Had this match preview been written in the break of the Sunderland-Everton game which took place on Monday, we wouldn’t be so optimistic about Everton’s chances. Lukaku’s wonderful hattrick has certainly changed our minds and propelled Everton to the rank of a team who can provide surprises this season. Before we talk about what they can do, they have to be able to beat Boro on Saturday – and will this be as easy as it sounds?
Everton vs Middlesbrough
Most probably, this is not the case. Although Lukaku scored 3 goals and had a handful of other chances, we have to remind ourselves that Sunderland is one of the weakest teams in the Premier League this year. Although only recently promoted, Middlesbrough gathered 5 points and their only win was also against Sunderland.
They appear to be a hard-working team which knows its limits but is also willing and able to challenge them every time. Surely, if Everton wants all the points, they will have their work cut out for them.
Thing is, the Blues actually look impressive. 10 points, 3 wins, a credible draw against Tottenham, Lukaku starting to score, John Stones not being missed at all … should we go on?
They also play at home, where tens of thousands of fans will send them towards another win. At least for the moment, the Everton players seem to be on top of their game, and it will take a great team to stop them.
Everton vs Middlesbrough Betting Tips
Now, to sum up, we think that a Boro win would be a huge surprise. We even think that Everton shouldn’t have large difficulties to win, and Lukaku will find himself on the scoresheet once again.
It takes a very special kind of defender to be able to mark the Belgian international, a defender that Middlesbrough simply doesn’t have.
If you’re looking for a high-odd bet, Everton and over 2,5 goals is the way to go. With Lukaku to score, of course.
Everton & Over 2.5: 2.62 or 13/8