Romelu Lukaku is the name on everyone’s lips in Power Tower this week after his 60th minute header on Monday against Sunderland scored two of our Hotshot Jackpot players a share of £325,000.
Having not scored in over 1,100 minutes for his club, Lukaku had three to his name by the 71st minute sealing a 3-0 win and rocketing Ronald Koeman’s Everton up to third in the Premier League.
That hat trick, coupled with a brace for his country last week, has the big Belgian bang on form heading into Saturday’s evening’s live game with Middlesbrough at 5.30pm.
Middlesbrough find themselves in the top half of the Premier League, but come into the contest on the back of two defeats in three games and a very disappointing showing at home to Crystal Palace last time out.
Defensive frailties, exposed by the step up to the top division, reared their ugly head against Palace and Lukaku will have been licking his chops with the manner of the goal his fellow Belgian Christian Benteke scored.
Wilfred Zaha, who later capitalised on another mix up to score himself, was allowed pick up the ball on the right and plonk one right on Benteke’s noggin at the back post to score.
Given that Lukaku is ahead of Benteke in the Belgium pecking order and if you fancy him to repeat his mate’s trick he can be found at to score the first, or a tidy scorecast of to net anytime with Everton winning the match.
The Blues are currently on a four-match win streak, so it’s is little wonder they are favourites to come out on top.
Of those four wins the last three have come without letting in a single goal and a way to improve on the short odds for an Everton win could be to back the Toffees to win to nil at instead.
x/1 does seem about fair for Middlesbrough chances and manager Aitor Karanka really needs to get is side down from the 1.2 goals per game they’ve allowed so far in this season to ensure safely.
Looking at the seven goals Everton have hit in the Premier League this campaign, five of those have come in the second half.
Even in their 4-0 EFL Cup trouncing of League Two Yeovil, three of the four came after the break. The trend seems to be for Koeman’s men to kick on in the final period, so backing the half-time/full time of a Draw/Everton might be a clever play.
There is also available for more goals to hit in the second half than in the first and the stats, coupled with Everton’s mean defence may just bring that one home with ease.