Everton finished in 8th place last year in what you might describe as a typical season for the club.
The club is always better than the bottom half, but not quite good enough to break the big boys – simple as that.
They finished with 15 wins, 10 draws, and 14 losses while managing to score a total of 54 goals, good enough for 8th best out of all team goals scored in the EPL.
In the last 10 seasons, the average position for the club is 8th. It’s something that the fans are used to by now, but with plenty of talent in many different positions, Marco Silva should be aiming to exceed last seasons position.
Expected Line-ups and Formations
Everton are likely to stay in a 4-2-3-1 formation, similar to last year. Unless some additional players are signed, here’s how we expect Everton to line-up in GW1.
Update – Moise Kean and Jean-Philippe Gbamin have been signed which make Everton look different up top and in the midfield. Kean might not start week 1, but will likely be starter after he has settled in.
Gyfli Sigurdsson will lead Everton in the number 10 role, just as he did last year, looking to create chances for himself and his teammates.
Richarlison tends to float in and out of position and create space for a shot. Last year he took 83 total shots, which was 13th best in the entire league.
The most glaring problem is the loss of Idrissa Gueye to PSG.
In 6 games without Gueye in the lineup here is what happened –
- drew with Huddersfield 1-1
- lost to City 3-1
- lost with Spurs 2-6
- beat Burnley 1-5 (Gueye played 11 mins)
- beat Huddersfield 0-1
- lost to Wolves 1-3
The addition of Fabian Delph will, hopefully, help with the loss of Gueye as his experience with Manchester City can fill that void. Morgan Schneiderlin could also feature in the DM role beside Gomes.
Update – The addition of Jean-Philippe Gbamin will push Delph and Schneiderlin down as Gbamin is a proven defensive midfielder.
There are no changes this year to Everton’s set piece takers, see below:
Corners: Sigurdsson, Digne, Baines
Free-kicks: Digne, Sigurdsson, Baines
Penalties: Siggurdsson, Tosun, Richarlison
Sigurdsson is the first choice penalty kick taker. He converted 2 out of 5 PK’s last season.
First 10 Fixtures
Everton’s schedule to start off the season is very intriguing. They don’t face a top 6 team until GW7 and as a result should pick up some points nice and early.
Crystal Palace (a); Watford (h); Aston Villa (a); Wolves (h); Bournemouth (a); Sheffield Utd. (h); Man City (h); Burnley (a); West Ham (h); Brighton (a).
If Marco Silva can get his team in order by the time the season starts, look for the Toffees to really make an early impression in the league.
FPL – Players to Consider
Everton has a good crop of FPL assets that will likely be in most teams at some point this season.
Gylfi Sigurdsson had his best season statistically last year, with 13 goals and 6 assists which turned out to be a total of 182 points in FPL – also his best. He demands a price tag of £8.0m and he is owned by 16% of managers currently.
Sigurdsson took 86 shots, 11th most in the league and hit 19 through balls, tied for 6th in the league. He is undoubtedly their talisman and he is vital to his teams success.
Lucas Digne was, arguably, the most surprising FPL player last year.
The 26 year-old scored 4 goals and added 4 assists in his first season – good enough to accumulate 158 points.
He produced the most crosses in the EPL with 280, the 2nd highest was Fraser with 271.
His price tag is £6.0m, but if last season was any indication of his potential, I believe Digne will only build on his credibility and prove good value.
Richarlison comes into the year with a great amount of potential.
He was part of the Brazil squad that won the Copa America, he just turned 22, and he can finish when given the chance. Last year was his best to date, as he scored 13 times and added 2 assists in his short EPL career.
The Brazilian international costs £8.0m, but he could well be worth it. He finished with 153 total FPL points, while only play 2662 minutes.
His ownership is just over 10%, therefore he could turn out to be a good differential for FPL managers.
If Everton can start off the season strong, don’t be surprised if they establish themselves as a potential top 6 team under the thrifty and tactically astute Marco Silva.