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Everton expect to have André Gomes fit despite the facial injury he sustained last weekend as he hopes to make a final appearance for the Toffees

Everton finish their 2023-24 Premier League schedule at the Emirates Stadium where they could yet play a part in determining whether the title stays in Manchester or ends up in North London for the first time in 20 years.

In his efforts to motivate his troops, Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has brutally and rather disrespectfully written off any chance of the Toffees helping his cause when he told the media, ‘If you think Everton are going to do something [against Arsenal] , forget about it.”

Recent history supports his thesis, of course. Everton have won on Arsenal's turf just twice in the Premier League era, have lost on their last two visits there by an aggregate score of 9-1, and their last trip to the Capital ended in a 6-0 hiding by Chelsea.

However, Sean Dyche and his men travel with the weight of relegation concerns long since lifted off their shoulders and on a run of just one defeat in their last eight, five of them victories.

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With a rejuvenated Dominic Calvert-Lewin leading the line, Abdoulaye Doucouré having broken his scoring duck for 2024, Idrissa Gueye in excellent form in the middle, Jarrad Branthwaite enjoying an impressive partnership with James Tarkowski and Jordan Pickford in the conversation for the goalkeeping spot in the Premier League team of the year, the Blues are well positioned to at least make life very difficult for the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta has fashioned a team worthy of taking his mentor and City right to the final day, though, and were it not for a slip-up at the Emirates a month ago, they would surely be going into this game with a point's advantage.

As it is, it's Manchester City's Championship to lose and they only need to beat West Ham at the Etihad Stadium to become the first English club to win four consecutive league titles.

Dyche is expected to honour the occasion, the spirit of competition and his own desire to win by fielding his strongest line-up which will probablty mean an unchanged side from the one that started the win over Sheffield United last weekend.

That would mean Ashley Young starting at left-back in place of the injured Vitalii Mykolenko and James Garner operating in right-midfield with Jack Harrison having sustained a hamstring injury that prematurely ended his campaign before he returns to Leeds United this summer, at least for the time being.

Dyche could then give a final appearance to André Gomes and another run-out to players like Youssef Chermiti, Lewis Dobbin and Lewis Warrington off the bench later in proceedings, depending on how things are going.

For their part, Arsenal look set to only be without Jurrien Timber who might not pass a fitness test.

Arteta's team are formidable and have been perfect since dropping those crucial points to Villa. They come into the final weekend of the season on a five-match winning streak and it will take everything Everton have to prevent them powering to another victory.

Stranger things have happened and with the hosts perhaps nervy and with one ear on events in Manchester, it's by no means beyond the realms of possibility that Everton can play spoilers to Arsenal's title hopes.

Kick-off: 4:00 pm, Sunday 19 May 2024
Referee: Michael Oliver
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Last Time: Arsenal 4 - 0 Everton

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Tarkowksi, Branthwaite, Young, Gueye, Onana, Garner, McNeil, Doucouré, Calvert-Lewin


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Danny O’Neill
1 Posted 18/05/2024 at 06:30:36
Well, finally we can get back to the football.

Play without fear Everton. They need the result more than we do, so will be under pressure and have one eye on what is going on with City.

Go and enjoy and express yourselves Everton. Nothing to lose.

Jerome Shields
2 Posted 18/05/2024 at 06:51:42
It depends on which Everton turns up and how Arsenal's preparation transfers to the pitch.

Good Luck, Everton.

Tony Abrahams
3 Posted 18/05/2024 at 07:13:43
Incidents and accidents are much more likely to happen when the dream team officiate Everton.
Paul Birmingham
4 Posted 18/05/2024 at 08:03:15
No fear for Everton and I expect Everton to counter Arsenal, and use the free kicks to good advantage.

The heat is on Arsenal and Evertons great spirit of this season, can be their biggest weapon.

Believe, believe and believe.

City play good football consistently but in my opinion, the EPL and Masters, have brought the game into disrepute, for double standards. Their treatment of City, has made them a special case.
There is no standard with Masters and his puppets.

Tomorrow he will hear the views of the travelling Evertonians.

City couldnt handle 5 pens, a month ago, they'll melt with 115!

Enough said, and safe journeys to those going to Arsenal tomorrow, and all enjoy this weekend.

Now to beat Arsenal, and hopefully a solid announcement soon, regards new ownership of Everton FC.

