Yerry Mina and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are set to return to the squad but Donny van de Beek, André Gomes and Ben Godfrey remain out
Everton are back at Goodison Park and in need of another stirring atmosphere as Chelsea come to town for a fixture that has taken on added significance for the Toffees following Saturday's results.
Victory for Burnley at Watford means that the Toffees will kick off against Thomas Tuchel's side five points adrift of safety but with two games in hand over the Clarets and Leeds United who were thumped at home by title-chasing Manchester City.
The calculations for Everton may have changed and, psychologically, the increase in the points gap to those two clubs above them in the table is a concern but matters remain in the Blues' hands. It's unlikely, but if they can win all their remaining matches, including this one against the team currently sitting in third in the Premier League, they will be assured of safety.
More realistically, they will probably need to pick up another 12 points to avoid relegation, although Leeds's run-in is particularly challenging and it is they, not Burnley, whom Everton might now be hoping to catch in the coming weeks on that basis.
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Yerry Mina will be back in Everton's squad this weekend after being rested for the Merseyside derby and he will be joined by Dominic Calvert-Lewin who has been training again this week.
Mina returned from an 8-week lay-off for the home draw against Leicester last weekend and his minutes are being managed due to a succession of soft-tissue complaints that have disrupted his season.
He is expected to start but Calvert-Lewin might only make the bench after doing lighter work at Finch Farm.
The striker has had a stop-start return from a long-term injury absence and didn't make the squad to face Liverpool last Sunday.
Frank Lampard will have to do without Donny van de Beek and André Gomes for another week as both are battling groin strains and Ben Godfrey is ruled out for “a few weeks” with the thigh issue he sustained in the warm-up at Anfield.
Since winning all their Premier League fixtures in March, Chelsea were stunned at home a month ago by Brentford who beat the 4-1 before they exited the Champions League as holders at the hands of Real Madrid.
In between, they thrashed Southampton 6-0 at St Mary's but lost at home to Arsenal, edged West Ham 1-0 and were held 1-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday evening.
The recency of that outing, their somewhat erratic form, and the fact that they have little left to play for will hopefully see a less motivated Chelsea arrive in L4 for what is a fixture that the Toffees have found ways to win when the chips have been down at times in recent years, not least in 2019 for Duncan Ferguson's first game at the helm as caretaker.
As was the case for most of Lampard's games in charge, the Goodison faithful are gearing up to play their part in providing the kind of bear-pit environment designed to will Everton on to victory. Should they help the players over the line to three points, it could be a massive boost ahead of the trip to Leicester next weekend.
Kick-off 2 pm, Sunday 1 May 2022 on Sky SPorts
Referee: Kevin Friend
VAR: John Brooks
Last Time: Everton 1 - 0 Chelsea
Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Keane, Mykolenko, Delph, Allan, Iwobi, Gordon, Gray, Richarlison
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1 Posted 29/04/2022 at 20:58:39
2 Posted 29/04/2022 at 21:14:20
3 Posted 29/04/2022 at 21:16:03
4 Posted 29/04/2022 at 21:33:21
5 Posted 29/04/2022 at 21:37:46
6 Posted 29/04/2022 at 21:39:41
7 Posted 29/04/2022 at 21:54:52
8 Posted 29/04/2022 at 22:24:45
I don't care if they got screwed fitness-wise… they both already have questions over their fitness – Mina especially – so decent clubs recruiting will be, or should be, savvy to this.
They play for Everton. Everton are their employers. They play if fit. After that, they can well fuck off. Non-negotiable
9 Posted 29/04/2022 at 23:09:18
10 Posted 29/04/2022 at 23:17:04
I don't anticipate anything other than a difficult game, but one we must somehow pull on resources hitherto rarely witnessed and get the three points at all costs. We can't just rely on other results going our way !
