Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright and new manager Ronald Koeman pose
With the Premier League fixtures coming out earlier this week, we predict the results of Everton's first six matches for the 2016/17 campaign. New signings will of course be made, and whilst it's early into the transfer window, here's an early look at how Everton's start to the campaign could go.
Tottenham (Home) - Draw
It's a tough challenge for new Everton boss Ronald Koeman, as he takes on Mauricio Pochettino - the man he replaced at Southampton in 2014. Spurs challenged for the Premier League title last season before a late wobble, and will be looking to lay down an early marker. A trip to Merseyside is tough to kick off with though, and a repeat of last season's 1-1 draw at Goodison Park wouldn't be a surprise.
General view before the match
West Brom (Away) - Win
With Tony Pulis staying in charge of West Brom, any trip to the Hawthorns won't be an easy one. However, with Koeman in charge and a raft of new signings expected this summer, this is the kind of game Everton need to be winning if they have real aspirations of a top six finish.
Stoke (Home) - Win
Another tricky contest, Everton played out a stunning seven-goal thriller with Stoke at Goodison Park last season - but will be hoping for better than a 4-3 defeat this time around. With a sterner defence under Koeman, that should be more than achievable, and whilst this is another potential slip-up, Everton need to be beating Stoke if they are to achieve their aims under Koeman.
Sunderland (Away) - Draw
Much like facing a Tony Pulis side, taking on Sam Allardyce is never simple. The Black Cats hammered Everton 3-0 in what proved to be Roberto Martinez's final game last season, and Koeman must do better than that embarrassing night for the Toffees. With a far from easy trip north, a point here would be a decent result.
Middlesbrough (Home) - Win
Newly-promoted Boro should be a good test for many Premier League clubs, but anything less than a win would be a disappointment for Everton and Koeman. At Goodison Park, anything other than a home victory would be a surprise.
Bournemouth (Away) - Draw
Another game which ended dramatically last season as Everton drew 3-3 at the Vitality Stadium, Everton must be tighter defensively against the Cherries or Eddie Howe's men will find the net regularly again. Koeman would surely be happy to claim a point on the road on his return to the South Coast.
Points: 12 - An unbeaten start for Koeman would be a dream opening to his time as Toffees boss, and 12 points from the first six games would set Everton up well.
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