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2015-16 fixtures announced

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Everton kick off against Watford
The Premier League fixtures for season 2015-16 were published at 9am this morning and Everton will kick off the campaign at home against Watford and finish against Norwich.

They will follow the season opener with games against Southampton (A) and Manchester City (H) as part of a tough first quarter of the campaign that will see Roberto Martinez's side take on all of last season's top 7 in the first 10 matches.

The first Merseyside derby of the season is scheduled for 3rd October at Anfield at Goodison while the reverse game is on 27 February.

The Blues are away at Newcastle for Boxing Day and start the New Year at home to Spurs.

Full fixture list. All games are subject to change once the TV broadcasters select their live schedule.  

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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 16/06/2015 at 19:04:21
Fixtures out on 17 June... I hope we get a middling club like Stoke or WHU to kick off the season. I donÂ’t like playing the newly promoted teams at the beginning.

Starting to get all excited like.

Brian Hill
2 Posted 16/06/2015 at 19:12:35
Colin, IÂ’d rather have Chelsea at home first game, no excuses Mr Martinez, letÂ’s see his preparation.
Denis Richardson
3 Posted 16/06/2015 at 20:40:13
Ditto Brian – would prefer one of the ’top’ sides at home to kick-off the season. If we can start with a home win against Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City etc, we’ll be off to a flyer.

Main thing is to at least start off with a home game – packed house in the sun. I would love ManUtd at home first game – 3 points!

Colin Glassar
4 Posted 16/06/2015 at 20:45:55
Arsenal then. They are usually slow starters. DonÂ’t want the likes of Norwich or Watford.
Patrick Murphy
5 Posted 16/06/2015 at 20:50:46
I wonder if theyÂ’ll slip in an early derby game in the first few weeks either at Goodison or at their newly refurbished ground? I think weÂ’ll probably get one of the newly promoted sides in the opening weeks as we usually do, Spurs away early on and likely Arsenal or Chelsea at Goodison as well. I prefer to play some of the top teams early on before they get into their groove.
Colin Glassar
6 Posted 17/06/2015 at 08:24:37
Watford at home. I knew it!!
Kris Boner
7 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:01:27
Colin... How the eff...?
Colin Glassar
8 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:05:24
Our first 6 games are really tough. I hope weÂ’re up for it.
Erik Dols
9 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:05:26
Well apparantely weÂ’ll play all of the top teams early on, Patrick...
Michael Ward
10 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:07:17
Tough start and not ideal teams at the end either.

You want to play the poorer teams mid season, not when they are just fresh into the league and not when they are fighting for their lives at the end. Watford first and Norwich last not ideal.

Look at the first 5 fixtures and they look tough.

On the bright side if we start the season well we should be able to push on.

Tommy Coleman
12 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:10:17

Our fixtures to the end of October are as hard as it gets.
November and December are easier before getting tough again from January.

James Marshall
13 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:10:59
We play all the top teams one after the other at various times during the season. I think thatÂ’s a good thing.

We also have a decent run-in and finish at home. Nice tough start, plenty of motivation there to make sure we donÂ’t start with any complacency.

First derby at home, which I prefer as well.

Tommy Coleman
15 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:12:02
In fact, we play the top 8 seven teams in our opening 10 games.
James Morgan
17 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:16:53
Southampton, Man City, Spurs and Chelsea in a row early on.
Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal in a row in October.
Spurs, Man City, Chelsea back to back in January.

Some tough little runs we will have but I think we step up in those situations. Playing a newly promoted team to start is usually quite difficult but at least we are at home.

Colin Glassar
18 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:28:54
We tend to play better against the stronger teams, James, so IÂ’m not too bothered with that opening spell.
Jamie Barlow
19 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:26:43
Tough first 10 that.
Mike Allison
21 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:30:04
We seem to open against a newly promoted side quite regularly. IÂ’ve said before that this is the very worst time to play them, as they can treat the game almost like a one-off cup game before reality sets in later on in October/November.

