Whisper it quietly but Everton might be struggling against relegation this season, with the likes of West Brom, Wolves and Stoke City having strengthened sufficiently to shunt the Toffees closer to the lower reaches of the Premier League table.
Saturday’s home defeat by QPR was not supposed to happen after Neil Warnock’s team had previously been drubbed 4-0 by Bolton and it means that David Moyes will be thinking more about this weekend’s trip to Blackburn and less about trying to beat the Blades on Wednesday night.
The Scot has not been active in the transfer market due to the club’s constrained finances and Everton will meet an in-form League One team at Goodison Park, with Sheffield United a big price at 15/2 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to come away with victory.
Danny Wilson’s side have taken ten points from their opening four matches and have players such as Richard Cresswell (11/1 bet365) and Daniel Bogdanovic (11/1 bet365) who can make life difficult for the Toffees defence which includes former United player Phil Jagielka.
Everton are a 4/9 chance to claim victory in this match and Moyes will demand improvement from his team, which might contain largely the same players that were unable to prevent defeat against QPR.
Louis Saha (9/2 Paddy Power) and Jermaine Beckford (6/1 Paddy Power) might line up in a double-pronged attack, with Stan James offering odds of 6/5 that the home side lead at half-time and full-time.