New Years day soccer picks from Miller: Everton vs West Ham and Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby County
Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring their side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Sheffield United and Everton at the Bramall Lane stadium in Sheffield, England, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. Alex Livesey | Pool via Associated Press

New Years day soccer picks from Miller: Everton vs West Ham and Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby County

Both matches begin at 12:30 pm

Wayne Rooney’s boyhood club, current team, both rolling into 2021

Everton heads into the new year in the Premier League top four, and just four points off the top, as Carlo Ancelotti’s side continues its renaissance.

But how about Wayne Rooney’s Derby County team in the EFL Championship, sitting sixth in the form guide over its last six matches, and playing well under the first-time manager.

I can’t lie, I am pulling for him; he is my favorite player from his time at Manchester United. But he truly has the Rams playing well, and has them climbing the table. The same can’t be said of Derby’s opponent Friday, Sheffield Wednesday, which is currently a mess.

I am going to go with the Rooney double, today, taking his boyhood team (Everton) and his current side (Derby) on the money lines.

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ENGLAND PREMIER LEAGUE

Everton (+102) vs. West Ham (+265), draw (+250), 12:30 p.m. EST (NBCSN and Fubo.tv)


ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP

Sheffield Wednesday (+225) vs. Derby County (+135), draw (+200), 12:30 p.m. EST (ESPN+)

THE PICKS:

Everton ML

Everton over 1.5 goals (+105)

Over 2.5 goals (-105)

Derby County ML (+135)

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