The journey to Hell and Back, will soon be over.


Dean Williams
5 Posted 18/05/2024 at 08:06:21
I hope we turn The Gunners over.

I have no time for Arteta. Since he left Everton, alls he's done is wax lyrical over Arsenal and Man City. Not heard one word about the club where he became established. UTFT.

Dean Johnson
6 Posted 18/05/2024 at 08:06:37
I'd much rather see Arsenal win than Man City, especially after this season's PSR bollocks.

For the first time ever, I'd like us to provide an entertaining high-scoring defeat.

Plus Mikky Arteta is a blue at heart so I would be happy if he was to win the league title with Arsenal. I also have many friends and family who support them.

Derek Thomas
7 Posted 18/05/2024 at 08:15:14
Win, lose or draw, whatever — but just don't roll over.

Make them put in an effort worthy of winning a League Title, or better still — beat the bastards!

Neil Copeland
8 Posted 18/05/2024 at 08:16:50
Paul, well said mate - UTFTs!

Danny, see you there.

All the pressure is on Arsenal, believe and you never know. If they want to win the league then we need to make them earn it.

COYBB – let's finish an extremely challenging season on a high.

To all the fans going, have a safe journey and let's give Masters and his mafia hell! Fuck the Premier League.


Andrew Stewart
9 Posted 18/05/2024 at 08:18:58
Richard (Dick) Masters reported to be attending the Arsenal v Everton match. Fingers crossed the travelling toffees send a clear message to Masters about his points deduction and where exactly he can stick it.

Also hoping he is left in no doubt on our views on the corrupt nature of the Premier League and whether he and his cronies are fit for purpose. Surprised he's avoided attending Goodison to watch the team.

Eddie Dunn
10 Posted 18/05/2024 at 08:36:56
Folks, forget getting anything from tomorrow's game. Our players (and staff) have had one hell of a season and are now mentally relaxed. We have all seen our boys down tools on the last game (apart from our great escapes).

As our boys left for the flight down to London, their lovely wags will have been stuffing their Gucci luggage with sun creams and lotions, the air full of powerful fragrances. They (the players) will be on the beach.

There are the guys thinking of a nice break and then being fit for the Euros, the guys pondering a transfer to the big time, and the waifs and strays pondering less illustrious destinations.

Arsenal probably won't win the Title but they have every reason to put everything into this game. They are a fabuous side and, with their crowd behind them, will have every incentive to go one better than last season.

Our only hope will be Pickford and our two centre-halves. And should news filter through, that City are ahead, then the game could peter out.

Thank God that we can just relax this time!

Danny O’Neill
11 Posted 18/05/2024 at 08:41:16
Indeed Neil!

Dean, choose your words. Whoever wants their team to lose?

I don't usually speak out, but it's disrespectful to the thousands making the journey and watching around the the globe wanting to see us win.

I have no interest in who wins the league. It doesn't impact us at the end of a very traumatic season.

Neil Copeland
12 Posted 18/05/2024 at 08:45:16
Dean, we are going there to win; as unlikely as that may be, it is a game between 2 teams.

What an opportunity to shove the points right back up the Premier League. Believe. UTFT

Frank Sheppard
13 Posted 18/05/2024 at 09:02:02
I hope we turn up and put in a performance, rather than having one of our off days.
Tony Abrahams
14 Posted 18/05/2024 at 09:02:27
We could change a few of the words tomorrow and sing Redemption Song to Masters, Neil.

But we need a new song, and I'd pick Three Little Birds, only for Ajax, 777, and Moshiri!

Derek Knox
15 Posted 18/05/2024 at 09:05:14
Hoping as ever for a positive result, dare I be so bold as to want a win? Heart says a possibility, head says an unlikely but possible outcome.

As has been said, two teams, a game of football; while it remains 0-0, anything can be possible in terms of result, as long as it is fairly played and refereed.

Safe and hopefully rewarding trip to all those magnificent travelling Toffees, give Masters all he deserves, well stop short of hanging the bastard!

COYB 💙💙👍

Neil Copeland
16 Posted 18/05/2024 at 09:08:48
Del, good idea. I might just travel in the van and put the ladders and rope in the back!
Lester Yip
17 Posted 18/05/2024 at 09:20:25
Knowing that Everton have nothing to fight for at this stage, Pep can only try to write us off to get a response from our players. haha...

