Southampton vs Everton

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Jordan Pickford could come back into the side after missing the win over West Ham and both of England's Nations League games with a thigh injury

Everton finally get back to Premier League action this weekend when they make the trek to the south coast to face Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium.

The Blues picked up their first three points of the campaign last time out against West Ham, the only game they have played in almost a month due to the Football Association’s decision to postpone a round of matches following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and then the international break, and will be looking for what would be their first away win of the season and only their second under Frank Lampard.

The optimism engendered by six-match unbeaten run in all competitions will have tempered a little by the loss to injury of Nathan Patterson but the hope is that Seamus Coleman can seamlessly slot into the right-back position that was his own before the young Scot grabbed it with both hands in the early part of the season.

The club captain has only played 90 minutes once so far, that being in the Carabao Cup win at Fleetwood Town in late August but having only featured for Ireland for a quarter of an hour off the bench against Scotland a week ago, he should be fresh to play.

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Assuming Lampard doesn’t change what has been a successful 4-3-3 formation in recent matches, that could be the only outfield change to the side that started against the Hammers a fortnight ago. In goal, however, Jordan Pickford could return after he was passed fit following a thigh problem.

Evertonian eyes will be on the team sheet an hour before kick-off, though, to see if Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be involved or if, as seems likely, the club are going to give him another week to try and build his fitness as he painstakingly makes his way back from the knee injury he sustained just days before the season-opener against Chelsea.

A possible return against West Ham was aborted after he is said to have felt tightness in his groin and Lampard sounded circumspect about his chances of making the trip south this weekend when he spoke to the press at Finch Farm yesterday.

“Communication is key,” the manager said, acknowledging from his own recent experience as a player how much you can be itching to make your comeback from a layoff. “I know what players are like — you tell the manager you are fine because you want back in.

“I think what have come to is a very open conversation between myself, Dominic and the medical department to make sure we get him in the best possible nick because it is a long season. I don't want to bring him back too early.

“He was looking so strong in training in America during pre-season and then he got injured before Chelsea. I just want to get him back to that level where he was a machine, where he looked like the Dominic we all want to see.

“It's more making sure that Dominic is in the best condition. We have had a look at his plan and looked at some of his training to make sure he is in the best possible shape. I need to think is he ready to start again, should he be coming on.”

St Mary’s has not been a happy hunting ground for Everton in recent years with five of their last six visits having ended in defeat. The last two seasons have seen Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men comprehensively play Carlo Ancelotti and then Lampard’s men off the park, winning 2-0 on both occasions.

This time will hopefully be different, with Everton in better form, stronger psychological shape and with better selection options for the boss while Southampton have been erratic during their opening seven fixtures, winning at Leicester and beating Chelsea at home but then losing their last two 1-0 at Wolves and Leicester respectively.

Their display at Villa Park last time out was particularly dreadful but they are almost always a difficult proposition on home turf and in the likes of James Ward-Prowse, Kyle Walker-Peters and a Blues’ summer target in Che Adams, they have sufficient talent in their ranks to cause Everton problems.

A repeat of the attacking intent Lampard’s men showed in the first halves at Brentford and Leeds and extrapolated over the whole game should give them the platform from which they can win the game and look ahead to the visit to Goodison of Manchester United next weekend with confidence high.

Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 1 October, 2022
Referee: Andre Marriner
VAR: Lee Mason
Last Time: Southampton 2 - 0 Everton

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Gueye, Onana, Iwobi, Gordon, Gray, Maupay


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Jay Harris
1 Posted 30/09/2022 at 04:46:16
So DCL is injured again and won’t make the squad for the Southampton game. Anyone got more detailed info?


Jim Bennings
2 Posted 30/09/2022 at 06:30:55
Got real worries for Calvert-Lewin now to be honest, not just short term but long term.

It's starting to look similar to many footballing careers that play loads of games at an early age then the last 5 or 6 years of their career is dogged by injury, Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler spring to mind.

That's why we need to start the search for the next Calvert-Lewin, and not just a backup as has been widely touted.

Anyway it's good to finally get some Premier League football back under way after what has felt like a complete pause in September club action.

