Lucas Digne has been passed fit for the Friday night game against Villa in front of the Sky cameras
Everton travel to Aston Villa tomorrow night for English football's most-played fixure with top spot in the Premier league beckoning, if only for a few hours.
The Blues will take on the newly-promoted Villains in the Friday night televised game looking to extend their excellent defensive form and add to the three points they picked up against Watford last Saturday.
Marco Silva's side come into the game as the only top-flight team not to have conceded a goal in the first two matches of the new season, evidence that Yerry Mina has picked up where Kurt Zouma left off last term alongside Michael Keane.
And Silva has been buoyed by the news that both Lucas Digne and Leighton Baines have been passed fit for tomorrow evening. The Frenchman was withdrawn from Saturday's 1-0 win over Watford as a precautionary measure after he felt his hamstring but has suffered no reaction in the days since.
Baines, meanwhile, has recovered from an unspecified injury of his own that he picked up during pre-season and is available for the first time.
In addition, Silva has Morgan Schneiderlin at his disposal again after the French midfielder served a one-match suspension for picking up two yellow cards at Crystal Palace on the opening day. The Portuguese now needs to decide whether to restore Schneiderlin to the starting 11 or whether to continue with new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin and in the middle alongside Andre Gomes.
“He will be available for the match,” Silva confirmed when asked during his press conference about Digne's availability. “Leighton will be also. It's just Fabian now who has a problem. It's possible [he will be] ready next week.
“He's already sessions with the team, not full sessions, but he has started with the team. It's possible next we will do full sessions with him and it will be a possibility for him to play a full match next week.”
While there is anticipation over whether or not Moise Kean will be selected to lead the line ahead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Silva effectively ruled out a full debut for another of his new signings, Alex Iwobi. The Nigerian began his preparations for the new season late after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations and he is not deemed to be fully fit by Silva and his staff.
“For sure he is looking forward [to playing]. We are all looking forward to that but we know he started really late. It's only his second week working with the team. He didn't do pre-season so, if we can, we have to be careful with the situation, to give him enough time to get fitter.
“Of course, during the game is able to help us but not over the 90 minutes. But he's getting better and if I decide [to play him], he will be ready to give his high quality to us, I don't have doubts about that.”
Silva could go for continuity in his starting XI and keep his team unchanged as could Dean Smith. Kortney Hause is fit for the Midlanders but Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester are ruled out. Marvelous Nakamba, Frederic Guilbert and Matt Targett have all yet to make their debuts.
Villa lost 3-1 at Tottenham on the opening day and were beaten 2-1 at home to Bournemouth last weekend but Smith feels that his men are "creating chances, we just need to start taking them."
In contrast to Palace and, to a certain extent Watford, Villa are likely to be fairly expansive going forward and while that may threaten Everton's clean sheets record so far, it will hopefully also open up opportunities for the Toffees to hit them on the counter-attack.
Silva appears to want to bring Kean into the fold on a gradual basis but the Italian's cameo against Watford demonstrated that he is both physically and mentally ready for the English game. Calvert-Lewin is expected to start but it wouldn't be all that surprising to see Kean's name in the starting XI either, although that might be delayed until after the international break.
Kick off: 8pm, Friday 23 August, 2019
Referee: Michael Oliver
Last Time: Aston Villa 1 - 3 Everton
Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Gomes, Gbamin, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
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1 Posted 22/08/2019 at 17:13:14
Villa are vulnerable at the moment and an early goal would severely dent their confidence.
Top of the pile at 10 pm tomorrow night...
2 Posted 22/08/2019 at 17:15:00
No surprise that Iwobi is not yet fit – he had a long hard summer – and dear lord do I hope that Gbamin has replaced Mr Stupid Red in the starting 11 permanently.
3 Posted 22/08/2019 at 17:34:30
4 Posted 22/08/2019 at 18:00:46
5 Posted 22/08/2019 at 18:10:44
Always something that's made me scratch my head.