11 Posted 30/04/2022 at 06:15:04
Given the train situation, at least I don't have to sit amongst the travelling London away supporters tomorrow. West Ham I can handle and they are a good bunch. Tottenham tend to argue amongst themselves. Arsenal, well they are just boring. But Chelsea. They even test my reasonable tolerance levels.
Maybe even play Branthwaite to repeat his Stamford Bridge heroics. It's sad that a 1 - 1 draw remains one of my highlights of this season.
Marching down the Goodison Road. Come on Everton.
12 Posted 30/04/2022 at 06:36:07
13 Posted 30/04/2022 at 09:01:31
I hope I'm wrong and he arrives with exactly what we need – goals!Anything less and the fight is lost.
14 Posted 30/04/2022 at 10:15:24
15 Posted 30/04/2022 at 10:22:47
16 Posted 30/04/2022 at 10:22:50
17 Posted 30/04/2022 at 11:35:20
18 Posted 30/04/2022 at 11:40:36
A bigger problem to address in the midfield selections. Against a slick passing Leicester, playing Delph and Allan was a mistake, so I suppose the manager will go with Doucouré, Allan and Iwobi.
The manager has had numerous opportunities to start Branthwaite and passed on them so l expect to see Mina and Keane in the middle of the back four.
We need something from the game and I expect that we will achieve same.
19 Posted 30/04/2022 at 11:45:07
20 Posted 30/04/2022 at 11:52:22
I don't think it's laziness or deliberate. He lacks the internal grit and drive that, for example Richarlison has – Richarlison might leave but will be fighting for himself and the club all the way to the end
Calvert-Lewin will be doing his eyeliner.
21 Posted 30/04/2022 at 12:27:31
22 Posted 30/04/2022 at 14:33:46
Mina must be on borrowed time really because as much as I like him and yes he is our best defender, there's only so long you can keep putting up with such a lack of games.
DCL is neither here nor there, average performance levels,and not much else to it.
23 Posted 30/04/2022 at 14:50:04
Flex Blake the way they strike and stroke their balls home from all angles to get out of this shit storm.
At the moment all we have is John Bobbit and that bloke from 40 yr old virgin! Ps, I had no idea who those men were, Wikipedia told me.
24 Posted 30/04/2022 at 16:58:32
25 Posted 30/04/2022 at 17:12:51
26 Posted 30/04/2022 at 17:19:23
On the bright side, I've got some lovely salmon for my dinner.
27 Posted 30/04/2022 at 20:25:56
I think I'll open another bottle of wine…
28 Posted 30/04/2022 at 20:53:52
Somehow, we have to find the killer instinct that has been missing all season. I'd go with the front three of Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin and Gordon.
29 Posted 30/04/2022 at 21:44:26
Lets get three points, and keep it in our own hands.
Up the Toffees.
30 Posted 30/04/2022 at 21:47:20
31 Posted 30/04/2022 at 21:47:58
32 Posted 30/04/2022 at 21:56:45
Mark, its what Sky is all about - money, however they can get it. They dont give two hoots for the game as long as they make money.
33 Posted 30/04/2022 at 23:10:33
'how about Liverpool come out of their 30 year flunk, and Everton head in the opposite direction?'
no, not mediocrity, how about relegation?
Yes! and not just Liverpool winning, how about some insane quad?'
perfect. Liverpool literally sweep the board at the same time Everton are relegated. Perfect!
'Hang on though, how about this happens with Everton spending twice the money?
Yes, that sets it up nicely. Let's give them the best manager ever b0rn the previous year line up some fantastic stadium, and have them playing the worst football in the league, that'll mess with them, then he can bail, and start winning again, and Everton can get even worse.
'We can still get better, let's have the managers they booted come up when they get relegated, and actually relegation's not enough, how about just put them out of business. That should do it!'
34 Posted 01/05/2022 at 00:16:44
35 Posted 30/04/2022 at 00:22:28
BBC did the same but I agree your sentiments - these blood suckers are not an integral part of the ‘beautiful game, theyre like flies zooming around a pile of dog shit and do not deserve any sporting recognition when they drop dead.
