Everton vs Crystal Palace

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James Rodriguez is expected to make a much-anticipated return after six weeks out

Everton are back in Premier League action for the first time in 22 days following the FA Cup quarter-finals and the international break and they need to return to winning ways to bolster their hopes of qualifying for Europe this season.

The Toffees went into the hiatus for World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on the back of three successive defeats in all competitions and having dropped out of the top seven after losses to Chelsea and Burnley.

However, Chelsea's own defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and Tottenham's draw at Newcastle mean that Carlo Ancelotti's team can vault themselves back into the top-four conversation if they can complete the league double over Crystal Palace this season.

Everton won what would prove to be the third of four successive games to start the 2020-21 season when they came away from Selhurst Park with all three points in September, a fixture that saw James Rodriguez help create the opening goal during his impressive start to life in England.

The Colombian has struggled for fitness for the past few months, though, and hasn't featured for the Blues since his marvellous intervention in the Anfield derby where he played Richarlison in for an early goal. In his absence, Everton ground their way past Southampton and West Brom before losing those next three games but, having remained on the sidelines to work on his conditioning, James is expected to return to the starting XI against Palace.

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"James is in good condition," Ancelotti said in his press conference on Friday. "He is motivated and his physicality is good. It's important for us to have James back at his best. At the start of the season, he helped a lot, above all in front.

"We hope he will do the same, I am quite confident because I see him in training showing a good condition and attitude."

With Abdoulaye Doucouré missing with a stress fracture in his foot, Everton have lacked dynamism in the middle of the park recently but they will be buoyed by the fact that Tom Davies will be available despite missing the England Under-21 match against Croatia.

Both he and Ben Godfrey missed that decisive game for their country in midweek but Ancelotti says he expects them to shake off their respective knocks although Bernard and Fabian Delph have been ruled out.

Jordan Pickford will need more time to overcome the rib muscle injury he aggravated against Burnley but there was good news on the goalkeeping front when Robin Olsen was passed fit and he will likely take his place between the sticks at the expense of young stand-in Joao Virginia who will have done his confidence no end of good with some excellent saves in the games against Burnley and Man City.

Finally, there is the prospect of Jean-Philippe Gbamin making his long-awaited comeback after more than a year and a half out of action. Ancelotti led his press conference by announcing that the Ivorian midfielder has come through his first two weeks of full training with the team and continues to be in good condition.

He cautioned that the player will need to be eased back into action after so long out but suggested that Gbamin could be “involved” in some form against Palace which may mean a place in the squad and, perhaps, a late cameo should Everton be comfortably ahead in the closing stages.

For Roy Hodgson and Palace, James McCarthy will be assessed to see if he can face his former club along with Tyrick Mitchell and Nathaniel Clyne. The Eagles come into the game sitting in 12th place but they have been in erratic form of late, winning two, drawing two and losing two of their last six matches.

The availability of Wilfried Zaha makes them a different prospect to the one they have been for the past few weeks while he was sidelined and they also pose threats like the aerial presence of Christian Benteke.

The Everton that has European aspirations should have too much for Palace but Ancelotti's men have struggled to impose themselves on inferior teams at home this season, a psychological failing that has, thus far, threatened to ruin their top-four dreams and could yet cost them a place in Europe.

The hope is that the manager has been able to use the international break to focus the players' attention and get them in the frame of mind that will see them seize the chance that could yet open up for them over the final 10 games of the campaign. As the season has amply demonstrated, a team that can string together a number of wins can make great strides amid the unpredictability of results. Everton need to make sure they're the team that puts together the excellent run of form that carries them to the finish they've longed for all season.

Kick-off: 6pm, Monday 5 April 2021 on Sky Sports
Referee: Kevin Friend
VAR: Graham Scott
Last Time: Everton 1 - 1 Aston Villa

Predicted Line-up: Olsen, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Allan, Davies, Gomes, Rodriguez, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin


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John Keating
1 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:27:37
Not interested in the team selection
10 games, 10 cup finals
No matter how they do it, how they play, how lucky we are just get those wins
Andrew Clare
2 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:29:19
This is a big opportunity to scale the table. Let’s do it.
Darren Hind
3 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:36:22
Just play with intent to win.

