Richarlison scored a brace for Brazil that will hopefully provide a fillip for him as he seeks only his second Premier League goal of 2022 so far
Everton resume their quest for Premier League survival on Sunday with the second of three successive away games, this time against former manager David Moyes and West Ham at the London Stadium.
The Blues' last fixture was an ill-fated FA Cup Quarter-Final tie at Selhurst Park and though some of his players have been away on international duty, Frank Lampard will surely have been grateful for a two-week respite to try and settle his squad down ahead of 11 crucial matches until the end of the season.
As a matter of urgent priority, the manager needs to get to grips with the psychological block that is afflicting his charges when things go against them on their travels.
Since taking charge at the end of January of a team that had only won one away game all season, Lampard has overseen successive defeats to Newcastle, Southampton, Tottenham, Crystal Palace, with just a single goal scored in those games as opposed to 14 conceded.
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It's a situation that must change if Everton are to avoid the drop come mid-May, starting with aiming to grab a draw against the high-flying Hammers. Since losing 3-2 to Leeds in late January, Moyes's men are unbeaten in five home games in all competitions but in the same period they've failed to register a win away from the London Stadium.
That modest slip from the form that had them sitting in the top four at times this season could provide opportunity for Everton who have fleetingly demonstrated the talent that exists in their ranks and shown glimmers of the more positive football that Lampard is trying to introduce. However, it is remaining solid at the back and retaining the courage to press forward in the face of adversity that has hampered the Toffees so visibly since they ground out that 1-1 draw at Chelsea in December.
That poor away form translates into odds from Sports Betting Dime of 4/5 for a West Ham win, an Everton victory is at 18/5 and it's 14/5 for a draw.
Everton could boosted up front but remain short-handed in the key areas of central midfield. Fabian Delph returned to first-team training after weeks spent on the sidelines with troublesome soft-tissue injury but Lampard has indicated that he is, perhaps, a week away from being ready. That's unfortunate given that Allan will be serving the second match of his three-game suspension following his red card against Newcastle and it doesn't leave the manager many options for a three-man midfield apart from André Gomes.
Up front, though, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the scorer of the winning goal in this fixture last season, has been working on a tailor-made programme aimed at sharpening his fitness as he tries to rediscover his form following a long injury lay-off his own. The England international hasn't scored since netting the second goal in that solitary away win at Brighton back in August but the hope is that the additional two weeks over the international break can help bring him closer to peak condition."The break has been positive for Dominic," Lampard said of the forward. "I haven't had the benefit of having him for many league games - just three starts for us - and he was playing short of fitness. Not short, short, but a striker wants and needs to be 100 percent.
"We've worked well, really closely with him over the past couple of weeks. Without putting unnecessary pressure on him, because it's tough to be a striker with expectation, he's in a really good place.”
Meanwhile, Richarlison, who has himself managed just one League goal in 2022 so far, bagged a brace in World Cup qualifying for Brazil, hopefully a welcome fillip for him that he can bring back to England where Everton will need him to be at his very best.
As a first step in stabilising what has been some wildly erratic form over the past few weeks, Everton need to shore up their back line, concentrate on being hard to beat and try at least to grind out a draw in this game.
The confidence that could be gleaned by either a clean sheet or a point away from home could provide a firm psychological platform to take into Wednesday's “six-pointer” at Burnley.
Kick-off: 2 pm BST, Sunday 3 April 2022
Referee: Michael Oliver
VAR: Andy Madley
Last Time: West Ham United 0 - 1 Everton
Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Godfrey, Gomes, Doucouré, Van de Beek, Gordon, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
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1 Posted 01/04/2022 at 15:15:36
2 Posted 01/04/2022 at 15:20:14
Back 4 in a 4-5-1 formation order of the day.
3 Posted 01/04/2022 at 15:25:58
- don't do zonal at set-pieces
- don't do 3 or 5 at the back
- don't do 2 in centre mid
- don't play open away
- don't keep changing formation
- 4-5-1 all the way!
4 Posted 01/04/2022 at 15:35:30
Holgate did well there for a few games years ago but really isn't very good; Godfrey perhaps but really not sure about him there either and him holding the position without bombing forward. Kenny will get stuck in but not sure about him there either!
We really are down to the bare bones. Back 4 a must though!
5 Posted 01/04/2022 at 15:46:42
If someone like Kenny was used as a defensive midfielder, he should be told to keep it simple. Just someone to close players down and block any shots and that would be a lot more than we have now!
6 Posted 01/04/2022 at 15:47:21
7 Posted 01/04/2022 at 15:48:46
I want to be wrong but it's hard to see beyond another pitiful performance and ultimate defeat. We really are on the ropes. Happy Friday everyone!
8 Posted 01/04/2022 at 15:54:40
Anyway, send the kids away to London for this one and save the big guns from the first-team squad (ha!) for the six-pointer vs Burnley
9 Posted 01/04/2022 at 16:14:28
I don't think West Ham are the kind of team that will give us a hammering, indeed I suspect that this is a game where not more than one goal will separate the teams.
The manager has just go to change things, take a put, therefore, I am going with:
Coleman or Kenny
Van de Beek
In a 3-5-2 formation.
I just can't have Keane, Holgate or Gomes in the team, I just can't!
Chelsea, Brighton, Liverpool and City play Brentford, Norwich, Watford and Burnley respectively at the weekend so hopefully those games will go along form lines. Leeds might pick up something at home to Southampton, a win and they are almost safe.
10 Posted 01/04/2022 at 16:15:03
I think we need to win this game and for us to do that I would have Doucoure and Van de Beek sitting in midfield in front of a back 4, and have Gray on the left Gordon on the right Calvert-Lewin up front and Richarlison playing off him. But we will need both wingers and Richarlison to drop a dip deeper when we are out of possession.
I really can't see any other option that Frank has, seeing he has made a thing of working with Calvert-Lewin during the break, he will definitely start and Richarlison and Gordon are nailed-on for me.
The only other option is to start a defensive midfielder in-between Doucouré and Van de Beek and start with Gray on the bench. Then, if he needs to change things in the 2nd half, he can bring on Gray and Alli, having Alli play just off the main striker.
With Watford away to our neighbours and Burnley at home to Man City, a win could put real daylight between ourselves and Watford and Burnley. We really have to get something from the West Ham game, we just can't keep losing every time we go away.
