Yerry Mina is available again after recovering from a thigh problem
Everton's third fixture since the resumption of the Premier League sees them take on Leicester City at Goodison Park in another Wednesday evening kick-off.
The Foxes have been cleared to travel despite the government-imposed lockdown of the city of Leicester in the face of surging positive tests for coronavirus￼ but doubts were briefly raised — since dismissed — over their ability to host their remaining home games at the King Power Stadium.
Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has declared that all non-essential shops in the city must close from today, as well as most schools. He has warned local residents to stay at home and avoid all but non-essential travel in a bid to prevent a further spike of infections.
Brendan Rodgers's men come into the game still sitting in third, albeit with their sizeable points cushion down to just one point, and they are just three points above Wolves in sixth. That threat to their Champions League hopes should provide Leicester with plenty of incentive as they look to beat Everton for the third time this season.
They came from behind at the King Power at the start of December in a match that looked at one stage as though it might have saved Marco Silva's job until Kelechi Iheanacho popped up with an injury-time winner. Five days later, following an awful 5-2 defeat at Anfield, the Portuguese was gone.
His interim successor, Duncan Ferguson, almost oversaw a rousing comeback from 2-0 down in the League Cup when a missile from Leighton Baines forced a penalty shootout but Leicester prevailed in that quarter-final tie.
With Carlo Ancelotti at the helm now and having picked up their first win in five games with a 1-0 triumph at Carrow Road last week, Everton are looking to try and keep in touch with a top six that is feeling more and more un-catchable as the likes of Wolves and Manchester United continue to pick up points.
A win for Ancelotti's men could put them back into the top half again should Arsenal lose at home to Norwich but eight points adrift of Wolves with six games to play. Increasingly, it's a case of fine-tuning for next season which is likely to come hot on the heels of this protracted 2019-20 campaign, although the outcome of Manchester City's appeal against a two-year ban from European competition could mean the Europa League remains in reach for the Blues if they can put together a run of results.
Having had just two fit senior centre-halves for the past two matches, Ancelotti has been boosted by the return to full fitness of Yerry Mina. The Italian announced during his pre-match press conference that the Colombian is the only one of his injured players available again after overcoming a thigh strain that proved to be less serious than first reported.
"Fabian Delph is still injured,” Ancelotti explained. “He is doing individual treatment and training. I don't know exactly when he will recover fully.
"Djibril Sidibé will be back in training on Friday and Theo [Walcott] on Monday.”
Ancelotti has shown a willingness to rotate players, particularly during heavy periods of fixtures like this one that will see Everton play three games in eight days, but whether Mina starts remains to be seen. Certainly, he is a shoo-in to feature at some point with the expanded allowance of substitutes but his manager might not want to rush him straight back into the starting XI.
In terms of changes to last week's team, Gylfi Sigurdsson could come into midfield to replace the struggling Tom Davies but few alterations are expected. There may be more opportunities for young players from the Under-23s setup to make the matchday squad as well.
Kick-off: 6pm, Wednesday 1 July 2020
Referee: David Coote
VAR: Craig Pawson
Last Time: Everton 0 - 1 Leicester City
Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Bernard, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
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1 Posted 29/06/2020 at 21:20:35
2 Posted 29/06/2020 at 21:22:54
3 Posted 29/06/2020 at 21:24:23
Honest. Itll be in Hansard tomorrow.
4 Posted 29/06/2020 at 22:13:14
5 Posted 30/06/2020 at 08:14:14
It was a good reminder of the Everton's problems throughout the team. I hope Keane keeps partnering Holgate; Mina out of position on the turn is something I don't want to see. Glad Schneiderlin is gone. We have improved in defence and midfield, on the last second-half performance, but I still have doubts about are forwards ability to finish, particularly Calvert-Lewin.
The truth is, we are players short of a team that can challenge at the highest levels, even with Ancelotti.
Just realised our next game is Leicester tomorrow. , Another drama. I do feel sorry for the people of Leicester, the psychological impact of realising that you are back to square one must be very depressing. The East Midlands has been hit hard over this last 15 years as it is. My thoughts are with them.