6 Posted 22/08/2019 at 18:40:24
Don't be fooled by Villa's first two results. I watched both games and they were unlucky not to get a point with Spurs and they dominated the Bournemouth game after conceding two early goals.
If we bring our A Game and Kean can show us what all the fuss is about, we could and should get the 3 points (hopefully) but this will be a tough game.
My worry is Richarlison who seems to have come back tired and lackadaisical so don't be surprised to see Theo out there either.
And just to rub salt in the wounds of the booboys, I fancy Sigurdsson to get off the mark in this game.
7 Posted 22/08/2019 at 18:41:49
Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne.
Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard.
I'm prepared to give DCL at least one more chance. The lad's a 100% trier but he needs to stay more in the middle of the pitch rather than straying out wide. We have good overlapping full-backs who can get down the line and put crosses in to the area where he should be. Silva isn't going to go 4-4-2, so if DCL hasn't produced by the 45 or 60 minutes mark, then take him off and put Kean on.
2-0 tomorrow. Calvert-Lewin (yep) and Richarlison. COYB.
8 Posted 22/08/2019 at 19:00:11
It's probably a given that DCL starts. We have just signed the best young striker in Europe and there is no way Kean will be rushed, absolutely no way. This boy will be looked after and let loose as and when Silva decides... but a full 90 minutes is not happening just yet.
Think you will find that Morgan will start as well. Silva likes him... so that's that. Morgan will do the holding job, which hopefully gives Gomes a free hand to wreak havoc...
10 Posted 22/08/2019 at 19:16:45
I'm usually pretty optimistic, but I feel like this one has 1-1 written all over it. Villa gave Spurs quite a battle.
11 Posted 22/08/2019 at 19:25:42
He's been off the pace and considering his lack of pre-season, maybe needs to be benched?
I feel however it will be unchanged from last week. Silva was happy with the first 30 minutes, and probably thinks he can get them to play like that for 60 this time?
Villa aren't to be written off, many a good player in their ranks, but signing so many players is never a good tactic for a promoted team. Don't know what got into them.
12 Posted 22/08/2019 at 19:33:28
13 Posted 22/08/2019 at 19:42:50
14 Posted 22/08/2019 at 19:50:26
I would start with the same team as the Watford game but urge Silva to use his subs asap if anyone is not showing his best.
Really interested to see John McGinn in action. I've been a big fan of his since he went to Hibs and really disappointed we didn't show any interest in him when his move to Celtic went belly up.
15 Posted 22/08/2019 at 19:56:13
Go for three points, Marco.
16 Posted 22/08/2019 at 20:07:22
We can never mount a top-six challenge anymore because our away form dismally lets down the good solid home record.
The fact that Everton have not won more than five, yes 5 from 19, away games in a single season since 2013-14 under Bobby Brown Shoes, pretty much says it all.
We ought to be going away to the likes of Palace, Villa, Bournemouth, Burnley, and picking up at least 9 points.
Last season was the same, we lost at Newcastle, Southampton, Brighton, Fulham, Watford — it's not good enough.
Tomorrow will be a tricky game but if we apply ourselves correctly and win will make a statement of intent of what we can do this season.
I'll be disappointed if we don't win because already yet again that will be two very winnable away trips passed up.
17 Posted 22/08/2019 at 20:07:27
18 Posted 22/08/2019 at 20:18:17
A draw would seem the most likely result as Villa have yet to win a point and will be fighting for their lives. Kean in from the start would give us a better chance of the win.
19 Posted 22/08/2019 at 20:18:30
You shouldn't be discussing cricket on here, deffo not. And nothing about the ToffeeWeb Golf Day at Frodsham on 20th September before the Sheff Utd game either please. At 11:30. I mean 18 holes, a breakfast and a buggy. You're having a laugh!
20 Posted 22/08/2019 at 20:34:49
21 Posted 22/08/2019 at 20:46:00
A comfortable win, 2-0, perhaps 3-0.
As long as Silva picks an attacking side and isn't conservative, ie, picks Schniederlin, then it should be our night.