11 Posted 01/04/2022 at 16:16:57
What I cannot understand, Lampard says we are short in midfield, no ball winner with Allan out, and Davies out for the season. Why was Gbamin (our only other defensive midfielder) allowed to go on loan?
Why didn't he play with the U23s to get match fit? He's played the last 4/5 games with Moscow, and even scored, and they have won every game since he played.
It might be a weaker league, but he would be a hell of a lot better than Gomes and Doucoure, who definitely can't play in a two-man midfield, and can't defend, and certainly can't tackle, especially up against Rice and Soucek. His only choice is to put Holgate in midfield, or we will be completely overrun.
12 Posted 01/04/2022 at 16:22:50
I've had a couple of great away days this season (Brighton and Chelsea). Some shockers (QPR, Brentford, Wolves, Norwich, Newcastle and Tottenham).
I really don't care who is playing. Just give me something to travel home with a smile on my face, Everton!
13 Posted 01/04/2022 at 16:33:27
Frank just needs to get the tactics right as the win is there for the taking. Dour Davie has never been gung-ho in his approach so I doubt we will get a kicking and Frank should adapt our approach.
Fingers crossed UTFT
14 Posted 01/04/2022 at 16:49:35
Alli can play off Calvert-Lewin. Put Richarlison on the left where he is best cutting in and then Gordon on the right. Gray can come off the bench if needed.
Kenny can go left-back, Keane and Godfrey as centre-backs and Coleman at right-back.
15 Posted 01/04/2022 at 17:13:29
16 Posted 01/04/2022 at 17:23:02
West Ham are a counter attacking team, we can't afford to give Bowen or Antonio space to run in unless we play with more pace at the back, that means no Coleman and no Keane.
17 Posted 01/04/2022 at 17:28:11
I wouldnt start Gomes in any first choice team and Coleman will get roasted by Antonio and IMO Kenny would do better against Bowen than Godfrey.
As Allan is missing I would fill the gap with Patterson in front of Coleman to mark Antonio out of the game and provide forward runs. I think Branthwaite deserves a chance alongside Godfrey which will give us more pace at the back.
Gray can create and score something out of nothing so would be a starter for me alongside Richarlison and Gordon with Calvert-Lewin on as a sub as Gordon tries.
18 Posted 01/04/2022 at 17:29:30
19 Posted 01/04/2022 at 17:30:15
Patterson Keane Branthwaite Godfrey
Gordon Doucouré Van de Beek Richarlison
4-1-4-1 and pray to god for a point.
20 Posted 01/04/2022 at 17:35:25
It is full of passengers. I really worry that players like Alli, Van de Beek, Iwobi and Calvert-Lewin just don't work hard enough, whilst Gomes just gets run past.
Add in a knackered Coleman, a bad Holgate and Keane, plus a Ukrainian kid that doesn't look ready for the Premier League (which compounds a team that has no left foot balance).
I just can't see how you can combine any of the deck to give a hand that will win.
Somebody has to screen - Holgate?
Van de Beek or Iwobi
21 Posted 01/04/2022 at 17:39:46
The major problem I think with Everton is upfront where we have no-one scoring on a regular basis. The defense and midfield can hold out, but they have to get the wing-backs and forwards making space to give them an outlet.
Other teams seem able to defend in their area and find the space to move the ball quickly, whereas Everton take too long to get from defense to attack, and hopefully Calvert-Lewin can get back into form as he must see he has dropped behind in the World Cup squad.
These away game results have to change, and West Ham is the place to start. 1-2.
22 Posted 01/04/2022 at 18:02:57
I just can't see Lampard realising the strength it gives us by doing it.
23 Posted 01/04/2022 at 18:06:45
24 Posted 01/04/2022 at 18:13:56
We have not got a cat in hell's chance starting the same 4 every game. Keane, Holgate and unfortunately Coleman are not Premier League standard.
Michael Keane and Mason Holgate would be ideal for Barnsley next season when they are relegated this season.
25 Posted 01/04/2022 at 18:40:03
Why on earth would anyone pick Begovic to play instead of Pickford?
26 Posted 01/04/2022 at 18:47:51
Lyndon's penultimate paragraph sums up exactly what is required in this fixture.
27 Posted 01/04/2022 at 18:50:30
28 Posted 01/04/2022 at 19:00:50
We are going to have to have lots of luck to have a chance, you never know, though, we might get some breaks because we are due plenty.
I'm sorry to say I can only see a loss, but I would love to be proved wrong.
29 Posted 01/04/2022 at 19:05:22
To quote Michael Caine in Batman, "And in their desperation, they turned to a man they didn't fully understand."
30 Posted 01/04/2022 at 19:10:08
31 Posted 01/04/2022 at 19:12:08
32 Posted 01/04/2022 at 19:18:29
All the lads whoever get chosen in whatever formation have to get stuck in, a full unrelenting shift is needed. Tell the players to enjoy the commitment and have satisfaction that they left it all out there in the pitch. This is no time for 90% mentally or physically at any moment during the match.
451, but the midfield selection is freaking me out as I don't see any as defensive midfielders and our defense needs at the very least least one. Even in this crisis midfield situation I still can't pick Gomes.
Coleman Keane Branthwaite Godfrey
Gordon Iwobi Van de Beek Doucoure Richarlison
33 Posted 01/04/2022 at 19:19:49
Mike @ 27, it's a forum, people are allowed to have differing opinions. In future I would prefer you to address me rather than snide little comments.
34 Posted 01/04/2022 at 19:23:41
Well it's because Gomes has proved he's shit away from home at least 60 times already. And Alli and Van der beek aren't the answer to hold either.
We've lost countless games with two in midfield, as we've been simply over run. Against Rice, we need at least 3 central midfielders to congest and slow it down- and Allan, Davies, Delph are out.
Holgate is at least mobile, could hold his position, and can pass. Yes it didn't work earlier in the season. But it did when Ferguson played him before.
For me it needs must. We need to stay in the game, and stop shipping goals.
35 Posted 01/04/2022 at 19:28:04
My only disappointment is that I have to wait until Sunday to travel to Stratford.
I can't wait. Bring the points home blue boys.