To tell you what, we are not Spurs – we will fight to get a win.

Paul Birmingham
18 Posted 18/05/2024 at 09:23:56
Forza Everton, Viva Santo Domingo!

Beat the Arsenal, let Masters and his puppets know what Everton FC, means to Evertonians!

A new era beckons for Everton. UTFTs!

Robert Williams
19 Posted 18/05/2024 at 09:30:08
Am I right in thinking that this match is on live UK TV - BBC?
Christopher Timmins
20 Posted 18/05/2024 at 09:35:55
I expect a clean sheet — something we have achieved quite a lot this season.
James Hughes
21 Posted 18/05/2024 at 10:04:22
I am a bit surprised this one is not on Sky bearing in mind the Gooners are still in with a shout.

Man City, Chelsea and the RS have been chosen. Obviously;y going to be a love-in with Bingo but the Chavs is a strange choice.

Kunal Desai
22 Posted 18/05/2024 at 10:06:02
5-1 and 4-0 defeats at The Emirates in the last two visits. I would be very surprised if we keep them down to below 3. I expect a similar scoreline to the last two visits. Our season finished last week.

Ain't getting nothing here. Roll on the summer and focus on sorting out the ownership so Dyche can plan ahead for next season.

Neil Lawson
23 Posted 18/05/2024 at 10:31:40

It's because TNT (BT Sport) have nabbed it.

Wouldn't it be great if we and West Ham are both in it with 5 minutes to go. Highly unlikely, but the miserable pundits and the wider footie world might just have to afford us the tiniest bit of credit.

I never want to see us lose but in my fantasy world the Hammers cling on for a point and the Arse get a ridiculous last-minute VAR penalty for a win and the title.

In truth, I reckon that Man City will have it done by half-time so Mr Dyche can then throw on all our young subs with gay abandon.

Derek Knox
24 Posted 18/05/2024 at 10:37:53
I have just read that Arteta is going to announce his managerial exit after the game tomorrow. He wants to return to Spain and has been linked with the Barcelona job after Xavi announced he is standing down after this season.

However, Arteta is determined to go out with a Title, so fasten seat-belts!

Jim Burns
25 Posted 18/05/2024 at 10:39:49
Dean Johnson @ 6 – are you travelling to the game tomorrow perchance?

If you are – strange decision.
If not – think about those who are.

Sam Hoare
26 Posted 18/05/2024 at 10:43:47
We should give game time to players who will be at Everton next season. I think whoever we play we'll probably be in for a rough ride.

Hope that Dobbin, Chermiti and Warrington get some time, maybe even starts. Might be a game for Godfrey at right back to bring solidity?

Coleman Tarkowski Branthwaite Young
Garner Gueye
Chermitti Doucoure McNeil

Roger Helm
27 Posted 18/05/2024 at 10:47:29
I don't care if Arsenal or Man City win the title, they play in a different league to us.

I just want Everton to win. We are obvious underdogs, but as they say, it's a funny old game.

Ken Kneale
28 Posted 18/05/2024 at 11:07:55
My priority list is somewhat smaller than your list, Dean @6. It begins and ends with Everton Football Club.

We want a win – a win for the fans, especially the traveling support, a win for the club, and in our present circumstances, a win for the additional league position income.


Raymond Fox
29 Posted 18/05/2024 at 11:58:58
Man City will win and that will settle who is champion. It's a hollow championship though with all the wrongs still to be sorted.

Arsenal are scoring for fun so they are very dangerous opponents, but you never know what the result will be. If Dyche can get something out of this game, he should be right up there for manager of the season after the season we have had.

Robert Tressell
30 Posted 18/05/2024 at 12:00:13
Warrington's contract expires next month so is probably set to leave on a free and find a club in Division 1 or Championship to build his career with. Steven Schumacher might fancy him for Stoke after having him for an injury hit spell at Plymouth where he was outshone by Wolves' Luke Cundle. Nice if he gets a few minutes at the end of the match though.

Not really sure how I feel about this match otherwise but it's certainly a relief not to go into the final game worried about relegation.

Sean Mitchell
31 Posted 18/05/2024 at 12:23:56
Go and pull off a shock result in front of Dick Masters (Richard Head).

