Swansea v Everton | Saturday 12:45 | BT Sport 1
Strange choice of live game to kick us off, but hey ho, there’s always a bet to find eh?! Man, look at the odds on this game, they’re so cramped. Swansea are generally 6/4 with Everton at 21/10 (just over 2/1) and the draw at 23/10 (just over 21/10). Where do you look?
The real puzzle here is Everton isn’t it? They’ve just won three consecutive Premier League games for the first time this season and people are now asking whether they’ve rediscovered the form that saw them finish fifth in the table. After all, they beat Southampton last week.
For me to believe me that I need to see a lot more evidence. As someone who was very sweet on them this season I feel let down by events at Goodison Park and won’t be backing them here.
A huge factor in my resistance to back Roberto Martinez’s side lies with their opponents. Swansea have had an outstanding season and enormous credit must go to manager Garry Monk.
The doom-mongers were out in force back in January after the exit of striker Wilfried Bony coincided with a disappointing January. But the side kicked on and won at Southampton on the opening day of February and have now won four of their last six in the league buoyed by the inspiring Bafetimbi Gomis.
Their form at the Liberty this season has been very good. Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton are the only sides to win there and the Swans have beaten Arsenal and Manchester United. Everton turned up there in the autumn for a Capital One Cup game and were dismissed 3-0.
From a goals point of view there’s a lot more sense in backing Under 2.5 Goals but the layers have got it by the bollocks with it being odds on across the board.
I’m going to side with Swansea here at 6/4. They deserve my faith and finance a lot more than Everton. They’ve rarely let punters down this season at The Liberty, and are up against a side who’ve lost more than half of their away games this season. I certainly won’t be betting big in this tight game, but it’s Swansea for me.
Swansea v Everton – Swansea to win (6/4 William Hill)
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