36 Posted 01/04/2022 at 19:30:02
In the next two games, Doucoure sit – and I mean sit – deep, with Gomes and Van de Beek or rather Onyango and Price ahead of him, with Richarlison and Gordon on the flanks.
37 Posted 01/04/2022 at 19:32:35
38 Posted 01/04/2022 at 19:55:09
"We can get something from this one."
Love it. Fucking love it.
Your enthusiasm for this great team is immense and I doff my cap. I was at GP for the our great escapes in the 90's but as Frank says, you need to have players who have bollocks.
Please enlighten me Danny? How are we going to get anything or even something from the London Stadium when we have the worst away record in the EPL. I'm looking at the likes of Gomes and Holgate and I just know that they will freeze, fuckup and just do what they normally do.
Come on Danny, spill the beans? Has Frank spotted some kid in the U23's who will put his foot in or just do what he's told to do and play passing football.
39 Posted 01/04/2022 at 20:00:40
I say play him at his position and go with VDB and Alli with Duke in the middle, or shift Gordon in there for his work rate. At least he'd know what to do with the ball when he won it.
40 Posted 01/04/2022 at 20:19:52
Doucoure for me is better playing further forward. He looks better when covering grass ahead of him, and God forbid is a player capable of running past the centre forward.
That for me is the dilemma. We don't have anyone to play in front of the back 4. Alli has proved to be a waste of space, whilst I don't think van der beek is going to step up and dig us out of the shit.
Calvert Lewin is tarting about upfront, and with a passenger in central midfield means we are playing with 9 vs 11 or 12. With a shit central defence that loves to bend over away from home (Mina is still out, and it looks like Patterson/Branthwaite are still down the pecking order despite the rest looking like pub players).
I am going 4-0 West Ham. Can't see it getting better away from home. We need 11 fighters, and we've got none.
41 Posted 01/04/2022 at 20:26:57
42 Posted 01/04/2022 at 20:31:25
I wouldn't play Gomes either. Even if we just start with 10 men, at least we'd know we are a man down.
43 Posted 01/04/2022 at 20:44:28
44 Posted 01/04/2022 at 20:46:02
45 Posted 01/04/2022 at 21:13:37
It's nearly as bad as 3 centre halves…
I'd start Kenny and Mykolenko, Godfrey, Keane.
Then Gordon and Gray out wide.
Doucouré and Van de Beek in the middle.
Alli and Richarlison up top.
Calvert-Lewin off the bench at 4 - 0.
46 Posted 01/04/2022 at 21:14:45
I presume that he has no ambition.
47 Posted 01/04/2022 at 21:23:00
48 Posted 01/04/2022 at 21:47:15
49 Posted 01/04/2022 at 21:47:22
We must play on the counter attack! Gray up front! Use his pace, run their back four! Have a real positive feeling about Sunday! The international break will be a turning point! Frank needed this break to organise and drill the defence!
All will be OK everyone!! Stay positive and safe journey to London and home!!
50 Posted 01/04/2022 at 21:49:19
51 Posted 01/04/2022 at 21:59:11
Holgate Keane Branthwaite Godfrey
Gordon VDB Delph Iwobi Richie
52 Posted 01/04/2022 at 22:05:20
By every account I've ever read, he's the nicest guy in the world. Lacks confidence, lacks assertiveness, lacks footballing vision.
53 Posted 01/04/2022 at 22:11:12
Id written this game off but hope springs eternal. West Ham are a counter attacking team so if we go there and play open theyll tear us a new one. Whatever team is put out, it needs to sit tight for at least the first half half hour and be patient. They can park the bus for all I care. Need a result, performance is irrelevant.
Well get a chance or two at some point and with any luck nick one. However we cannot afford to concede early otherwise heads will drop as usual and itll be game over before anyone gets a sweat on.
Richy, Gordon and DCL (if he can pull is head out of his arse) have got the quality to score. Just need the defense and midfield to work their nuts off and dig in.
Hoping we can get something, even a point would be great given Watford and Burnley should lose this weekend.
54 Posted 01/04/2022 at 22:17:19
Mostly the team picks itself because we have so few alternatives.
Coleman Godfrey Keane/Holgate Kenny
Gordon Doucoure VdB Iwobi/Gray
55 Posted 01/04/2022 at 22:26:45
56 Posted 01/04/2022 at 22:28:18
Lets hope the team thats picked see it the same way.
57 Posted 01/04/2022 at 22:28:27
Patterson, Godfrey, Branthwaite, Myloenko,
Doucoure, Van de Beek, Iwobi,
Gordon, DCL, Richarlison.
Not the side Lampard will pick which will no doubt have Coleman, Kenny and Keane in the side.
I will be surprised if we last a quarter of an hour without conceding. These players need very little excuse to fold.
58 Posted 01/04/2022 at 22:28:56
Maybe its a result of not having a game for 2 weeks and my hope respawning after the Palace defeat, but I actually think we might get a result against West Ham.
59 Posted 01/04/2022 at 22:34:41
60 Posted 01/04/2022 at 22:35:23
61 Posted 01/04/2022 at 22:52:45
Play a 4-4-1-1 formation with Alli supporting and dropping back to help out, as a 4-5-1, the same old tripe, hasn't worked, so maybe time for a change?
62 Posted 01/04/2022 at 22:55:18
Defending against set pieces etc. has been comical and with the Hammers having some real threats in the air can we really expect our nervous defenders to keep them out for ninety minutes.
This is a game where Richarlison should be rested after his long travel to Brazil giving DCL and/or Tosun or maybe Rondon a start just to help with those aerial threats.
Okay, we know that won't happen but we are unable to call on Townsend and I don't see any other guys who will provide crosses to whoever is up front for Everton.
There is always that snowball chance in hell of getting a good result but without anything to stop them in midfield even that chance will be remote.
So it goes that we fear the worst yet again and expect some kind of miracle but miracles happen although we will need top performances from the defence.
63 Posted 01/04/2022 at 23:06:05
64 Posted 01/04/2022 at 23:22:44
65 Posted 02/04/2022 at 00:42:30
Bungalo Bill call his ginger mate
Hey der Davey any chance you can put out a weakened team to help ya old mate..
Moyes:; sure Bill but all of my players are drilled to work hard... once they cross the ehite line its out of my control
Bill: well tell your attackers to not try so hard you need them for the European game..
