Allardyce rues McCarthy setback

Everton are set to be without midfielder James McCarthy for the rest of the season after he suffered a serious leg injury in the 1-1 draw with West Brom.

The Republic of Ireland international had to be stretchered off after an hour of the game at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, having sustained the injury in a challenge with Albion striker Salomon Rondon.

It's a loss to us from now until the end of the season.

Sam Allardyce

And Toffees boss Sam Allardyce is expecting McCarthy to be absent for the remainder of the campaign, as he told reporters: "I think it's a compound fracture which is a nasty injury, so we'll need to get James back to fitness.

"It's a loss to us from now until the end of the season, it happens in the game of football, but not often that severe.

"It was our own fault and our own stupid play in that area. James recovered brilliantly to stop a goal, but suffered because of it."

Meanwhile, Allardyce was less than impressed with the overall performance of his side, who earned a point thanks to a goal from substitute Oumar Niasse, with the striker finding the net less than a minute after replacing Cenk Tosun.

He added in an interview with BBC Sport: "It was difficult to watch that. I see a lack of confidence due to recent results.

"It's my job to keep pushing the players, but there were a lot of nerves out there which caused lots of misplaced passes.

"Some of our decisions were not the right ones and it's our job to sort out those decisions in the minds of the players."

Everton are not back in action until Wednesday January 31st, when they welcome Leicester City to Merseyside.

The Toffees are 9/5 to win that game, with the draw priced at 11/5, while Everton are 8/1 to claim a 1-0 victory over the Foxes.

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It’s All About the Managers with these Betting Tips

I’m plumping for the ‘new manager’ effect in my betting tips this weekend.
The new managers, the not-so-new manager and the already started to look worn down manager.
All those bases are covered in the football games I’m assessing.

Everton vs West Bromwich Albion (January 20, 23:00 GMT+8)

They’ve got no points, no goals and haven’t even mustered a shot on target in the Premier League yet this month.
I think it’s what they call a dry January!
That is about to change and some with new £20 million recruit Theo Walcott an exciting arrival.
Everton now have three eminently winnable home matches out of the next four and manager Sam Allardyce will demand a response after what he called an ‘unprofessional’ loss at Spurs.
Another new boss Alan Pardew guided West Brom to their first league win since August last time out and ended the club’s worst ever run.
They will come down to earth at Goodison, however.
I’m going for a 🌟🌟 punt of First Half 1X2 Everton @ 2.88 and a 🌟🌟🌟 tip of Asian Handicap -0.50 [email protected] 2.17.

Stoke City vs Huddersfield Town (January 20, 23:00 GMT+8)

There are only 11 points between nine teams at the foot of the table.
That Stoke and Huddersfield are two of the them outlines the importance of this contest.
Stoke are 18th in the Premier League table, a point from safety, and were knocked out of the FA Cup by League Two side Coventry City.
Fellow strugglers Huddersfield are falling fast and have not won in the league since defeating Brighton on Dec 9.
Both are desperate for victory.
Stoke, under new manager Paul Lambert, will be that bit more desperate.
I expect the new manager effect to guide the Potters to a home success and another 🌟🌟 tip is Asian Handicap -0.75 Stoke City @ 2.44.

Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur (January 21, 23:59 GMT+8)

This is Mauricio Pellegrino versus Mauricio Pochettino.
The former must have that worn-out look. The look that says what else can go wrong.
His Saints haven’t won in 10 consecutive league games and were denied victory last weekend by a goal which should never have stood.
An ‘injustice’ was how Pellegrino described Watford’s equaliser.
Now he comes up against his namesake, less than a month after they were trounced 5-2 by the same opponents.
Spurs can sniff fourth place and are in their best form of the campaign.
Another 🌟🌟🌟 tip is Asian Handicap: -1.00 Spurs @ 2.23.

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Pardew reports no Evans bids

West Brom boss Alan Pardew says that there have been no bids so far for Jonny Evans during the January transfer window.

With about two weeks of the transfer window remaining, there have been reports of Arsenal and Manchester City both being interested in the Northern Irish international.

Albion travel to Everton on Saturday as they seek a win that could move them out of the bottom three and Pardew hopes that Evans will still be part of the squad.

He told a press conference ahead of the trip to Goodison Park: "From my point of view there is no bid so there's nothing to discuss.

“On the other hand, we have scenarios that are going to time out if we don't get a bid for Jonny that's acceptable for him and us.

"We haven't had a phone call from another football club and that's where it stands.

"In terms of our plans to use that money if it was to come in the door, that time is ticking away and that concerns me a little bit more."

West Brom are 14/5 to win away on Saturday with Everton 6/5 and the draw priced at 19/10.

Evans was influential in West Brom's win over Brighton last weekend, scoring the first goal as they recorded their first win under Pardew.

Pardew also praised Evans saying that the speculation had not affected him but emphasised again that he wanted Evans to remain at the Hawthorns and that he wouldn't consider late bids for the defender as that would limit his chances of bringing a replacement into the club.

West Brom are 7/10 to stay up this season.

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Getting Back in the Win Column is What Matters Now!