We have too much for this crew if we do

Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:47:10
Defend with intent, and play with width, and don’t be giving another second rate team to much room in which to out-maneuver us.
Steavey Buckley
5 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:55:43
Every time Everton play with small full-backs, Everton get beat most of the time or get the odd draw.

When Everton play mostly with Holgate and Godfrey at full back, and Yerry and Keane at centre half, Everton mostly win.

It's also about time, Yerry Mina is made Everton captain because he is the most vocal and supporting Everton player on the pitch.

Danny O’Neill
6 Posted 04/04/2021 at 17:59:31
Darren and Tony call it. We've done the "keep ourselves in touch with the pack" bit. Now it's business time and we have to execute.

The way the results have gone / are going for us this weekend, yet again, the opportunity is on the proverbial plate for us.

Tony Everan
7 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:19:40
It’s been an up and down season, with the ups just about out-scoring the downs. As has already been said, the business end of the season is upon us and we have put ourselves in with a great chance. It’s now down to the manager and the whole squad to show their balls and prove they can push on and make this a successful season, in terms of meeting the target of European football. We all want more, but this would be a good stepping stone for next season.
Derek Knox
8 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:32:09
John K @ 1, 10 Cup Finals indeed sir, we basically have two games in hand on most teams around us, which audibly sounds great, but experience has dictated in the past, that you have to win those games for it to mean anything.

I know that sounds obvious, but you only have to look at results elsewhere. Yesterday at Stamford Bridge, the Chavs, I don't think anyone would have made money at the bookies, unless they were an avid and slightly mad Baggies fan. Yet they won 5-2, okay they had a player sent off, that can happen in any game, either rightly or wrongly, but I think it was justified in West Brom's favour.

I don't mind West Brom at all, but hate to see Lamburger Gessler drooling on the touchline, while on his 53rd piece of Chewing Gum, as if to say " that was all my genius that! " but they did it and sent a couple of tremors throughout the Premiership.

Getting back to the 'treating it as a Cup Tie', I am not in the least happy, if it turns out that way, to see Gomes as a starter, I think since the injury, and there was evidence of it before it, that he doesn't quite 'cut the mustard' he may have a few minutes here and there. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but like other players he is paid for 90 isn't he?

Hoping for a win, but can't say I'm 100% confident, unless gladly, I'm proved otherwise.

Mike Gaynes
10 Posted 04/04/2021 at 18:47:48
DK... "Lamburger Gessler"???

Anyway, I will be uncontrollably happy to see us back on the pitch. It'll be great to see James back doing his thing again, and what an awesome moment if Gbamin does actually make his return. I don't care if he comes on at minute 89, he'll get a standing ovation here.

Completely confident of a win tomorrow. COYFB.

Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 04/04/2021 at 19:01:25
No Ben Godfrey in your predicted team, Lyndon, have you heard something?
Alan McGuffog
12 Posted 04/04/2021 at 19:03:22
Conrad Philips was William Tell
Willoughby Goddard was Landburger Wotsit.
Lone Ranger theme music
Halcyon days
Ajay Gopal
13 Posted 04/04/2021 at 19:03:24
I hope Godfrey is fit, I did not see him in the training video today.

Holgate Keane Godfrey Digne
Davies Allan Gomes
Richarlison Calvert-Lewin

Subs: Olsen, Coleman, Mina, Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Gbamin, King

Danny O’Neill
14 Posted 04/04/2021 at 19:04:05
I wish you hadn't pointed that out Dave. I tend not to look at or speculate on team selection with this manager, but now you have highlighted that, I shall have a restless night!
Darren Hind
15 Posted 04/04/2021 at 19:04:07
He didn't make the game in mid-week, Dave.

I think Lyndon is probably taking that into consideration.

Mike Gaynes
16 Posted 04/04/2021 at 19:33:08
I think the Keane-Mina combination has more than proven itself this season. So my confidence is unaffected by the possible absence of Godfrey. You can sleep well, Danny.
Danny O’Neill
17 Posted 04/04/2021 at 19:51:08
They have been a solid pairing in fairness Mike. I'm a big fan of Mina and Keane has been much improved this season, albeit in the deep lying formation that suits him. But credit to him regardless of that.
Bobby Mallon
18 Posted 04/04/2021 at 20:26:50
I agree with Darren Hind – it's time to take the shackles off and attack. Win at all costs!
Pat Kelly
19 Posted 04/04/2021 at 20:28:58
Holy cow! Batman and Robin both fit to play.
Danny Broderick
21 Posted 04/04/2021 at 21:05:40
Having Rodriguez back and in decent condition can be a game changer for us in tight games. I am expecting a tight game, given Palace are solid and organised and so are we. Some moments of magic from Rodriguez, Richarlison or Calvert-Lewin might make the difference.