Moyes: will do Bill but your defense is shite not like when I was there..
Bill: oh they were good times Davey the fans miss you... gotta go I'm getting all teary..
66 Posted 01/04/2022 at 01:18:43
I dont think this is a game for Seamus to start in - Moyes will target him if he does. I would however play two “full back” full backs of which we have two internationals - Patterson and Mykolenko. If they are good enough they are old enough.
Ben Godfrey is more John Hurst than Brian Labone - I would play him as the defensive midfielder.
If fit I would play Branthwaite before Holgate as Keanes partner - he did well away at Chelsea.
Perhaps my most unpopular choice would be to play Rondon up front. He is fit now and will know what is required for this game - and as I keep going on about he has scored FIVE very good goals in his last two starts.
Last but not least I would play Begovic in goal.
So its 4 1 4 1 for me:-
Patterson, Keane, Branthwaite, Mykolenko
Gordon, Doucoure, Van de Beek, Richarlison
I am an old codger but I will never forget Harry Catterick playing Mile Trebilcock instead of Fred Pickering in the 1966 Cup Final - which we won largely due to Trebilcocks two goals. Catterick was pragmatic - no favourites with him.
We are getting down to the wire now - we need a result like a drowning man needs air.
Up the Blues
67 Posted 02/04/2022 at 05:58:13
With the poor defence we have got we will go long very often and DCL is rather good under those circumstances.
I will go al in and triple captain him at my PL team and cross fingers that he is really fit
68 Posted 02/04/2022 at 06:10:16
It's a game of football that I will be fortunate enough to attend. It's stating the obvious, but it's 11 v 11 so we can get something from this game and any game. A point tomorrow and 3 next Sunday. There's my bold prediction.
Reading some of the sentiment on here, it reminds me of the pre-match comments before we played Leeds. Written off and on a hiding to nothing because apparently Leeds were too dynamic and energetic. Well, I suggest Leeds are going to "challenge" us for that relegation spot. Along with Brentford.
I just can't comprehend approaching any game of football with a defeatist attitude. I guess it goes back to having had the expectation beaten out of us. It saddens me to see and hear Evertonians in this frame of mind.
Well, I won't be travelling tomorrow with that mentality. More importantly, I hope the players don't. I know the Evertonians won't.
69 Posted 02/04/2022 at 06:11:58
Its hard to pick eleven men, that will push up, close gaps, and fight for each other, but if we can get close enough to each other, and close those gaps, then we have enough talented players to go and score a couple of goals ourselves.
On any given day, DCL, Richarlison, Gray, Gordon and Deli Ali, all have the potential to be match winners, and if a team is struggling at one end, then the ball has got to go into our centre forward and stick, which is why I think DCL has got to become our most important player over the next twelve games, hopefully.
70 Posted 02/04/2022 at 06:21:04
Very dramatic for a Saturday morning, but the lad can only hold it up for so long. Get that defence and midfield up the pitch!!!!
71 Posted 02/04/2022 at 07:58:31
We need make this a really awful, clogged up game and try to pinch a goal.
On that sort of note, there's a very good Tifo football analysis which explains Sam Allardyce's 7 principles.
In very short summary:
- the defence would play very deep (which suits them).
- he would go long to Rondon at the earliest opportunity with two of Gray, Richarlison and Gordon picking up 2nd balls.
- Branthwaite might well play holding midfield (like Kirchoff at Sunderland) and would be accommodated because of his threat at set pieces. He's also good at long diagonals.
- Gordon would play somewhere because he seems to be our best set piece taker
That, or something like it, is the way to play away games. Maybe home games too.
72 Posted 02/04/2022 at 08:02:47
As others have already stated, we have a gapping MF and so would try Gordon in their, he is prepared to put a tackle in, tracks back and can still break forward.
Has to be 451 for me and play for a draw but try to pinch it, crossed fingers and enjoy the ride!!!!!
73 Posted 02/04/2022 at 08:22:39
It partly dismays me that it takes us back to the Moyes days, but needs must. Set up not to lose.
Not sure about Gordon in midfield. I can see him developing into a number 10, but not sure about central midfield.
74 Posted 02/04/2022 at 08:29:39
75 Posted 02/04/2022 at 08:41:39
I get the players are lacking self belief but theyre in a perpetual sense of prophetic disappointment - mostly of their own making.
At this point in the season they simply need to stop conceding, stop losing and hope to nick a goal - whatever that looks like. The closing run of games is going to be tough, with few opportunities to properly have a go at winning. Lady Luck needs to be on our side even when the Ref isnt!
I think well stay up, either because of another win or purely on goal difference. Other teams below us have similar problems of not knowing where the next goal or win is coming from so its a race to see who can lose by the least.
Some may call that view negative. Its realistic and hopeful, certainly not optimistic.
76 Posted 02/04/2022 at 08:52:55
77 Posted 02/04/2022 at 09:04:19
Midfield and defence are key to any result in this game. Stay organised, stick together and nick a goal on the break for a 1-0 win. That will do us.
78 Posted 02/04/2022 at 09:17:13
79 Posted 02/04/2022 at 09:25:56
Frank however seems wedded to his 3-4-3 formation though so in that one Alli doesnt get in or ends up playing wide left/right.
A lot of chat about pragmatism on this thread. Id suggest that with that mindset you look at the players youve got and the situation we are in and adjust the formation to suit, not try and fit players into a formation that nots working so far.
Also, why on earth are we all being so defeatist. Its just one game of football, anything can happen. UTFT!!
80 Posted 02/04/2022 at 09:28:20
Hopefully we can change the personnel over the summer and start to play on the front foot. We just need to get over the finishing line by hook or by crook.
81 Posted 02/04/2022 at 09:29:18
At the moment a gamble that isn't working out. Whether that changes is down to him.
82 Posted 02/04/2022 at 09:42:57
A point would be a huge one, and a brilliant result all things considered. We need to stop losing games otherwise we're fucked.
If we do stay up, it won't be because we've been good, it'll be because the other teams around us have been shit too.
That's how dire this is in my view.
83 Posted 02/04/2022 at 09:49:37
Spot on selection. Have young Onyango on the bench.
Do not play Alli, Gomes or Iwobi.
84 Posted 02/04/2022 at 10:13:48
So in my view this would by default, mean omitting Gomes, and Ali.
