Abdoulaye Doucouré has been back in full training but it remains to be seen whether he is judged to be 100% fit and ready to start
Frank Lampard brings his Everton side back to Goodison Park after another ugly away defeat hoping to make it three home wins on the bounce, but he faces arguably the toughest opponents in the division.
The Blues are winless against Manchester City in their last 10 games in all competitions and come up against the reigning Champions and Premier League leaders at an inopportune time in the season.
Playing later on Saturday afternoon, Everton's position in the table could be even more precarious than it already is heading into the weekend, with all of the teams around them in action before kick-off at Goodison Park.
Lampard will be focusing on preparing his side for the task at hand, though, and looking to fashion at least a point from a fixture that is usually a pointless exercise for Everton given the huge imbalance in talent and form between the two sides.
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On any given Saturday, however, when it's 11 vs 11 under the lights with the home crowd behind them, the Toffees should go in believing that anything is possible, particularly with talent in the forward line like that of Richarlison and Dele Alli, the goal-poaching presence that is Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the possible return of Demarai Gray after two games out with a hip problem.
In addition, central midfield could also be bolstered by Abdoulaye Doucouré's availability, although supporters will have to wait for the team announcement to see if the Frenchman is thrown straight back into the starting XI.
It also remains to be seen how many of the players who performed so badly at Southampton last weekend retain their spots and what sort of formation the manager goes for in what will be a Herculean task for his team. A five-man back line could be the order of the day if he seeks to contain City for the first half at least.
Alex Iwobi and Jonjoe Kenny were rewarded at St Mary's for their superb outings in the last home game but weren't able to replicate their displays against Leeds and Lampard may feel that a more naturally left-sided player like Vitalii Mykolenko is a better option at left full-back or left wing-back. (The Ukrainian's inclusion in the squad isn't guaranteed, of course, given the alarming events back in his homeland where his parents still live but he may welcome the distraction of playing if selected.)
If there is to be change in Iwobi's spot, Dele could be the beneficiary. The former Spurs star has yet to make his first start for the Blues since joining the club on transfer deadline day and Lampard may feel that this is the occasion to hand him that full debut.
City travel having been wounded by their defeat at home to Tottenham last Saturday, one which most observers expecting will provoke a backlash as Pep Guardiola demands a response from his players.
Of his regular starters, Pep Guardiola only looks likely to be without Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish, both of whom are ruled out. Young striker Cole Palmer is also sidelined with an ankle injury but was not likely to be named in the starting XI.
As has been the established pattern in this fixture, City will dominate possession and do their best to pick Everton's erratic defence apart but there is at least precedent from last season's League Cup quarter-final tie at Goodison where a Blues side featuring five of the 10 likely outfield starters this weekend managed to frustrate their hugely fancied opponents for 84 minutes behind closed doors before the seemingly inevitable breakthrough was made.
A repeat of that kind of stubborn rearguard action would at least give Lampard's men a platform from which to try and pick the visitors off on the break at the other end or capitalise on a set-piece opportunity.
Kick-off: 5:30pm, Saturday 26 February, 2022
Referee: Paul Tierney
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Last Time: Everton 1 - 3 Manchester City
Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Allan, Van de Beek, Alli, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
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1 Posted 25/02/2022 at 07:01:32
And the substantial local Ukrainian community was represented with songs and flags.
Goodison should do the same.
Additional note: Mykolenko's home city of Cherkasy has not yet been attacked by Russian forces. The fighting remains some distance away from his parents at this moment.
3 Posted 25/02/2022 at 07:16:22
4 Posted 25/02/2022 at 07:44:17
I understand why some are saying our front 3 should be Gray, Richarlison and Gordon but it's hard to see Calvert-Lewin being left out. We're going to be penned in for long periods and Frank will be thinking that Dominic is our only player capable of holding the ball up and allowing us to get out and relieve some pressure.
I think a 4-5-1 with Richarlison and Gordon wide with Allan, Van de Beek and Alli or Gomes will give us our best chance. We must commit to the counter-attack with purpose and belief to stand any chance whatsoever. We cannot be timid.
And I'd definitely save Doucouré for another game. No point rushing him back and risking yet another injury.
5 Posted 25/02/2022 at 08:13:45
The odds for an Everton-win is 10,5. Just sayin.
6 Posted 25/02/2022 at 08:52:58
However, Man City are vunerable to the counter and hope springs eternal.