22 Posted 22/08/2019 at 20:47:20
Villa will be well up for this game having lost their first 2 games, so we need to be positive from Minute 1. Don't let them get any momentum early on and be clinical in front of goal.
I see we have a chance of breaking an Everton record that has stood for over 100 years: we have never kept 3 clean sheets in the opening 3 games of any season.
23 Posted 22/08/2019 at 21:00:16
Richarlison had a shocker last week, while Sigurdsson looks a little off the pace and Bernard has got his one for the season via a deflection. This is why Kean must play.
24 Posted 22/08/2019 at 21:04:08
25 Posted 22/08/2019 at 21:04:13
26 Posted 22/08/2019 at 21:08:41
Of course I haven't the slightest idea what they mean.
28 Posted 22/08/2019 at 21:22:55
Quite right – it is about time we started breaking the right kind of records, starting with that one.
For too long, we have been the team that other people break records against – eg, player hasn't scored in three seasons, get's one against us; player making his debut for a club, scores against us, etc.
Someone on another site has mentioned that Grealish has not been on the winning side in any of his previous 20 Premier League outings.
In the past, that is exactly the kind of statistic that would haunt us as you could virtually guarantee that he would break his duck against us.
So – not any longer please!!
Let's break that 100-year record and score a few into the bargain.
29 Posted 22/08/2019 at 21:28:45
It's high time now that he starts making match-winning performances. If he wants to be an elite player then he needs to take on the role of being our own version of say Mo Salah, even though I'm loathe to say it.
Trudging through too many games shrugging his shoulders and wearing his Ademola Lookman style sulk mask just won't cut it for a £45 million pound Brazilian international.
Yes he scored a good tally last season but his overall performances need to be more pivotal for us.
30 Posted 22/08/2019 at 21:47:13
31 Posted 22/08/2019 at 21:57:52
32 Posted 22/08/2019 at 22:01:30
33 Posted 22/08/2019 at 22:08:34
34 Posted 22/08/2019 at 22:11:15
This is exactly the kind of game we all expect to win. This is exactly the kind of game we draw or lose. Poised to go top of the table, if even for just 1/2 a day. This game is exactly what separates us from dizzying heights.
Fulham last Spring, anyone?
Overconfident Everton, playing a newly promoted team who hasn't won yet, seems perfect for them we're traveling to their place, prepared to shit the bed.
Were I a betting man, and I certifiably am not when it comes to any sporting event (prefer poker), I'd not wager a single cent on this one.
Hope I'm wrong.
35 Posted 22/08/2019 at 22:11:48
An early goal would be a bonus as the defence seems to be doing well at the moment and the Villa offence is not as good as Watford or Palace. However, discipline is the key to controlling the game.
36 Posted 22/08/2019 at 22:12:53
If we are going to have a good season, then we have to win this game, and I have every confidence we can. I think we'll edge a close game 2-1 with Kean getting a late winner. I fancy Dom for the first, and I wouldn't rule out a McGinn screamer against the run of play. We need to be careful about being counter attacked, and that's why I expect Schneiderlin to play.
37 Posted 22/08/2019 at 22:16:25
38 Posted 22/08/2019 at 22:20:50
As I've mentioned before, we don't concede many or lose many with Schneiderlin in the side. He covers his position well and gives us a strong base to attack from (that's offence). His passing can be a bit safe for some, me included, but he has the legs on Gbamin at the moment.
For once, l think we win this well. 3-0... (just don't quote me on that).
39 Posted 22/08/2019 at 22:30:44
40 Posted 22/08/2019 at 22:32:13
I've no problem with Schneiderlin starting.
If he picks up a yellow, I'd pull him immediately. I don't care if it's in the 3rd minute of the game.
He's not been near as poor the last year or so, as he was under Big Sam. He's a steady man in front of the back four, and allows Gomes (a.k.a. "handsome") to roam a bit.
But if he looks out of control, Gbamin has to come in.
41 Posted 22/08/2019 at 23:12:07
Phil @ 37 – I just watched Lavery's goals in the Europa League, that second goal was a belter!