6 Posted 30/06/2020 at 08:54:18
7 Posted 30/06/2020 at 09:05:42
8 Posted 30/06/2020 at 11:42:49
9 Posted 30/06/2020 at 11:46:18
10 Posted 30/06/2020 at 12:19:08
The rest of the population don't have that luxury.
11 Posted 30/06/2020 at 12:28:16
12 Posted 30/06/2020 at 12:39:20
13 Posted 30/06/2020 at 12:54:16
VAR, Covid-19, Hawkeye..... It's time to end this sham of a season once and for all.
14 Posted 30/06/2020 at 13:03:18
On the bigger issue, Im one who firmly believes that a season has to be finished. To not do so is to destroy the integrity of the competition, the sporting equivalent of the ‘it was all a dream storyline.
As for ‘caring about the pandemic, football is providing some welcome relief, albeit in a limited form. Weve already missed out on so much, why cant we have a month of free-to-air football to keep us going for a bit?
15 Posted 30/06/2020 at 13:18:57
He's the Health Minister? God Help Us all! Judging by what I've seen and heard on the news today, I would imagine that all those in the squad (Leicester) have presumably been regularly tested and recently, so would be surprised if they did cancel the game.
Hoping for a win as usual, we need all the possible points from now on in, if we have any chance at all of squeezing a Euro spot, but on reflection too many wasted points early season have come back to haunt us.
16 Posted 30/06/2020 at 13:37:57
I never thought Id say I cant wait to get back to the football, but I suppose the sooner the season finishes the better, even if it doesnt look like we will be able to move forward for quite a while, with this dreaded virus in the air.
17 Posted 30/06/2020 at 13:42:13
Here's for Ancelotti. Looking forward to how he can bounce back (though it was a win) from the Norwich game.
18 Posted 30/06/2020 at 13:45:23
As for Europe, Wolves are going well and it seems like we'd need to get ahead of Arsenal and Spurs to even get 7th. I ain't getting my hopes up too much on that.
19 Posted 30/06/2020 at 14:06:41
20 Posted 30/06/2020 at 14:13:53
21 Posted 30/06/2020 at 14:31:10
I think the Premier League lost the little integrity it had when it put money before health. Playing behind closed doors is a complete farce.
22 Posted 30/06/2020 at 14:31:24
Leicester's home games will either be postponed or moved to a neutral venue.
This was anticipated as part of the PL's contingency planning but won't work if multiple areas are affected.
23 Posted 30/06/2020 at 14:48:30
24 Posted 30/06/2020 at 14:54:05
25 Posted 30/06/2020 at 14:58:49
These are exceptional circumstances and the game is not the same when played behind closed doors. We all know that... but 'needs must', as they say. It's not the same but it is hardly a total farce, as you call it. Most of the rules and the basic objective of the game remain the same.
I just find it odd that football fans, of all people, are voicing the desire not to have their game back. Where's the logic in that?
And even more odd that, when all the games are provided for us free on TV or online, some avert your eyes and refuse to watch!!! That has to be the oddest of odd post-Covid behaviour... nut perhaps the virus has hidden side-effects yet to be revealed by modern science!!!
26 Posted 30/06/2020 at 15:04:03
One was hugely optimistic which saw us finish 7th, one was IMO realistic which saw us finish 10th.
It would take poor form by Palace, Burnley, Spurs and Arsenal to get us up there but I think Man U, Sheff Utd and Wolves are too far ahead of the pack for us to catch.
All we can do is take it game by game starting with a win against Leicester.
27 Posted 30/06/2020 at 15:24:02
28 Posted 30/06/2020 at 15:25:59
The only issue for Leicester City FC and the authorities is whether or not their remaining home games are switched to a neutral venue. If they continue playing matches at the King Power there is an obvious risk that the requirement for local support staff such as security personnel will lead to an increased spread of the virus.