I also believe the reverse can be true. Playing the big teams early is better than doing it later on when injuries kick in. The start of the season is effectively a leveller, so weÂ’re better off having last yearÂ’s top eight as eight of our first ten fixtures. It certainly means the players wonÂ’t be able to slip into any complacency.

Denis Richardson
22 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:25:08
Jeez, did someone shit in the Everton seat when the fixtures were done? That is one hell of a tough start with October being ridiculous! RS, Man Utd and Arsenal on the trot!

I guess youÂ’ve got to play everyone twice but the first 10 games will basically make our season. If we can do well weÂ’ll be on a roll going into the Â’easierÂ’ fixture. On the other hand, we could also be in the drop zone come November!

At least we have a home game to KO but it will be against a newby who’ll be all excited – didn't help us against Leicester or Norwich in the last couple of years – but at least at home.

We REALLY need to get 3 points first day for confidence – after that, Southampton (A), Man City (H), Spurs (A), Chelsea (H).... ouch!

No Europa to blame it on this time though...

Ross Edwards
23 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:29:39
Very tough start but at least the run-in looks easy on paper. At least Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal, the derby and Man City are all at home first, which is the only consolation.

We have to be prepared, thatÂ’s for sure. We canÂ’t trip up against Watford, Swansea and Southampton because a slow start with those fixtures would kill us in terms of momentum and confidence early on.

These fixtures are a great opportunity to assess the progress or lessons learnt from last season and judge Martinez.

Mike Allison
24 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:35:55
Is it just me or do we always play Stoke over the Christmas period?
Guy Hastings
25 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:37:03
Nice to start with a relegation six-pointer. God, I hate playing newly promoted sides early on – we always fuck up, it seems.
Liam Reilly
26 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:33:22
Very tough start need to ensure the wheels donÂ’t come off in that spell against Soton, Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea or it could be a long season.

October and January also difficult but not the run-in is not too shabby, if we are still around the coat tails of 4th.

Shane Corcoran
27 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:38:42
I reckon after the first ten games Everton should win the next nine in a row up to the end of the year.
Paul Hughes
28 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:36:05
WeÂ’ve got to play everyone twice!
If we have the Â’sin miedoÂ’ approach from two seasons ago, weÂ’ll be on a roll by November. Start like last season and weÂ’ll be stuffed by November.
Fingers crossed!
Steavey Buckley
29 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:41:33
October and January appear to be tough months when Everton face considerable opposition.
James Marshall
30 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:42:16
I like the fact we play all the top teams one after the other. Our season looks nicely divided into smaller mini-leagues as we play top teams, middle teams, and lower teams all in bunches.

That bodes well for our one-dimensional management approach!

Colin Glassar
31 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:44:46
Get the new players in early, have a proper pre-season and we can go into the new season with confidence. DonÂ’t let the media play with your heads.
David Harrison
32 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:45:24
Bloody hell boys, we have to play every team home & away just like every other year. At the end of the season the league table wonÂ’t lie, as they say. Relax, itÂ’s the summer!
Tony J Williams
33 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:50:47
Ahhh quelle surprise!! A promoted side in our first game.

Usual tough run of games against the "Sky" teams, but then there is a good run of about 8 games where we should expect quite a lot of points.

Terry Downes
36 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:55:03
Think itÂ’s best to book an holiday in October somewhere thereÂ’s no TVs.
Mike Oates
37 Posted 17/06/2015 at 09:57:39
Our season will be determined by the end October. Tough, tough start, so many top clubs in a row early on... do well and it will set the foundation for rest of season; not so well and I can see Bobbie leaving early.

I suspect looking at these fixtures he will go for the Reserves and U21s for first game in League Cup, protecting his Senior lads.

Ajay Gopal
38 Posted 17/06/2015 at 10:00:00
No fear, lads. With my ideal "dream team" of:

Coleman Jagielka Stones Baines
McCarthy Cleverley
Deulofeu Kagawa Barkley

we should thrash every team 3-0!

Plus a decent back-up team of:

Browning Galloway [New CB] Garbutt
Lennon Besic Gibson Barry
Mirallas Kone

not to mention Oviedo, Osman, Pienaar, McGeady, Naismith, Hibbert, 1-2 youngsters, there is really no reason not to feel optimistic about the coming season!

