Last night Sam Allardyce was presenting the England World Cup winning women cricketers with the Team of the Year award at the Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Liverpool city centre and tonight he is a few miles up the road managing Everton against Swansea at Goodison Park. The manager has brought some steel and stability to the famous old club but his success as a manager has always been about doing enough to avoid defeat and that approach has brought him plenty of success. Don’t forget England never lost while he was the manager of the national team!
You can’t keep a good man down and despite the ignominy of being in charge of England for the shortest time of any coach he still gets jobs which are highly paid. Allardyce has become a fire fighter and the financial implications of relegation from the Premier League means his reputation for keeping sides up will always make him employable. That reputation will be put to the test when Everton play Swansea tonight. Fans should not expect a high scoring extravaganza because both teams have scored in four of Swansea’s 17 league matches this season.
The statistic is partly accounted for by the fact that Swansea have conceded just 22 goals this season which is the joint-lowest of any side in the bottom six and six fewer than Everton. Defending is not the major problem because in those 17 matches in the Premier League season to date Swansea have found the net just nine times which is four goals less than the second lowest scoring team.
It may have been a personal boost to his own confidence and approach to coaching football teams but Allardyce has said he can’t understand how the same players who lost their way under Ronald Koeman are now functioning efficiently under his direction. Results have been more convincing than performances but this is Swansea tonight who EVERTON can beat to nil which can be backed at 1/2 with Sun Bets.