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Everton v Wolfsburg: Toffees to win on Euro return

| 18.09.2014

Everton finally got their season started against West Brom at the weekend and the Toffees are expected to pick up momentum with a Europa League win this week.

The 2-0 victory over the Baggies ended an eight-game winless streak (including pre-season matches) for Roberto Martinez’s men but after finally reminding themselves of that winning feeling the Toffees are favourites for their meeting with Wolfsburg.

The hosts are priced at 21/20 for the win, while the Germans are available at 13/5 and the draw can be backed at 12/5.

With Everton not offering huge rewards though, here are the three best bets on the midweek clash.

Both teams to score @ 3/4

At odds-on this is admittedly a shorter price than the Everton win but the stats show it is a much more reliable bet.

Everton are returning from a four-year absence in the competition and lost at home to Benfica and BATE Borisov last time they were involved.

Goals are guaranteed with the Toffees at present though, at both ends, with the Goodison Park outfit scoring and conceding in six of their last seven games in all competitions.

Wolfsburg are no strangers to goals either, netting and conceding in 11 of their last 12!

Everton to win and BTTS @ 3/1

Given the likelihood of both teams finding the net it could pay to take the longer odds of 3/1 on an Everton win in the event that the BTTS bet lands.

Wolfsburg are also playing in European competition for the first time in four seasons and their away record is worse than Everton’s at home.

Dieter Hecking’s side have won just once in seven European road trips and are struggling for win at present, falling to score maximum points in three Bundesliga outings.

Steven Naismith to score first @ 6/1

After opening his season account in some style against West Brom Romelu Lukaku is the obvious choice to score first and should tempt at odds of 9/2.

However, those looking for bigger returns could be swayed by the 6/1 on Naismith who has enjoyed a stellar start to the new campaign.

The Scotland international netted in Everton’s first three games of the season and reached double figures for club and country in all competition last year.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.