Tony J Williams
39 Posted 17/06/2015 at 10:12:14
Yeah! No reason whatsoever Ajay!!!!
Carl Rutherford
42 Posted 17/06/2015 at 10:00:32
We play all of last season's top 8 in our first 10 fixtures. I hope RobertoÂ’s Â’hit the season runningÂ’ preseason plan is water tight.
David Hallwood
43 Posted 17/06/2015 at 10:41:22
Just to lapse into manager-speak "TheyÂ’re all tough in this league, and if you donÂ’t give 110% every game, youÂ’ll get nothing."
Andy Meighan
44 Posted 17/06/2015 at 10:44:40
December looks a riveting month doesnÂ’t it. Some mouth watering games there... not! I donÂ’t think we'll be bothering Sky that month...
Brian Harrison
45 Posted 17/06/2015 at 10:44:55
Well, the first 10 games will determine RM's fate.
Mike Hayes
46 Posted 17/06/2015 at 10:44:33
Three points first game is a must, no excuses. Martinez cocks this up and he needs to go straight away no pissing about. Get the players fired up – play in their natural positions and go for it. I’ve never been a Martinez fan – he’s been found out last season – he gets first game from me, end of.
Mark Andersson
47 Posted 17/06/2015 at 10:44:09
Really donÂ’t see the point in fearing any team, no matter what time of the season it is. We were shite all last season only decent win was against Man Utd.

Bobby bullshit has it all to do from the first game. The senior players need to get there act together too.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what unfolds in the first four games and Bob's post-match interviews.

The Joe Royle interview on another thread has given me hope that Bobby just might win me over if we get off to a good start.

Patrick Murphy
48 Posted 17/06/2015 at 11:03:42
I meant a sprinkling of top sides not the whole lot of them, itÂ’s a difficult opening and playing the usual suspects back to back is never easy for any team. However, clutching at straws here a little bit, in 1984 we played most of the contenders before the end of October and during that "Golden October" we gained the confidence to go on and have a terrific season.

The one positive aspect of playing those bigger fixtures early on is that most of them won’t park the bus and will come to play – which might be to our advantage, well let’s hope so anyway.

Buy another striker and a centre-half, Bobby – we’re gonna need them.

Patrick Murphy
49 Posted 17/06/2015 at 11:17:08
The Echo have the first derby down as Everton v Liverpool at Goodison on 3rd October??
Andrew Ellams
50 Posted 17/06/2015 at 11:30:48
The last thing Martinez needs right now is to be fed excuses. We play a lot of top teams early on but there are a lot of home games in there. This could be a season of peaks and troughs with some very tough runs so May 15th is probably the best time to do the analysis.

Colin Glassar
51 Posted 17/06/2015 at 11:32:20
Great post, Ajay. We can do it!!
Mike Hayes
52 Posted 17/06/2015 at 11:46:56
How come the season kicks off so early - isnÂ’t it usually second week of August?
Patrick Murphy
53 Posted 17/06/2015 at 11:50:17
Mike (#50) European Championships in June 2016 so the need for an early start.

Colin Glassar
54 Posted 17/06/2015 at 11:53:56
We donÂ’t play any of the top 4 in the (final 6 games) run in which is good.
Dean Peamum
55 Posted 17/06/2015 at 12:02:26
I was a bit worried by the tough fixtures we have at the start of the season so I rang my mate who works at FIFA headquarters in Zurich. He looked up next seasons results and we finish 7th. Sadly, we get knocked out of both cups early on by Blyth Spartans and Qatar.
Colin Glassar
57 Posted 17/06/2015 at 12:16:54
Just seen weÂ’re getting loads of respect from the Watford fans. Did I hear that right? A bookie mentioning us just outside the top 4? Phil W what odds are you offering?
Kieran Kinsella
58 Posted 17/06/2015 at 12:32:10
No matter who we play it looks tough when youÂ’ve had a mediocre season because weÂ’ve just been beaten by most of these teams. Even Sunderland seems daunting as theyÂ’ve become a bogey team during the last few years.
Brian Harrison
60 Posted 17/06/2015 at 12:53:22
I see the first game against Watford then I'm away on the Sunday for two weeks, sadly get back the day after the Man City game. I hope Sky make it their Sunday 4:00pm game then I can make a quick dash from the airport to see it.