36 Posted 01/05/2022 at 03:06:33
But no sleep tonight – I will be with you all in spirit, shouting the lads on. And Christine, I only live about 599 miles from you, so I will listen out for your screams when we win! COYB
37 Posted 01/05/2022 at 04:29:32
I'm assuming one of you is up in the Bay of Islands and the other down in Dunedin or somewhere? Love New Zealand.
I'm sure somebody not too far away from me would have heard my cry of “Noooooooo” last night as Burnley's second goal went in. Minor damage to my iPhone again due to my frustration.
Don't really know how we are going to survive this with our bunch of misfits. Maybe Frank will get a favour from Chelsea for helping deliver a sackful of trophies. Maybe Tuchel thinks there are 3 easier points elsewhere to secure the 4th spot but expecting us to beat them in full strength is fanciful at best.
I would say we now need 3 wins and 1 draw at minimum from the remaining games. That does not sound too hard until you shake your head and realize this team of ours no longer has Dave Watson, Peter Reid and Kevin Campbell type players in it.
I think most of us have actually accepted that we're down but that does not mean there is no hope. Hope is all we have in our hearts but ‘hopeless' is what we have in our team unfortunately and it may need an unlikely hero to give us at least one more week to cling on.
Hope is eternal though and I'll happily eat humble pie if we get something from today's game.
Kenwright Out Now!
38 Posted 01/05/2022 at 04:38:05
I hope your dream comes true…
39 Posted 01/05/2022 at 04:51:12
40 Posted 01/05/2022 at 05:16:41
I could go on all day, but I need to get myself to Gatwick for the flight. Goodison bound.
I am self-declared mad bordering on insane, but wouldn't change it.
Let's bring the points home.
41 Posted 01/05/2022 at 05:31:15
Mind you, it reminds me of the definition of Purgatory... "a place or state of suffering inhabited by the souls of sinners who are expiating their sins before going to heaven."
It seems you don't have to die to go to purgatory after all.
42 Posted 01/05/2022 at 05:31:56
But today is a must-win, no matter how it is achieved. If we lose today, it begins to look tougher. Win and then we will all be a lot more optimistic tomorrow.
43 Posted 01/05/2022 at 05:57:44
Wishing you a safe flight and a very enjoyable day at The Grand Old Lady. I will be the invisible spirit beside you – eating my meat pie. Tell me, Danny, that we are going to win – please!!!
44 Posted 01/05/2022 at 07:14:27
Massive, humongous game today that we must win! My Burnley friends are already writing us off and giving it the Big Un, let's hope we silence them!
45 Posted 01/05/2022 at 07:52:07
Usually I'm quite optimistic but I've just not seen the evidence that these players/coaches can get crucial results when needed. Really hope they prove me wrong.
A win today would be a real tonic and it's certainly achievable as Brentford showed when beating them 4-1 a month ago. But they don't have the distraction of the Champions League now and in their last 3 away matches they tonked Southampton, beat Real Madrid and drew at Old Trafford.
A draw would not be a disaster and would put us within 4 points of Leeds with a game in hand, better goal difference and an easier run-in.
I just want this season to be over now. In past years, I'd wished that we had a bit more at stake in the final month but I'd give anything for some mid-table mediocrity right now!!
46 Posted 01/05/2022 at 08:02:04
Iwobi has received much criticism but recently he has improved in many fans' eyes. But what is he bringing to the table? He is very good in the combinations and the simple passing in the middle of the pitch. He is furthermore credited for his work rate in particular after chasing the ball in three 30-m sprints against I think Man Utd.
These chases can be morale boosters but, in reality, it was just like a headless chicken. Because, of course, the opponent is just passing the ball. Any pressing must be a coordinated effort and not just one player running around. For me, Iwobi is really poor in the pressing game because his timing is awful.
