I see from the OS that Arteta did not travel. Pienaar also didn't travel. That leaves us a little short creatively for Wednesday against a team that will no doubt be well organised.
I'm not sure what starting eleven I would pick. Certainly with Arteta being injured and Saturday's first-half showing I think Moyes will now start with a 4 4 2 formation. I would imagine the back four will remain unchanged. Midfield of Ossie, Cahill, Carsley and Fernandes?
Up front will also be interesting. I would go for Yak and Johnson. I know Vaughan made a big impression when he came on on Saturday but I fear two big men up top would encourage long balls from every angle (I suppose you could argue it happens even when AJ plays!). But still I like the idea of a big man and a quick player like AJ complimenting eachother.
Whatever Moyes choses its crucial we pick up our performance and leave with a win.
PS its good to see Rodwell and Gosling travelling with squad ? these experiences can only benefit them in their development.
Paul Lenehan, Posted 12/02/2008 at 12:16:07
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1 Posted 12/02/2008 at 12:33:09
Don't get me wrong, with all our defenders fit and playing well and a good selection of strikers to choose from we should still roll 'em over but have you seen the midfield we've got to pick from... A half fit Osman/Fernandes, Cars (class), an under-performing Cahill and a pissed-up der Meyde!
I wouldn't be surprised if if he goes with Baines/Neville in midfild but isn't this precisely why so many were calling for another midfield addition in the window?
Anyway, enough of all that... let's get behind who is there ? COYB!
2 Posted 12/02/2008 at 13:15:54
No Arteta, no Piennar = no creativity...
3 Posted 12/02/2008 at 13:59:13
Personally I think we should play 4-4-2 with Osman and Cahill/Baines outwide and Fernandes and Cars in the middle and bring the Yak in upfront with AJ or Vaughny who cud also drop back to help out the midfiled. Or should Moyes employ his more defensive approach of 4-5-1, because keeping it tight may be essential in the first leg and attack them at Goodion in the second leg where Pienaar and Arteta are likely to be made available for selection.
4 Posted 12/02/2008 at 14:41:02
I would take a borin? 0-0 draw and a lucky 1-0 at home.
Thinkin? that we are going to out play a team with Pinky and Perky in the middle of the park is ridiculous.
Long ball and a lots of pressing; it is the Everton way.
GET USED TO IT.
5 Posted 12/02/2008 at 14:27:16
6 Posted 12/02/2008 at 14:52:49
7 Posted 12/02/2008 at 14:55:31
Not a bad team actually. Fernandes has played on the wing for us before. He played on the right against Watford and on the left against Man utd. Not his favored position but he can do a job out there.
I hope we play two upfront. Johnson needs the support and someone like Yakubu would be useful as he keeps the ball and can hold it up.
It would be very narrow in terms of width but thats not a bad thing in European football. Everything usually comes through the middle on a slow tempo so with players like Osman and Fernandes cutting inside we’ll have players capable of putting there foot on the ball. Lescott is there to add width if we need it obviously.
Worst case scenario is Hibbert at right back, Neville in midfield and Johnson upfront with no support.
8 Posted 12/02/2008 at 15:08:34
Dya think if he was ’pissed-up’ he’d be going? Or furthermore, still an Everton player.
Get over it lad, and stop reading the gutter rags.
9 Posted 12/02/2008 at 15:19:51
I think Connor Rohrer has got the team selection right and it looks good enough to go and get a result.
10 Posted 12/02/2008 at 15:18:47
Obviously he’s not sloshed now...the remark was to emphasise the point that we ain’t many match fit midfielders you gimp!
And for record, I don’t read no rags- gutter or otherwise...my sources for Andy’s much publicised boozing were sites like these and i’m also aware of his family probs before you start spouting them too...
I’ve much sympathy for the fella but he had enough chances even before his daughter got sick- he’s only being asked to play football well for £20,000 of our money a week (a guess) for fuck sakes!
11 Posted 12/02/2008 at 15:42:50
12 Posted 12/02/2008 at 15:52:32
He must have pulled his finger out recently otherwise he wouldnt have been on the bench foe the last game as well.
I doubt Moyes would have even considered putting him on against Reading but maybe it was his way of saying here is your chance.