I've no doubt it'll be 11 v 12 tomorrow.

Dave Abrahams
32 Posted 18/05/2024 at 12:26:09
I expect Everton to have a good go at getting a positive result today. They have a couple of months off to relax and enjoy their break after today's game.

I hope they do their best for all our fans — especially for the fans going today, and who have done for a long time because they love Everton FC.

Mike Hayes
33 Posted 18/05/2024 at 12:40:01
Dave - I hope they do the same tomorrow 🥳
Ian Jones
34 Posted 18/05/2024 at 12:48:12
I read somewhere that, since that Everton 3 Palace 2 game in May 2022, in all the matches we have won at Goodison including pre-season friendlies and cup games, we have not conceded a goal. Think it was 18 matches.

Not a bad record. Forget the draws and defeats!

Dave Abrahams
35 Posted 18/05/2024 at 13:01:03
Mike (33), Thanks Mike, when tomorrow comes, lol!
Dale Self
36 Posted 18/05/2024 at 13:01:21
I believe they will be motivated as though this was a cup final. All the players realize the burden they carried thoughout the season and have had time to sort that out. They may well put in a coherent shift. No early mistakes by the 20 minute mark and every stopped advance will tighten the Arse up. Just get them to squeaky bumville and turn on the aggression. They will fall like some whiter shade of red shite.
Jamie Crowley
37 Posted 18/05/2024 at 13:06:56
David Moyes beats Pep while Everton put up a valiant fight but narrowly fall to Mikel Arteta's Arsenal, handing Arsenal the title.

Lot of Blue dots in that connecting, and it wouldn't bother me a bit.

But surely Man City destroys West Ham for the title, ensuring the complete and utter collapse of your Mother's old adage: "Cheaters never prosper."

Mark Taylor
38 Posted 18/05/2024 at 13:48:17
It's a welcome relief to have a game when it matters much less if we lose. And while I obviously want us to win every game we play, it is also a game where a loss, provided Moyes does a job on City, would make for a more worthy EPL winner than the cheats at the Etihad.

I'd like to see Chermiti get a start. I think he has shown a bit of promise, certainly more than the lumbering Beto, in the very brief glimpses we have been given.

Matthew Johnson
39 Posted 18/05/2024 at 14:02:52
I don't really care about the result I just really hope a lot of the young fringe players get a decent run out, they could be invaluable next season
Jamie Crowley
40 Posted 18/05/2024 at 14:13:10
Not really sure where to post this?

Everton just posted (of course they did) a video on YouTube of BMD and how it's coming along. The stadium looks amazing.

There was one super cool shot of a worker up on the roof and you could see Goodison in the background.

That stadium could be the financial answer (in part) for this club, or it could be the anchor that takes us to the bottom of the Mersey if we don't find new ownership soon.

But one thing is for sure – it is absolutely gorgeous. They've really done a fantastic job in my opinion.

James Hughes
41 Posted 18/05/2024 at 14:14:54
Neil #23,

Many thanks, I never thought to check TNT as I wrongly assumed it was just Sky.

Mike Hayes
42 Posted 18/05/2024 at 14:22:34
Dave - nice one can’t wait - looking forward to the match - listening if I can’t get a link - hopefully we win to give everyone a great end of season - I’ve given Dyche some stick like others but he did have a 13 game bad run but has sorted it out - he now needs to build his own squad out of the mess he was left with - what with £££ wise is anyone’s guess but hopefully it’s all sorted before start of our last season at the Old Lady 😢💙
Andrew Keatley
43 Posted 18/05/2024 at 14:41:26
We still need to at least match Brentford's result to finish above them in 15th – and a draw or victory for the Bees in their home game against Newcastle Utd is by no means unlikely.

Without the points deduction, we'd be going into this last fixture with the possibility of finishing anywhere between 10th and 13th – so in real terms the points deduction is going to end up costing us anywhere from six league places (equivalent to £18.6M) to as little as two league places (equivalent to £6.2M).

Anyway, whatever happens tomorrow it's been a season of survival on and off the pitch, and hopefully the players and management staff will be determined to give a good showing and do whatever it takes to turn Arsenal's title hopes on their head.