This week’s Premier League will be Manchester City’s first try to bounce back from a defeat, so they will be the focus of my Week 24 betting tips along with other online gambling favourites who all failed to get the win the last time out.

Arsenal and Everton both fell to strong teams last week, so expect them to put up a performance that football betting fans will remember.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace (January 20, 23:00 GMT+8)
With Alexis Sanchez likely gone at the Emirates, it’s time for Arsenal to make a statement of their own and show that they don’t need the Chilean forward to win—a la Liverpool against City.
Sanchez scored a brace for the Gunners when they fought Crystal Palace three weeks ago, so this game is undoubtedly the perfect opportunity for them to bounce back. However, make no mistake: Palace are unbeaten in three and are coming off back-to-back wins against Southampton and Burnley.

I think Arsenal have enough attacking quality to pull out a win, though I predict it will be a low-scoring affair given Palace’s renewed focus on defence in their recent games. Considering all these, I suggest a 🌟🌟 bet on Goals Under 3.00 @ 1.91.

Everton vs West Bromwich Albion (January 20, 23:00 GMT+8)
Sure enough, nothing is going right for Everton. They lost three straight already and scored only once during that stretch, all while conceding eight. Fortunately for the Merseysiders, they have a legitimate chance of ending their slump against a West Brom side deep in relegation battle.

Alan Pardew’s side got all three points last weekend, so they’ll head to Goodison Park in high spirits. Nonetheless, it shouldn’t help that they haven’t won on the road since their second league game…and that’s five months ago!

There’s the possibility that this one will end up in a draw, but I like Everton’s solid form at home. With that said, another 🌟🌟 bet on the Toffees Asian Handicap -0.50 @ 2.28 is the way to go for me.

Manchester City vs Newcastle United (January 21, 01:30 GMT+8)
Manchester City are the best in the Premier League, but as what we have learned in their loss to Liverpool, they are not “invincible” and their backline can be ruthlessly exploited.

Whether Newcastle will also isolate Sergio Aguero and press the Sky Blues high up the pitch remain to be seen; however, City will still surely have a hard time against a team they beat with just one goal last month.

If there’s any silver lining for Pep Guardiola’s side, it’s the fact that the Magpies don’t have an attacking threat comparable to the Reds.

A City win is likely on the books, though I doubt there will be a huge gap as what the odds suggest. If you’re punting, go for Goals Under 3.50 @ 2.11 for a 🌟🌟🌟 bet.

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Allardyce fires Toffees warning

Everton boss Sam Allardyce has warned his players they will have to go 'back to basics' after suffering a defensive nightmare in a 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Allardyce was incensed by what he perceived to be an unprofessional and disorganised performance at Wembley, with the Toffees having trailed by just a single goal at half-time.

The visitors also failed to muster a single shot on target in the game, leaving Allardyce with plenty to ponder as his side have now not won any of their last six games in all competitions.

He told reporters: "Too many of our players decided not to defend anymore when Tottenham had the ball. I'm hugely disappointed in the professionalism of my players, it's out of order.

"It shocked me. I haven't seen it since I got here. Tottenham can beat anybody by a lot of goals, but they should have had to work a lot harder than they did.

"We keep foregoing the clean sheet to try and get a result and not getting a result. We need to go back to basics.

"It was surprising to see the collapse. That is what it was, a collapse of organisation and professionalism. The defending basics have gone out of the window and it is a question of being a bit more boring."

Allardyce has a full week to work with his squad to try and turn things around, with their next assignment a visit from west Brom next Saturday.

Everton are 6/5 to take all three points against the Baggies, with the draw priced at 2/1, while the Merseysiders are 4/11 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table come the end of the season.

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Poch: Kane deserves his records

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been back to break all Premier League goalscoring records, having netted twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Everton at Wembley.

England star Kane took his top-flight tally to 98 with his double, moving him one past the Spurs Premier League record previously held by Teddy Sheringham.

And head coach Mauricio Pochettino expect there to be plenty more to come from Kane in the coming years, with the all-time Spurs league scoring record held by the legendary Jimmy Greaves on 220.

He told BT Sport: "Harry Kane is such a talented player, so professional and I am very happy. He deserves all the credit and a lot of praise.

"In this way he will break all the records in the Premier League. The good thing is Jimmy Greaves' record is far (away), so not every week he is going to break something."

Meanwhile, Pochettino was also delighted with the overall performance of his side, who have re-energised their season by taking 16 points from a possible 18 in their last six league games.

He added to BBC Sport: "It was a massive performance, fantastic. I am so pleased and congratulations to our players because the effort was fantastic.

"The three points are important because the top four is so tough. The performance was very good, the players showed great character and I don't think we conceded a shot on target."

Tottenham, currently fifth in the table, are available at 1/1 to finish in the top four, with Liverpool priced at 4/11 and Arsenal 11/4.

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Allardyce confirms Walcott interest

Sam Allardyce has revealed that he is aiming to bring Arsenal's Theo Walcott to Everton before this month's transfer window closes.