Doesn’t the fixture list look great – all games kicking off at 3.00pm on a Saturday.

Graham Mockford
61 Posted 17/06/2015 at 12:54:32
ThatÂ’s about a tough first 10 games as is possible. 15 points would represent a good start.

If we are not right at it from the start and any repeat of last seasonÂ’s undercooked start and we could be looking at 7 or 8.

Jim Bennings
63 Posted 17/06/2015 at 13:24:44
We can all handpick the matches and say "this is easy" or "thatÂ’s hard" but in reality, judging by our standards and performance levels last season, EVERY game is a difficult one.

We will have looked last year and said 6 points from Hull but it didnÂ’t work that way, nor would we have expected to be doubled by Stoke or take 1 point off Sunderland but then we probably wouldnÂ’t have predicted a 3-0 win over Manchester United.

All I will say is referring to the first few games itÂ’s high time we made an impression at Southampton, for years thatÂ’s been a dog of a fixture for Everton, likewise our dismal record at White Hart Lane needs improving.

Gerard Carey
64 Posted 17/06/2015 at 13:40:40
We will really need a good pre season from everyone. RM will need to get in any other players that he wants early so that they are bedded in. Let's hope we are not all biting our nails a few minutes before the transfer window closes waiting for our third signing!!!!

Tough start but if RM gets it right, it could be good season. One thing is sure: those who were saying for a while that Roberto should get the first 10 games to see if he could turn things round were probably hoping for a kinder start!!!

David Harrison
65 Posted 17/06/2015 at 14:02:13
Let's hope we donÂ’t throw away a lead in two of our early games. That was still affecting us in April last season.
Brent Stephens
66 Posted 17/06/2015 at 14:15:39
EFC site has us at home for first derby game.
Paul Smith
67 Posted 17/06/2015 at 15:28:38
Good stuff. I will be at St MaryÂ’s in August. I hope for a better display than on our last few visits.
Jim Bennings
68 Posted 17/06/2015 at 15:26:20
David Harrison, Spot on!!

The first two games last season against Leicester and Arsenal totally set the tone for erratic defending and a failure to hold on to winning positions in too many matches.

Ernie Baywood
69 Posted 17/06/2015 at 15:25:47
I would rather have a middling start. The bottom teams typically play above themselves early on and nice to avoid the big boys and put ourselves in a position to fight for.

The plus is that if we can do alright then weÂ’ll set ourselves up very well. But we said that last year, didnÂ’t we?

Andy Crooks
70 Posted 17/06/2015 at 15:33:54
Mark (#47), I agree. This is Everton, it doesnÂ’t matter when we play. Our hopes can be built up or dashed against anyone.
Jim Bennings
71 Posted 17/06/2015 at 15:31:19
We need our remaining signings done and dusted before mid-July.

LetÂ’s get this Deulofeu deal sorted ASAP and then we must quickly target a central defender, a creative midfielder and a striker with some zest and exuberance is also a priority.

ThatÂ’s four players we need in the next three or four weeks, will it happen who knows but thatÂ’s whatÂ’s needed, if it comes to it we can afford to bring Lennon in after the season starts because he wonÂ’t need a bedding in period or introduction to the way of life at Everton.

I only hope for MartinezÂ’s sake that we donÂ’t get off to an even worse start this season, you could quite easily see us being third from bottom in early October and thatÂ’s the last thing Martinez needs, the fans will not have that patience this season, should it start off bad again then you wonder what is left for the current manager.

So far, Martinez two seasons have almost echoed Moyes first two, and after Moyes's second season ended in disastrous fashion, he knew he had to "win back the fans" which he did by getting us 4th place.

It's imperative for Martinez to get the team off to a flyer.

