Perfect Start for Everton, But Let's Not Get Carried Away
One game that hit the headlines over the weekend was Everton's 22-0 victory over Austrian team ATV Irdning. This was their first pre-season game of the summer, and things couldn't have got off to a better start for them. However, their opposition do play in the fifth tier of Austrian football, which at a guess would put them well below conference level if they played in England. There is no doubt that Everton went across to Austria with the intention of building fitness, but they have more than likely gone in too low with the opposition they faced when over there.
While the score line has attracted attention, and Everton fans will love seeing that in Marco Silva's first game in charge, it isn't time to get carried away with their chances of success this coming season. The question has to be asked here what did Everton actually get out of this game? Their fitness levels won't have improved for it, because it was a stroll in the park and the goals scored don't really mean anything due to the qualify of opposition.
Everton will return home to face Bury on Wednesday, and they can expect a much tougher task when they face them. This is the type of opposition Everton should be starting with, before moving onto bigger and more competitive games. When playing Bury they will get a test, and boost fitness levels, but going across to play European part-timers is no good for anyone.
It seems inevitable that Everton will review their pre-season tour and the opposition they face before they book in next season. They have to set their sights a little higher, becasue other than the media scrum around them after their victory on Saturday, the game did nothing for the players or the club as a whole.
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Everton Outsiders to Beat Wolves on Opening Day
While Everton's 22-0 victory may have pleased the fans, they are outsiders to beat Wolves on the opening day of the season. This is a game that will be televised, with a 5:30pm kick off and the early betting odds have Everton as 2/1 outsiders to win the game, with Wolves at 13/10. Their opponents Wolves will be playing their first game back in the Premier League after promotion last season, and will be looking to get off to a positive start. Everton played much better in the second half of last season, and will be looking to use that and build this summer ahead of the new campaign.