Iwobi currently play as Number 10 (his preferred position). He offers basically no goal threat. He does not score goals and gets very very few assists. While his passing is good in the middle of the pitch, he seems to get nervous every time he needs to make a decisive pass. He has no instinct. He will never anticipate a situation. He will never score a tap-in because he does not have the goal instinct.
So for m,e credit for Iwobi's recent improvement and hard work… but he is still not good enough. Defensively, he is working hard but not smart. Offensively, he has far too little end-product and he completely lacks killer instinct.
I would much rather see Dele Alli in that position. He has shown glimpses of his ability recently. He has got that killer instinct that we need.
Gray is a little bit same story as Iwobi. No instinct and poor decisions. He started out really well for us and we thought he was the bargain of the century. But, apart from the first 2 months with us, I actually think he has been poor. Poor decisions and no end product. In fact, in the beginning, he scored a few but actually his career stats show even fewer goals and assists than Iwobi. I would bench him and play a striker. Calvert-Lewin if he is ready; otherwise, Rondon, to allow Richarlison on the left.
So Calvert-Lewin and Dele Alli instead of Iwobi and Gray.
47 Posted 01/05/2022 at 08:11:29
What do we do? Go along with it? Or fight?
Never give up and never give in, it's time to call on the spirits of Everton FC, we fight to the death.
We will stay up and ram it down the throats of all those who want us gone.
COYBlues! You can do it!
48 Posted 01/05/2022 at 08:12:10
One day, in the dictionary, under 'hope', will be Everton FC!!
Just win!! No ifs, no more excuses! Do what you are paid for!
Safe journey all!! 🙏
49 Posted 01/05/2022 at 08:30:17
The 2 sitters Dom missed against Leeds at Elland Road you refer to cost us 2 points. Like Tom Davies passing to Mina in an offside position instead of shooting at Old Trafford, another 2 points lost. Both games being early in the season but those points would be handy now.
50 Posted 01/05/2022 at 08:34:24
Rondon, Calvert-Lewin, Alli, or Doucouré come in for me. And if that means moving Iwobi wide, so be it.
51 Posted 01/05/2022 at 08:40:58
It will come down to the crowd, the referee and the players' desire.
52 Posted 01/05/2022 at 08:47:30
I know many have said we've had relegation written all over us since that home defeat to Watford, I too sounded the alarm bells pretty early on, but I thought we would have enough about us to avoid being in the bottom three at this stage, so to all of us who attend Goodison today, let's make some noise and urge the players on for what may prove to be a last hurrah for Goodison Park in terms of it hosting a Top 6 club in the top flight.
Like most Evertonians, I still hope beyond hope that we kick off in August as a Premier League club but, as many have said, it will take an amazing change in our results in order to stand a chance of avoiding the drop.
53 Posted 01/05/2022 at 08:49:37
That is including a point today.
54 Posted 01/05/2022 at 08:53:15
Well said, and those three factors are very important, the crowd, the referee and the players' desire. If the players can't get any inspiration from the team coach as it comes towards Goodison Park today and they see crowds of younger supporters urging them on with their banners, flags, flares and vocal support, then they never will.
I wish I was young enough to join these brilliant fans and they will be there to welcome the Everton coach – not to harass and throw bottles at the visitors' coach!!
55 Posted 01/05/2022 at 09:02:41
56 Posted 01/05/2022 at 09:03:46
It is going back about twenty years or more, but I remember an interview with or about Alex Ferguson. It was along the lines of ‘ when we win possession, he demands that there is a goal attempt that comes from it. Anything less and he would deliver a bollocking.
ie, no faffing about, win possession and attack with pace and power, the rest of the team knows the drill and adjusts to it, players are bought, or nurtured to do it.
Goals come when defences are stressed and cant react in time to pace or quick balls into the box. We need more of it.
57 Posted 01/05/2022 at 09:11:11
58 Posted 01/05/2022 at 09:13:47
Blaming referees and talking about enough games left were avoiding the need to play for points. The whole relegation dogfight will be in flux till the end of the season. Everton have to realise they are in a dogfight.