Not our favourite venue really Southampton is it?

Can only think of about three wins we've had in 25-30 years of going down there albeit they were down for 7 of those years.

Patterson will be a loss, but I do hope we keep the same formation as it has made us look the most solid and efficient defensively, tampering only results in trouble as past experiences tell us.

Tony Hill
3 Posted 30/09/2022 at 06:38:17
I share the DCL worry.

I remember a 3-0 not so long ago with 2 from Lukaku.

This Everton team is starting to have a different feel to it and I have reasonable optimism about tomorrow.

Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 30/09/2022 at 06:51:36
When Saturday comes.

In the impasse of the international break, we've had politics, debate over the Royal Family and even a seeming breakdown of the website. Maybe that was a useful cooling off period. Or was I just sent to the cooler??

Back to business. Breakfast in London tomorrow and gambling on the trains from Waterloo amidst the strikes. Coach booked to get us back to Victoria tomorrow evening, so at least we'll get home.

Let's do this, Everton. Let's do this, Evertonians. The last time 3 O'Neills hit the south coast together, we won 2 - 0 and had a great day out, so I'll go for that. See you all there. In person or virtually in spirit (of the Blues).

Lee Courtliff
5 Posted 30/09/2022 at 07:20:19
That 3 nil was already 7 years ago, Tony!!

I'm confident about tomorrow, as always, but I really just wanna see us play again. Genuinely looking forward to the matches this season, which makes a nice change.

Bill Gienapp
6 Posted 30/09/2022 at 07:22:53
Hard to tell if Calvert-Lewin has had any genuine setbacks, or if the club is just being exceedingly cautious. Lampard almost sounds spooked by the prospect of bringing him back too early.
Marc Hints
7 Posted 30/09/2022 at 08:10:00
Saying this morning now DCL has had another set back for another week
Peter Hodgson
8 Posted 30/09/2022 at 08:13:12
Jim Bennings @ 2.

I'm afraid I agree with you and have been saying the same about DCL and his injury for longer than I care to remember now. There is something wrong with his situation and we are not getting the full SP from the Club. It worried me during the transfer window and it still worries me now. I hope our worries are not fulfilled but I fear so.

On a more positive note we are looking much stronger in defense and in depth. It is just a shame that Patterson will be out for 5/6 weeks following that tackle that wasn't adequately punished, but that is football I suppose. COYB.

Jim Bennings
9 Posted 30/09/2022 at 08:41:47
As I said in summer.

It's not about getting Calvert-Lewin back on the pitch, it's about keeping him on it for a sustained period.

I reiterate again, I think we'll do well to see him get 15 games this season.

We need to buy a centre forward in January.

Danny O’Neill
10 Posted 30/09/2022 at 08:54:19
I always try to stay out of these conversations as, whether we like it or not, the days of a player playing every week are long gone.

The importance of depth of squad, which I think we are now gradually building in accordance to a plan that was previously lacking.

15 games? I'll take that but give you 20. Forget the debate over wages, but I'd have taken 15 games from a player with the talent of James Rodriguez over the course of a season.

Personal view. I have a slight niggling concern that Dominic is falling out of love with football. He lit up Goodison in a way that came close to some of it's greatest nights in May. But does he want it or has he lost a bit of his desire and passion for the game?

I hope that makes some sense.

Bill Griffiths
11 Posted 30/09/2022 at 09:11:44
Maybe DCL has an ongoing issue and if so it is worrying but we are just speculating on this at the moment.
The club have been highly castigated in the past for rushing players back to soon causing further problems.
They're now getting it in the neck for playing safe, they can't win really.
Paul Kernot
12 Posted 30/09/2022 at 09:23:42
I watched Brereton Diaz, one of the supposed back up strikers for Dom very closely for a full 90 mins last week. Although he had some decent touches and can cross well, I think he's more of a winger than striker. More Richie than Dom and not nearly as good as either. Yes he's young but he doesn't look remotely like what we need, even compared to Maupay who I'd pick over him. That is only based on one game admittedly so maybe it harsh.
Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 30/09/2022 at 09:26:36
I’m confident the defence will be okay tomorrow and the midfield will be a huge improvement on what we have had to watch over the last three years but the big question mark remans over who is going to score the goals that makes the difference between a win and a draw, more goals from midfield will obviously help but going back to the WHU game, we never had a shot on goal in the first half and not many in the second half, the defence came to the rescue when West Ham dominated in the last period of the game.