7 Posted 25/02/2022 at 08:53:28
8 Posted 25/02/2022 at 09:03:48
9 Posted 25/02/2022 at 09:04:37
10 Posted 25/02/2022 at 09:04:59
11 Posted 25/02/2022 at 09:07:03
12 Posted 25/02/2022 at 09:08:39
13 Posted 25/02/2022 at 09:19:46
Van de Beek
14 Posted 25/02/2022 at 09:21:25
15 Posted 25/02/2022 at 09:29:01
Burnley are doing what Burnley and Dyche do almost every season and know what's needed. Newcastle are definitely slowly getting it together. It doesn't really matter how we play or how we set up, we need points any way possible.
16 Posted 25/02/2022 at 09:33:39
17 Posted 25/02/2022 at 09:55:20
18 Posted 25/02/2022 at 10:48:44
The question is: No checking up answer it honestly, who scored Evertons first goal in European competition football? I guessed but got it wrong, wasnt far away though!!
19 Posted 25/02/2022 at 10:55:03
Does the lad live in the Merseyside area or maybe the Manchester region where there is large community of fellow Ukranian expats?
Either way, we sympathise with his situaton and hope he can get mind and body in the right place in order to help his team who are sleepwalking into a relegation spot.
Wonder if Zinchenko will be in the City squad?
20 Posted 25/02/2022 at 11:09:58
We could go further, and demand that the UK sever all economic and business ties with Russia, including all oil and gas business arrangements. We could also demand that the USA does the same, particularly in light of Bidens announcement that some energy industry arrangements would not be included in sanctions, an announcement which reduced the price of Brent crude from $105/barrel to $98/barrel yesterday.
21 Posted 25/02/2022 at 11:15:27
I have to say I havent a clue so my guess is Johnny Morrisey, and the only reason I say Johnny Morrisey is because you say it was a Liverpudlian who asked the question, so I guess the answer might have a link to Liverpool. But I might not even be in the right era.
22 Posted 25/02/2022 at 11:17:29
Edit: I am wrong but I wasn't far away either. I know who it is but I've had my chance.
23 Posted 25/02/2022 at 11:26:32
Was it Dennis Stevens?
24 Posted 25/02/2022 at 11:28:11
25 Posted 25/02/2022 at 11:39:21
26 Posted 25/02/2022 at 11:45:53
27 Posted 25/02/2022 at 11:53:41
28 Posted 25/02/2022 at 11:56:21
29 Posted 25/02/2022 at 12:09:57
While I am sure they will be looking to get back to winning ways, I am sure that last week's result may have sown a small doubt in their minds, and they will also be aware that Frank has won both of his home games very comfortably.
At the moment, there is no denying that Everton are a very different animal at home to what they are away, and that's still a puzzle that Frank and his coaches will be trying to solve. But it's worth remembering that Frank understands how Pep sets his teams up, having played under him towards the end of his career.
As for which side Frank selects, I don't know. Me personally, I hope that we have Allan with Doucouré on the right and Dele Alli on the left of midfield. Although Dele Alli has only been used so far as a sub, I think Frank will be keen for him to start games, so this might be the right time.
I don't think he has many options at the back, as I don't think Mykolenko will be selected and I can't see him using this game to start Patterson or Branthwaite. I hope Gray is fit to start and then Frank will have a choice as to who is front 3 will be. I am not sure if Calvert-Lewin is yet fit enough to press City's back 4 for a whole game.
But I do think we will get something from the game.
30 Posted 25/02/2022 at 12:14:50
I was thinking of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup match in October 62. So you'd have definitely been a bit young!
Dirtiest match I ever saw.
31 Posted 25/02/2022 at 12:43:51
Tall ask, yes, but City do look slow and just pass happy sometimes...
For me, they just don't have that killer instinct like their neighbours did in their pomp (can't see them winning the Champions League with Pep in charge neither).
Just Believe, eh, Blues, we need points desperately and with some really tough away days coming up, we need to make home advantage count... NOW!
32 Posted 25/02/2022 at 12:51:19
33 Posted 25/02/2022 at 13:27:19
If we don't and there's truckloads of space for them to operate, we'll be torn apart.
34 Posted 25/02/2022 at 13:42:28
Not really arsed tbh.
