Everton have traditionally been slowly of the blocks at the start of the season, but they will never get a better chance to hit the ground running in their home game against QPR this afternoon (3pm KO).
David Moyes’ men finished last season strongly and face a side who were thumped 4-0 at home by Bolton in a humiliating return to the top flight.
There is no doubt that Hoops boss Neil Warnock will be keen to quickly erase the memory of that shocking performance but Goodison Park is a hard place for him to do it.
It is true that the Toffees have often been slow out of the blocks in recent years, a trait which has often left them with ground to make up in the New year.
Last season they didn’t win a league match until their seventh attempt, and it was their worst start since 1994.
However this looks the ideal fixture for them to get off to a flyer, and a win would be the perfect start for Moyes’ 10th year in charge of the Merseysiders.
He has led them to top-eight finishes in six of the last seven campaigns, and they should have far too much class for QPR.
At 1/2 they look a must for Saturday trebles and accas.
By Dave Metcalf
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