Kris Boner
72 Posted 17/06/2015 at 15:54:24
Sorry to question again, but I still want to know how Glastrodamus knew we were playing Watford 30 minutes before it was announced... Methinks this has something to do with his ever increasing accuracy in transfer rumours.
Patrick Murphy
73 Posted 17/06/2015 at 15:58:34
Kris - Somebody posted on the live forum a couple of days ago that Watford at home was nailed on. I wonder when the actual fixtures are compiled? Probably long before they are released to Joe Public.
Erik Dols
75 Posted 17/06/2015 at 16:11:18
Kris, may be itÂ’s the other way around, everything that Glastrodamus says shall happen. LetÂ’s just hope he announces that we will win the league and that I will win the Euromillions...
Jamie Crowley
76 Posted 17/06/2015 at 16:11:01
I donÂ’t see any easy games through October 24th!

Watford for the opener is not ideal. Play the promoted sides later when thereÂ’s some injuries and their initial boon of promotion has faded and their depth is an issue.

West Brom on the road is the only other game I see during that span that is a "should win". But itÂ’s West Brom on the road...

Roberto better have the players ready to go.

Challenging start to the campaign. I officially fear for Roberto. He and the team need a good, strong start. WeÂ’d better come into the season with all guns blazing.

David Harrison
77 Posted 17/06/2015 at 16:14:43
Yes, Jim. Everything needs to be genuinely, as opposed to Martinezly, positive from the off. LetÂ’s be proactive with who we are bringing in, have a good pre season and assert ourselves from the off, taking the new boys to the cleaners and giving them a sharp reality check.
Jamie Crowley
78 Posted 17/06/2015 at 16:20:37
Jim @ 71 -

For once I agree with your perilous and dark prognostications! I can see us dead bottom in October!

Someone get me a drink! My usual positivity and enthusiasm has left me! The Boogeyman is in the closet.

And no, thatÂ’s not a wind-up! IÂ’m seriously scared to death of our first 3 months! Cruel start in my opinion and if we donÂ’t hit the ground running, I fear a malaise the likes I personally have never seen.

[Crowley balls up in fetal position in dark corner of the room and repeats, "ItÂ’s gonna be fine, itÂ’s gonna be fine..."]

Patrick Murphy
79 Posted 17/06/2015 at 16:30:59
The fixtures present a unique opportunity for the reliable and strong characters in the dressing room to challenge themselves and to go toe to toe with some of the best teams in the Premier League, it is something that we as a club relish and itÂ’s in our DNA to face these challenges head on, however, my job is on the bloody line and IÂ’ll be making sure we have 10 men behind the ball for long periods and hope that Lukaku can grab a goal here and there possible press conference between now and the start of the season.

Seriously though if Everton can get into double figures before we play Sunderland I will be happy, if we can get upwards of 18 points in those first ten fixtures I will be delighted. At least if everything goes pear-shaped we have enough time to dig ourselves out of a hole – forget it I’m following Jamie’s lead.

Jim Bennings
80 Posted 17/06/2015 at 16:32:08
As we say, guys, itÂ’s a massive period coming up for Roberto Martinez.

At the start of last season, most fans were not happy with how it all started but, because of his first season, we were willing to show patience... However, given the way last season ended again in truly sloppy, lazy fashion, the natives will bomb him much quicker now.

Our home form was dreadful last season and this season two of the first three due at Goodison are Manchester City and Chelsea, if you are going to get any type of result in these then the performance has to be 110% near perfect.

As you say, Watford, on the crest of a wave and full of the bounce and freshness that promotion brings, possibly wonÂ’t be the gimme we all see on paper.

Going back to the similarities of where Moyes was at the end of his second full season, the fanÂ’s wanted him out but we started that 2004-05 season like a team that meant business and, aside from a 1-4 drubbing by "the Invincibles" Arsenal team, we looked a real solid, well organized unit.

Martinez somehow needs to get this Everton team off to a start in similar fashion. We have become way too easy to score against, too easy to play against and teams actually no longer dread facing Everton anymore.

We have to develop a stronger sturdier backbone and that means not squandering endless points after being in the lead.