59 Posted 01/05/2022 at 09:15:12
Looking at the fixtures, today is a free hit. Chelsea are not what they were so expect Everton to have their moments.
Leicester away. Leicester have nothing to play for and will be massively distracted by Europe.
Watford away and they will already have been relegated.
Brentford and Palace at home. Where Everton are strong.
Arsenal away. You don't want to be needing points there.
So, even though Everton are 8/11 to go down, I still don't think they will…
60 Posted 01/05/2022 at 09:18:42
61 Posted 01/05/2022 at 09:26:40
62 Posted 01/05/2022 at 09:28:25
Forget ‘keep it tight' and play to win… just like Brentford did against them. No fucking round at the back, fast attacks, and long balls down the sides needed.
Coleman Keane Mina Mykolenko
Doucouré Allan Iwobi
Gordon Rondon Richarlison
63 Posted 01/05/2022 at 09:31:11
64 Posted 01/05/2022 at 09:34:43
The saddest thing for me is This is the last game were Everton have their own fate in their own hands!!
This is the cup final for me after the Burnley result yesterday.
This is it, Guys – lose today and we really are in trouble.
65 Posted 01/05/2022 at 09:35:50
66 Posted 01/05/2022 at 09:43:03
Coleman, Keane, Mina, Mykolenko
Gordon, Allan, Delph, Richarlison
Time for us to go on our run.
Up the Blues.!!!
67 Posted 01/05/2022 at 09:57:51
Looking forward to an exciting afternoon of entertainment. No dodgy ref decisions against us, and no sendings off for us, and an Everton win.
68 Posted 01/05/2022 at 10:01:33
at the Bridge. Midfield is difficult but Id start Allan who will be fired up after the way the so called experts pilloried him last week. Iwobi gives us pace, energy and drive( I never thought Id say that!) and for me, has to play. Do we then go for Delph, Doucoure or really gamble and start Deli who has been showing some signs that there may still be a player there? Id start with Delph and see how we go. We mustnt concede early and he and Allan will help in that regard. Get a foothold then think about Deli.
A very tough game and the crowd and Chelseas reaction to it really could be our twelfth man.
69 Posted 01/05/2022 at 10:01:48
“Hope is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all …”
Sunday morning here in New Brighton - - 8.00 am – arrived home late yesterday from Italy - - Salerno - - all around its grey - - in the front top room - - the City still sleeps - - still and silent - - a seagull flies across the meridian as if lifting the curtains for the coming day - - there are stretches of gold coming through - - Naples yellow - - in front of the house a tremendous tree - - filling the window frame - - green with morning rain dripping from the tips of the leaves - - Masterpiece by Mother Nature - - we have Paradise in our grasp - - we cannot let it slip through our fingers - - we have to hold it, grasp it, protect it - - Love It
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
We have been gifted a Life as Evertonians - - like many on here I have spent best part of my 73 years' watching The Blues - - they have given me a lot - - filled my heart and my soul - - I measure a great deal of my life against Everton happenings - - 60 years' this week we beat Cardiff 8-3 - - I missed it - - - - my sister Joan had the audacity to get married that day in St.Alphonus Church Great Mersey Street - - without even asking my permission - - I was mad and I had to wear a suit and a tie - - Eeeeaaargghhh Joan died a few years' ago but is in my memory and my heart - - part of me - - who I am - - just like Everton - - no matter what we are intertwined - - Blues - - no false footy photosnatch fenanikens here - - Blues - - through and through - - and through everything - - together - - I am just now letting my mind and indeed my heart flow - - float - - for a moment - - just floating on The Astral for a moment - - close my eyes for a moment - - thinking about The Golden Vision - - The Holy Trinity - - Howard - - those days of dancing around The Dark House and races around the block in our undies - - “Many a tear has to fall - - Oh, but it's all, it's all in the game, child - - It's all in the wonderful game”
Take me back, take me back, take me back
Take me way, way, way, way, way, way, way
Back when I, when I understood, when I understood, yeah
Oh, ah, take me way back, when, when, when, when, when, when
When, when, when, when, when, when, when
I was walking down the
Walking down the street and
It didn't matter
Cause everything felt, everything felt, everything felt
Everything felt, everything felt, everything felt, everything felt
Everything felt, everything felt, everything felt so right, ha
And so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good, ah
Everything felt, so right, and so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good, so good
In the eternal now, in the eternal moment
In the eternal now, in the eternal moment
In the eternal now
Everything felt so good, so good, so good, so good, so good
And so right, so right, so right, just
So good, so right, so right, in the eternal
In the eternal moment, in the eternal moment
In the eternal moment, in the eternal moment
When you lived, when you lived
When you lived, in the light
When you lived in the grace
In the grace, in grace
When you lived in the light
In the light, in the grace
And the blessing.