I would play Keane and Mina against their main striker, Benteke. Nullify him in the air and he's got nothing else. Hopefully Godfrey is fit at right back to nullify Zaha also. I'm confident we'll win the game.

Brian Wilkinson
22 Posted 04/04/2021 at 21:43:57
Just need to go into each game, win well, win ugly, but win.

As long as we can get the points in the bag, and take each game at a time, that is all we can ask.

I will be more relaxed once our neighbours get knocked out of the Champions League and closes the door for the possible scenario of finishing 4th and dropping into the Europa League.

David McMullen
24 Posted 04/04/2021 at 21:54:34
Time the players grew a pair each and do the business.

No more of this playing at home hoodoo. As Carlo once suggested, football is simple, and all the grounds are the same on the pitch. Get stuck in, score some goals, get the points.

Sean O’Hanlon
26 Posted 04/04/2021 at 22:24:27
As Lyndon says, Chelsea, Leicester and Spurs all drop points. We have 2 games in hand. So what happens next? An opportunity to make gains? But what do Everton do?

There's always one thing you can guarantee, and that's Everton will let you down.
Will Palace at home be another Burnley, Newcastle, Fulham fiasco? We actually got mauled by these teams. An absolute disgrace.

I do hope we see some good football. At home, we have been diabolical. It's like we've forgotten how to play the game – with ridiculous side and backwards passing which has a totally negative effect on our performance.

Prediction: Everton 7 Palace 0 (I've been on the plonk!)

Paul Birmingham
28 Posted 04/04/2021 at 22:32:38
A must-win, and a massive push and show of fight and intent is needed by the squad tomorrow.

Let's hope that Everton turn up and do the business, win and a clean sheet, but win is the must.

Stan Michaels
29 Posted 04/04/2021 at 22:49:22
If we are serious about Europe, then this is a game we simply have to win. It will be tough if only we make it tough for ourselves. Tottenham and Chelsea results went our way, plus West Ham not playing after we have. Need to put a mark on and use it these results to our benefits rather than soil our shorts.

If we don't win tomorrow. Simple as we do not deserve Europe. Time to actually make a statement now Everton.

Kunal Desai
30 Posted 04/04/2021 at 23:18:21
The old added cliche where this is a must-win game is probably just that.

I think if we start seeing a gap of 5 to 6 points opening up where we are having to chase down the likes of West Ham, Spurs and Liverpool, then I think it's inevitable we can wave goodbye to Europa League qualification.

Time to make it count at the business end of the season.

Lyndon Lloyd
31 Posted 04/04/2021 at 23:43:07
Dave (11): "No Ben Godfrey in your predicted team, Lyndon, have you heard something?"

Not heard anything, Dave. I actually wondered how to fit him in if, as I expect, Carlo wants to bring Keane back in to partner Mina. I erred towards the fact that he took a knock on international duty and that, combined with him being ever-present in recent weeks, might see him get a rest.

To be honest, I really wouldn't be that surprised to see him line up at right-back and be charged with keeping Zaha quiet.

David Hallwood
32 Posted 04/04/2021 at 23:52:04
Apart from Man Utd and Liverpool, we couldn't have asked for better results at the weekend.

And apart from Doucouré, it looks like everyone's fit. Please Everton, don't do an Everton on us...

Stephen Graham
33 Posted 05/04/2021 at 00:32:28
Lyndon, I noticed the Grauniad didn't pick him either:

Everton v Crystal Palace: match preview

Derek Thomas
34 Posted 05/04/2021 at 01:00:05
Mike Gaynes@ 10; a cliched Sheriff of Nottingham type villain in a 60s series about William Tell, think an evil-er Sydney Greenstreet.

He would have delivered Goldfingers - 'I dont expect you to talk Mr Bond, I expect you to die!' line very well.

