So, a huge game tonight against the nouveau riche upstarts from Eastlands. The game will go ahead despite temperatures dropping to -15C in Manchester overnight. Will we see the first Everton snood (or have we done that already)?
How is David Moyes going to approach this match? Will he come up with something different on the pitch, or will the same gameplan be employed, since it has been working a little better away from home, despite producing only one win so far?
In his pre-match conference he seems to have conceded a lot of ground already, and does not give the strong impression that he has the confidence and inspiration needed to see an Everton victory.
But the incredible contingent of fans who follow Everton to every away game and provide such tremendous support will be shouting for them of course and getting right behind the boys in... pink.
And the eyes of the football-mad nation largely starved of action so far this weekend will be on them tonight ? along with that worldwide TV audience which helps to pay the grossly obscene wages these stars receive.
Let the game commence!
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1 Posted 20/12/2010 at 13:42:37
Might be a good time to play Yaks and Becks up front to try and catch them on the break as I am sure Moyes will mount a rearguard action to aim for the draw.
2 Posted 20/12/2010 at 14:51:22
Defeat and I think I shall be firmly sat in the Moyes Out/Kenwright Out (always been in the latter) camp.
Can't say too much in terms of who I think should play etc, as I am relying on what I have read to give me a jist of player form, but if Heitinga is in midfield or Saha up-front, I shall be lost for words... When I last watched Everton I thought the Yak was getting into form, then he is dropped???
3 Posted 20/12/2010 at 14:58:32
4 Posted 20/12/2010 at 15:02:19
Heaven forbid ? I'd love us to start with two strikers but if that?s not the case I'd like see Bily given a start. He too has a lot to prove and tonight could be the game to give himself a little bit of encouragemnt.
Anyway, Merry Christmas to you all!
5 Posted 20/12/2010 at 15:04:57
We need Fellaini to have a good game, Man City can't seem to cope with him, and to be solid at the back. I know a few City fans, and they all seem to regard Cahill as some sort of bogeyman, which bodes well...
I haven't mentioned the "strikeforce" since it will probably be Saha... but who needs strikers, eh? COME ON THE LADS
6 Posted 20/12/2010 at 15:25:19
My predictions? Crap game, crap performance, 1-0 or 2-0 to Citteh. In other words, much the same as what's preceeded it so far this season.
7 Posted 20/12/2010 at 15:30:29
I think it's time the Yak got a start to show what he can do, if only to put him in the shop window. At his best he can occupy two big centre back's and hold the ball up waiting for support. This will be vital if we want to get all three points.
A Fellaini/Rodwell centre mid pairing should at least ensure that we compete physically, although Pienaar's qualtiy on the ball will be a big miss. If it's a straight choice between Bily and Victor to replace him I'd marginally favour Victor for his aerial power and strength on our non-existent breaks.
City's left back really likes to bomb on so Seamus could really show what he's got going forward if Moyes is brave enough to push him right up onto their defence. Hopefully he won't spend 90mins tracking back.
They are a different side than the one we beat last year: much more direct, better quality on the wings and more invention than any other side, with players who combine pace, power and football brains.
They leave gaps at the back that can be exploited, particularly at full back and they are susceptible to through balls down the flanks and vulnerable at set pieces. There will be opportunities for us but we will have to be at our best as I think we are facing the best team we have played so far this season.
8 Posted 20/12/2010 at 15:43:05
No harm in dreaming. COYB!! Or should I say,Come On You Pinks?
9 Posted 20/12/2010 at 15:51:07
Now for an Everton victory with the following team:
Neville Jagielka Distin Baines
Coleman Rodwell Osman (if Pienaar is out with groin injury)
I agree with 4-4-1-1 with Yakubu knocking ten bells out of their defence for Tim to exploit and ready for Beckford or Gueye (!!!) to come on and destroy / humiliate / torture them (delete as applicable) in the second half.
Perhaps it's the tablets I'm on or the padded cell I'm in but I've got a good feeling about EFC tonight.
10 Posted 20/12/2010 at 16:33:08
11 Posted 20/12/2010 at 16:39:39
12 Posted 20/12/2010 at 16:41:25
Moyes seems beaten before we start, I dont think he even gives a sh*te about the lads braving this weather to get over there to support the lads......Fed up and we havent even kicked off....where is that sherry?