However, you did not mention the Panenka penalty scored by ex-Everton legend, Magaye Gueye, which was equally as good as Lavery's second in its own right for audacity alone.
42 Posted 22/08/2019 at 23:15:24
You can't because we don't create chances. Our alleged Number 10 creates zilch from open play. Iwobi is desperately needed.
43 Posted 22/08/2019 at 23:25:36
Coleman Keane Mina Digne
Gbamin (Schneiderlin 80') Gomes
Richarlison Sigurdsson (Iwobi 75') Bernard
Calvert-Lewin (Kean 65')
Sigurdsson has not played great so far and he must feel his position is the only one that cannot be challenged but I think, with Bernard in the centre, he could also supply the other forwards with some great chances.
44 Posted 22/08/2019 at 23:36:03
Can't see anything other than the same team (he may drop Richarlison for Walcott until the 2nd half). I trust Silva to man-manage him just fine.
45 Posted 23/08/2019 at 00:05:00
Calvert-Lewin's problem is he never gets on the end of them. He has not scored in his last 13 games.
46 Posted 23/08/2019 at 00:16:23
47 Posted 23/08/2019 at 00:53:28
3 points away to Villa is a must, let's see what it feels like to sit top of the tree, even if it is just for a night.
48 Posted 23/08/2019 at 01:35:13
I don't think Villa will be an easy game, as someone commented before that they have not played badly up to now, but possibly not had the luck. I am hoping for a win as usual, but feel we may have to up our game to get 3 points.
49 Posted 23/08/2019 at 01:40:17
Villa, however, have to be the clear underdogs for tonight and, if we are going to have a good season, we need to start winning the games we should relatively comfortably at an early point in the season.
A first chance to scrutinise the game properly for me this season as well. I'm hoping we all really like what we see.
50 Posted 23/08/2019 at 03:31:15
51 Posted 23/08/2019 at 03:33:10
52 Posted 23/08/2019 at 04:35:01
I think they erred this summer by bringing in too many new faces at once. I hope we squeak out a 1-0 win as we aren't quite firing on all cylinders yet.
53 Posted 23/08/2019 at 05:17:34
54 Posted 23/08/2019 at 07:15:53
I shall predict 2-0 again this evening but, as I say, it's time to start dominating these matches – we're doing too much squeaking out.
55 Posted 23/08/2019 at 07:23:23
I expect we will miss Gueye in this game and expect to see Grealish lead some ball carrying counters through the middle. Remember the fabulous chance Deeney had? That was Capoue picking Richarlison's poor pass up on the edge of his area, skinning Gomes with ease and running at our exposed defense. Deeney should have scored. That is why I'd not be surprised to see Schneiderlin play, to offer more protection against their counter-attacks.
I think we might see a few more goals tonight and I hope we can score first. Their right-hand side is very vulnerable defensively so expect Bernard and Digne to have some joy. Fingers crossed Sigurdsson can get into the game more as offensively we have looked extremely limited since last season.
3 points would be lovely and yet I've got a feeling 2-2 might be the result.
56 Posted 23/08/2019 at 07:26:45
Heart says a solid 2-0 win for us but my head says 0-0.
57 Posted 23/08/2019 at 07:36:46
If we are as sloppy as we were last week, they will win. It as as simple as that. We are three games into the season now. The unforced mistakes need to stop. We are better on paper, but we are playing way below our potential. Despite being a promoted team, I think this is the biggest test of our centre-halves so far.
Looking forward to a Friday night game.
58 Posted 23/08/2019 at 08:16:16
And as this talk of our fantastic defensive record...much improved yes... But some fortune in there too - Dangerous talk. Let's see how good we are...
If we come out meaning business to dominate and add that clinical touch then we win the game Anything less and there is no scraping the win in this one. My gut feeling is we will need 3 goals to win this...
I personally don't feel we are quite there yet to confidently expect us to win any away game in the Premier League yet. Should we and can we... Then yes. Is it ever a given... No. 2-2 is where I think it's at tonight. Will be delighted to be proved wrong.
