The likes of Fulham and Stoke City have already played several matches this season, although Everton’s debut comes on Saturday when they face a QPR team who were given a Premier League baptism of fire last weekend.
The Toffees have punched above their weight in recent seasons considering how tight the purse strings are at Goodison Park and it will be interesting to see whether another top half finish is manageable with the squad that David Moyes has at his disposal.
Everton are strong favourites to beat the Hoops, with William Hill (£25 free bet) offering a best price 4/7 that the Merseyside team enjoy a winning start, although they did have problems beating the so-called lesser teams at home last term.
Moyes’ men managed just nine wins from nineteen home games, although they could be playing QPR at the right time considering the visitors were trounced 4-0 by Bolton in their first game and they will have Clint Hill suspended and Kieron Dyer injured for this contest.
Everton can be backed at 11/8 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to lead at half-time and full-time, a result which would leave Rangers rooted to the bottom of the Premier League, with Neil Warnock hoping that his team don’t capitulate again.
Moyes must decide whether Louis Saha (9/2 Coral) or Jermaine Beckford (9/2 bet365) plays up front for the home side, with Tim Cahill possibly a better bet at the same price considering the Aussie’s prowess from the attacking midfield position.
Leighton Baines is on offer at a more attractive price (16/1) and the Toffees might get a few free kicks in dangerous places coming their way.
QPR are a 6/1 chance (Paddy Power) to claim victory and they were certainly not as bad as the scoreline against Wanderers suggested. Victor Chandler offer 3/1 that they frustrate the home side by landing a draw.