35 Posted 25/02/2022 at 13:47:49
There were probably a few dirty nappies that night. It coincided with the Russian trawlers bumping into the US Navy just off Cuba.
Never heard 48,000 people so quiet. You could hear conversations 25/30 yards away!
So a bit topical currently I guess.
36 Posted 25/02/2022 at 13:55:28
Coleman Keane Holgate Kenny
Townsend Van de Beek Allan Doucouré Richarlison
I can't see Lampard picking Mykolenko.
Sit tight and hit them on the break.
37 Posted 25/02/2022 at 13:57:46
38 Posted 25/02/2022 at 14:05:33
Fuck whether the RS win the league or not. We need to win as many games as possible. If you cant handle crass comments from RS supporters, either adapt and give as good as you get, or go into hiding, but dont ever be not bothered about us winning.
39 Posted 25/02/2022 at 14:09:16
40 Posted 25/02/2022 at 14:12:50
41 Posted 25/02/2022 at 14:26:15
Whether they can or not is a different matter, but the mentality should be they walk on that pitch wanting to win.
It's football. Anything can happen and sometimes it does, providing you believe it can.
I hope the team doesn't get stage fright before it has walked onto the stage.
42 Posted 25/02/2022 at 14:34:12
I would bring in Jarrad Branthwaite at left-back and Kenny at right-back. Gray upfront with Calvert-Lewin with Richarlison on the left wing and Van de Beek on the right alongside Doucouré and Allan.
My Everton team v Man City: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Keane, Branthwaite, Van de Beek, Doucouré, Allan, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Gray.
43 Posted 25/02/2022 at 14:48:06
Stranger things have happened, you never say never, I'd take a draw now though with open arms.
As far as bothering if the result helps the reds, I don't give a monkey's, I'm only interested in us.
44 Posted 25/02/2022 at 14:55:15
45 Posted 25/02/2022 at 15:04:13
If you'd rather see Everton relegated if it means them not winning the league, then you're a moron.
46 Posted 25/02/2022 at 15:11:49
47 Posted 25/02/2022 at 15:15:44
Try to never let Liverpool even come into your thoughts.This is the only approach I have ever had over eons.
48 Posted 25/02/2022 at 15:27:59
The world has changed now that internet connection is here. Where Putin would get away with yesteryear propaganda, people all over the world have the facility to communicate to what's right and wrong.
Remember, the Russian people hate Putin.
49 Posted 25/02/2022 at 15:37:50
You're right, it won't be this game that decides our fate, nor will it be the game that decides who wins the Premier League. We've got to go all out and try to win this game, and every game after it.
As Stan and Jeff say, anybody who wants us to lose this game just to hope it prevents the RS winning the league can fuck right off.
Besides, City can easily go on a mega winning run after tomorrow, winning every game which will make them Champions, but for now, we've got to beat them, or at least draw.
50 Posted 25/02/2022 at 15:51:52
51 Posted 25/02/2022 at 15:54:16
No that was against Dunfermline in the Fairs Cup. Absolutely filthy.
October 1962, so a few years earlier. Jock Stein's first management job.
52 Posted 25/02/2022 at 16:00:43
53 Posted 25/02/2022 at 16:11:04
Was that the game Alex Young got a yellow card for picking up the ball after a foul on him and booting it at an opposition player? Happened in front of the Bullens Paddock.
54 Posted 25/02/2022 at 16:13:46
55 Posted 25/02/2022 at 16:19:18
I couldn't say for sure. It would certainly have been in keeping with everything else that went on that night.
Two headlines in the Echo and the Post afterwards
‘No Holds Barred in Battle of Goodison”
“Reckless, Scrappy, Scruffy, Football Content Nil”
Courtesy of Blue Correspondent website. Well worth a browse.
56 Posted 25/02/2022 at 16:36:19
The London born Liverpool supporting barman asked me last night whether I wanted Everton to lose on Saturday.
"Why would I want that to happen?" I asked him. If I didn't know him, I'd have been offended.
57 Posted 25/02/2022 at 16:39:56
I went with Billy Bingham and my mate said Bingham took the corner from which Stevens scored the goal. I was at the game but couldn't remember who scored the goal.
As Chris (30) says, one of the dirtiest games imaginable with Dunfermline doing the bulk of the fouls from the off and Everton giving them some back.