59 Posted 23/08/2019 at 08:22:27
60 Posted 23/08/2019 at 08:25:05
61 Posted 23/08/2019 at 08:28:59
62 Posted 23/08/2019 at 08:30:27
63 Posted 23/08/2019 at 08:43:46
It's hard to believe that, from last time we player Villa in 2016, only Seamus Coleman is still in the first eleven; it just shows what amazing changes AND progress has been made at the club.
64 Posted 23/08/2019 at 08:54:23
65 Posted 23/08/2019 at 08:58:13
66 Posted 23/08/2019 at 09:02:44
I agree with that, but must hasten to add, they appear, from what I have seen of them thus far (against Bournemouth and Spurs) to have a better quality of imports that Fulham did.
As with any side, new players don't always gel straight away, that is the hopeful side of my thinking for tonight, but believe they are not to be taken too lightly all the same.
I still think overall we played better against Palace with superior domination than we did against Watford, although the goal and some luck with Watford's failure to convert proved the 3 points, but we must lift our game tonight against Villa.
67 Posted 23/08/2019 at 09:13:56
Today will be tricky as Villa will have a big crowd behind them and be looking to get some points on the board. We definitely have the personnel to win this one so hopefully our boys will be well prepared. I would love to see Calvert-Lewin and Kean upfront together as a combo. COYBs
68 Posted 23/08/2019 at 09:28:05
69 Posted 23/08/2019 at 09:36:07
I too would play Schneiderlin – away from home, his experience will give us more solidity – and I'd give Sigurdsson another chance to regain his form.
Didn't he get married in the summer? I think Morgan did in the close season before his dramatic loss of form and I recall Catterick saying that marriage tended to cause players to lose form for a while? Regardless, once Iwobi is fit, he must start and if Bernard continues to play well, it should be Sigurdsson's place at stake.
I'd keep Kean on the bench and if we need a goal I'd love to see him play alongside Dom – he would create space for Kean with his work rate.
70 Posted 23/08/2019 at 09:37:07
We have to fight for points against every team but we have much the better squad and should win. Time will tell if Villa bought well.
Oh, love the new 3rd kit.
71 Posted 23/08/2019 at 09:45:58
72 Posted 23/08/2019 at 10:02:31
73 Posted 23/08/2019 at 10:10:43
I'm not sure many teams in this league have ‘much' better squads than others bar Man City and RS which is why it's so wonderfully unpredictable. Villa gave Spurs and really good game. Tonight could go any way in my opinion but hopefully we prevail!
74 Posted 23/08/2019 at 10:54:19
75 Posted 23/08/2019 at 11:09:06
I would love to say a 3-0 win for the Blues but I am expecting 0-0 or a win for them.
76 Posted 23/08/2019 at 11:16:23
Both those teams are quite physical, well organised, and difficult to break down which is where we often lack quality, creativity and rely on 2 players generally for goals and I expected tough matches.
From my point of view, Villa are the best of the 3 in terms of talent and excitement but they are also a little naive. They don't have a lot of protection for their back four as their midfielders are all better offensively and the defenders themselves aren't the most robust.
I think this game will suit us and, as long as we can stop them from dominating the middle of the park, I'm sure we will expose their deficiencies.
78 Posted 23/08/2019 at 11:31:02
I'm sure it will be a tough game and the home crowd will be up for it but, if you look at our bench tonight, it should include Walcott, Baines, Iwobi, Kean, Davies... Holgate. I wonder who will drop out for Sidibe when he's ready?
I think we are getting there; at this stage of our development, we have to start being ruthless and tonight will tell us a lot. Really looking forward to it.
I agree with Conor, this game should suit us.
79 Posted 23/08/2019 at 11:32:11
80 Posted 23/08/2019 at 11:44:12
I believe not getting the substitutes on early enough is one of the biggest culprits for that, but the season is early, here's hoping Marco has learned the all too important lessons from last season.