Kieran Kinsella
35 Posted 05/04/2021 at 01:58:41
Wanda Nara.
Mike Gaynes
36 Posted 05/04/2021 at 03:51:26
Cheers, Derek. I actually sort of remember the William Tell series... the reruns aired in the States as well, probably when I was five or six.
Eddie Dunn
37 Posted 05/04/2021 at 07:34:27
This game, like so many others, seems to be gaining in importance. We have had opportunities on several occasions to propel ourselves higher in the table. The question is, can Carlo set this team up to dominate play at home against a team most think we should beat?

This kind of fixture has been our undoing. If the side can play with authority and inject tempo, then we should win comfortably, but a complacency and half-arsed attitude that we have previously seen will confirm the weaknesses in this group. It really is time for them to step up to the plate.

Terry Farrell
38 Posted 05/04/2021 at 07:35:10
We simply must win this one!
Gary Willock
39 Posted 05/04/2021 at 09:17:14
Must-win game. Without Doucouré or a natural RM/LM, 4-2-3-1 most likely suits this squad the most. Use it today and stick to it for the run-in.

Coleman Keane Godfrey Digne
Allan Davies
James Gomes Richarlison

Sigurdsson, Iwobi and King the 3 most likely subs to use. Hopefully to rest them, not chase it.

Kim Vivian
40 Posted 05/04/2021 at 09:28:05
Delph unavailable! I'd like to think Delph would be ruled out even if he was 110% fit.

Don't risk Godfrey against these if he's carying a knock - we need him available for Spurs and Arsenal inside the next couple of weeks. Need a result here today and that team of Lyndon's should be well capable of it. I'm predicting 2-0 tonight.

Christy Ring
41 Posted 05/04/2021 at 09:41:43
James back fully fit should give us that spark, linking up with Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin. Seamus is well capable of nullifying Zaha. A win this evening will put us in the driving seat, with other results going our way.
Hugh Jenkins
42 Posted 05/04/2021 at 09:42:40
According to The Sun, via the BBC website, Mina is looking for a move to Serie A, this summer.
Jonathan Tasker
43 Posted 05/04/2021 at 09:45:30
Does Gbamin exist?

Will he be seen later?

Jerome Shields
44 Posted 05/04/2021 at 09:47:16
Going by what Carlo said after the last home game, I expect Everton to be in defensive mode relying on James to unlock the Crystal Palace and Sigurdsson to provide the set piece crosses.

Chelsea employed the same tactics at home, but where totally unravelled in their last game. Its going to take more than just this tactic against Crystal Palace.

Everton are going to have to have a a good spirit, which has been always a question after a International break.

Mick Conalty
46 Posted 05/04/2021 at 09:51:10
Eddie Dunn #37
"Confirm weakness in the
Does that include the manager ???
Jerome Shields
47 Posted 05/04/2021 at 09:53:28
The inclusion of Keane partnering Mina by Lyndon is right to take advantage of set-pieces when Everton are in defensive mode.

But, as always, predicting Carlo's team is difficult.

Rob Hooton
48 Posted 05/04/2021 at 10:06:50
I'm fed up of us playing turgid football against the ‘lower' teams and watching them outplay, outthink and outrun us. We need to win this but I am not confident of it by any stretch of the imagination.

If we are going to push for Europe we need to try and score more goals, we have been pretty awful to watch since our early season form and I hope to be entertained on our quest for European football. Hopefully having James back fully fit will see an improvement.

Brian Murray
49 Posted 05/04/2021 at 10:09:16
We need Gomes and Sigurdsson as far away from each as possible, preferably not in the same dressing room. Both should be gone this summer if we are serious about progress.
Brian Harrison
50 Posted 05/04/2021 at 10:18:55
Our season has been totally unpredictable, who would have thought we would at last win at Anfield and not conceded a goal, yet the joy from that result was matched by the depression felt after losing to Newcastle and Fulham. A lot of this group over the last couple of seasons has let us down so often when a win would have given everybody a huge lift we just never managed to get the job done.

I have no idea which team will turn up today, will it be the one that knocked Spurs out of the cup or the group that produced the turgid Newcastle performance. On paper win the 2 games in hand and we challenge the top 4, but we have been in a what if mode a lot this season only to be disappointed.