Id play Branthwaite if hes fit in place of Keane, as I reckon Moyses will be planning to expose his vulnerability on the turn, and general lack of awareness defending thebox.
But its a tough call as Brainthwaite May be lacking match fitness, its a tough call to get a reliable back four, but Id be looking to give Paterson a start at some point in the match, as his offensive play looks like a real source of threat.
If Everton can get a point, and even win tomorrow, it will be a great achievement, all considered.
No doubt Lampard will be braced for the West Ham, ribbing.
Everton to win this game 1-2.
85 Posted 02/04/2022 at 10:14:04
He's recently had a hernia operation and is not likely to have fully recovered yet. He wasn't among the five U23 players spotted on training videos.
Issac Price might be more likely.
86 Posted 02/04/2022 at 10:21:54
West Ham always sought to exploit Keane and Colmans weakness.Untracked runners has been another problem.Everton will have to be prepared to fight in midfield throughout the match.No death and glory tactics for 22 minutes please.
I am a bit apprehensive of a 2.00 pm kick off spoiling my Sunday afternoon, after the last time.
87 Posted 02/04/2022 at 10:25:06
I know Frank has questioned if some of our players have the bollocks to play in games as they are doing at Finch Farm, well tomorrow is the day these players stand up and prove they can. When I look at our squad compared to all the clubs around us there is no comparison just based on talent, and tomorrow its time for that talent to come to the fore.
88 Posted 02/04/2022 at 10:33:04
Bit ironic considering the away form was the best in years for Everton.
89 Posted 02/04/2022 at 10:36:12
90 Posted 02/04/2022 at 10:37:14
I really don't like that website. It should be retitled: Anti-Goodison News
91 Posted 02/04/2022 at 10:39:24
Coleman Keane Brainthwaite Godfrey
Gordon DVDB. Doucoure Gomes Richarlison
I know he won't play that team but it's what I would do, I can't stand Holgate as a player this season, Brainthwaite has never let us down when called upon. 451 with a very hardworking Richarlison and Gordon getting up the pitch when they can.
92 Posted 02/04/2022 at 10:56:40
The frustrating thing is this should not be mission impossible. We have the players to grind out horrible away results. But the manager is setting us up each time to go toe to toe. If he does it again for these next two games I'd sack him and [deep breath] bring in Allardyce. We need hard nosed cynical football now, not empty headed charges into nowhere.
93 Posted 02/04/2022 at 10:58:27
Even Vinny Jones, Robbie Savage, not great players but if you dropped off in your play, they'd let you fucking know about it.
Without Allan, who have we got?
94 Posted 02/04/2022 at 10:58:28
Must admit dont really look at it I was just wondering if my personal view of Alli looking unfit was confirmed anywhere. Maybe hell be ready for walking football by May.
95 Posted 02/04/2022 at 11:24:16
Brian, the irony is the one time we got forced to do that through necessity rather than manager choice, was at Chelsea. I think we finished that night with about 5 under 20s on the pitch. And Branthwaite lifted the roof off the shed end as he scored in front of us.
More of the same tomorrow Everton. In all my years following, I've never been to West Ham, new or old. In fact my only East End football experience was a
cold midweek night at Dagenham with some friends stood amongst the Hereford supporters!!
96 Posted 02/04/2022 at 11:30:00
Assuming Dom is fit, that's a big improvement on recent line-ups. The danger is who we play in central midfield in Allan's absence. I appreciate he's not quick but he is pivotal in this side. Onyango would be my choice.
My other concern is set-pieces which West Ham are good at. The first goal conceded against Palace was yet another one where a man on the post would have prevented it easily. Coyb.
97 Posted 02/04/2022 at 12:34:22
Begovic in goal for me as he claims crosses and is a calming presence.
Patterson Keane Branthwaite Godfrey
Gordon van Ali Doucoure Richi
Id start Ali to give him a proper chance and only if Onyango is not fit. Gordon and Patterson would give them problems working together. Keane is only there to give Branthwaite experienced help. Id try what Kendall did against Bolton in 97-8 with Duncan and give the armband to DCL to see if that can inspire him.
Its rolling the dice and no way will Frank do it but at the very least he must play Patterson as his energy and pace will give us something we lack.
98 Posted 02/04/2022 at 12:34:54
I've certainly watched enough of Everton huffing a puffing to no effect against that sort of opposition under Moyes.
99 Posted 02/04/2022 at 12:45:25
Regardless of who is up front, and Calvert-Lewin is obviously first choice, the important thing is to get the midfield closer to them and support them.
100 Posted 02/04/2022 at 13:37:00
Coleman Patterson Mina (in a wheelchair if necessary) Keane Holgate Branthwaite Godfrey Kenny
Allan (disguised as Gomes)
That should ensure a 0-0 result.
101 Posted 02/04/2022 at 13:56:38
Replacing Allan in the team is the big problem for tomorrow. We just don't have a fit natural replacement.
At a stretch, you could try Jonjoe Kenny in that role. You know he would give you 110% as he plays for the badge more than most in the squad. Problem is I am not sure he has that ability.
We also need to score goals and, while I love Gordon for his effort and skill, he is not a goal scorer and so it might be worth putting Dele Alli behind Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison. We know Dele is good for a goal if not much else.
I have given up trying to determine a starting 11 when all fit and understand the dilemma Frank has. Again, should we be playing Patterson instead of Coleman and should Branthwaite be given a chance?
Frank needs to figure this out and soon. However, Gomes should be nowhere near the starting 11. If he is picked, I have to say we can kiss this game goodbye!!!
102 Posted 02/04/2022 at 14:01:05
I won't try and guess the starting line up and imagine most of us will pick holes in whatever side Lampard picks due to the performances all season, but as long as they give it everything they've got then we always have a chance.
I'll be driving back down south from my mums in Manchester while the game is on so can't watch it, the kids are going to have to put up with it on the radio and I'll try to keep my cool.
Fingers crossed our amazing away support finally get to cheer us on to the first of two away wins in a week, I was too pissed at the Chelsea match to remember much about the game but was at Brentford and QPR and definitely don't want a repeat performance.
(I fell asleep on the train after Chelsea and woke up in Ascot which was a pain. I'll probably have quite a few drinks when I get home if we win today and will pop down to the pub either way.)