81 Posted 23/08/2019 at 12:46:33
The reason Man Utd decided against loaning Roja out was that they see us as competition. That's a good start.
82 Posted 23/08/2019 at 12:48:07
My feeling is that we just don't have the players to fit into Silva's 4-3-3 preferred system and, until we get them, we will struggle. The RS are so good not because they have great players but because they have players that match Klopp's 4-3-3.
84 Posted 23/08/2019 at 13:10:10
85 Posted 23/08/2019 at 13:10:59
Calvert-Lewin missed a good chance with his head in the first half at Palace. It was from a Bernard cross.
I like the kid, I really do, but I remember laughing at my red mates when I used to ask them what they thought of Dirk Kuyt and their answer always ended with the same phrase: “but he doesn't half work hard”.
I hope I'm wrong about DCL but he will only ever (rightly) be judged by how many goals he scores.
As for tonight, Villa away, live on TV, the chance to go top and break a few records as well... why do I think this is going to end badly? Hmmmm...
I can't see us winning tonight – unfortunately. Gonna be tight like Palace – I think I'll go for a score draw.
Full support. Onward Evertonians.
86 Posted 23/08/2019 at 13:24:55
Gomes plays, he's been fine. Sigurdsson deserves another go. I don't understand the calls for Schneiderlin to replace Gbamin. Gbamin is the future. Morgan is not.
On that same theme, drop Calvert-Lewin and play Moise Kean. What is the point in waiting? Get him on the pitch, now. He's going to get to grips with English football better with the ball between his feet than sat on the bench. Kean is the future, play him.
It's good to see we've now got plenty of competition on the wings. Richarlison will know that a couple more poor performances and Iwobi and Walcott will be fighting for his place in the XI.
I predict a 2-1 win. I don't think Villa are very good at all. They came up through the play-offs, yet it was them who were for some reason more fancied than Norwich or Sheffield United to stay up. They've bought lots of players which always brings up unexpected problems in a team. I think they'll be relegated this season and, for that reason, nothing short of 3 points would be acceptable tonight...
87 Posted 23/08/2019 at 13:43:01
I fully expect it'll be the latter of these two attitudes... and we'll take the 3pts to go top.
88 Posted 23/08/2019 at 13:52:09
I would agree that playing two up top makes sense but to bracket Calvert-Lewin's performances with that of Tosun and Sandro leaves me speechless.
If you consider when our results started to show a significant upturn last season, it is when Silva decided to play Calvert-Lewin up top rather than Richarlison or Tosun.
I'm not sure what people expect from Calvert-Lewin up top alone. My perspective is that he does all that is asked of him. Play Kean alongside him or, even better, play a three as the RS and Man City do, and I think we will score a bagful of goals.
89 Posted 23/08/2019 at 13:59:54
Defence looking great – I always felt Mina would be good for us, and Digne just amazing. I'm in two minds with respect to Schneiderlin – it's like he's just grown up and matured and realised he hasn't much time left to really prove himself. I also quite liked his histrionics for the first booking at Palace – showed real commitment... although it led to his sending-off!
The pace and physicality of the Premier League is what catches all the foreign players out to begin with, so I think take some time with the new midfield lads, Gbamin and Iwobi… give Schneiderlin another chance… I also like Walcott – great player, very committed to Everton and genuine quality... when he decides to use it!
90 Posted 23/08/2019 at 14:27:03
Like many have said before me, if we have any aspirations for challenging the top 4 or 6 then we have to start beating the likes of Villa on the road.
Hoping for a great performance for the travelling Blues as Villa Park has so many great memories for us and wouldn't it be nice to put on a show for the TV cameras?
91 Posted 23/08/2019 at 14:32:37
Silva himself has said he believes it will be an open game so expect our clean sheet record to be under threat tonight.
I am really hoping for a win tonight but this season will be full of surprises with no easy games as the money pouring into the Premier League has enabled all teams to strengthen.