Martinez has much to work on.

Erik Dols
81 Posted 17/06/2015 at 16:49:02
To be honest, I donÂ’t share all the gloom and doom about the alledged tough start of the season. Last year we thought we had an easy start to the season with Leicester, WBA, Palace and Swansea in the first six fixtures. We won exactly one of those first six league games.

One could say, for instance, that itÂ’s good to play Southampton early on as they will start slow due to Euro commitments and second season syndrome (sounds familiar?!?) and teams like Chelsea and Man City tend to lose more points early on.

Minik Hansen
82 Posted 17/06/2015 at 16:57:52
The good thing of playing against top 8 teams early on is that their signings are still adjusting, the Â’top starÂ’ signings still trying to prove to their clubs too hard. WeÂ’re already getting a few players in (counting on Deulofeu) and one or a few more early on will have us in a strong position and with additional key quality or squad signings late on to add on to our current squad is onwards and upwards. Hopefully we will do great in transfers, preparation and spirit.
Tony Abrahams
83 Posted 17/06/2015 at 16:53:50
IÂ’m not sure teams have ever been that worried about facing Everton for a long time, Jim, even if I think I understand what you're trying to say.

There was a period about six seasons ago when we were the ultimate flat-track bullies, but our record against the big guns has always left a lot to be desired.

I donÂ’t think it will take too long to determine if Martinez is going to be the man for us. Results matter, of course they do, but itÂ’s the style of the play, and the speed in which we play the game, thatÂ’s going to be the most important thing to me.

Peter Bell
84 Posted 17/06/2015 at 17:20:47

I am not as pessimistic as some on here and actually think the way the fixtures are grouped maybe not as difficult as some may think.

Man City and Chelsea will not fancy coming to the 'bear pit' early in the season and during the periods of playing the top teams, I think we need to play our best team in those games, then rotate when we face the less than daunting periods.

The RS are facing a Europa game on the Thursday night before the first derby, so hopefully they will find themselves away in the far side of Russia.

The same thing happens for the second Derby, should they get to the last 32, they will find themselves playing on the Thursday before the Derby.

So we can expect both those games put back until Sunday, unless of course we are in the Capital One Cup Final, then the second derby will get postponed anyway.

We also go to Arsenal after a European week, and West Ham next after they have played on a Thursday.

And the last six games all look winnable to me.

But, hey, this is Everton, anything can happen.

Steven Jones
85 Posted 17/06/2015 at 16:40:44
Great set of fixtures ....

We will be top of the table come end of September ...

This fixture list is a great antidote to last years poor pre-season.

Players, manager and fans will be up for it!

Watch us go!!

Jim Bennings
86 Posted 17/06/2015 at 17:12:14
I agree very much Tony.

I think for a while under Moyes we had a canny knack of being tough to play against, I always recall us being like a dog with a bone whenever we played Manchester City home or away.

I do think we were harder to beat under Moyes than we are now at this moment under Martinez.

As you say, though, the slow pedestrian style of play is something that most fanÂ’s wonÂ’t want to tolerate for much longer. It's ok saying it wonÂ’t matter so long as it produces wins but the fact is, it no longer works in the Premier League, it was obviously sussed out and stopped by most sides we faced during the last campaign.

Martinez is going to need to either speed up the tempo of this possession passing game, and make sure the team starts running more with and without the ball, or heÂ’s going to need to have a rethink and try mixing up the style, working more on quicker balls into the area, high crosses sometimes, faster first-time crosses.

This is how we find out if Martinez can earn his crust or not.

Phil Walling
87 Posted 17/06/2015 at 17:25:53
Well, thatÂ’s getting on for fifty posts offering excuses why we canÂ’t get off to a good start!

Trouble is that if they asked fifty Evertonians to name their ideal first dozen fixtures, theyÂ’d all come up with a different list.

Regardless of who we play, as long as we get say, 20 points from the first 12 games, weÂ’ll all be smiling.

WonÂ’t we?

