Toffees will need to be more ruthless against Chelsea

Everton manager Roberto Martinez
Everton manager Roberto Martinez
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Everton have taken a point apiece from their opening two matches but having conceded late goals when in a winning position against both Leicester and Arsenal, boss Roberto Martinez is rightly frustrated that his side aren’t jostling for top spot with a 100 per cent record.

Ladbrokes’s 11/8 title favourites Chelsea have picked up two victories from two so the Toffees will undoubtedly have to be more ruthless if they are to glean anything from the pair’s showdown at Goodison Park, where the hosts are BetVictor’s 29/10 outsiders.

Jose Mourinho’s charges are 11/10 with Paddy Power to rack up a third straight win but the home side are a tough nut to crack on Merseyside and bet365’s 13/5 posted against them carding stalemate number three is subsequently the most enticing match bet.

The same firm quote 18/1 about another 2-2 scoreline for Everton, whose failure to hold on in both of their games lends appeal to Paddy Power’s 21/10 for them to again score first but fail to win. Equally popular could be Stan James’s 8/11 about the visitors grabbing the contest’s last goal.

On loan from Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku was unable to play against his parent club last season but having now joined Everton on a permanent basis the Belgian is set to face his former employers and the powerful front man is 12/5 via Skybet to come back to haunt Mourinho by getting on the scoresheet at any time. In the same market, Blues marksman Diego Costa is 6/4 at bet365.

When Liverpool last visited White Hart Lane they ran riot, smashing Spurs 5-0 but this weekend they head to a Tottenham team proudly topping the table so a closer encounter appears likely.

The odds reflect as much, Skybet’s 7/4 the market best for an away success and William Hill’s 13/8 the highest odds chalked against a home win and that will push punters towards an inconclusive affair at 5/2 (BetVictor).

In truth, it could go either way and punters might be better served playing safer with BetVictor’s 4/6 for the scrap to produce three or more goals, although excitement alone will ensure there’s plenty of speculative cash for Reds new boy Mario Balotelli to notch first (11/2,

Manchester United haven’t started the campaign as they would’ve liked but new boss Louis van Gaal has been splashing the cash in an attempt to turn things around and he’s 4/7 via Stan James to pick up his first victory at newly-promoted Burnley.

Paddy Power price United’s neighbours Manchester City at a skinnier 1/5 to overcome Stoke and betway go 3/4 about Arsenal collecting maximum points at Leicester. A treble involving United, City and the Gunners meanwhile, comes in at 23/10 (Stan James).

Elsewhere, Newcastle are bet365’s 8/11 jollies as they entertain Crystal Palace, William Hill make Swansea 5/6 to register a third successive win at home to West Brom and suggest odds of 5/4 for Aston Villa to get the better of Hull.

Finally, the remaining two fixtures look set to end in draws. Betway rate QPR and Sunderland at 23/10 to be inseparable and Stan James mark identical odds against West Ham sharing the spoils with Southampton.

At Headingley tonight (Friday), Leeds are 8/13 courtesy of BetVictor to enhance their chances of claiming the Super League leaders shield by getting the better of table-topping St Helens.

But having captured the Challenge Cup at Wembley last weekend, the Rhinos might have something of a hangover and their opponents are 29/20 ( to capitalise. The visitors also benefit from a four-point cushion at 10/11 in Ladbrokes’s handicaps.

Bet of the week: Man Utd, Man City & Arsenal treble – 23/10 (Stan James).

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