No Tourist Trip for us Blues today - - our normal Pilgrimage to Goodison via our own Hostelries - - for me like a May Day Procession to The Dark House - - passing all those memories of the Old Processions - - God Bless Father Winder - - my sister Colette in her Holy Communion Dress with some lace curtains wrapped around her head - - me in a white shirt and short kekes with my Holy Communion Medal on ( I was 45 at the time - - God Help Us)- - today I will walk those same streets - - Scotty - - The Mother of Liverpool - - all our Ma Joads - - arms folded across their flowery pinnies - - still looking after us - - looking down on us - - Blessing Us - - “How can we live without our lives? How will we know its us without our past?” - - Thanks Ma - - this is who we are - - no telly headlines grabbin bandwagonnners - - history - - lived experience - - real - - Ma was right - - as always - - “We Are The People” - - Rave On Ma Joad and all our Mas who made us what we are” - - along to Smith Street where as a rag-arsed kid I would play day and night and save my pocket money for the game on Saturday - - Whittle Street - - the Magic 33 Bus to Cardinal Godfrey - - The Dockers/Coughers Bus with the magical number 33 - - amazingly I live in New Brighton and the steps down to the beach are numbered and the steps at the bottom of our Road are number 33 - - magical - - mystical - - Holy - - coincidence - - no such thing - - History - - we have it - - others invent it - - Wessie Road - - first in - - Saturday morning baths - -with your cozzie on under your kekes - - a 4 of chips after in paper wet with vinegar - - and I shall search my soul - - I shall search my very soul - - and - - Listen to the Lion - - my heart and spirits sour lifting me like the boy in Ivans Childhood above The Earth - - looking down on my Ma/Anne - - “go on son - - enjoy the match - - hope you win” - -
“Life is sad
Life is a bust
All ya can do is do what you must
You do what you must do and ya do it well”
Into The Dark House - - nods and greetings - - handshakes and hugs - - men women and children - -sons and daughters - - grandkids - - Blue Hearts - - no falseness looking for the camera here - - no half and half flags - - real people - - Real Love - - God Bless Everyone of Them - - me and dave will walk in - - honesty and truth and real life hit us in the face - -blow our hair - -whisper to our hearts - - lift our souls - - carry our spirits - - my ribbons around my neck whisper to each one - - unspoken words flow into the air - - Words of Love - - Blue Remembered Words - - I am going to grasp my mouth organ and give a toot to all those who for whatever reason cannot get to the game today - - there you go(for Laurie)
And the sky was blue
And you didn't have no worries, you didn't have no care
You were walking in a green field
In a meadow, through the buttercups, in the summertime
And you looked way out over, way out
Way out over the city and the water
And it feels so good, and it feels so good
And you keep on walking
And the music on the radio, and the music on the radio
Has so much soul, has so much soul
And you listen, in the night time
While we're still and quiet
And you look out on the water
And the big ships, and the big boats
Came on sailing by, by, by, by
And you felt so good, and I felt so good
I felt I want to blow my harmonica
Up to the bar - - Sandra - - “golden” she says:
“I was burned out from exhaustion, buried in the hail
Poisoned in the bushes an' blown out on the trail
Hunted like a crocodile, ravaged in the corn
Come in, she said
I'll give ya shelter from the storm
Suddenly I turned around and she was standin' there
With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair
She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns
Come in, she said
I'll give ya shelter from the storm”
It is a big day - - no need to be thinking about anyone else - - who is gonna do what - - we are our own masters: - - “We Are Artists Lovers and Poets - - We are the singers of our own songs” - - its down to us - - as it should be - - who else to rely on except your friends - - companions - - brothers/sisters - - here is to All Blues -To Everton - - no matter what:
“O sweet To-morrow! –
There will away
This sense of sorrow.