Derek Knox
51 Posted 05/04/2021 at 10:26:50
Brian @ 49,

I would agree regarding Gomes but I feel Sigurdsson is somewhat maligned, especially on here. At least he does produce flashes of brilliance and is capable of goals from either open play or set-pieces. Agreed not as often as we would ideally like, but I think Sigurdsson is still carrying the burden of expectations, with the massive fee paid for him (not his fault btw) and the salary included.

I also appreciate he hails from a small Country, but he has successfully captained Iceland on many an occasion, and you don't get that for being crap. Having said all that, Sigurdsson and Gomes in the same team is not a good combination, Brian, and on that I definitely agree.

Anthony Jones
52 Posted 05/04/2021 at 10:29:43
The home form baffles me.

For many years I haven't been to a match because the negativity of too many angry fans pisses me off.

I thought having less or no fans would take some pressure off the players and allow us to play better football.

Never mind.

Thomas Richards
53 Posted 05/04/2021 at 10:40:46
I was looking at the amount of away wins across the Prem since the fans were not allowed to attend, Anthony. Massively disproportionate to regular seasons.

Alan J Thompson
55 Posted 05/04/2021 at 10:54:11
If it is true that Olsen will return to Rome after this season, then it would not surprise me if Virginia gets the nod. Second-guessing Mr Ancelotti is not easy but if somebody is assigned the task of keeping Zaha quiet then who will be the wide attacking outlet on that side? Or will that be his master stroke, attack them where they expect to best us?

Oh, and I have part of the William Tell, 1812 Overture on my front door bell, I think just upto the part where the Lone Ranger beats Tonto to that rock but without the prelude.

Martin Berry
56 Posted 05/04/2021 at 11:21:00
We have five home games and we have to win them all, after our dreadful home form so far surely we have to put it right. Hopefully another away win or three draws. Every game a cup final, so let's see what this team is made of.
Andrew Clare
57 Posted 05/04/2021 at 11:28:35
It has been a ‘mixed bag' of a season so far with good wins and dire defeats. The home performances have been awful. Watching so-called ‘lesser' teams dominate the play has been painful.

Normally, when a manager is getting things right things start to ‘click' but I have to say that is not happening so far. To be fair it is still early days to judge Ancelotti but if I am honest I am still not confident about today's match. I think we will do well to get into Europe but it is by no means certain.

10 cup finals coming up – let's do it!

Tony Abrahams
58 Posted 05/04/2021 at 11:45:12
Always thought that Coleman plays very well against Zaha, but trying to predict Ancellotti's team is not something many get right, and hopefully Lyndon is wrong because that team looks too narrow imo!
Pete Jeffries
59 Posted 05/04/2021 at 12:42:26
Steavey B,

I agree that Godfrey should be left-back and galloping down the wing creating chances as he did when Digne was out; Digne hasn't really performed since injury.

Also, I agree Mina is best at centre-back. Plus Coleman is a better bet at right-back.

Holgate is also being watched lately by refs ready to send him off!

Kim Vivian
60 Posted 05/04/2021 at 12:44:47
Excellent, Darren.
Eddie Dunn
61 Posted 05/04/2021 at 12:47:38
Mick @46, Yes.
David Pearl
62 Posted 05/04/2021 at 12:51:22
Fingers crossed Carlo doesn't play his 4-3-3 because neither Sigurdsson nor Gomes have the legs to cover full-back and add something to our attack. I much prefer a 4-4-2 but then again we have gone from too many wingers to none at all. Unless he plays Richarlison left and James right. Which l doubt.

If Gomes starts, he should be played centrally in a 2. Remember the days when he took control of the game? That's a while back.

Having said all that, we would do better with a back 5, to counter the fact we have no wide players. Fingers crossed no lwobi. And will King start a game before the end of the season?

Thomas Richards
63 Posted 05/04/2021 at 13:12:48
I am considering giving the Live Forum a go tonight, having read so many comments about it.

What should I expect?

Robert Tressell
64 Posted 05/04/2021 at 13:23:34
Thomas, expect a brutal character assassination of players and manager unless we're about 2-nil up inside 10 minutes. If we concede, it will be the lowest point in our history. If you can get past that then often some very funny and insightful comments. Worth a go.
Brent Stephens
65 Posted 05/04/2021 at 13:26:51
Thomas, expect the brutal assassination even before the game has started! As Robert says, worth a go – hilarious.
Neil Lawson
66 Posted 05/04/2021 at 13:45:25
Thomas (63).