The real battle starts when the transfer window opens. Even if there are going to be outgoings that will hurt the fanbase it needs to enable us to achieve stability across the entire club for next season. Hopefully Dyche and Thelwell are not forced into another corner, as they cannot be expected to fight their way out, with one hand tied behind their backs, season after season.

Danny O’Neill
44 Posted 18/05/2024 at 15:09:44

The Everton Stadium looks stunning.

At the last meet up at the Bramley Moore pub, we were taken by Tony, who took us on a route that took us over a brow that brought her into sight.

Simply stunning. She will be as special as Goodison Park.

Colin Malone
45 Posted 18/05/2024 at 15:14:47
You may think I am nuts.

Andre Gomes would easily fit into a Man City side.

He feeds off runners. I watched him against Sheff Utd and many other games: as soon as he gets the ball, he looks for runners. If you don't have runners, it's not worth playing Andre.

Danny O’Neill
46 Posted 18/05/2024 at 15:19:25
I'm with you, Colin.

I've said it earlier. He is a quality footballer who is comfortable on the ball. He needs Idrissa Gana Gueye around him and options in front of him.

Rob Halligan
47 Posted 18/05/2024 at 15:30:51
Maybe Masters (Bates) is there to inform us after the game that the Premier League will take into consideration the final place we would have finished without the points deduction, and award us the prize money allocated to that place?

Without the points deduction, as it stands, we would be 11th, which would equate about £10M extra in prize money…

Then again, pigs might fly!!

Neil Copeland
48 Posted 18/05/2024 at 15:40:01
Colin, not sure about Citeh but I know what you mean.

Rob, perhaps he will announce that 777 has been approved…

Sorry, that's not funny, I know. He is in for a lot of abuse tomorrow.

Alan J Thompson
49 Posted 18/05/2024 at 15:56:58
I hope our support find a way to sing/ask Masters when after our points deduction he will get to Man City's infringements?

Maybe we will get some support from the Arsenal crowd not to mention to remind the rest of the world watching on TV.

Neil Copeland
50 Posted 18/05/2024 at 16:06:24
Alan, how about?

“Hey! dickhead Masters,

What about Citeh's 115?”

And repeat, and repeat ……

Christy Ring
51 Posted 18/05/2024 at 16:12:22
i would love us to get a good result tomorrow and our fans to give Masters an earful.

I'm another admirer of Gomes and have consistently said he's a proper player in a 3-man midfield where he shows his passing skills. He was never suited when he was picked in a 2-man midfield.

Michael Kenrick
52 Posted 18/05/2024 at 16:44:05
Jamie @40,

It's a good video, Jamie, and I've added it here:

Rail Seating installation begins at the new Everton Stadium

Must be that American-inspired design you are appreciating from Dan Meis, Jamie.

One thing that he is surely bringing over from the American stadiums I've been in is the full use of concourse space. It seems Everton have fully embraced this in their 'ALL'=themed hospitality.

Ben King
53 Posted 18/05/2024 at 17:08:06
Christy #51,

Interesting how we see the game so differently. I think he's crap. Absolutely crap.

He messes up so many easy passes. He rarely scores or assists. He commits silly fouls in bad areas (usually in front of our goal). He doesn't help win a midfield. He doesn't unlock a tight defence. He's not noted for his lung-busting runs into the opposition's box, nor is he a key cog in playing the pass before the assist (the pre-assist if you will).

Essentially he doesn't particularly contribute and I wouldn't keep him for £20k a week.

Good riddance

Jay Harris
54 Posted 18/05/2024 at 17:27:39
Unlikely as it is I would love West Ham to beat Man City and us to beat Arsenal and stuff it down Masters's throat – especially after the latest snub by the corrupt ones who left us as the only team not to feature in their latest media release with Nottm Forest appearing numerous times.

And some fans think we are paranoid.

John Atkinson
55 Posted 18/05/2024 at 17:44:01
I'm hoping for a 4-3 win over the Arsenal. Onana scores 3 and we sell the cheerleader for £50M.

Man City to draw with The Hammers. Got a fiver on it!

Richard Duff
56 Posted 18/05/2024 at 17:49:20
If you are at The Emirates, please remember that Masters asked for 12 points deducted and then 5 points deducted.

17 points is what he recommended!!

I'll be wearing my Cahill17 shirt and flinging him all I've got!

Danny O’Neill
57 Posted 18/05/2024 at 18:11:26
A bit harsh that, Ben.