As for the game itself our players have had a full week since their last game. Leicester have had only three days to recover from their defeat against Chelsea. They have not been in great form since the restart so our team should see this as an opportunity beat a top four team.
29 Posted 30/06/2020 at 15:29:23
30 Posted 30/06/2020 at 15:42:39
My thoughts are with the NHS staff, who have worked tirelessly for months now and face the prospect of it happening all over again. God protect them.
31 Posted 30/06/2020 at 15:59:54
In professional football ;
to just miss is not good enough, because it gives possession to the other team.
to not have shots on targets gives the opposition goal keeper and defence confidence.
to have good positioning and chances and not be able to finish has the same effect.
to not have ingrained accuracy in shooting ability, is below the level of most Premier League Clubs consistent goal scorers.
It's about time Everton forwards starting hitting the mark.
32 Posted 30/06/2020 at 16:13:38
If you cancel it and they are all negative then it begs the question what's the point in the tests if when you test negative you still are not allowed to live a normal life?
33 Posted 30/06/2020 at 16:42:50
The other point and I'm not sure what the questioner expected from askng Carlo what did he think of the other lots celebrations he replied "I think honestly this is not my problem. I am a person that tried to respect the rules, I understand that after 30 years the celebrations could be normal."
What exactly have the other lots celebrations got to do with any manager other than their own? never mind the Everton manager.
34 Posted 30/06/2020 at 16:44:35
So as long as Liverpool are now crowned Champions nothing else matters.
35 Posted 30/06/2020 at 16:52:42
36 Posted 30/06/2020 at 17:01:10
Worth watching just for his reaction to the Luke Garbutt question, just past the 6 minute mark.
37 Posted 30/06/2020 at 17:24:09
My predicted XI for tomorrow:
Coleman Holgate Keane Digne
Iwobi Siggy Gomes Gordon
SUBS: Virginia, Mina, Baines, Sidibe, Davies, Beni, Bernard, Simms, Adeniran
38 Posted 30/06/2020 at 17:30:00
Enjoyed that look......“Who the fuck is that?”
I am deaf so its always subtitles for me, they come up with some good ones ; they referred to Luke Garber and Mason Holidays
39 Posted 30/06/2020 at 17:41:23
It's the games like Brighton at home v. MU, that gives good hope for table climbing. Come on, Duffy & co.
40 Posted 30/06/2020 at 18:05:03
41 Posted 30/06/2020 at 18:07:51
The banality of some of the media questions beggars belief at times.
42 Posted 30/06/2020 at 18:11:22
43 Posted 30/06/2020 at 18:38:08
Skys now reporting that the game could be postponed. Them and the Beeb have their champions now, so I can see a solid attempt from the media to end the season now for ‘safety concerns.
44 Posted 30/06/2020 at 18:55:06
Why was Luke given a five year contract ?
Is no one actually appraising players to increase their value to the Club as a player or as a Transfer? It appears the only time they are appraised is on ToffeeWeb. There must be no policy in developing players from within Everton. Most of us would have thought that Luke could have been worked on. Now it looks as if we could brief Ancelotti on his progress and actually tell him who he is,
It just shows what a waste of time and money it would be to buy the glossy Evertion Magazine, if it is anything like the old newprint version. It use to keep fans informed on fringe players and how they where getting on
Thanks Jay for highlighting the Link and Luke reference.
Good Luck Luke.
45 Posted 30/06/2020 at 19:00:25
The glossy Evertonian Magazine stopped being produced a good while ago.
46 Posted 30/06/2020 at 19:46:29
47 Posted 30/06/2020 at 19:53:48
The Day after Citys game they are now saying the title is decided may as well end the season now, no regard for any of the other teams, they have got what they wanted.
No regard for the 3000 Spanish fans attending their stadium, no regards of the mass celebrations by the pier head.
Is it any wonder so many opposing fans dislike anything Redshite.
48 Posted 30/06/2020 at 20:19:53
Worth a go ?
The odds seem skinny when you think that their midfield is so vastly superior to ours. They have a goalie who can be world class and they have a striker who is likely to burst into form at the drop of a hat.