103 Posted 02/04/2022 at 14:22:35
Godfrey, Keane, Branthwaite
Patterson, Doucoure, Van de Beek, Mykolenko,
Gordon, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
Have Gray as backup for Richarlison and Iwobi as backup for Gordon.
104 Posted 02/04/2022 at 14:26:24
105 Posted 02/04/2022 at 14:43:55
106 Posted 02/04/2022 at 15:31:55
107 Posted 02/04/2022 at 15:44:13
108 Posted 02/04/2022 at 15:53:05
Anyone who stops a cross coming in gets a bonus of £5k, Anyone winning a header in our penalty area gets £10k. Anyone seen jogging is fined £25k. Anyone giving away a free-kick within 30-m radius of goal also fined £10k.
Stop the crosses.
Stop the corners.
Stop them playing.
Workrate is king.
No free-kicks around the box.
That should do it.
109 Posted 02/04/2022 at 15:58:23
110 Posted 02/04/2022 at 15:58:42
111 Posted 02/04/2022 at 16:00:11
112 Posted 02/04/2022 at 16:01:43
113 Posted 02/04/2022 at 16:05:21
114 Posted 02/04/2022 at 16:40:27
115 Posted 02/04/2022 at 16:57:08
B4...Patterson Keane Godfrey. Myko
M3 . DVB Doucs Ali .
IF . Richy Gray .
ST . DCL
I want to see Richy and Gray as inside forwards not as wide wingers. You could play Brainthwaite at CB and push Godfrey to LB also, but I want attacking fullbacks for this game so that's what I'm going with. Gordon can come off the bench, yeah he's done well this season, but he's still very raw as a player and for me that's our most effective front 3 and we seen that at the start of the season!
You watch though, Lampard will fall into the same Everton manager mouse trap (like they all do) and he'll play all the usual suspects, eg Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Kenny, Gomes. I'll put money on it.
116 Posted 02/04/2022 at 17:04:37
117 Posted 02/04/2022 at 17:09:29
118 Posted 02/04/2022 at 17:26:39
Play four at the back, three in midfield and we can get a draw at West Ham and a win at Burnley and things will look a whole lot better. Defend like we did against City!
Iwobi must be better than Gomes. At least he can run around for 90 minutes.
119 Posted 02/04/2022 at 17:43:26
Lets hope our lot can show some of that tomorrow- we have a great chance to put some distance between us and the bottom three and close the gap on Leeds too, but we all know how that script usually goes dont we!!??
Prove us all wrong boys- please!!
120 Posted 02/04/2022 at 17:43:58
So its between the bottom 4 for the drop...
121 Posted 02/04/2022 at 17:51:44
Problem is who can you fancy us to beat at the moment.
Having said that theres always suprising results at the back end of the season. Lets hope they are pleasent suprises.
I think we will just do enough to hang in there.
122 Posted 02/04/2022 at 18:25:10
Your line of stop the crosses, reminds me that Gordon West got the nickname Dracula because he didn't like high crosses.
123 Posted 02/04/2022 at 19:00:41
Going forward lately, we look totally bereft of ideas. A lot of huff and puff but we are not creating any chances.
For this reason, I would throw in Dele Alli. He can't be any worse than what I have witnessed and a magic moment or two could make the difference.
124 Posted 02/04/2022 at 19:05:32
I don't think you need to worry. Godfrey and Kenny are ahead of Mykolenko in the pecking order.
125 Posted 02/04/2022 at 19:18:03
126 Posted 02/04/2022 at 19:29:01
127 Posted 02/04/2022 at 19:41:55
3-0 to the Hammers... sigh.
128 Posted 02/04/2022 at 20:09:38
The big one was this morning, grandson Charlie playing against a team who tonked them 10-0 earlier in the season. Talk about having the bollocks to play - our goalie got whacked in the face twice in the pre-match warm up, our little defender who plays in specs won every tackle, another young lad got wiped out but played on, they ran themselves into the ground and won 2-0.
It was how proper footballers perform. We need to see a big dose of that at West Ham.
129 Posted 02/04/2022 at 20:22:50
Also, it's very infectious, which is what I'm sure the smiles were like at the end of your grandson's game today.
130 Posted 02/04/2022 at 20:56:29
If Bowen is going to be thinking hat-trick time, then he will only be doing it from the stands, as he's still not available for tomorrow. 2-1 for the Blues!!
131 Posted 02/04/2022 at 21:00:03
132 Posted 02/04/2022 at 21:07:26
I would like to see Gomes in the deep roll for the next couple of games. Maybe Delph will be a better choice if he ever plays for us again.
133 Posted 02/04/2022 at 21:09:41
134 Posted 02/04/2022 at 21:18:48
135 Posted 02/04/2022 at 21:29:40
I'm not sure if Onyango is fit. What I'm sure about is the lad is not ready to play in Everton's first team at the moment – especially in a team that has no leaders or confidence. His time may come in the future, not at the present time.
136 Posted 02/04/2022 at 21:34:40
137 Posted 02/04/2022 at 21:56:09
After tomorrow, we have 10 games left. Another heavy defeat and Frank's message is not getting across. It may need a further plan to survive.
138 Posted 02/04/2022 at 22:13:20
Patterson, Keane, Godfrey, Mykolenko,
Gordon, Doucouré, Van de Beek, Gray
139 Posted 02/04/2022 at 22:21:24
140 Posted 02/04/2022 at 22:27:29
141 Posted 02/04/2022 at 22:45:54
I think that either Burnley or Watford are hitting the form and will get a lot of points. We really have to start winning with Brentford, Newcastle and maybe Leeds getting points.
I would not like to rely on Burnley and Watford losing.
142 Posted 02/04/2022 at 23:32:07
Only change for me would be Mykolenko for Branthwaite.
Patterson, Keane, Branthwaite, Godfrey,
Gordon, Doucouré, Van de Beek, Gray
Good for a point I think – at least.
143 Posted 02/04/2022 at 23:46:26
It's all well and good calling them out but enough is enough. Ditch the passengers and play those up for a fight. Even if it means blooding younger or less-experienced options.
If I see the same old shitty back four tomorrow and we get humped, then I will seriously question if Lampard has an actual clue.