58 Posted 25/02/2022 at 16:45:02
59 Posted 25/02/2022 at 16:46:10
Typical Everton to play their first competitive ‘European' game against a Scottish team. And then get beaten over 2 legs.
There's extended footage of the second leg on YouTube and we were rank. Gabriel looked immense though, pretty much on his own.
60 Posted 25/02/2022 at 16:58:56
The sheer stupidity of the counter argument baffles me. Who in their right mind ever wants Everton to lose just to spite Liverpool? I just don't get it.
If Liverpool do benefit and go on to win the league, I'll just shrug my shoulders and get on with it. "We don't care what the Red Shite say, what the fuck do we care?"
61 Posted 25/02/2022 at 17:05:24
Van de Beek
Gordon to replace Townsend and Richarlison to replace Calvert-Lewin at the 60-minute mark.
62 Posted 25/02/2022 at 17:14:49
Jesus wept – we need points; as many and as quickly as possible. I don't care what the shite win as long as we're in the Premier League because City denying that lot the title will feel pretty meaningless if we're in the Championship!
63 Posted 25/02/2022 at 17:16:32
Also, is this best game to introduce a Ukranian left back who has failed to impress so far? The defence you suggest would get shredded.
64 Posted 25/02/2022 at 17:27:54
Just so they can take time to reflect.
65 Posted 25/02/2022 at 17:28:52
Man City are just as lethal down the flanks as in midfield so it's important the whole team is alert and organized. It doesn't matter who the 11 are as long as they play as a team and stay organized to frustrate City and hopefully hit them on the break.
They are not infallible, but our lads need to be 100% on their game.
67 Posted 25/02/2022 at 17:39:49
Playing Calvert-Lewin is a waste of time as he won't get the support from the flanks. Play Gray, Richarlison and Gordon.
City love to play down their left. Right back will need some help.
It will be a tough night. City don't often lose two on the spin.
69 Posted 25/02/2022 at 17:45:09
We could easily get relegated whatever the City result because we've been shit for years and doubly so this year. Equally the shite could win the title regardless of the result, it's in the lap of the gods, but the notion Evertonians don't care what Liverpool are up to because a few on the internet puff out their chests in indignation is utter bollocks.
Ask yourself why we call them the shite, murderers etc and they call us "bitter"? It's because we hate them. Not as individuals, there are some decent people afflicted with the red virus, but as an entity they are our sworn enemy. Anyone not understanding that, I would suggest didn't live through the 60s and 70s.
70 Posted 25/02/2022 at 17:52:58
71 Posted 25/02/2022 at 17:55:10
72 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:00:29
I lived through the '60s and '70s living near both grounds, and I don't hate them. I hardly think of them, and then only when they inevitably prattle on about various shite when they're sore losers or ungracious winners.
The trick is to give more back than you receive, and that's easy with respect to the modern era, where they've won the Premier League once compared with the numbers Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea have achieved, plus Arsenal. Too many of them are full of shit, and it's easy to deal with.
So fucking no, we need to focus only on us. It should come naturally, but obviously for some people it doesn't. More practice needed?
73 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:02:03
But if you're so concerned with the reds that you'd further imperil our survival hopes by hoping we lose to City rather than gain a much-needed morale boost then, personally, that's just not something I can get on board with.
74 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:03:01
75 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:11:53
I lived through the '60s and '70s but only grew to really dislike the Reds after Heysel.
If it was a dead rubber game, I might just bring myself to agree with you – and even then reluctantly. I never want Everton to lose – least of all when our Premier League survival is at stake. Don't understand your attitude at all. We can't pick and choose when we pick up points.
76 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:18:57
77 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:19:31
78 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:20:36
I'll be there tomorrow with my dad and hoping we scrape something. I'll take a jammy 1-0 win now with a clearly offside goal.
79 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:25:29
81 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:30:33
82 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:34:39
I have to say if you didn't take umbrage with Shankly raising them from the dead and his various declarations about us. The heathen celebrating the European Cup like it was the second coming, Emlyn Hughes enjoying himself at our expense at St George's Hall plus numerous other dancing on our grave moments you really must have a very sanguine approach to EFC.
Plus I think you and others have entirely misrepresented my original post. But if it makes you feel like a super blue, have at it, I really couldn't give a shit.
83 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:38:05
(1). I always want Everton to win.
(2). I never care what Liverpool do.
