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  • Position Last Year – 7th
  • League odds – 470 (Betdaq)
  • FA Cup odds – 21 (StanJames)
  • League Cup odds – 15 (BetFred)

Who’s in who’s out
  • In – Steven Naismith, Steven Pienaar
  • Out – Jack Rodwell, Joseph Yobo, Tim Cahill, James MacFadden, Marcus Hahnemann, David Weir, Louis Saha

Does that mean they’ve improved?
Certainly on this time last year, but that’s in part down to the smart business made in the last transfer window. This summer the ins are limited and more bodies will be required to finish above Liverpool again and challenge for a Europa league (either through the league or a cup).

With £15m burning a hole in their pockets from the sale of XX to City, and after the bankers have taken their cut, and daily running costs, and the tea lady and so on they might squeeze a few quid out for another forward. Adam Johnson on loan has been muted and would add some width which is sometimes lacking. Fellaini is growing in stature year after year and even when linked to big clubs he doesn’t seem to waiver. His form as an advanced midfielder softens the loss of Cahill who’s done one to the US of A.

Where will they finish this year – 8th
It’s solid, nothing more to say really. They always seem to start slowly and then go on to be unbeatable from January which leaves them in mid table. It’d be a nice touch to do it the other way round, out of the blocks like a train then the mother of all falls in the new year, but if it aint broke don’t fix it.

Player worth watching?
Jelavic all day everyday:

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Everton have been crying out for a striker for years without getting what they want, but their prayers were answered last year when Rangers went south so did one of their few quality players. If Fellaini can stay fit and feed him from his more forward position then expect the goals to flow.

Who would they want back?
Slightly harder to judge, now they have a goal scorer to add to their stability at the back there’s not really much they can improve on. But you’ve got to love the passion that Big Dunc brings to proceedings:

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