Thelwell has done well up to now and can’t be expected to improve all departments in six months but until Dominic returns on a consistent basis we will continue to be lack upfront.

Danny O’Neill
14 Posted 30/09/2022 at 09:30:13
Paul, it's a good point.

Due to the perceived risk, there is a tendency to play young players out wide. It keeps them out of the danger area down the spine.

We done it for years with Leon Osman.

Kevin Sheedy (sorry) was arguably a better Number 10 than he was an 11.

I think Anthony Gordon will be suited to a Number 10 role.

What we tend to do with young players is push them wide to keep them out of the way whilst opting for security in the middle.

Attack is the best form of defence, not caution. Although I do understand and appreciate the job the management team are doing right now.

Brian Harrison
15 Posted 30/09/2022 at 10:39:42
Dave @13,

I think you have highlighted where we are at present, decent defence and an improvement in midfield, but a side that lacks goals. While a fit Calvert-Lewin will give us more attacking options, I don't think he will solve our lack of goals, that's if he ever gets back to playing on a regular basis.

He missed most of last season and has yet to get on the bench, never mind get on the pitch, and listening to Lampard's press conference, I doubt Calvert-Lewin will be even in the squad for tomorrow.

While the midfield is stronger than last season, there is still a distinct lack of goals in whoever is selected. Iwobi has improved out of all recognition but he doesn't ever look like scoring and Gueye wasn't bought for his goals. Onana is still finding his feet and I am not sure if he is more of a defensive midfield player than an attacking midfield player.

So that means the bulk of our goals have to come from Maupay, Gordon, Gray and Calvert-Lewin, when fit, and, apart from Calvert-Lewin, the others aren't regular goal scorers. How Lampard solves this problem, I don't know as we certainly can't afford nor would attract a top striker, so somehow he has to get goals from the team he has.

What I do find strange is we look so much better at defending corners than we have for a long time, so well done Ashley Cole, but how come with Tarkowski, Coady, Onana, and Mykolenko we never seem to be able to score from corners given the height in this team? I watch Liverpool who only have 3 of any height in the team, the two centre-backs and Fabhino, yet look how many they score from corners.

Christopher Timmins
16 Posted 30/09/2022 at 10:57:43
Southampton is not a happy hunting ground for us but a performance similar to the one against West Ham should net us 3 points. Coleman for Patterson and the other 10 pick themselves at the moment.

Geoff Lambert
17 Posted 30/09/2022 at 11:15:57
Goals win games, we don't score anywhere enough so will have to hope to nick a few one-nils and the rest will be low scoring draws.

We need to sign a goalscorer in January or we will struggle in that department. DCL is not the answer.

Peter Hodgson
18 Posted 30/09/2022 at 11:42:37
Hurrah. We have woken up at last, and I hope the same applies to Lampard and Co, to the fact that we are in desperate need of a goal scorer as Calvert-Lewin can't be relied on to score the number that will be necessary for us to keep our heads above water this season. No disrespect to anyone in the team but, if Calvert-Lewin isn't fit and scoring on a much more regular basis than his stats show us he is capable of, we are in trouble.

As has been said already we haven't got bundles of money to throw at this problem nor are we likely to attract every hot potential striker there is, so it is down to Thelwell and Lampard to scratch their heads before going out and finding the solution that we do really desperately need.

Good luck, chaps, as it is a necessity even if it wasn't recognised as such in the summer.

Steavey Buckley
19 Posted 30/09/2022 at 11:53:16
Always a difficult time after the international break when players return from many parts of the world after playing for their countries, but return with knocks and jet lag.

A more difficult time than usual, because Frank has to hurriedly gather the squad for a game deep down south in Hampshire, as he tries to assemble a team without having the luxury of being together all week on the training ground, plus he needs to find a replacement for the injured Patterson – he must do better than choosing Coleman, who cannot get into the Republic of Ireland team. At best 1-1.