Doesnt look a compelling case on paper and I certainly wont be lumping on... but I have this feeling we might just find a way in this one.
Ancelotti has discovered that the likes of Keane is much, much better defending deep. The less grass behind him the better.
I just don't think we will play Leicester's game. Are they as good when you make them play in front of you ? I dont think so... But I still hope Carlo has the courage to engage in a little You play/We play.
49 Posted 30/06/2020 at 20:43:24
50 Posted 30/06/2020 at 21:09:40
51 Posted 30/06/2020 at 21:18:49
52 Posted 30/06/2020 at 21:47:18
In attack I want to to see Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin giving Jonny Evans and Soyuco(?) a hard time, they are a decent combination it will be a good test for our two strikers to work together and create. Our younger lads have a yard of extra pace on either of them two and can expose them and force mistakes.
Sigurdsson will probably start central midfield, how that partnership with Gomes performs will go a long way to determining the result. Passing must be more accurate – any of the recent sloppiness in possession will see lightning counter-attacks come from it.
Can Iwobi continue to get involved more like last week and have an influence? I've got some faith in him to continue to improve with the bit more confidence he will have after Norwich.
Our defence has been solid, can Holgate and Keane build on their two clean sheets. They seem to be playing for each other and Keane has found a new bromance now Kurt has moved out.
I think we can get a narrow win because of our strengths elsewhere, but in the central midfield areas it will be tough for us.
Everton 2 Leicester 1
53 Posted 30/06/2020 at 22:17:41
I mean, what sort of answer could Carlos have given about Garbutt - even had he known who he was?
"I let him go because he was useless and wouldn't get into my team in a month of Sundays".
Or what about the RS "celebrations"?
" I think they are despicable, the scum of the earth for endangering everyone by ignoring the government guidelines."
You can imagine how honest answers to those questions would have played out in the wider world.
Why bother to ask such obviously loaded questions - other than to try to show the recipient in a bad light?
54 Posted 30/06/2020 at 22:46:53
Not just Everton either, every single game I've seen has been utter shite. It's worse than watching amateur football. This is a complete farce and I don't like it. It serves no purpose.
As for helping the community out of lockdown, I think the opposite. Football being back, combined with Dominic Cummings and goings, has helped send a message that the lockdown isn't something we really need to do anymore. It's no surprise that large swathes of the population are sticking two fingers up at it and going to the beach, or a protest, or getting pissed and causing mayhem at the Pier Head in the name of “celebration”.
If football wasn't back, and I include the three or four weeks of pre-resumption training in this, then I doubt there would have as been as many breaking the lockdown.
So no, football is definitely back far too soon for me.
55 Posted 30/06/2020 at 22:50:16
As the transfer window opens soon there was one observation I made knowing how we need to strengthen our midfield, it was the improvement in the Man / Utd team with the purchase of a marquee midfielder.
56 Posted 30/06/2020 at 22:51:00
57 Posted 30/06/2020 at 22:56:14
58 Posted 30/06/2020 at 23:00:21
The only thing I would say is that teams aren't prevent him from shooting just yet. Next season they will be better at blocking the shot off and then we'll see how he adapts.
59 Posted 30/06/2020 at 23:12:09
Dowell's deep cross that led to the opening goal has been put down as an own goal and bad cock up by the keeper Butland.
Injured on first arriving at Wigan in January followed by the shutdown, he is now getting game time.
Possibly Carlo Ancelotti has come too late to revive Kieran's career at Everton, but who knows?
Like most, the Italian will be impressed by Kieran's innate football skills and possibly wonder if he could coax something out of him to the benefit of the first team.
His ability and skill sets have never been in doubt. It is the application and appetite for the fight that prevents the lad from having a stellar career.
I would be delighted if Carlo could throw the switch on Kieran Dowell to illuminate us all.
60 Posted 30/06/2020 at 23:23:40
If not Sigurdsson then who would you pick?
Gomes can't tackle, Davies doesn't tackle, Delph is a knob and injured...
