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Writer Prediction League: Everton’s holiday fixtures

Tottenham Hotspur, Burnley, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Leicester City on the schedule

Everton FC v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Somehow, though we are 17/38ths of the way through the Premier League season, we aren’t quite sure how good this Everton team really is.

The Toffees’ schedule to this point has been almost exclusively composed of two types of matches — away to the top six and home against mid-table or lower clubs.

We already knew that Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal have more talent and will finish above Everton this season — so there wasn’t really an expectation to steal many points away to those clubs.

We already knew that Everton is better than clubs like Fulham, Southampton, and Cardiff — so picking up most of the available points in home matches against those clubs wasn’t exactly informative either.

Now, with the ludicrously hectic holiday period upon us, we’re going to get our first extended look at what Everton truly is. Can the Toffees win at home against top-six opposition, like the Tottenham Hotspur side that travels to Goodison Park this weekend? Can they win away to lower-table opposition like Burnley and Brighton and Hove Albion?

Over the course of the next few weeks, the answers to these questions will help us determine whether Everton is a legitimate top-six threat, or just working toward another mid-table finish.

But, before we look ahead at our predictions for that match, let’s take a quick look back at last weekend’s match against Manchester City.

Manchester City Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Jesus Keane Manchester City 2-0 3
Brian F. Jesus Davies Manchester City 4-0 3
Brian L. Bernardo Silva Richarlison Manchester City 3-1 4
Calvin Sane Pickford Manchester City 3-1 4
Chris Sane Gomes Manchester City 4-1 2
Geno Sane Gomes Manchester City 3-0 2
Matt A. Sterling Sigurdsson Manchester City 3-1 4
Matthew C. Sane Pickford Manchester City 3-1 4
Pete Sigurdsson Pickford Draw 1-1 0
Rachel Sterling Gomes Manchester City 2-0 2
Sean Sterling Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Tom Aguero Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Zach Sane Mina Manchester City 1-0 2

There were a few moderately optimistic individuals among us heading into the City match — that optimism was thoroughly squashed. No one had Lucas Digne as the Everton man of the match, but Brian F. and I did correctly pick Gabriel Jesus as the match’s opening scorer.

Those who correctly picked the final score of the match were the biggest winners this week, as is reflecting in our standings.

Prediction League Table

Writer Points
Writer Points
Calvin 64
Rachel 56
Adam B. 53
Sean 51
Geno 51
Chris 51
Matt A. 51
Pete 50
Brian L. 49
Tom 49
Matthew C. 46
Brian F. 45
Zach 44

Calvin actually widened the gap atop the table, despite Brian F. and I both picking up three points. At the bottom of the table, Rachel, Zach, Sean, and Tom are watching the mid-table writers slowly slip away.

This could be the last chance for some of the stragglers to get into a competitive position heading into the second half of the season — a staggering 24 points are on the table in the upcoming weeks.

Our picks for the next four matches are as follows.

Spurs Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Gomes Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Brian F. Kane Pickford Spurs 2-1 2
Brian L. Kane Gomes Spurs 2-1 2
Calvin Son Pickford Spurs 2-1 2
Chris Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 1
Geno Kane Richarlison Spurs 2-1 2
Matt A. Kane Sigurdsson Spurs 2-1 3
Matthew C. Richarlison Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Pete Richarlison Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Rachel Kane Gomes Spurs 2-0 2
Sean Kane Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Tom Richarlison Pickford Draw 2-2 0
Zach Son Keane Spurs 2-0 2

Burnley Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Everton 2-0 2
Brian F. Richarlison Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Brian L. Richarlison Sigurdsson Burnley 2-1 0
Calvin Richarlison Richarlison Everton 3-1 2
Chris Tosun Bernard Everton 4-0 2
Geno Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 3-1 2
Matt A. Calvert-Lewin Gomes Everton 2-0 2
Matthew C. Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 2
Pete Lookman Lookman Everton 2-1 2
Rachel Sigurdsson Richarlison Everton 1-0 2
Sean Walcott Richarlison Everton 2-0 2
Tom Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 1-0 2
Zach Richarlison Richarlison Everton 3-0 2

Brighton Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score
Adam B. Murray Pickford Brighton 1-0
Brian F. Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 2-1
Brian L. Richarlison Richarlison Everton 2-1
Calvin Lookman Gomes Everton 2-1
Chris Richarlison Richarlison Everton 2-0
Geno Walcott Gomes Draw 1-1
Matt A. Murray Walcott Everton 3-1
Matthew C. Sigurdsson Gueye Draw 2-2
Pete Richarlison Richarlison Draw 1-1
Rachel Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 2-1
Sean Sigurdsson Richarlison Everton 3-1
Tom Murray Gomes Draw 1-1
Zach Richarlison Richarlison Everton 2-1

Leicester City Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Richarlison Richarlison Everton 2-1 0
Brian F. Richarlison Richarlison Draw 2-2 0
Brian L. Sigurdsson Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Calvin Gray Gueye Draw 1-1 1
Chris Maddison Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Geno Vardy Gomes Everton 2-1 1
Matt A. Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Draw 1-1 0
Matthew C. Walcott Sigurdsson Draw 1-1 0
Pete Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 2-0 0
Rachel Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 0
Sean Vardy Gomes Everton 3-1 1
Tom Calvert-Lewin Keane Everton 2-1 0
Zach Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 1-0 0