84 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:40:53
I don't know where you live, Barry, so maybe you are not in a position to attend Goodison, for geographical or personal reasons, but just think of the fans who will be attending, willing their team on to win. Do you think any of them “Won't be arsed if we lose or not?”
For fuck's sake, get behind the team, everyone get behind the team, whether it's at the stadium, watching on TV on the other side of the world, or gathered around a radio. The club needs everyone's support and forget about the RS. They won't win the league tomorrow if we beat Man City, just as we won't be relegated tomorrow if we lose.
86 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:41:38
87 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:44:12
88 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:46:39
Glass half-empty: We haven't taken so much as a point off City since Koeman was here, and coming off the Spurs loss, they're not exactly primed for a banana peel.
89 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:47:06
Stan  'I don't hate them. I hardly think of them...'. You are wiser than you know.
I once heard a Professor of Psychiatry giving evidence in a bitterly-contested divorce case. The Judge said: 'So, Professor, these people really hate each other?'
'No, my Lord' said the Psych. 'This hatred is merely the other side of love. True hatred shows itself in indifference... If you mention my wife's name and I foam at the mouth, that is not hatred. If you mention my wife's name and I say "Who?"; THAT is hatred!!'
90 Posted 25/02/2022 at 18:56:31
91 Posted 25/02/2022 at 19:11:24
92 Posted 25/02/2022 at 19:13:48
93 Posted 25/02/2022 at 19:21:30
I hope Chelsea twat them on Sunday!
94 Posted 25/02/2022 at 19:26:40
I've always found their supporters to be less sporting than ours, but then I believe their team has had a win-at-all-costs attitude, dating from Shankly, that has set their culture. I find all that unpleasant, but also somewhat amusing and tribalistic in a crude sense. But then I was raised on Young, Labone, Ball, Harvey and Kendall, so football to me is something that's supposed to be sporting and pleasing to the eye, win or lose.
When they won the league a couple of years ago, I received messages from some reds telling me how shite the ‘Blueshite' are, which was peculiar because they were focused on Everton even though it was their moment of victory. It seems that we get under their skin, in a way that they've never got under mine.
Anyway, I think we'll beat Man City tomorrow.
95 Posted 25/02/2022 at 19:33:21
Admittedly I feel differently since Heysel but if we beat Man City and those 3 points save our Premier League status, then I won't give a shit if Liverpool win the league. I'd rather they didn't, of course!
96 Posted 25/02/2022 at 19:44:44
Supposing we get something from the game or even get beat but play really well, would it make you more or less angry at the shitshow vs Southampton?
97 Posted 25/02/2022 at 19:52:51
98 Posted 25/02/2022 at 19:58:11
102 Posted 25/02/2022 at 20:23:46
105 Posted 25/02/2022 at 20:43:02
They put up a preview clip about how Ukrainian players in the Premier League are handling the events and then proceeded to show Zinchenko, Yarmelenko and our "Ukrainian" left back, Jonjoe Kenny.
106 Posted 25/02/2022 at 20:46:03
Me personally, I think we should drop the siren for tomorrow.
109 Posted 25/02/2022 at 20:53:03
111 Posted 25/02/2022 at 20:56:12
112 Posted 25/02/2022 at 20:58:23
117 Posted 25/02/2022 at 21:10:02
119 Posted 25/02/2022 at 21:12:56
In football anything can happen and I recall in 1979/80, and the annals of history prove it was one of those seasons for Everton.
Ipswich were arguably the best team to watch for pure football in them days and Everton had got whacked 4-0, away and home that season.
The FA Cup quarter-final we had them at a Goodison, great crowd, true grit and Shaggy scored a fine winner with a low drive into the Street End, in the second half. How the world has changed.
No-one expected Everton to win, and so tomorrow, the squad needs to play for their lives. Go at Man City on the break and harass them all the way and take shots in range. Their keeper is open to positioning errors, in some games I've seen this season.
For me, Gomes isn't worthy of a squad place, he's not fit enough for a Vets walking football, in my view.
City are beatable, and every game Everton must play to win, only Everton counts.
Let's hope the referee and VAR will do justice as Everton are due the rub of the green with the chaos of VAR.
So the Goodison Park crowd 12th man will play a blinder tomorrow.
“What's Our Name?”