Darryl Ritchie
88 Posted 17/06/2015 at 17:38:29
The preseason is the key. If we can start the season fully fit (as in able to run a full 90), full of confidence and injury free with a full squad, we are a match for anybody.

EFC have been known to get off to a slow start, and come on like gang busters at the season's end. Hopefully we can start on the front foot this next one. Who we play is irrelevant; we play every club twice; when doesnÂ’t really matter, either.

The spotlight is on RM.

Denis Richardson
89 Posted 17/06/2015 at 17:33:45
Looking at the fixture list again, up to the end of October we have a total of 11 league games and most of them are tough. However, the games against Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd and RS are all at home. If we have any ambitions, we should be looking to have a real go here and hopefully win at least two of them. Chelsea is the only one where I donÂ’t really rate our chances but I donÂ’t see why we canÂ’t win the other three (even though the derby nearly always ends in a draw).

After that, we have a decent run of 8 games where I would hope weÂ’d kick on and get a good 15-18 odd points (being hopeful here but, fuck it, we need to be!). We should be aiming to have well over 30 points in the bag by the end of the year which will keep us around the top 6, if not higher.

I know its a bit Fantasy League etc but we need to be aiming high. If RM doesnÂ’t look like he can deliver by November, then he should be shown the door... So my prediction:

Watford - win 3pts
Southampton - draw 1pt
Man City - win 3pts
Spurs - loss 0pts
Chelsea - loss 0pts
Swansea - draw 1pt
West Brom - win 3pts
Liverpool - draw 1pt
Man Utd - win 3pts
Arsenal - loss 0pts
Sunderland - win 3pts

So 18 points from the first 11 games - W5 D3 L3. Achieve that weÂ’ll be top 5 come November and IÂ’ll have (almost) forgiven RM for last season.

Karl Parsons
90 Posted 17/06/2015 at 18:16:09
Look at it this way:

If we start well and carry that thru to the easier games in November and December, we could be top of the league at Christmas. IÂ’m not saying weÂ’ll stay there like!

Tom Bowers
91 Posted 17/06/2015 at 18:15:23
Personally I donÂ’t care how the fixtures are set up because ultimately you have to play every team twice anyway and if you have the right squad, manager and very few injuries you can do well.

However, playing the promoted teams early can be a problem as they usually play above themselves early on as it proved against Leicester last season for the Blues.

Paul Tran
92 Posted 17/06/2015 at 18:22:48
Why all the early excuses? Get them fit and ready, get them moving the ball with pace, get some early momentum and watch us go.

If you canÂ’t be positive in June............

Ian Jones
93 Posted 17/06/2015 at 18:49:55
Re comments earlier about Colin G announcing Watford would be first game about 30 mins before matches were announced. Could be that he has good sources or that he started to make a comment on the thread and did not submit it until much later.

Anyway I think its a reasonable start to the season. Has it finally been decided where the first Derby game is to be played. I quite like the idea of both teams playing at home. We would probably win the toss and elect to change ends and not kick off.

David Hallwood
94 Posted 17/06/2015 at 19:34:58
Our Colin, aka Glastrodamus, is an Everton insider, could even be our Bill – he’s too accurate to be anything else; kinda reminds me of a pool hall hustler getting lucky with flukey shots.

The two great mysteries in football; the secret footballer and our Col G.

Paul Kelly
95 Posted 17/06/2015 at 18:58:08
DonÂ’t matter who we play if Martinez hasnÂ’t learned anything from last season's farce.

Be it Watford or anyone else, if we play slow turgid sideways passing cack as we so often witnessed last season, we will be knee deep in the brown stuff very quickly.

HereÂ’s to hoping he has (learned).

Tom Cuffe
96 Posted 17/06/2015 at 20:33:23
My prediction is, by the time we play Newcastle on the 26 December, we will have 30 pts. Come the end of the season, I see 64 pts.

Hate to say it but I donÂ’t see a whole lot changing next season, even though that alone would be an improvement.