Southampton on the other hand, had very few players away on international duty, and had the luxury of preparing all week on their training ground for a game at their home ground.

Dave Abrahams
20 Posted 30/09/2022 at 12:26:15
Brian (15) I’m hoping that Dominic can prove his fitness from now until the January transfer window, if he does or doesn’t I still think we need to sign another striker then given that Rondon has been told to find another club, according to some reports, so we will still be short in the striker department and will be the difference in getting in a safe position or possible struggling like last season on hope and many prayers, although I think we are in a much better place than last season.
Laurie Hartley
21 Posted 30/09/2022 at 12:40:12
I think Maupay would love a target man to play off but I am not going to put it out there!

Nevertheless, I have a strange feeling of optimism about this one. Two things for sure - We won't get overrun in midfield; Ward-Prowse won't get the freedom of the park.

John Daley
22 Posted 30/09/2022 at 12:51:41
So far Lampard has made the team more resilient, less likely to tire or take damage, but one currently possessing all the lethal force of ROBOCOP….if the massacred cop body parts OCP used to construct the ultimate law enforcement machine belonged to lieutenant Columbo rather than Officer Alex Murphy.

RoboCol: Part man, part machine, all coat.

Messing about the entire movie pointlessly pretending to buddy up to Clarence Boddiker….”oh, just one more thing, Sir!…oh, just one more thing, Sir!…when I get home and see my wife, there…will…be..trouble…oh, just one more thing, Sir!”. Jesus Christ, just fucking shoot, lad.

To be honest though, that's the sort of bat-shit feature I'd patiently sit through purely to see where it goes and that's kind of how I feel about this current Everton incarnation. Last season was the culmination of a long drip-feed of disillusionment when it comes to following this club and I could look at the squad list and not care less if any of them turned out ever again or were turfed out on their arse. The majority of games were torture to sit through and I couldn't really see a way forward. Lampard has changed a lot of that even if the points on the board aren't exactly blaring out that we're witnessing the beginning of a plan bearing fruit.

For once I see an Everton manager instilling the basics and ensuring a solid base to build from, bringing in more vocal players with real character to compliment and coerce others with youthful potential. The plan makes sense to me and I'm already properly invested in seeing it play out. It may be keep-it-tight-and-pinch-one, but I realise it's just the first stage in a gradual process.

We scored 43 goals last season and Conceded 66. There's a very real possibility both those figures are likely to drop this time out, and when you consider that the three teams who failed to score forty were the three to go down then you can see why some might reasonably worry.

However, despite claims to the contrary, I believe Calvert-Lewin will make a big difference, not only by bagging goals himself but also by giving others a target to aim for and play off, along with his aerial ability and occupying of defensive grocks. There have been a number of instances already this season where tasty balls have been whipped into the box and not a single Everton player has been anywhere near them and I've found myself thinking Calvert-Lewin would have been getting on the end of, or at the very least closing in on, that.

Keeping him fit is the trick. If he carries on missing a large number of games then it's going to be tough. If he's a regular fixture in the side we'll be fine.

Tom Bowers
23 Posted 30/09/2022 at 13:04:15
All games are tough, no matter home or away, but these days there is room for cautious optimism that Frank is turning this club around. Of course one defeat and everyone will be on his back again...

With the new-look team, even without Calvert-Lewin, I have a feeling they will get something out of the Saints game even though their record down there isn't too good.

Robert Williams
25 Posted 30/09/2022 at 15:21:31
GL 17 'Calvert-Lewin is not the answer'

Totally agree, nor has he been the answer for a couple of years, so if he's not the answer, what is he - the problem! Like the BIG Columbian - even forgotten his name his appearances are so rare and short - he too is a problem and the sooner we get rid of both the better. We should have snapped up the BarCodes' offer - that is if they actually made an offer.

We need players on the pitch not on the treatment table.

As I said, Calvert-Lewin is not the answer.

Kunal Desai
26 Posted 30/09/2022 at 15:32:41
I said prior to the West Ham game that Calvert-Lewin was going to be out for 5 weeks, that was confirmed by someone close to Joe Hinngan (first team physio) which was on 18 September.