If Mina is fit, I'd like to see Holgate in midfield or I'd actually try Baningame but surely neither will happen. So, that leaves Sigurdsson for me.
61 Posted 30/06/2020 at 23:26:34
Probably nobody was buying it or more likely no-one had the knowledge to put anything in it.
The old Evertonian newsprint was very informative.
62 Posted 01/07/2020 at 00:16:38
Sorry, I too must be suffering from a side-effect. I haven't watched any game from anywhere since starting up again.
I tried the first 10 minutes of Schalke v Dortmund and thought it ridiculous. I saw the over-the-line Sheffield Utd goal on the news but that's been it.
Truthfully I have not missed the footy at all.
63 Posted 01/07/2020 at 01:52:19
The only games I've watched are our two and they reminded me of those pre-season Everton Probables v Everton Possibles games from long ago, although those games probably had more passion and intensity.
I didn't bother watching any other games on TV after listening to the first 20 minutes radio commentary of the first game (I can't even recall who was playing). It was only the first 20 minutes because it was so artificial and boring I turned the radio off and did some weeding instead.
The dubbed crowd noises make it even worse and remind me of those awful sit coms where a limp joke is greeted by hilarious canned audience laughter.
I go to all our games, home and away, but can't summon up any enthusiasm at all for these games. I'll be watching, later tonight, but I'm not looking forward to the game as I normally would.
I've been watching Everton since 1958 and never thought anything would dilute my enthusiasm for the game; I was wrong.
64 Posted 01/07/2020 at 03:54:32
The midfield is where this game will be won and lost. Leicester always target Gomes and Sigurdsson and pressurised them with success in the second half. Both players are vulnerable to pressure. Gomes gives away the ball and Sigurdsson becomes anonymous. They will channel Davies knowing that he will lose possession. Their defence will attempt to push up into midfield also pinning the Everton wingers and defenders back, especially if they can dominate in midfield.
Everton need to do the same in support of the midfield and need to be able to defend on the turn, given Leicester speed of attack. Above all, Everton's forwards need to be on target and taking chances to pin them back. Giving away possession and shooting wide will only give them confidence to implement their tactics.
This is why Leicester have had recent success against Everton. Everton have improved at the back and on the last second-half performance in midfield. If midfield play as they did in the last first-half performance, and continue to have a blunt attack that success will continue for Leicester.
65 Posted 01/07/2020 at 07:17:05
Also, for the many supporters like me, living overseas, who can only attend perhaps one or two games every couple of years, watching on TV/Computer is our only option. Hence, it is good to be watching the games for us albeit the atmosphere is severely lacking. I watch on Optus Sport in Australia. Frankly, I think they're doing a pretty good job of it. One negative, though, is the over use of Ex RS players for various opinions and commentary.
66 Posted 01/07/2020 at 08:02:55
They have a really good balance of pace power and energy in their midfield and they high press everyone. Thats how Brenda wants his teams to play. He really fell on his feet with this midfield.
In comparison our midfield have little or no options. The wide players are given defensive briefs and the forwards are miles away. Whoever plays in our midfield tonight will be caught in possession
For years we have isolated the man on the ball. Thats because we sacrifice our options by playing cowardly football which is primarily designed to stop the opposition..
Leicester won the league a couple of seasons ago by allowing opposition possession and hitting them with lightening fast counter attacks. Thats fine if you have the players to do it.
Times have changed and the one thing I would predict with confidence is that they will have more of the ball than we do tonight.
Dominic cummings responsible for people breaking social distance rules ?..Really ?
He may be a disagreeable little twat who broke some the rules he created, but social distancing wasnt one of them.. Lets not go all Piers Morgan and give millions of idiots a ready made excuse for mass gathering.
67 Posted 01/07/2020 at 08:04:45
The only games I watch are Evertons. Watching the game and see the analysis on ToffeeWeb unfold keeps me interested. I just can't watch any other teams after 5 minutes.
I suspect other fans would have difficulty watching Everton. Coming to think of it, it's no different than watching normally. It would be different for people who are able to attend matches regularly.