You should. It's far more entertaining than watching the match. My son signed me up for the Sky Go App a couple of years ago. Within 15 mins of the end of a game, it has video highlights of the crucial parts of all games. In effect, you can watch MotD in about 17 minutes without all the bollocks spouted by Mr "I Am Wonderful" Shearer and his cronies. However, recent analysis of EFC highlights suggest they struggle to fill their allotted 3 minutes. More a highlight without the S.

So, Thomas, don't worry about missing anything whilst reading the live forum. You can catch up very quickly.

On a more serious note, I do hope that the set up and tactics this evening are positive. Rely on your strengths and play to them. Don't fear the opposition. It is only Crystal Palace after all (Zaha + 10 others) although I do seem to recall Burnley, Fulham, Newcastle etc. I would love to see a team driving forward with confidence and looking to put the game to bed by the hour mark. I would love to see it but still looking for the Easter Bunny.

Richard Nelson
67 Posted 05/04/2021 at 14:02:30
Please, please, please... Signor Ancelotti... don't let Holgate & Iwobi anywhere near the starting line-up!
Brian Murray
68 Posted 05/04/2021 at 14:08:55
All of the above, re forum, but, even when it gets heated and personal, I reckon it's because we all just want the same outcome and the boss seems oblivious to it.

Subs and selection: No Iwobi Gomes or Sigurdsson please. Too much to ask probably and get out of jail card to carry on picking these slow wasters with Onyango not an option and Nkoukou not trusted.

Moan over. Coyb let's have these.

Tony Everan
69 Posted 05/04/2021 at 14:11:07

The machine-gun fire starts with the team selection, hand grenades are launched with every errant pass. Poor crossing is career-ending. Conceding a goal is worthy of death by brain-eating parasites. Conceding two is nuclear devastation. Conceding three is total planet destruction by multiple comet impact. You get the gist. It's all good fun.

If we play quite well and win, then it is all skipping through wildflower summer meadows, singing sweet Evertonian melodies to the dancing butterflies, blissfully carefree in our faded dungarees and gingham shirts. Blue eyes glinting in the virgin light, our blond curls in raptures around our tanned shoulders as we run and run to the waterfall. We strip naked, we dive in off the big rock, and then, for a moment, there's nothing else in the world but pure happiness

Or something like that, or is that just me?

Thomas Richards
70 Posted 05/04/2021 at 14:16:07
Sounds like fun.
Give it a go tonight.
Kevin Molloy
71 Posted 05/04/2021 at 14:18:49
Other than Man City, no team can be depended upon to win any game, home or away, in this crazy season. Amazingly we are in a dead heat for top 4 with 5 other teams and ten games to go.

Only one thing can be guaranteed: West Ham will shit the bed. As to who gets the prize, might be us, staggering across the line Roger Bannister style!

Derek Wadeson
72 Posted 05/04/2021 at 15:11:26
Ten games to go, 5 points off a Champions League place with two games in hand.

Lets embrace the remaining games and enjoy the fact that at the sharp end of the season we still have something to play for.

Or am I too positive for ToffeeWeb?

Matthew Williams
73 Posted 05/04/2021 at 15:20:32
For me, it would be a 4-4-2...

Coleman Keane Godfrey Nkounkou
Richarlison Allan Bernard Digne
Calvert-Lewin King

Start on the front foot and attack 'em... and please keep the back-passes to a bare minimum.


Tom Bowers
74 Posted 05/04/2021 at 15:22:44
It has been somewhat of a crazy season in more ways than one.
City of course are a street ahead of everyone else and with their Mideast moneybags it is to be expected.

However there will be more crazy results in the run-in as if there can be any crazier then the Albion/Chelski result at the weekend which I think proves that being in the top four doesn't mean you are unbeatable no matter who you play.

Everton's results against the Barcodes are a prime example.

Would like to think that Everton will beat Palace today but given our season of inconsistency and playing at Goodison I am prepared for anything.

Yes, the Euro places are up for grabs and Carlo should have them motivated but are they good enough to make a big enough challenge over the remaining games.

We may have to be content with the fact that lot's more improvement is necessary and that only some class additions will do it.