144 Posted 03/04/2022 at 00:18:21
145 Posted 03/04/2022 at 01:46:42
I agree entirely about Eriksen. Clearly a class act who has lost none of his ability. He ran the show for Brentford today. For me, he was by far the best player on the pitch. Instinctively finding his teammates with a whole range of passes and opening up Chelsea at will.
Why didn't we make an attempt to sign him? At least we know that he possesses a heart... something most of our imposter so-called superstars most certainly do not!
146 Posted 03/04/2022 at 03:51:33
147 Posted 03/04/2022 at 04:03:06
Thank goodness we have geniuses here to comprehensively dismiss a player after 400 minutes on the pitch... in a brand-new, higher league... under the worst possible emotional circumstances.
After 400 minutes Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Calvert-Lewin, Gordon, and Fellaini all looked pretty crappy as well.
And so, if I recall correctly, did our newest Board member.
148 Posted 03/04/2022 at 04:23:58
I was very, very critical of Mykolenko in his first couple of games. And there was a lot, on the surface, to be critical of. In fact, a LOT of crap play by Mykolenko.
As Mike gently bitch-slapped me previously, and he was 100% spot on, some patience for the Ukrainian boy!
He's been much, much better since his first introductions. And he's shown glimpses of quality in my opinion to be sure.
His fucking country is being over-run by a communist tyrant and destroyed. Bombs dropped on civilians, Russian artillery carpeting his cities, all the while his Dad is staying at home to fight for freedom.
Walk not a mile, but maybe a fucking inch in that boy's shoes, and then maybe feel free to criticize his play – kicking a fucking ball around a field of green. Like that shit really matters while tanks roll down your country and a despot tries to destroy everything you love.
So basically all that shit up there. Just cut the kid a break.
149 Posted 03/04/2022 at 05:49:46
Though how do you settle in, and acclimatise yourself to the cut and thrust of Premiership Football when your mind is on other things (presumably)? Can't realistically see a win today, or even one point, against 'old ginger's boys'; he certainly has assembled a decent side there.
With the obvious connection too, he will want to rub salt into an already gaping wound, to the effect of "look what you could have had"? Plus the incentive of a possible fourth position up for grabs, there will be no sentiment or sympathy from him, or his Hammers. Maybe we can blow a bubble or two though!
150 Posted 03/04/2022 at 06:47:39
Personally I think it's time to abandon all hope of good football and try to keep it tight with some pace and height in the team in order to grab a goal on the counter or at a set piece. See if we can out-Moyes Moyes.
Holgate Keane Branthwaite Godfrey
Richarlison Doucoure Van de Beek Iwobi Gordon
You could play Gray for Gordon but the former has not looked sharp the last few games. The central midfield obviously lacks a ball winner but all 3 are usually hard workers with at least a touch of athleticism unlike the other option in Gomes. If Delph were fit I'd put him in the centre over Iwobi. What a tragic state of affairs that I'm wishing we had Delph available.
Hard to see a positive result today but the beauty (agony?!) of football is that you never know. COYB!!
151 Posted 03/04/2022 at 06:55:14
152 Posted 03/04/2022 at 06:56:59
Our job is to focus completely on the job in hand, block out any negative thoughts, concentrate completely on our game.
Believe and trust in your team-mates skill and ability to win the game. Every game is a tough one and it's having the courage to play your heart out till the final whistle. 0-2, COYB
153 Posted 03/04/2022 at 07:47:43
I will try and doze for an hour or so before following the game at 1 am for me. Doubt whether I'll sleep though as I am so worried. My thoughts are with you… COYB
154 Posted 03/04/2022 at 08:23:57
To Jay Wood, hope all is okay and that your absence is nothing more than Everton related angst! Could do with some reassuring words from you, though!
155 Posted 03/04/2022 at 08:24:58
Just sending Blue Cosmic Grooves to all fellow Blues.
157 Posted 03/04/2022 at 08:28:51
I would play 4-4-1-1 formation with Richarlison and Gordon on the wings. At least they work hard and, sorry Brazil, but Richarlison is no Number 9.
I would play Dele Alli behind Calvert-Lewin as it can't get any worse. Game time might help Alli get his groove back. The others have had a go and don't score.
Gomes, Keane, Holgate and Coleman should not be in the team. Play the new full-backs with Godfrey and Branthwaite.
158 Posted 03/04/2022 at 08:40:14
The sun is shining, the sky is blue. I can feel those grooves, George.
Let's do this, Everton.
159 Posted 03/04/2022 at 08:42:17
I have often thought that the skill set of such a midfielder is similar to that of a full-back. I recall Ian Snodin making a career as a right-back after being signed as a central midfielder. Before him, there was Alan Harper and even Barry Horne played right-back occasionally. In more recent times, Gareth Barry and Fabian Delph have played both roles (though not necessarily at Everton).
Given the surplus of full-backs we now have (Mykolenko, Patterson, Kenny), surely we should be looking at their potential to fill in as defensive midfield? The law of averages says that surely one of them must be able to contribute something?????
Any thoughts, anyone?
160 Posted 03/04/2022 at 08:47:59
Andy (154), nice thought about Jay in Brazil, been doing the same myself, give us a word when you are ready Jay, best wishes to you and the family.
Come on you Blues give us something to lift us up today, go onI dare you!!
161 Posted 03/04/2022 at 08:51:31
162 Posted 03/04/2022 at 08:58:45
I'd like to see Iwobi start with Gordon replacing him late on.
163 Posted 03/04/2022 at 09:15:35
I am also hoping that is the team, and the out Moyes, Moyes sentiment is the only way for this match and for the rest of the season, especially at Burnley on Wednesday.
I selected the same team but Coleman instead of Holgate at right-back. Holgate offers a bit more physicality but I think that Seamus will be giving his all, and some more for the cause. He won't want to be the captain associated with a relegation after 70 years of top-flight football.
Also, I'd have Gordon on the right, Richarlison on the left.
164 Posted 03/04/2022 at 09:17:52
165 Posted 03/04/2022 at 09:48:45
Leeds H, Brentford H, City A, Burnley H, Palace A, Leicester H, Chelsea A.
You'd fancy them to get something from their next 2 games and home to Burnley.
Everton H, Norwich A, West Ham A, Southampton H, Wolves H, Watford A, Villa H, Spurs H, Newcastle H.
Everton and Watford games obviously huge but can also imagine they'll be playing teams on the beach at home end of the season so not great for us.