All likeliness he makes it for the November run of fixtures. If we are to have him for a spell of games, then probably makes sense for him to take time and recover fully and be ready from January onwards.

Lee Courtliff
28 Posted 30/09/2022 at 16:39:31
Paul Kernot.

I have a friend who is a Blackburn season ticket holder, and he said the exact same thing about Brereton. He is not a striker, he cannot play with his back to goal but is effective from wide areas.

"Not really a good footballer but he can run and score", I think were his actual words. I've not seen him play a full 90 minutes so I can't judge myself.

Brian Murray
29 Posted 30/09/2022 at 17:23:44

Well, him or Kudus or Mudryk – we definitely need someone up front wide or in the middle to push us on in January. Any guest appearance by Calvert-Lewin is just a bonus in my opinion.

Jay Harris
30 Posted 30/09/2022 at 18:00:13
I am of the same opinion as Danny that Calvert-Lewin has lost his love of the game and feels more at home on the London boardwalks.

I hope I am wrong because that has major implications given our lack of goalscoring ability throughout the squad.

Let's hope we garner (pardon the pun) enough points between now and the next transfer window to avoid any pressure hindering the long overdue road to our rightful return to the top table.

Mike Connolly
31 Posted 30/09/2022 at 18:43:35
Calvert-Lewin the new Andy Carroll.
Dale Self
32 Posted 30/09/2022 at 19:10:31
Okay, a note on Calvert-Lewin.

I don't pretend to know what's going on in his head and I'm rather sympathetic to some of the banter he's received since his time on the stage. That time is over for now and I think he knows it but, as a young man, he does not know how to set things right to an audience like us.

His disclosure of mental struggles I will take at face value but I don't think this attempt to publicly address his struggle has really addressed the problem for some of us.

That being said, he's not going to get into form any faster with us piling on the pressure. I for my part have had my fun with his fashion indiscretions and his – shall we say – lack of fidelity to the Everton project. I will get behind him and suppress the desire to give him a slagging every time he looks disinterested or just can't get into the flow of the game.

I do reserve the right to have a laugh if someone else gets in a good line on him but overall I wish him the best chance to return to form. And that is not just to put him in the window, I think this club is probably his best chance at becoming and impact player and we damn sure need someone effective for Maupay to play off of if Neal is to get on with some goals.

Ciarán McGlone
33 Posted 30/09/2022 at 19:12:48
What's the betting Calvert Lewin returns just prior to the World Cup and gets injured sitting on the bench in Qatar?

Looking forward to tomorrow. We've been missing a complete balanced and skilled central mifdield for a long time. We now have one.

John Raftery
34 Posted 30/09/2022 at 21:46:18
Brian (15) I think the reason we don’t score from corners is the delivery is usually poor. Gray occasionally puts in a decent one but the majority are woeful.
Laurie Hartley
35 Posted 30/09/2022 at 22:56:57
I have changed my mind. The stick Salomon Rondon gets on here is very unfair. Yes he was out of condition when Benitez brought him here and played poorly because of it. But he lost that weight some time ago.

He has never been or will be an athlete or prolific scorer. However I have made a point of watching him very closely on the rare occasions he gets minutes off Frank and I can say that 9 times out of 10 when he is given the ball it sticks and is given to a team mate. That is because he can play with his back to the goal something no other player in the first team squad is capable of.

Christine Foster
36 Posted 30/09/2022 at 00:02:46
Laurie, Rondon unfortunately for him, was brought in unfit and played which did him no favors at all. It became a focal point of the worst of Benitez, another straw on the camels back. If he was played now perhaps he would not have been thought as badly of. He is no DCL, but as you say, he has some good attributes, but they are lost in the mire that was Benitez.
Laurie Hartley
37 Posted 01/10/2022 at 01:07:39
Spot on Christine. But here we are with a need for goals but on the surface no place to play two up top. That is of course only if we play four at the back. I don’t like three at the back but I wouldn’t rule it out in the current circumstances and the options we have in midfield.
Mike Gaynes
38 Posted 01/10/2022 at 01:29:48
Laurie, no argument on your point about Rondon's ability to hold under pressure and lay the ball off to a teammate. He's also very good at winning long clearances with his head.