Nicholas Randall
97 Posted 18/06/2015 at 03:56:43
This may have already been said but according to BBC Sport, the first Derby is at Goodison Park on 3 October with the second one at Anfield on 27 February.
Mark Andersson
98 Posted 18/06/2015 at 13:15:27
Lots of bollocks spouted about tough fixtures and easy fixtures. We failed miserably last season in every way. Martinez was found out, and for me he lost the fans and the dressing room.

Billy big bollocks will hope that his Spanish omelette will have a 3rd season like Moyes did in his 3rd season. Big difference is Moyes was more honest and commanded more respect from his players than Martinez does.

I really hope I am wrong so come the 5th or 6th game then it will either be all smiles or snarls. Jamie Crowley is in fetal position says it all for me... haha!

Dave Ganley
99 Posted 18/06/2015 at 21:16:31
I have no idea what to expect from the coming season. For me, it really could go either way. If el Messiah has learned lessons – too numerous and laborious to mention here – then it could be great. W fully fit and firing squad willing to work hard, then no reason why we cant get off to a flying start.

As others have mentioned, it really doesnÂ’t matter who we play early, we can all make pros and cons for any team so if we are fit and ready to go then bring it on.

Ajay #38, I like your team especially the addition of Kagawa... it's actually a realistic team although I wouldnÂ’t have Barkley on the left, I would have Mirallas if he is still here. Hmmm what chance Kagawa to come here... well it is the silly optimistic season!!

Darren Hind
100 Posted 19/06/2015 at 05:35:49
Wow! WeÂ’ve got a small sequence of what appear to be difficult fixtures... I bet that won't happen to anyone else during the course of a season.

I wouldnÂ’t be surprised if we have to play uphill and against the wind too. Why are we so fucking unlucky?

I see the guys at the excuse factory have returned to work early this summer... Wonder if the boss is back yet ?

Malcolm Dorr
102 Posted 19/06/2015 at 10:37:18
Anybody else noticed this ?

Typical eh ?

The important thing to note is that the Derby match at Goodison will be moved to either Sunday or Monday

Phil Walling
103 Posted 19/06/2015 at 10:46:20
Colin sure works hard to convert my scepticism about his ideal manager into one of hope for the future.

The test of his true credentials will be how accurately he predicts the eventual exit of his hero.

Paul Tran
104 Posted 19/06/2015 at 11:39:20
Darren, heÂ’s working 24/7, just like his boss!
Tony Abrahams
105 Posted 19/06/2015 at 11:48:13
Not studied the fixture list, but I just read how hard it will be for Everton to sell half season tickets next year, because we play all the big teams, bar Arsenal by January 2nd at home.

LetÂ’s just hope itÂ’s not like last season when most people felt like ripping their season ticket up by that date!

Eddie Dunn
106 Posted 19/06/2015 at 13:17:14
Last season, the standard in the Premier League was lower than normal, and there is nothing to suggest that this will change. Therefore, we should be looking at a similar mid-table position.

If we start well, then we may build confidence and climb the table, but I just feel that once we have seen a few games, we will all realise that all of the old problems are still with us, and a new manager will be top priority.
Sorry to be a doom and gloom merchant, but my optimism was completely sapped last season.

Brian Wilkinson
107 Posted 19/06/2015 at 16:50:06
Newcastle away on Boxing Day, who thinks up these fixtures?

Spurs travelling to Goodison on New Year's Day, surely they could arrange local fixtures for those two dates, instead of teams travelling far and wide.

There are enough North West teams to do this, same in the south, Midlands and North East,

It would not surprise me if Bournemouth against Sunderland met New Year's Day with these idiots arranging the fixtures.

Eddie Dunn
108 Posted 20/06/2015 at 00:07:12
Brian. I heard the smug guy who is responsible for the fixtures on Talksport the other morning. He was boasting of how they had to consider so many things, and take so much into consideration when putting the fixtures together. He had been doing it for 20 years, and was now working on the Rugby league fixtures. He seemed very happy with himself... obviously doesnÂ’t travel to watch his team.

The midweek games are the ones that should stay local, as going to London or somewhere midweek is just crazy. As another poster said, why not have more midweek games early in the season, rather than on some rain-soaked, freezing, winter night.

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