Then let us borrow
Hope, for a gleaming
Soon will be streaming,
Dimmed by no gray –
While the winds wing us
Sighs from The Gone,
Nearer to dawn
Minute-beats bring us;
When there will sing us
Larks of a glory
Waiting our story”
Blue Boys - - A Day To be Together - - To Be For Everton - - We Are the People”
With A firm handshake with Blue Cosmic Grooves sent right out of the window here in New Brighton to float right across The Astral and drop “posso waves” right into your head - - and by tonight we will understand “the onesss” - - Into The Mystic - - your friend - - George
70 Posted 01/05/2022 at 10:02:29
71 Posted 01/05/2022 at 10:03:10
6 games to save our skin. Play without fear, play with guile.
Leeds and Burnley (and everyone else) think we are down already. We won today, and all of a sudden they start looking over their shoulders and start getting worried. That's all it takes.
6 games. All winnable.
It ain't over till it's over.
72 Posted 01/05/2022 at 10:07:53
We can do this blues
73 Posted 01/05/2022 at 10:21:41
74 Posted 01/05/2022 at 10:22:00
75 Posted 01/05/2022 at 10:39:22
76 Posted 01/05/2022 at 10:42:38
It is our away form that needs to improve with the games against Leicester and Watford providing some opportunity. 2 draws may be enough but I think 39points will keep us up meaning a win in one of those 2 or less likely is a third draw at the Emirates.
3 draws on the spin away from home would be a huge uplift in form though. 1 win and 2 defeats would be more realistic but I think would still be enough based on my home results scenario
It is in our own hands and we need to keep it there. Forget about Burnley and Leeds and concentrate solely on our games. Win then and we stay up and every game is winnable,
77 Posted 01/05/2022 at 10:43:24
They've lost 11 consecutive home matches.
Next up Everton.
Hmm any guesses
78 Posted 01/05/2022 at 10:48:50
Even though only scored six goals in last ten league games, the rate is going up! Six in the last six games, more than the pitiful zero total in the previous four games.
Average of one goal a game, it's a start, and can be improved upon.
Even if we don't win today, there are still enough wins to be had. And don't rule Southampton out of the equation yet, they have only three games left.
This could be a season where 40 points isn't enough. And I wouldn't be surprised if there will be a lot riding on Brentford v Leeds on May 22.
79 Posted 01/05/2022 at 10:53:23
You, Jamie and a few others will need to pray a bit harder today to make up for the godless one like myself.
UTFT and 2-1 win to us
80 Posted 01/05/2022 at 10:57:22
I fear Frank will select either DCL or Richarlison up top and I think DCL is to easily bullied and Richarlison is not a hold up player. I would also play Alli instead of Iwobi, I think Iwobi has put a lot of effort into games of late, but I don't think he carries the goal threat that Alli does. I think we will need more than one goal to win today and apart from Franks first 2 games against Brentford in the cup and Leeds in the league we don't look like a side with a lot of goals in us.
Like all Blues I will be there screaming and clapping and doing whatever I can to help the team win, the atmosphere has been excellent and will be again today, but will it be enough, I really hope so. When I look at the Burnley and Leeds squad compared to ours, how the hell have we sleepwalked into this position.
