Everton below EVENS to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League

Everton below EVENS to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League

Everton below EVENS to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League

After previously seeing odds as high as 6/1 for Everton to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League, the prospect is beginning to look like a genuine reality, with odds moving below EVENS after their midweek defeat to Manchester City.

There was never expected to be much chance of a shock as Manchester City paid a visit to Goodison Park on Wednesday night – not helped by City needing to win in order to temporarily leapfrog Liverpool in the title race – but another three points dropped has put Everton below EVENS to finish in the bottom half of the Premier League this season.

Favourites for a bottom half finish are Burnley at 1/750, Newcastle United at 1/100, Southampton at 1/66, Brighton at 1/25, and Crystal Palace at 1/9, leaving all other capable sides with a chance of moving into the top half of the league table before the season concludes in May. Bet365 now judge Premier League To Finish In Bottom Half odds for Everton at 10/11, with other bookies being less generous.

Looking at Bet365 alone, their estimations of Everton hit new lows following the club’s defeat to Everton, moving from 11/10 before the fixture kicked-off to a very different 10/11 price after the final whistle sounded at Goodison Park.

Everton Liverpool Merseyside Derby Divock Origi Jordan Pickford Kurt Zouma

A devastating last-minute defeat in the Merseyside Derby appeared to trigger Everton’s misery.

Marco Silva could be playing out his final days as Everton boss

Prior to playing Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby at the start of December, Everton were enjoying a promising run of eight wins and four draws from sixteen games in all competitions dating back to the start of the season. Not only that, but Marco Silva’s men were indulging in their finest form, winning five and drawing one of their last seven.

It was against Liverpool that their house of cards began to tumble, playing out a perfectly acceptable performance but conceding in the dying seconds through an absolutely gut-wrenching Divock Origi header. This was the beginning of the end for their Portuguese manager, triggering the start of their troubles, picking up just four wins and two draws from the last fifteen games, and giving a lot of reason to consider a potential replacement for Marco Silva.

Nobody predicted anything other than a defeat for Everton on Wednesday evening, as they were also playing a side that would overtake their local derby rivals in the title race if they won. It’s not to say that they lost on purpose but it gives them less of an incentive to win, and they admittedly stood very little chance to begin with after only winning one of their last five, losing the other four. Marco Silva has now managed the three Premier League clubs with the worst record for conceding from set pieces; he presented his disappointment immediately after:

Yet another disappointing run of games with Marco Silva as manager sees even more credibility lost after past failings at Hull City and Watford. His time at Hull City came to an end when he couldn’t save The Tigers from relegation, and he was unsettled at Watford after Everton showed their interest, prompting a torrid run of results, and leading to his dismissal. With more lacklustre performances under the Portuguese manager, it’s looking unlikely that he’ll be able to walk into another Premier League job any time soon.

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Playing Watford is expected to be a big test as Marco Silva faces his former club, with a defeat likely to spell the end to his time at Everton.

The Toffees haven’t finished in the top six since 2014

Most of the signings made for Everton over the last few windows have done very little to improve their finishing place in the table, with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison looking like the only arguable exceptions. Jordan Pickford previously showed a lot of quality, continuing this sort of form into the 2018 World Cup with England, but too many errors have cost them points this season, and even the better performers like Idrissa Gueye have been shown to attempt to leave the club at the worst possible opportunity.

We can’t see any other result against Watford than a win for The Hornets in our own Premier League Round-Up, so Marco Silva’s days appeared to be numbered, with more confusion surrounding a time where he was seen as being the next big manager set to take the Premier League by storm. The poor squad isn’t entirely down to Marco Silva, with last January’s big money striker signing Cenk Tosun already being surplus to requirement, but his gameplan is having little to no effect.

Current Premier League Top 4 Finish odds see Everton at 1000/1, with even a finish in the top six places priced at 500/1 with most bookmakers. The top half of the Premier League was once a bare minimum for Everton, but as things stand, they’re at 5/6 to make it into the top half, with that likely to change once again based on their result against Watford this weekend.

Idrissa Gana Gueye Everton midfielder Paris Saint Germain

Midfielder Idrissa Gueye looked set on a move to Paris Saint Germain in January, only halted by Everton shortly before the window closed.

The Next Premier League Manager To Leave market has become something that a lot of punters keep tabs on throughout the season, and Marco Silva now finds himself as second favourite at 15/8, marginally trailing Leicester City manager Claude Puel, who is currently handed odds of 5/4 as the next Premier League manager to go.

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