13 Posted 20/12/2010 at 17:06:16
I can?t see anything other than 4-5-1 with Cahill supporting the lone front man, I think he will go with Saha again.
I hope to see Vaughan back on the bench if he is fit, just something different at least he will hassle the opposition centre backs something I haven?t see this season.
14 Posted 20/12/2010 at 17:14:27
Neville, Jags, Distin, Baines
Rodwell, Cahill, Fellaini
Anichebe, Vaughan, Gueye
Just a thought
15 Posted 20/12/2010 at 17:44:36
16 Posted 20/12/2010 at 17:50:31
1-1 Any takers?
17 Posted 20/12/2010 at 17:55:07
18 Posted 20/12/2010 at 18:08:40
19 Posted 20/12/2010 at 18:15:57
At the end of the season we'll probably be anywhere from 7th to 10th. Not because Moyes is a terrible manager or a great manager. Not because one striker would have made all the difference, or playing this player or that player, etc etc. It's because that's where we should finish based on the team we can afford and the team those around us can afford. Sure there are games we've lost or drawn that we could have won. Just as there are games we draw or win that we should have lost.
What is there really to care about? Chelsea got billionaire owner, win a bunch of trophies and league championships. Arsenal were at the top and then stopped trying to keep up with the spending of Chelsea, and since then have won nothing. Now City got bought out by billionaires and surprise surprise they're challenging at the very top, while Chelsea have slowed their spending and surprise surprise their dominance has come back to the pack.
It's a money game, simple as that. Some teams will have a good run of results and get some luck and finish somewhere higher than expected but that doesn't mean money isn't what really matters. Spurs have spent a shit load of money and it eventually has worked out for them. Everton have not spent and we have fallen back to the pack. Follow the money and you could pick the top of the league table before the season starts, minus one or two spots. Meaning maybe United finish 1st and Chelsea 2nd and City 3rd. In this current league there are only a few teams that matter as far as winning anything goes, and that is Manchester United, Manchest City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs. That's it. And shockingly enough, those are the highest spending team. As an Everton supporter that doesn't appeal to me. So football doesn't really appeal to me now. So tonight's game, does it really matter??
20 Posted 20/12/2010 at 18:22:35
21 Posted 20/12/2010 at 18:38:04
22 Posted 20/12/2010 at 18:45:48
23 Posted 20/12/2010 at 18:48:20
24 Posted 20/12/2010 at 18:49:41
Its like watching a Ferrari in the slow lane of the Motorway under Moyes
25 Posted 20/12/2010 at 18:51:21
26 Posted 20/12/2010 at 19:01:52
"If they (Everton) fail to beat Manchester City, it will be the club's longest run without a victory under David Moyes and longest since an eight-match streak in 1999."
Thats it then, with Moyse's track record on these things, where going to get beat.
27 Posted 20/12/2010 at 19:18:48
28 Posted 20/12/2010 at 19:22:56
29 Posted 20/12/2010 at 19:38:32
Yak ? unfit, then when he seems to be getting his fitness and form back, dropped for the unfit Saha. Unfit Saha plays a few games, then is dropped for Anichebe ? recently returned from injury and lack of games under his belt, 4 goals in how many years... FFS
Also, did Bily sleep with Moyes's wife or something?
30 Posted 20/12/2010 at 19:38:32
Yak - unfit, then when he seems to be getting his fitness and form back dropped for the unfit Saha. Unfit Saha plays a few games, then is dropped for the recently returned from injury and lack of games under his belt, 4 goals in how many years Anichebe.
Also, did Bily sleep with Moyes' wife or something?
31 Posted 20/12/2010 at 19:50:34
32 Posted 20/12/2010 at 20:42:03
33 Posted 20/12/2010 at 23:09:48
34 Posted 21/12/2010 at 07:13:33
35 Posted 22/12/2010 at 06:44:20
?When Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan decided that what he really wanted to buy was a great English football club rich in history and tradition - albeit one that had, in recent times been eclipsed by their city rivals ? he alighted upon Manchester City. But he could as easily have chosen Everton,? reckons Wallace.
?When City play Everton tonight it will not require a great deal of imagination for those Evertonians who take their seats in the newly renovated City of Manchester Stadium to visualise what life would have been like had Abu Dhabi selected them as their great English football project?
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