I think he may get a start tomorrow or at least come on in the 2nd half, to take him and not use him tomorrow will be a waste of a sub.
13 Posted 12/02/2008 at 15:58:20
I think it will be a 4-3-1-2 formation, similar to that used in Alkmaar, with Johnson and Yakubu up top, Cahill sitting behind and Fernandes, Carsley and Osman in midfield.
This news about Arteta clearly shows why he has been so off-form since Christmas. He?s been a shadow of the player he can be.
14 Posted 12/02/2008 at 15:49:36
Rather than something only visible to myself, the point I was making was regarding the current weakness of our midfield with a JUSTIFIED skit at our ?overclapped? shandy.
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Maybe you?ve enough money to not care what our players get up to but personally it shows something seriously wrong with a man when he begins to take the piss out of the fans who pay his extortionate salary.
As for being in the squad...ain?t we got two kids in it? Not much of a justification for him ?turning the corner? necessarily- maybe more so that Moyes is desperate for numbers...THE ORIGINAL POINT
15 Posted 12/02/2008 at 16:04:38
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17 Posted 12/02/2008 at 16:12:32
Who knows if he’ll come good though...I reckon he just might though- law of averages and all that!
18 Posted 12/02/2008 at 16:15:36
19 Posted 12/02/2008 at 16:18:07
Let’s face it, Moyes is cagier than cage shop in national buy a cage week.
20 Posted 12/02/2008 at 16:20:09
21 Posted 12/02/2008 at 16:43:35
22 Posted 12/02/2008 at 16:47:03
Sorry for one minute I thought you were being serious !!
23 Posted 12/02/2008 at 17:10:59
Also, lighten up a bit. Sean’s comments were harmless enough.
24 Posted 12/02/2008 at 17:05:08
He is a far better full back than Hibbert for starters and can actually knock in a good cross now and again and has a few assists under his belt and lets be honest you cannot grumble with our back four if you look at how many goals we are conceeding lately.
25 Posted 12/02/2008 at 17:57:09
For what he?s asked to do though, Cars does a sound job ? you not agree?
26 Posted 12/02/2008 at 18:58:36
And if we keep a clean sheet in this fixture the chances of going on to the next round increase massively. There are a few in the squad that could win it for us too.
If Andy van der Meyde is in the squad there can be no other explanation than that David Moyes thinks he can play for the first team. As we know, he can produce the highest class. Should we need him, let us all offer up a little prayer that he helps us to come home a goal or two up.
27 Posted 12/02/2008 at 19:35:56
28 Posted 12/02/2008 at 19:46:57
Andy van der Meyde will play.
I hope because we need some creativity.
29 Posted 12/02/2008 at 21:02:19
30 Posted 12/02/2008 at 21:36:34
No, I don’t like it either, but just look at times in the season where Cahill was injured or Arteta unavailable. I very much doubt he’ll go with 4-4-2 particularly away from home. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Baines played instead of Fernandes either.
Anyone who thinks Cagey Davey will play an attacking lineup that doesn’t feature at least two defensive midfielders is living in cloud cuckoo land.
31 Posted 12/02/2008 at 22:50:09
Looks like its up to Osman to provide all the creativity unless super Andy Van steps up and saves the day.
Not feeling confident to be honest. You have to keep the ball in European football and a midfield of Carsley and Neville just won’t do that.
32 Posted 13/02/2008 at 01:29:06
33 Posted 13/02/2008 at 08:37:43
Oh dear ! Oh dear !
Hopefully, the defence will see out the day for us: Hibbert, Yobo, Jags, Lescott (got to say, that looks like a world class defensive unit).
If the Fernandes story is true, this is the team I would expect DM to put out:
Yakubu (if he has been forgiven, otherwise AJ)
The mid-field is obviously the most worrying - just don’t see where the creative stuff is going to come from.
Maybe, vdm will be thrown in at the break, and Vaughan will be given a chance to show his stuff at the end.
34 Posted 13/02/2008 at 10:38:23
35 Posted 13/02/2008 at 17:49:12
If we are to step it up a notch then I think we need a better player than Carsley and I think Manny could do the job but if not then we do need a new enforcer .