The 28-year-old has spent more than 12 years with the Gunners but has slipped out of the first-team picture this season and failed to impress last weekend when making a rare appearance in the 4-2 FA Cup third-round loss at Nottingham Forest.

Allardyce has already signed striker Cenk Tosun from Besitkas for £27million this month but has sold Ross Barkley to Chelsea.

The Toffees boss said Walcott, who is also being linked with a return to Southampton, would be a "fantastic addition", who would offer a "goalscoring threat".

He added: "I don't think there's a chance of a loan. It's not imminent but negotiations are going on.

"I don't get optimistic otherwise I get disappointed. I'll be very excited and enthused when someone, even if it's not Theo, has signed on the dotted line.

"He's scored 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions. His pace is a key strength which we lack. To add goals would be very important for me and he's only 28."

Walcott has scored 108 goals in 395 games for Arsene Wenger's side but has only made five brief substitute appearances in the Premier League this season.

Everton play Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday evening and can be backed at 12/1 to win the match while Tosun is 9/2 to score at any time.

Allardyce's side are 4/11 to finish in the top half of the Premier League this season while Spurs are 5/4 to seal a top-four spot.

Kane double sends Spurs through

Harry Kane scored two in three minutes to end any threat of Wembley jitters as Tottenham progressed through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Spurs beat League One AFC Wimbledon 3-0, Kane's goals being added to by Jan Vertonghen to ensure a comfortable victory in the end.

However, all the goals came in the second half, with Neal Ardley's side frustrating their Premier League opposition for just over an hour.

They had a good chance of their own to open the scoring, Jimmy Abdou's shot being palmed onto the crossbar by Michel Vorm.

However, any Wembley nerves were calmed just after the hour mark when Moussa Sissoko got free on the right and his low cross was bundled into the net by Kane.

He made it 2-0 shortly afterwards when Kyle Walker-Peters got into the area and his shot was deflected into the path of Kane who calmly guided the ball home.

Vertonghen made it three on 71 minutes with the Dons losing possession in their own half, the defender unleashing a shot from over 20 yards out which caught a deflection, giving the keeper no chance.

So, Spurs are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup and, in fifth place in the league they are back in Premier League action next weekend with a home match against Everton.

They are 2/9 to win with the Toffees 10/1 and the draw priced at 11/2.

Spurs are 5/4 to finish in the top four and qualify again for the Champions League.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino paid tribute to Wimbledon after the game. He told the BBC: "It was a difficult game. Wimbledon played so well. They had a few chances which they could have scored from. It was a solid performance from us.

"The second half was difficult – they started well and had some chances. We scored then and again quick and the game was over.

"We are happy because we're in the draw. We hope to get a home draw. The team deserves this. This is a competition we'll like to go far in. In my opinion I try to put out the best side to play."

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Mirallas makes Everton exit

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has allowed Belgium international Kevin Mirallas to return to Olympiacos.

The 30-year-old moved to Goodison Park from the Greek side in the summer of 2012 and scored 29 times in 151 Premier League appearances for the Toffees.

However, he only featured in five Premier League matches this season, three of them as a substitute, with his last appearance coming at Southampton in November.

Allardyce has already allowed Ross Barkley to join Chelsea this month, while completing the signing of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.

The 26-year-old Turkish striker, who has penned a four-and-a-half-year deal with Everton, is looking forward to starting a new chapter in his career.

"We had amazing fans, maybe the best fans in Turkey, and I have heard the Everton fans are the same," he said. "I cannot wait to meet them in the stadium and they have to trust me.

"I am very much looking forward to playing at Goodison Park. I know the stadium from watching the games on television and I have heard a lot about it."

Tosun could make his Everton debut at Wembley next Saturday when Allardyce's side take on Tottenham.

Everton are 10/1 to beat Spurs and 12/1 to win the match by a one-goal margin.

Allardyce happy to strike deal

Everton boss Sam Allardyce is confident that his club have signed the best striker in Europe that they were able to in snapping up Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.

The 26-year-old Turkey international joins for a fee in the region of £27million, which Allardyce believes will prove to be good value for money.

He told the club's official website ahead of a fiery 2-1 FA Cup third-round derby defeat at Liverpool: "He is Turkey's number one striker and has scored goals in the Champions League and the Turkish League.

"I don't think you can look any more than we have done and, for the price, this is the best in Europe at the moment.

"We could not have carried out any more research – we have looked at the player's talent and goalscoring ability, which is fantastic.

"And this lad looks like he is resilient and strong mentally, too. He has a good pedigree and is another player who is desperate to play in the Premier League."

Tosun has scored eight times in the Turkish Super Lig this season, having found the net 18 times last term as Besiktas were crowned champions.

He also has eight goals in 25 appearances to his name for the Turkey national team and was part of the squad who failed to make it out of the group stage at Euro 2016.

The Toffee are back in Premier League action next Saturday when they head to the capital to take on Tottenham Hotspur, with Everton hoping to end a run of five games without a win in all competitions.

Everton are priced at 4/11 to finish in the top half of the table this season, with Burnley available at 1/10 and Watford 13/10.

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