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Writer Prediction League: Everton at Sunderland

Every RBM writer predicts another Everton victory

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From the moment the Premier League schedule came out this summer, it was very clear that Everton needed to take advantage of playing largely inferior opponents for the first two months of the campaign.

After a somewhat tumultuous off-season, there was some doubt that the Toffees would be able to do so, both among Everton supporters at large and among our staff at RBM. But, we've seen confidence spike among our writers.

Last week, each of our writers picked an Everton victory and Ronald Koeman's side came through for us. Those picks were as follows:

Writer Opener MOTM Winner Scoreline
Adam Kevin Mirallas Gareth Barry Everton 1-0
Brian Romelu Lukaku Idrissa Gana Gueye Everton 2-1
Calvin Marko Arnautovic Gueye Everton 2-1
Darren Deulofeu Ashley Williams Everton 3-1
Matt Lukaku Mirallas Everton 2-0
Mike Lukaku Lukaku Everton 3-1
Ryan Ross Barkley Williams Everton 2-1
Sean Gerard Deulofeu Lukaku Everton 2-0
Tom Lukaku Lukaku Everton 3-0
Troy Lukaku Barkley Everton 1-0
Tyler Lukaku Gueye Everton 2-0

In addition to a sweep in terms of winning club, Troy and I both picked the correct scoreline, and Brian, Calvin, and Tyler correctly picked Gueye as Everton's man of the match according to RBM readers.

Those results led to a change at the top of the leaderboard this week:

Writer Points
Adam 11
Tyler 11
Darren 10
Troy 10
Brian 9
Calvin 9
Tom 9
Ryan 8
Sean 8
Mike 7
Matt 6

Tyler and I have taken control at the top of the group, while Matt is continuing to pull up the rear after the first month of the season.

This week, he and every other RBM writer once again picked our favorite club to win, this time against David Moyes and Sunderland.

Writer Opener MOTM Winner Score
Adam Leighton Baines Gueye Everton 2-1
Brian Lukaku Lukaku Everton 2-0
Calvin Lukaku Gueye Everton 3-1
Darren Yannick Bolasie Gueye Everton 3-1
Matt Williams Barkley Everton 2-0
Mike Barkley Barkley Everton 1-0
Ryan Lukaku Gueye Everton 2-1
Sean Mirallas Lukaku Everton 2-0
Tom Lukaku Gueye Everton 3-1
Troy Mirallas Gueye Everton 2-0
Tyler Lukaku Barkley Everton 2-1

  • Confidence in Lukaku remains high among our writers -- five believe he will find a goal on Monday.
  • Gueye has been our man of the match more than any other player so far this season, and our writers have noticed the trend -- five chose the dynamic central midfielder as the Everton MOTM.
  • The most predicted final score is 2-0, chosen by four writers. Three of us picked both 3-1 and 2-1, with Mike alone in choosing 1-0.

Feel free to let us know your thoughts or submit your own predictions in the comments below!