Rob Halligan
75 Posted 05/04/2021 at 15:36:02
Kevin # 71, could well be right about West Ham, seeing as their "star player" Declan Rice has been ruled out for a month because of injury.
Brent Stephens
76 Posted 05/04/2021 at 15:40:14
Thomas, you can watch the game and see what's on Live Forum pretty much at the same time (use split-screen if you're watching the game on your laptop).

You can post into Live Forum with speech recognition software – instead of typing in – so again you don't need to take your eyes off the game.

Ian Burns
77 Posted 05/04/2021 at 15:43:19
Thomas Richards - good luck on the Live Forum tonight. My advice is don't let any family members look over your shoulder, they will wonder what the hell you are doing. If you don't care for swearing - close your eyes because you will see comments about certain players and other posters you never thought possible when you consider we are all blues!
Brent Stephens
78 Posted 05/04/2021 at 15:43:23
Tony #69 - the penultimate para is just you! I've thrown away my faded dungarees and gingham shirts. Still enjoy a bit of knee-slapping, though.
Rob Halligan
79 Posted 05/04/2021 at 15:46:10
Brent # 76. That all sounds a bit too technical for me. Does voice recognition recognise specific accents?? 😁😁😁
Thomas Richards
80 Posted 05/04/2021 at 15:46:17
Brent 76,

I'm not clever enough to do that mate. Could ask one of my grandkids to help me out maybe.

Brent Stephens
81 Posted 05/04/2021 at 15:47:47
Rob, it doesn't recognise a posh South Liverpool accent. Bootle accent is fine.
Rob Halligan
82 Posted 05/04/2021 at 15:51:49
Live forum is open Thomas. Get in there early mate!!
Thomas Richards
83 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:01:36
I'm in, Rob. Dropped your name to get past the bouncer.
Rob Halligan
84 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:02:37
Still gotta pay to get in though!!
Thomas Richards
85 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:05:10
How much?
Danny O’Neill
86 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:05:41
Thomas, Tony Everan @69 captures it nicely.

Derek @72. Absolutely not because that is the situation we are in. Let's just hope the manager and players are of the same mindset.

Rob Halligan
87 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:07:06
Tenner mate. I'll give you my bank account details!! 😁😁😁
Thomas Richards
88 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:08:45
Thanks very much, Rob. Is it okay if I pass the bank details on to my Nigerian mate?
Mick Conalty
89 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:13:21
Tony #69 Wordsworth !!! Eat you heart out.
Dale Rose
90 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:14:59
Thomas #63. The only things you need to know about the Forum is that if we lose, everyone is shit. If we win one-nil, it was poor but close. Anything else and the Champions League is ours.
Jay Wood

91 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:22:12
Talking of voice recognition and Scouse accents, this is a fun watch. Mina and James in a 'shoot-out' identifying the meaning of select Scouse phrases:

James & Mina Scouse Shoot-out

Rob Halligan
92 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:28:47
Seen that Jay. The look on James's face sometimes is a picture!!
Thomas Richards
93 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:46:10
Bit too posh for me the Live Forum.
Rob Halligan
94 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:51:25
Give it time, Thomas.
Thomas Richards
95 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:52:33
👍 Will do Rob.
Take another look at half time
Rob Halligan
96 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:53:50
No cash back though.
Thomas Richards
97 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:55:51
Surely a skin diver is in order
Danny O’Neill
98 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:56:03
Quality Jay (BRZ). Yerry edges a close contest. There were some looks of confusion throughout. I think boss got them both!!
Rob Halligan
99 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:58:18
Sorry mate, it's all non-refundable.
Raymond Fox
100 Posted 05/04/2021 at 16:58:29
It's been a strange season result-wise with excellent results away, and poor ones against the teams at the bottom of the table. So here we go again against Palace who fit the description above.

We are not creative enough to be very confident of beating anyone, but we need to throw caution to the winds tonight and at least try to score a few goals for a change.

It will be a crime if our home form prevents us from a top six finish.

Thomas Richards
101 Posted 05/04/2021 at 17:02:19
No Allan?


Ray Said
102 Posted 05/04/2021 at 17:05:51
Thomas Richards – some rules for the forum:

1. Note the laws of physics don't apply on the forum. Players can be praised to the heavens and a second later will be instructed to do things that are physically impossible, surely painful and possibly still illegal.

2. Don't ever mention fish or you will be swamped with puns for the rest of the game.

3. It's always Hibbo's fault – whatever it is...

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