If the opening stage of the 2022/23 Premier League season is anything to go by, Everton could be in for another season-long struggle in the bottom half of the table.
After keeping hold of their top-flight status by the skin of their teeth last season, the Toffees have experienced another faltering league start, going into September’s international break languishing in 13th.
But on the bright side, following a disastrous six-match winless league start (D4, L2), Frank Lampard’s side got the new Premier League season up and running last time out, courtesy of a 1-0 win over West Ham United.
The former Chelsea boss will hope Neal Maupay’s breakthrough goal at Goodison Park won’t be in vain when England’s elite competition restarts in October.
Six Premier League games are awaiting Everton next month, and if you are interested in attending a Toffees game, check the Premier League tickets page for more information.
It’s also worth noting that all the upcoming Everton league fixtures will be available to watch online via live football streams.
Now let’s skip to Everton’s upcoming Premier League challenges.
Southampton (A) – October 1
The Toffees’ post-international break Premier League action gets underway at St Mary’s Stadium as they meet out-of-sorts Southampton in a hostile environment.
Despite suffering three defeats in their last four league outings (W1), Ralph Hasenuttl’s side can draw confidence from beating Everton via an identical 2-0 scoreline in their two most recent H2Hs at home.
But the Merseysiders are enjoying their longest undefeated streak in the Premier League under Lampard (W1, D4), boosting their bid to post their first away league win since May.
Manchester United (H) – October 9
A bottom-half clash against Southampton serves to get Lampard’s team into shape for a high-profile home contest against Manchester United on October 9.
United’s two-game losing Premier League start under new boss Erik ten Hag already looks like a distant memory, with the Red Devils racking up four consecutive league triumphs since.
Yet after losing none of their two top-flight meetings with Man Utd in 2021/22 (W1, D1), Everton should feel optimistic about their chances of halting the visitors’ high-flying patch.
Tottenham Hotspur (A) – October 15
If you think Man Utd will put Everton’s Premier League credentials to the test, wait for another week and the Toffees’ visit to Tottenham Hotspur to see what a true challenge is.
Led by the iron fist of Antonio Conte, Spurs have yet to lose a single league match this season (W5, D2), showing last term’s fourth-place finish was anything but a stroke of good luck.
On top of that, the Londoners have held the Toffees winless in their last three H2H meetings in the Premier League (W1, D2), including a scintillating 5-0 romping of Lampard’s men last time out.
Newcastle United (A) – October 19
St James’ Park forms the backdrop for Everton’s tasty-looking mid-October match against Newcastle United.
Luckily for the Toffees, the Magpies’ effort in the summer transfer window has yet to pay the dividends, with Eddie Howe’s side winning just once in seven Premier League games this term (D5, L1).
That could change come October 19, though, as Newcastle have defeated Everton three times across their last four league H2Hs (L1).
Crystal Palace (H) – October 22
Like Everton, Crystal Palace have only won once in the Premier League this season (W1, D3, L2), albeit they’ve played one game fewer than their hosts.
Patrick Vieira’s men have historically been welcoming opponents for Everton, especially at Goodison, where the Toffees haven’t lost any of their last seven top-flight H2Hs (W3, D4).
And with Palace winless on the road since April (D3, L2), this showdown has all the makings of a must-win match-up for Lampard’s lads.
Fulham (A) – October 29
Forget about the premise of Fulham being whipping boys in the Premier League. Those days are long gone, as witnessed by the Cottagers’ impressive sixth-place rank ahead of the international break.
Inspired by free-scoring Aleksandar Mitrovic, Marco Silva’s men have registered three wins from seven league outings (D2, L2), showing they have no intention of returning to the EFL Championship anytime soon.
Signs are ominous for Everton in this fixture, as they’ve lost two of their last three top-flight meetings with the London outfit via an identical 2-0 scoreline (W1).
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