81 Posted 01/05/2022 at 11:03:45
You obviously know a footballer when you see one !!
Been kidding us from the day he signed.
That's what is taking us down but not much different from five or six others without mentioning names.
Most of the squad overpaid and over rated.
We live in hope, "a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen" sadly it doesn't happen very often when one is in the trench with no ammo.
82 Posted 01/05/2022 at 11:09:42
Game starts at 11:00 pm for me. Three hours to go and waiting with eager anticipation for what may amount to the most important game in my lifetime. We were last promoted shortly after my birth!
83 Posted 01/05/2022 at 11:11:00
I fucking despair sometimes I really do.
Typical kopite behaviour from so-called Evertonians.
84 Posted 01/05/2022 at 11:20:28
85 Posted 01/05/2022 at 11:28:36
87 Posted 01/05/2022 at 11:28:56
I'm in Orlando today for #5's soccer tournament. Forced to watch the first opening minutes on my phone, race back to the hotel after the game is done (we're playing only 30 minutes from being rained out last night) to watch on the tv. The Boy's kick off is at 8 a.m.
At some point during that time I'll be chucking some prayers upstairs to the Big Man, reminding Him I'll be attending Mass later and I need him to do me a solid. 😜
Seriously though, this game is huge. If we win, I actually like our chances of survival. If we lose, I'm still not giving up and will hold to hope as Leeds' schedule coming down the stretch is utter hell.
88 Posted 01/05/2022 at 11:32:28
89 Posted 01/05/2022 at 11:38:29
BTW... Leeds will pick up 6pts at least as Brentford and Brighton will be in flip flop mode.
We need this today.
90 Posted 01/05/2022 at 11:40:37
91 Posted 01/05/2022 at 11:43:24
I'm not far off the city centre now. I can only think positive I have to. Along day, but they will make it worth it.
Dave, I've touched the Rosary Beads a few times this week.
I still don't think this is it though. A few more twists are to be had yet.
92 Posted 01/05/2022 at 11:45:22
93 Posted 01/05/2022 at 11:47:13
Everyone wants us to lose as far as I can see, and the Burnley lads have got a load cocky - we need to ram that down their fucking mouths but can we ?
I don't give a fuck how we win - just win and if there is any luck going please let it be us that gets it for a change, we need everything to work today, let us all hope it does.
To all Evertonians going today, be the loudest you have ever been and get on the refs and linemen's back on every 50-50.
This game is so important in terms of morale, win it and we have a chance, lose and I believe we are gone.
George, the sky is always BLUE until the devils come out!
94 Posted 01/05/2022 at 11:50:09
Agree there is likely to be more twists to come and today is not the be and end all but boy, could we do with a win.
Anyway, enjoy the game and safe journey home. On my way in a few minutes too, only travelling from Nantwich though so not bad at all.
95 Posted 01/05/2022 at 12:16:24
96 Posted 01/05/2022 at 12:16:29
Minds of children
97 Posted 01/05/2022 at 12:19:10
Not going today, just in case it was me that was jinxing them, but more realistically have been getting more and more despondent as we the fans seem to put more effort in going to support them, than they do where it matters.
99 Posted 01/05/2022 at 12:31:20
Nothing to add except that the bellends outside the Chelsea hotel will have probably just motivated the chavs a bit more to do us over.
100 Posted 01/05/2022 at 12:35:06
101 Posted 01/05/2022 at 12:39:04
102 Posted 01/05/2022 at 12:48:26
103 Posted 01/05/2022 at 12:52:12
104 Posted 01/05/2022 at 13:26:27
I hope the possible lost 1pt against City is not the reason we go down.
We have 3 very winnable games along with 3 unlikely ones including todays.
Its not impossible for Leeds or Burnley to blank the 4 remaining games each have, Leeds especially have very difficult games to come.
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