Martinez expected to lead Everton to decent first season

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Is there life after Moyes ? Well our pundits think there is, and that Everton will end up having a fairly decent season.

With the Premier League season just one week away, 13 of our football pundits have put their heads together to give you a comprehensive set of predictions.

Each pundit predicted where each Premier League club will finish the season, with 20 points for the club predicted to finish 1st, down to 1 point for the club finishing bottom.

We then added up all the points and:

Verdict - Everton will finish in 7th 

Highest prediction: 4th / Lowest prediction: 11th

2013/14 Premier League final table predictions

Graham Morris: 4th - Hands up I'm an Everton fan, but I think the mix of Moyes' defenders and Martinez's tactical approach could bear fruit this season. It may depend on retaining Baines and Fellaini, although with Martinez' preferred formation Oviedo may prove to be a better replacement for Baines than he would've been last year and Fellaini is viewed as replaceable. Expect Stones and Barkley to make an impact.

Nick Harris: 6th - Although they have lost a long-serving, successful manager, Everton have supported new boss Roberto Martinez to the hilt in the transfer market, and with Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini set to stay, they should enjoy a fine season.

Vic Daniels: 7th - New manager, more attractive football, but a lack of finishing power will see Everton 7th at best. Overall, though, not a bad start for Martinez.

Alan Dawson: 7th - There is a strong chance Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines both stay a blue this season. And, in Roberto Martinez, Everton have a manager on the up ready to take the Toffees to another level – ahead of Liverpool.

Lewis Doe: 7th - Everton will play some great football under Roberto Martinez, and they have made good and sensible attacking additions to the squad, also retaining key players. It will be far too much, however, for them to get anywhere near the top four.

Vincent Ralph: 7th - Everton may have lost David Moyes, but in Roberto Martinez they have one of the Premier League’s most exciting young managers. His signings to date have been good rather than great, but it's the players he keeps that will determine how high they finish. I think they have the squad and the experience to have another very good season.

Jenny Leigh: 7th - Martinez has brought in some new personnel, and if they can keep their stars I fancy Everton to really take well to the new boss’ style and system. But a cup run is more on the cards than a top four finish.

Mathew Nash: 8th - I don't believe Everton will suddenly fall apart without Moyes at the helm - but it will take them a while to adapt to the new 3-4-3 system Roberto Martinez will implement - no matter how perfect some of their players are for the role. A consolidation year in the offing.

Key player: Kevin Mirallas

Jamie Allen: 9th - Nicer to watch than under Moyes, but can only see them falling back in this a transition season - especially with the uncertainty surrounding Baines’ and Fellaini‘s futures at the club

Ian Bolland: 9th - New manager will probably make a slow start implementing his style. As long as he doesn’t meddle with their defensive structure, they’ll be fine.

Gareth McKnight: 9th - Roberto Martinez has a tough job here – much depends on whether they keep Baines and Fellaini, but I don’t think they will be pushing for top six.

Dan Coombs: 10th - It won't be a fall from grace for Everton without David Moyes by any means, but a 10th place finish maybe seen as a backwards step. Martinez may struggle from trying to change too much too quickly, but fans should remember there should be time given for all to adjust.

Callum Farrell: 11th - Another club who were overachieving under their former manager, and I don’t believe that Roberto Martinez will be able to achieve the same heights in his first year in charge. I’m not convinced that the former Wigan players brought in can achieve much higher than eleventh place.

2013/14 Premier League final table predictions

Where do you believe Everton will finish next season ?

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