68 Posted 01/07/2020 at 09:15:41
69 Posted 01/07/2020 at 10:04:07
We struggled against Norwich in the middle of the park, and Leicester are way stronger. If he doesn't change it, still prefer Davies to Sigurdsson in midfield any day, he made a few mistakes the last day, but never stopped showing for the ball, won't shy away. Siggy has no work rate, can't tackle, and when the going gets tough, shys away.
A strong holding, defensive midfielder has to be our No 1 target this summer.
70 Posted 01/07/2020 at 10:07:59
Holgate is the best option, especially against Leicester's tactics. They have done Everton twice with exactly the same tactics.
71 Posted 01/07/2020 at 10:13:34
Like others I worry that Gomes and Siggurddsson (the slowest midfield in the league?) would be overrun by Leicester's more dynamic offering. Sadly Tom Davies offers more energy but not alot more efficacy and he actually makes less tackles per game than the Icelander.
Either way I think we will need to sit back and play a direct, counter-attacking game. Hopefully we stay calm and don't give away silly free kicks as I could well see a set piece being decisive and its an area we have improved in remarkably since Ancelotti (and, crucially in this regard, his son) came in.
I'd be tempted to plump for Gordon over Bernard as I expect his pace and superior physical presence could be more useful.
72 Posted 01/07/2020 at 11:00:55
Vardy has suffered from Leicester's change in style – they are playing more like Rodgers's Swansea and Liverpool teams. He always seems to score against us though.
I simply can't see us scoring against their defence. 0-0.
73 Posted 01/07/2020 at 11:12:42
As far as football in general is concerned, it's the same as everything else: the older you get, the shine goes off most interests.
I'll watch Everton's games and some of the more important matches between the top teams, but quite a few of those are turn offs with all the pissing about in midfield.
74 Posted 01/07/2020 at 11:19:27
But having said that their 2 centre-backs don't have much pace and I think in Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison we can pose as many worries for their defence as they can to our defence. But we should remember that Liverpool carried far more of a threat than Leicester and we virtually nullified their attack.
75 Posted 01/07/2020 at 11:34:51
76 Posted 01/07/2020 at 11:36:55
77 Posted 01/07/2020 at 11:58:38
78 Posted 01/07/2020 at 11:59:19
I agree that Ndidi is an excellent box to box midfielder with loads of energy, and a talented player.
But let's not forget that in Gana Gueye we had a player whose stats showed he covered more ground than any other midfield player in the Premier League, and was in the top 2 in the league for winning tackles. But at 30 with 2 years left on his contract, we allowed him to leave. I guess it didn't fit with Brands wanting a younger group of players.
Gomes played his best football when played alongside Gueye as he knew he could push forward and Gueye would cover for him. We didn't have anyone at the club who could do what Gueye gave us, and that's why at times our midfield is found wanting at times.
79 Posted 01/07/2020 at 12:00:24
I think we defended excellently against them lot but it was a very organised, negative display which took into effect the quality of the opponent. I don't think we will give Leicester the same respect and I think Vardy will target Keane as we won't camp in our half in this game. This will be a different test for Michael and we don't want him isolated with the striker.
I was also less impressed with us against Norwich than many others and believed our clean sheet was a symptom of Norwich lack of quality in attack than our defensive resolution. If we get carved open for chances like Rupp's and Buendia's, Vardy and Ineacho will bury those opportunities.
Eddie, Vardy has been revitalised since Puel was replaced so unsure why you think that.
80 Posted 01/07/2020 at 12:45:24
All said, we have games to play which can yield points and if we can get say four points from the next two games we could have a realistic shot at the Europa League.
If not then it is a perfect time to see what the youngsters, including Moise, can do with a run of a few games and no critical crowd ready to jump on every mistake. This season has already given us two top-class players in Holgate and Calvert-Lewin- maybe there are one or two others ready to seize their moment?