92 Posted 23/08/2019 at 15:17:53
93 Posted 23/08/2019 at 15:24:43
Calvert-Lewin did not "miss" that chance. Replay showed his header deflecting off the head of the adjacent defender. Should actually have been a corner.
94 Posted 23/08/2019 at 15:25:09
95 Posted 23/08/2019 at 15:32:31
Anyway, why? Because he got a soft yellow? Obviously he has some kind of psychological or emotional issues. Therefore, he isn't someone we can trust. He is like a shell-shocked soldier. Whether it's confidence, criticism or something else, he has lost his head.
96 Posted 23/08/2019 at 15:41:33
97 Posted 23/08/2019 at 15:44:36
Like you, I am 100 percent with predictions so far. I also am leaning towards a draw but, because I have my own competition against Mark Lawrensen who predicted 1-1, I am going for another 1-0 win for the Blues.
98 Posted 23/08/2019 at 15:52:36
So much can go wrong with a negative attitude (getting a red card early, for one) can really scupper the best-laid plans.
I am sure Silva has a strategy but whether or not it is going to turn this club around... we can only wait and see.
They have to be able to see off teams like Villa — otherwise, it's more of the same that we have seen for many seasons past.
99 Posted 23/08/2019 at 15:52:44
By the way, I am terrible at predictions! The last big one I got right was putting us down for the Cup in 1994 after we had just stayed up by the skin of our teeth. It caused much amusement to my kopite friends, especially when we started losing every game at the start of the season. I've not had a feeling like that since, and I don't have one now!
101 Posted 23/08/2019 at 16:09:35
On the Wednesday of that week, on the Peter Dimmock football show, Danny Blanchflower came out with “Wednesday for the middle of the week, Everton for the cup.”
102 Posted 23/08/2019 at 16:19:57
104 Posted 23/08/2019 at 16:32:52
105 Posted 23/08/2019 at 16:40:56
Splendid stadium Villa Park, my favourite away ground. The Holte End, in particular, is a fantastic end, and was upgraded without losing any of its charm and architectural attraction. Makes you wonder just what would have been possible at Goodison Park if minds had not been closed to the rebuild option so early on...
106 Posted 23/08/2019 at 16:44:48
107 Posted 23/08/2019 at 17:08:13
Dropping him for Schniederlin, against Villa would not send the right signal, both to the player and the fanbase. It is too conservative. A point tonight gets us nowhere, Schniederlin is too passive and creates an extra pass we dont need.
Silva needs to show he can win these games, still a problem even with more new players and several already bedded down from last year.
Substitution and game management need to be more decisive and sharper, lets not let it drift. Right chaps off to the City for a bevy or two. Utft!
108 Posted 23/08/2019 at 17:35:30
"The thumping the ground thing was just bizarre."
Of course Schneiderlin should be pissed, Ayew totally conned the ref. Schniederlin had clearly won the ball first before taking the player, he had a solid game against Palace and Silva has a lot of time for him.
109 Posted 23/08/2019 at 17:38:35
110 Posted 23/08/2019 at 17:44:45
I'm with Kieran and John. Leave him out and play Gbamin.
111 Posted 23/08/2019 at 17:57:58
112 Posted 23/08/2019 at 18:10:17
Anyway thats gone now lets get behind the team COYB
113 Posted 23/08/2019 at 18:18:12
ok, but thankfully Silva picks team and I'd lay my months pay that Schniederlin plays tonight.
114 Posted 23/08/2019 at 18:20:25
Gbama? The love child of Michelle Obama and Gbamin?
115 Posted 23/08/2019 at 18:23:29
116 Posted 23/08/2019 at 18:31:36
We are either going to go here tonight and play really well for 90 minutes and get the win, or the other option which I think is more likely... they are in front of their home support, Jack Grealish loss list sits there and Everton will turn up for 45 minutes and we will get beat. With, yes, you guessed it getting on the score sheet.
I want it to be scenario 1 but have a horrible feeling its going to be number 2.
117 Posted 23/08/2019 at 18:49:47
118 Posted 23/08/2019 at 21:51:24
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