While Thierry Henry has been grabbing headlines for his winning goal for Arsenal on Monday, the Frenchman isn’t the only Major League Soccer player taking advantage of the close season to enjoy a stint in the Premier League.
Landon Donovan is back at Goodison Park to try and help Everton score a few more goals, while Robbie Keane signed on loan at Aston Villa on Thursday and the Irishman could be thrust straight into the action against the Toffees.
Alex McLeish’s team have struggled at home for most of the season, claiming just three wins from their matches at Villa Park, although they are slight favourites at 7/5 (William Hill – £25 free bets) to leapfrog their opponents. Saturday’s FA Cup win at Bristol Rovers was routine enough, although it’s time for them to start scoring some goals at home.
Gabby Agbonlahor could in line for a recall after the Brummie came off the bench to score against Rovers, although Darren Bent continues to struggle for goals this season. Perhaps the England forward will benefit from Keane’s arrival and Ladbrokes (£50 free betting) go 5/1 that he scores the opening goal in this one.
Everton sit 11th in the table after a modest campaign although David Moyes was encouraged by his team’s performance at White Hart Lane on Wednesday where Tottenham won 2-0. The visitors carved out a few chances of their own and could be worth a punt at 21/10 considering that Villa have lost five times at home this term/
Perhaps the draw is the likeliest result considering that Everton are good at keeping things tight although continue to be toothless in attack. That is a best price 2/1 and Under 2.5 Goals looks like a bet to have at odds of 7/10 with Stan James.