122 Posted 25/02/2022 at 21:23:27
123 Posted 25/02/2022 at 21:24:43
130 Posted 25/02/2022 at 21:47:25
131 Posted 25/02/2022 at 21:57:02
I can't recall since them days, aside to Andy Gray who got similar headers – Sunderland, many Everton players scoring from such acute angles near post, right or left.
132 Posted 25/02/2022 at 21:58:34
133 Posted 25/02/2022 at 22:00:40
134 Posted 25/02/2022 at 22:02:27
Manchester City are at the top, deservedly, because they pass the ball properly around, create openings that lead to a lot of goals scored, but also work extremely hard closing down the opposition and winning back the ball.
Everton spend a lot of time on the pitch giving the ball away and finding it hard winning back the ball. Chances are slim, especially away from home, where heads drop when Everton go a goal behind.
135 Posted 25/02/2022 at 22:50:55
If we beat Man City, which is possible, I can just see these shithouse players wrongly thinking to themselves, "That's us safe" – when we are not. If we lose to Man City, then these players will just run back to mummy saying how hard the world is to them.
You look at this team and it just sums it up that they are so desperate for the Goodison Roar to make them succeed. I just can't see where the wins are going to come from.
I hope that I am wrong but mentally Everton are the weakest team in the league with a manager who doesn't have a clue of how to bring out the courage that is so well hidden in these players. I just hope I am wrong.
136 Posted 25/02/2022 at 22:57:13
Well, Frank's the third manager in a row who has said the same quote: "I'm not a magician". He is in my opinion backed by a great set-up. Will it be enough? I don't know.
We have a Championship defence with Holgate, Keane and Coleman. Decent forward line when fit. As for the midfield, that's anyone's guess... but keep Gomes the fuck away from it.
True about the mentality. Weak as a wet lettuce. Scary times.
137 Posted 25/02/2022 at 23:09:52
We got money then threw away the ideals that had put us so close to breaking into the top four. Hard work is foreign to these players as well as pride of playing for the club.
138 Posted 25/02/2022 at 23:30:21
Norwich City @ 1/14.
Watford @ 1/3.
Burnley @ 4/6.
Newcastle United @ 11/4.
Leeds United @ 3/1.
Brentford @ 16/5.
Everton @ 4/1.
Not going down.
139 Posted 25/02/2022 at 23:44:31
Whatever team Lampard picks, we need to get right behind it. If Mykolenko plays, I hope he gets plenty of support in solidarity with Ukraine. I wish our team this season had 1% of the courage shown by Ukrainians facing overwhelming odds and Putin's bombs and bullets. COYB.
140 Posted 26/02/2022 at 00:56:11
I would start your team but Richarlison in for Calvert-Lewin. You just can't leave our most talented player out, he has the talent to get something out of nothing with the frequency any other player in the squad has.
Anyway, not sure Lampard will start Townsend, he seems to like more athletic and young players, and Gordon is playing really well honestly.
Tough game, just hope Doucouré starts with Allan and Van de Beek and maybe we can get something. No Gomes please.
141 Posted 26/02/2022 at 02:54:39
Keane, Coleman plus two. Probably Branthwaite and Kenny.
Allan, Van de Beek
Gordon, Dele Alli, Rcharlison
Gray on after an hour in any of those 3 attacking positions if he's fit enough.
Enough with Richarlison up top. Get him on the left where he's always looked better.
142 Posted 26/02/2022 at 07:17:01
Not going to happen, but I'd like to see.
Patterson Holgate Branthwaite Mykolenko
Gordon Doucoure Van de Beek Allan Richarlison
Townsend, Gray and Alli on for Gordon, Van de Beek and Richarlison for the last 30 minutes… ideally after they've ran themselves into the ground.
Not feeling confident, but let's have a go! Coyb
143 Posted 26/02/2022 at 08:06:03
Still gonna struggle though most definitely, so would bite your hand off for a draw but can't see it happening, unfortunately. I fancy us to score but it will probably only turn out to be a consolation I'm afraid. Hope I'm wrong of course.
Us staying up this season will only be achieved by the points we pick up at home, as I just can't see us doing much on the road with our current crop. The points we need will not be added to this evening but let's keep the faith regardless.
Full support 💙
144 Posted 26/02/2022 at 08:18:11
145 Posted 26/02/2022 at 08:25:41
146 Posted 26/02/2022 at 09:08:59
Let Man City pip them to the title in the last game of the season.