The question is whether that ability has enough value to justify a place in the side for a striker who cannot score goals or create them for others.

In my opinion, the answer is no. I believe he has real value only in the final minutes of a game where his ability to win and hold the ball can help us kill off the clock.

Rondon's career at Everton and his impending departure in January will be, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, little noted nor long remembered.

Kieran Kinsella
39 Posted 01/10/2022 at 04:33:36

I always thought Rondon a competent striker so when he signed I thought it wasn’t a bad move given our finances. In fairness, Mike was skeptical given his two years in China and Mike was right, his fitness wasn’t where it needed to be and now at 32 I don’t see him improving. But I feel bad for the guy. Based on comments from him and his family he saw it as a great honor to join Everton. He deserved better than his own fans chanting OFF OFF when he made a bad tackle one week. He seems like a decent bloke and does his best, but he’d have been a decent squad player five years ago rather than being brought in as the main man with DCL out just a year ago. Not that it should effect his selection but his father just passed away last week too and he waxed lyrical about how his father inspired him to be a footballer, and again his family saw Everton as the high point in his career. So I’m not saying I want to see him play more but I do feel sorry for the guy. Good heart, just not really up to it when we signed him.

Duncan McDine
40 Posted 01/10/2022 at 05:43:34
I’m the wrong side of 40, but feel like a kid on Christmas Day - waking up early excited about todays game. Safe travels to all Blues (many will have set off by now), see you at St Mary’s. UTFT
Mike Dolan
41 Posted 01/10/2022 at 05:46:35
It’s not unreasonable for the club to be unreasonably cautious with DCL. I just wish the last regime had been equally cautious at the beginning of last season when he returned from England duties with a small injury and little rest, virtually no preseason. And the rest is history.
We would all like to see DCL return but there is now no compelling reason to play DCL or any other player unless they are 100% fit and ready.

I hate to be cynical but it will also do the psychology of the team no end of good if they realize that the team can succeed without its star player.
We should be very very wary about building a team around one player.particularly when that one player almost exclusively needs the ball in the air. It not how modern teams work.
Tomorrow I’m happy with a point, just hope we continue to play well.

Mike Gaynes
42 Posted 01/10/2022 at 05:49:54
All fair points, Kieran. Can't dispute any of them.

Hadn't heard about Rondon losing his father. Sad to lose one's dad so young. (33 may be old by footballing standards, but it's young in life.)

However, I wasn't just skeptical of him from China, but from his previous Prem career. Even at his peak, when he had so much physical presence that he was sometimes unplayable -- defenders would just bounce off him -- he scored a goal every four games. Reached double figures in only one season.

Danny O’Neill
43 Posted 01/10/2022 at 06:15:25
We probably all took our frustration out on Rondon due to the Benitez connection and era (if we can call it that).

I was guilty and I should know better. Some balanced comments above and one thing I will say, he is an honest player who took to the pitch knowing that the majority of fans didn't want him on it. He deserves respect for that.

Anyway, daylight is breaking. I'll make a play with the title of a song, but as I head into central London to get the train, I can see a Waterloo sunrise on the cards.

Marching. Spirit. Bring the points home.

Luke Welch
44 Posted 01/10/2022 at 07:07:36
I think a lot of strikers would struggle in this team. The reason being we play Gray and Gordon who's end pass is usually wayward- that's when there is an end pass.Gray for instance always tries to do to much and losses the ball, Gordon generally goes for goal himself.

Brian Murray
45 Posted 01/10/2022 at 07:13:10
Whoever we get in January has to have pace preferably can play wide as well and almost important of all stays fit. Doesn’t bear thinking about relying on what we have now unless Tom cannon suddenly steps up which might not be as far fetched as some are saying. Nice narrow win today no cheap goals conceded. Are you listening Coleman.
Brian Murray
46 Posted 01/10/2022 at 08:20:32
Not meant to be seamus bashing I just want us to move away from the Everton that is ingrained but slowly getting away from with the winners we have at the club now.
Tony Everan
47 Posted 01/10/2022 at 08:20:39
Woke up thinking about the game, and whether Frank will change things a bit today. Losing the last five out of six against Southampton at St Mary’s is a bad stat against a bottom half team. Nearly always because Southampton have known their game plan against will work in the recent past. ie press our slow midfield to death and overrun us. We are much tougher in this department now , today will be different , that won’t happen , their game plan will fail.

