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Toffees fun can help us forget window boredom

EVEN nonsensical old Jim ‘Hyper' White, a man who was put on this planet to do nothing more than get over-excited about the dullest of things, was struggling by the end of transfer deadline day.

Giannelli Imbula to Stoke. Oumar Niasse to Everton. Adalberto Penaranda to Watford. I mean, who are they? Not Watford, we know who they are; I mean the players.

Steven Fletcher's switch to Marseille was something of a highlight though left me wondering whether there hadn't been a switch of DVDs doing the rounds of the coaching staff at the Velodrome. Steven Fletcher? Really? Oh well, it'll soon dawn on them.

Anyway, Watford (with or without Penaranda) take centre stage from the absurd White with a home match against Chelsea, as normality descends on English football once more.

Chelsea have drawn four of their last six in the Prem, one of which was against Watford, and while they have clearly got better since Mourinho left, it's only by fractions.

I reckon the Hornets can take a point off the champs but I'm going over 3.5 in the game between Everton and Newcastle.

These two are in the top six for overs and given the way Everton in particular defend this could end up about 5-5.

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12:45 Sa 6Feb BT1

Man City v Leicester

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  • Leicester have lost one of their last 18 away games
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Leicester have stayed in title contention for far longer than most people expected and can spring another surprise by holding Manchester City to a draw at the Etihad. The leaders passed a major test by defeating Tottenham 1-0 away last month and will be hoping that a similarly disciplined performance can gain some reward against City.