West Ham A, Burnley A, United H, Leicester H, Them A, Chelsea H, Leicester A, Brentford H, Arsenal A.
First impression is there are still loads of games left but we have by far the worst run in! Biggest game is always the next but we really cannot afford to lose on Weds! We could also really do with something from todays game.
Don't care about the team selection or tactics today, all 11 on the pitch need to put in a proper shift to get anything out of the game. West Ham won't make top 4 but they'll be gunning top 6 so will expect to win today.
166 Posted 03/04/2022 at 10:03:33
You could move Holgate (or even Branthwaite) into midfield to accommodate Coleman at right-back. But, when those are your options, it really highlights the limitations of the squad.
The main thing is that Lampard learns from his own mistakes in the away games so far. He shouldn't be so vain as to think he can suddenly get this team playing football when two experienced coaches like Ancelotti and Benitez could not. The former in particular showed us how to get points away. Don't reinvent the wheel.
If he does that, we should have every confidence in a point at least.
167 Posted 03/04/2022 at 10:30:08
Come on, Frank, make some changes that stop the rot that has set in to our team.
168 Posted 03/04/2022 at 10:30:40
169 Posted 03/04/2022 at 10:30:55
170 Posted 03/04/2022 at 10:37:34
In the second half, it's hiding behind the sofa time for those who can't bear to see what's going to happen next.
171 Posted 03/04/2022 at 10:42:50
172 Posted 03/04/2022 at 10:43:05
No way would either Keane or Gomes get near my starting line-up, and I have great misgivings about Holgate strolling about the defence with no sense of desire or urgency to get back and help out.
I would be inclined to start Patterson to see if his pace and enthusiasm can bring something different to our game with Coleman as fallback if it doesn't work.
The midfield as usual is the problem, so surely we must go with at least 3 in midfield.
All depends on Lampard's mindset, of course, and I know his hands are somewhat tied with injuries, suspensions etc, but I haven't seen much evidence of flexibility yet.
173 Posted 03/04/2022 at 10:56:09
Give this lad a chance and have some understanding of how it must be living in his world.
174 Posted 03/04/2022 at 11:03:27
175 Posted 03/04/2022 at 11:11:55
I guess he will just have to trust the team he picks is good enough. He has been let down on so many occasions but surely this group at some stage must pick up a result on the road.
Also, this is a chance to put back-to-back league wins together – something I don't think we have done all season. I think the key today is keeping Declan Rice quiet as he runs the show for West Ham.
I hope Calvert-Lewin recovers last season's form and Richarlison carries on from his Brazil performances. On our day, we have more than enough to win and, after both Watford and Burnley losing, it couldn't come at a better time.
176 Posted 03/04/2022 at 11:19:13
I go along with that and Jamie's link @(146), taken in the Lower Gwladys Street. End obviously, but I can guarantee those scenes happened all over Goodison Park that night.
Made up with Jamie's optimism and a couple more on this thread. Those who are going to the game today will let the team know they are there for them.
Come on, whoever turns out for the Blues – give those supporters something to replicate those scenes from the Newcastle game and let them go home happy.
177 Posted 03/04/2022 at 11:20:31
178 Posted 03/04/2022 at 11:42:03
They're odds on favourite, they also need to win. How does that resonate with your view of Moyes and his previous teams??
This could be a race to the bottom of the bottle... all we have to do is make sure there's some left in ours. That means picking the least number of worst bottlers and those picked actually turning up for a change.
It's West Ham, for fuck's sake, a 'kin yo-yo team who got lucky with a free ground.
Oh and a bit of luck wouldn't go amiss, just for a change.
179 Posted 03/04/2022 at 11:55:43
180 Posted 03/04/2022 at 12:01:50
I was given a gift on Friday, of a sitting Buddha known as Calling the Earth to witness.
As my usual feelings of excitement versus trepidation, before a match took over, I decided to read up on the Buddha. Its the definition of the moment of enlightenment, when the Buddha finally overcomes fears and temptation.
Could this be the sign we Blues have been waiting for? Are the team finally going to take to the pitch today and dazzle us with basic footballing skills? Or will the temptation to revert to self, be just too tempting.
All these and many more questions to be answered later!
181 Posted 03/04/2022 at 12:12:41
Patterson Godfrey Branthwaite Mykolenko
Gordon VDB Doucoure Dele Richie
4-5-1 in defence 4-1-5 in attack, with fullbacks throwing in crosses to Richie, DCL and Dele in the box….with VDB joining late to add the gun threat too. Coyb!
182 Posted 03/04/2022 at 12:15:21
183 Posted 03/04/2022 at 12:18:37
Dom is going to rediscover his form that got him selected for England, score a hat trick today and a sackload before the season ends.
Gordon will finally get the assists his play deserves and add a goal himself.
Richy will have a good game and score a beauty.
Everton will beat West Ham 5-2 in a crazy, entertaining game.
184 Posted 03/04/2022 at 12:19:39
We have 11 games to play almost a third of he season, so a couple missing from that list. Of the other teams in the mix...
- Watford have 8 games to play and currently 3 points below us
- Burnley have 10 to play, and 4 points behind us
- Leeds, have 7 to play and 5 points ahead
- Newcastle have 9 to play and 6 points ahead
- Brentford have 7 to play and 7 points ahead
Without looking at all the specific fixtures I am encouraged to think we will get safe with those games in hand although I fully appreciate games in hand do not mean quite so much at this end of the table.
Starting today we can begin turning things around and I have a sneaky suspicion we are going to return home with at least one point from the London Stadium (or whatever they call it these days).
185 Posted 03/04/2022 at 12:44:39
186 Posted 03/04/2022 at 12:47:07
Id take a point today and a point on Weds if offered now. Burnley are near the bottom but they havent actually lost that many games this season, just drawn loads. United are crap at the moment so a packed GP may get us 3 points next weekend to take us further away from trouble. The teams mental strength is non existent so Id prefer not to leave it to the Brentford game to be safe!
187 Posted 03/04/2022 at 13:03:00
188 Posted 03/04/2022 at 13:10:38
I don't see Frank picking Patterson, Branthwaite or Mykolenko.
Have Godfrey at left back.
But who knows he might say sod it and throw caution to the winds and play all the young lads!
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