So today maybe sacrificing some width to allow a strengthening of midfield may do the job and even see us controlling swathes of this game . Bringing Garner in for his first game and putting Gray on the bench to share the game with Gordon. Then moving Iwobi into a versatile but attack minded no 10 position behind two roaming forwards Maupay and Gordon. Iwobi’s feeding of these two may be a more likely source of a goal than crosses in from wide to a central Maupay.

All this is assuming Calvert-Lewin is not risked today.


>>Coleman Tarkowski Coady Mykolenko

>>>>>>>>Garner Gana Onana


>>>>>>>>>>>Gordon Maupay

Steavey Buckley
48 Posted 01/10/2022 at 08:35:23
Gordon plays well for the England under 23s when he has more than 1 striker to aim for from a cross. At Everton right now, there are no strikers. So has to be a wingers nightmare playing for Everton.
Chris Williams
49 Posted 01/10/2022 at 08:37:25
Just checking the fixture list, it looks like we have 9 games between now and the WC break. 3 at home and 6 away, including the League Cup fixture with Bournemouth. In a pretty tight timescale.

Starting today, that’s a hell of a run, and we need to get every point we can, get as many players back from injury fit and firing, and maintain the improved and improving form we’ve been seeing.

Laurie Hartley
50 Posted 01/10/2022 at 08:56:08
So Mike - a) we replace Patterson with Coleman - 433 or b) bring in another midfielder Garner - 343? They appear to me to be the options.

I would go for b) - if we can't go 352. Anyway

Up the Blues!!!

Brian Murray
51 Posted 01/10/2022 at 09:57:47
Chris. That’s a hell of a lot of games with a makeshift full back. Hope we not cursing these daft internationals.
Chris Williams
52 Posted 01/10/2022 at 10:23:33
Hope not Brian, but I hadn’t realised how congested it was. We need as many fit players as possible, that’s for sure.

When we get midfield sorted out, we end up a bit short at the back.

Brian Murray
53 Posted 01/10/2022 at 10:48:57
Twitter saying no Gordon in latest training clip. looks like have to use our pace with McNeil and rondon ( joking) I hope. I’m sure we will find out soon enough.
Chris Williams
54 Posted 01/10/2022 at 11:17:55
Looks like Rondon is on his way next week.
Raymond Fox
55 Posted 01/10/2022 at 11:20:19
Southampton are favs due to home advantage, I'd take a point now, a win would be marvelous.

Depends how Lampard approaches the game, I'm not a fan of playing for draws though.

Brian above mentions that Gordon may be doubtful, if so that along with other injuries makes us easier to play against.

I cant say I'm too optimistic, but then again I tend to be of the half empty persuasion.

David Hallwood
56 Posted 01/10/2022 at 11:38:16
I think as Evertonians, we've forgotten what it's like to be happy! I'm confident about today, and the team picks itself.

Same lineup vs West Ham which Patterson replaced by Coleman. No effin about, i.e Iwobi at right wingback and bring Garner/ Duke/ Davies, as little disruption as possible and build on the positive start.

Danny O’Neill
59 Posted 01/10/2022 at 12:20:47
The Eagles have landed.

Well the O'Neills have anyway. The exit from the station reminded me of Bucharest.

Stumbled across a Yates' which is already being populated by Blues

Andy Finigan
60 Posted 01/10/2022 at 12:23:50
TONY 47 I like your thinking and it could work but would be supprised if Frank chose that line up.
Brian Murray
61 Posted 01/10/2022 at 12:52:14
Aren’t these due another nine nil reverse
Brian Murray
62 Posted 01/10/2022 at 13:02:00
Danny. We took over that place the weekend of the fa cup 5th round game in 81. Gidman man marked keegan out the game. Albeit the dell days.

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