147 Posted 26/02/2022 at 09:14:27
Before the game, we saw John Moores in his gold Rolls Royce parking up, chauffeur driven.
But those were the days, old John will be taking a deep sigh from the Top Balcony in the Sky, but hopefully today, Everton can at least atone for last week's performance and stick one on City, and win by any means.
148 Posted 26/02/2022 at 09:19:15
149 Posted 26/02/2022 at 11:07:23
150 Posted 26/02/2022 at 11:22:13
151 Posted 26/02/2022 at 11:26:57
152 Posted 26/02/2022 at 11:29:44
Usmanov should have already come out and strongly denounced Putin, get on with it! If he doesn't, Moshiri should be chucking our Russian sponsor out of our club. Oh but wait…
At least Poland has shown some true moral decency and support for Ukraine by refusing to play Russia. Fifa needs to complete the job and chuck them out of the World Cup. We need to get the message to ordinary decent Russians that their leader is evil and dangerous. Sport has its role to play, Everton has a role to play too. Stand up and be counted, Moshiri and Usmanov.
153 Posted 26/02/2022 at 11:30:12
Goalkeeper: Pickford (let's be honest, who else is there?),
Right-back: Patterson (should have been playing away matches),
Centre-defender: Keane (backs to the wall today),
Centre-defender: Branthwaite (should have been playing),
Left-back: Mykolenko (should always play when fit),
Centre-midfieldes: Allan, Doucouré, Van de Beek,
Attackers: Gordon (the shining light of this crap season), Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison (these two really do need to work on their partnership because, let's face it, it is rubbish).
Best of luck, Blues.
154 Posted 26/02/2022 at 11:43:09
Hopefully the memories and fear of that 4-0 beating back in the day, may still linger and they will be wary of the 'Crouching Tiger' or the 'Angry Moggy'!
155 Posted 26/02/2022 at 11:58:22
No team should be allowed to come to Everton and have an easy ride. Win lose or draw, I want to see the mindset be a fighting one from start to finish.
4-5-1 with a hint of 4-3-3
Patterson Holgate Branthwaite Mykolenko
Gordon or Gray, Doucoure, Van de Beek, Allan, Richarlison
Gordon starts; Gray sub
Calvert-Lewin starts; Alli sub
Choose whatever defence you like, it's a massive test, there's some serious experience behind the scenes so I'll trust their judgment.
156 Posted 26/02/2022 at 11:59:22
Look up the thread entitled 'Shame' currently on TW. Not directly questioning Usmanov, but certainly topical.
I agree with you. The stand by the Polish FA and individual players refusing to play Russia in the World Cup play-offs is exemplary and admirable.
157 Posted 26/02/2022 at 12:07:22
On other matters, I think the football world should now refuse to play any match against a Russian club or international side at any level.
This sort of thing, possibly even more than sanctions, would put enormous pressure on Putin – given how it would affect his popularity.
158 Posted 26/02/2022 at 12:08:15
159 Posted 26/02/2022 at 12:08:42
160 Posted 26/02/2022 at 13:48:53
161 Posted 26/02/2022 at 14:17:38
2 points from the next 2 games to set us up for the 3 after that.
162 Posted 26/02/2022 at 14:43:57
For anyone interested in a little more background about Usmanov, the man – have a read...
Meanwhile – I had a dream, and in the dream we held on for a hard fought 0-0 draw. So that is my prediction and I would be quite happy with that today Despite everything I'm looking forward to the game as always, and so far as the other lot go, I don't even know who they are playing and don't really care right now.
163 Posted 26/02/2022 at 15:29:22
164 Posted 26/02/2022 at 15:37:25
But allied with the skill was his mental toughness, we talk about the team wilting in cauldron of St James's Park... ahh poor dears. Compare and contrast to Ball playing in front of 120k fanatical Scots at Hampden Park and wiped his nose on the corner flag that doubled as the Scottish Saltire, and later said he wished there would've been 200k in the ground!
Dale #138, Sadly, football matches aren't played on the floor of betting shops, so best odds to avoid the drop or not, we need to pick up points.
165 Posted 26/02/2022 at 15:53:40
166 Posted 26/02/2022 at 16:02:43
A draw would be enough to stay positive.
168 Posted 26/02/2022 at 16:22:21
It would would be a better example if the Russian based teams were banned from European competitions, it may spark a larger demonstrations from their supporters.
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