81 Posted 01/07/2020 at 13:22:37
The great pity has been the lack of replacement. Clearly that's what Gbamin was brought in for but the poor lad's had rotten luck. None of our other midfielders can get around and make tackles, except Delph on a good day perhaps.
Kevin @76, very good.
82 Posted 01/07/2020 at 13:25:19
83 Posted 01/07/2020 at 14:06:52
Vardy has dried-up since the New Year. I think he only has 2 goals in 2020 (I know it sounds worse than it is!) but he has been finding their new style difficult to adapt to and he seems a little rusty. They don't play so counter-attacking these days; instead, they like to control the midfield.
Without the distraction of Maddison, Vardy is easier to mark and has to use his guile rather than the pure pace.
84 Posted 01/07/2020 at 14:07:33
The Gbamin injury completely screwed our season. I've said before, I think we'd still have Silva if Gbamin had stayed fit.
85 Posted 01/07/2020 at 14:14:50
Our long term problem is controlling games with a midfield that is often chasing shadows.
Sam, thanks for confirming I wasn't reading Kevin's post wrongly 😎.
86 Posted 01/07/2020 at 14:29:43
We gave them far too much respect in the first half and the freedom of the midfield, once we put them on the back foot, we had them wobbling and dominated the later stages.
Need to get at them from the start this time and turn the tables on them.
Our midfield is a worry, but if we can not allow as much space this time, then I see Everton collecting three points.
87 Posted 01/07/2020 at 14:54:59
I think he will put Sigurdsson in in place of Davies and drop Richarlison to the left wing and put Kean on to hit them on the break.
If we have Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi, Kean and Richarlison hitting them on the break, I can see a decent win for us – especially if Maddison is out.
88 Posted 01/07/2020 at 14:59:18
89 Posted 01/07/2020 at 15:08:10
Richarlison has ability and hasn't shown it as much as we would like but Calvert-Lewin is still not the finished article. Anyone else in the offence department is not worth mentioning at the moment.
We do need another class midfielder who can notch a few, à la Lampard; until then, we will struggle.
90 Posted 01/07/2020 at 15:20:02
Win this, Europe is still on. Whether we want that or not is an entirely different conversation. But if we get 3 points we're in the mix.
Lose, and it's mid-table for sure.
Anyone want those 2 lost points from Newcastle back?
Also, if Tom plays, look for a good game from him. He played very well against Liverpool, then played poorly against Norwich on three days rest, that only being the second game back after a 3-month layoff. I think with a full week's rest, we'll see him play much better – if he plays.
91 Posted 01/07/2020 at 15:40:00
I, and many more said a the time, it was bad business signing Delph, a little over 3 months short of his 30th birthday, who was injury-prone at Man City, and surplus to requirements.
Giving him a 3-year contract, on bigger wages than he was on at Man City? Bad business.
92 Posted 01/07/2020 at 16:14:43
93 Posted 01/07/2020 at 16:15:26
94 Posted 01/07/2020 at 16:34:54
Bobby @92, good shout there about Sidibé there, with Seamus behind, whether that will be an option considered, is another matter, although I do bow down to Carlo's know-how, and believe he will choose the best available combination.
Come on you Blues! Almost forgot about it being a 6 o'clock kick-off.
95 Posted 01/07/2020 at 16:49:39
96 Posted 01/07/2020 at 17:01:24
97 Posted 01/07/2020 at 17:02:35
98 Posted 01/07/2020 at 17:03:36
Pleased for Anthony Gordon, and hopefully Beni Baningime can get a few minutes on the pitch today. Good luck, fellow Blues!
99 Posted 01/07/2020 at 17:08:06
I just hope we keep him quiet tonight as I agree with Brian that our front two can cause them problems.
100 Posted 01/07/2020 at 17:08:51
101 Posted 01/07/2020 at 17:11:27
He's top scorer in the Premier League!
102 Posted 01/07/2020 at 17:27:43
The only good thing for us is that Maddison is not starting this game and it looks like they will look to the flanks with Albrighton coming in.
Hopefully we will have enough determination and organisation to beat them.
103 Posted 01/07/2020 at 17:43:57
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