Peter Reid scored 8 goals in 7 years.

I don't understand hoping us to lose.

How can anyone want Everton to lose? Alien to me.

Kieran Kinsella
58 Posted 18/05/2024 at 18:18:04

Reid had other attributes like his tackling ability and work rate. Gomes is terrible at both and his career stats for assists and goals are pathetic.

Never seen him dribble, can't tackle, doesn't score, slow as a snail across salt, about once every two years he has a game where he does 2 or 3 decent passes.

Billy Shears
59 Posted 18/05/2024 at 18:19:39
The good news... we'll score!
The bad news... the Gooners will score four!

The lads are on the beach after a fucking nightmare season with the corrupt knobs at the Premier League wanting us gone (fuck 'em).

Man City will win too (3-1 methinks), so it will be a game that is quickly forgotten about. Our main aim is finding new owners and getting in new investments and spending what money we are given wisely on improving the team, keeping hold of Branthwaite (for the time being), and hopefully getting off to a good start next season.

Martin Farrington
60 Posted 18/05/2024 at 18:20:45
Christy @ 51. I have to agree 100% with Ben @ 53.

Gomes wasn't a player I admired before Son crippled him but, post assault, the guy has been as Ben describes.

We are losing at least 4 players and being told that there is no cash for spends whatsoever. It's all gonna be freebies and we can't even afford them.

I can't see anything other than disappointment for yet a further season and in reality probably at least another 5 seasons.

Maupay and Holgate may return. Oh hell.

If we sell Branthwaite and Onana we have then lost 6. Just under 40% of the first team squad.

It defies belief that we can get 6 Premier League players in with money let alone with none.

Yes, a little bit may trickle down from sales but who of any quality would want to come here?

Looks like all the eggs are in the Che Adams basket for 'a striker' which is shit on many fronts.

With the expected demise of the 777 Ponzi Ponces, and those with vested interest kicking their heels at taking over, Moshiri's master must be struggling for honest Johns. With no worldwide interest in this once great club, it looks like robbing Peter to pay Paul is also our off-field strategy.

As for tomorrow. The thing I look forward to the most is seeing our amazing fans, singing and cheering.

Buoyant and uplifting. The best in the world.

How long will that last, not long I suspect before our usual Arsenal drubbing ensues.


Danny O’Neill
61 Posted 18/05/2024 at 18:29:58
He's a different player, Kieran.

I rarely directly compare two players although make parallels. No two players are the same but can be similar.

One thing I always draw out is that, despite the emphasis on the Kevin Brock back pass, when you watch it closely, Reid forces the mistake through his pressing that puts it on a plate for Heath.

All opinions, but in mine, Gomes is a good player. He just needed hunters around him to let him play.

Christy Ring
62 Posted 18/05/2024 at 18:51:03
Hopefully 777 are dead in the water, and we get new owners who want to move the club to the next level, especially with the fabulous new stadium on the way.

Wouldn't it be lovely to look forward to a summer where we can keep our best players like Branthwaite, and be able to change the squad the way Dyche and Thelwell want, for a change?

John Keating
63 Posted 18/05/2024 at 20:07:31
Personally I have no interest in which team wins the league as it's set up to enable the untouchables of the Premier League. I just hope that we go out against Arsenal and show everyone who we are as a club and fanbase

To do a job on Arsenal in front of Masters with our mob giving him personal pelters from the first minute would make my season, even better than the derby win.

The shit we've taken all season from the Premier League, officials, other fans has been put in its place by a heroic performance from management, players and mainly fans.

What a brilliant end it would be to end the worst season in recent history to finish with a two-fingered salute to Masters and the Premier League.

Mal van Schaick
64 Posted 18/05/2024 at 22:38:37
Nothing to lose. No heads down stuff, if we go behind. Stay tight in midfield and the back, and counter attack.

I’ll settle for a draw, it it would be nice to sing 1-0 to Everton.

Bobby Mallon
65 Posted 18/05/2024 at 22:57:50
If branthwait goes to UTD, he will not better his career. Stay with us for one more season then go to Madrid ( real).
Laurie Hartley
66 Posted 18/05/2024 at 23:38:51
I always want Everton to win no matter how badly we have been playing and who the opposition is. I hate it when we loose. It makes me miserable.

I am totally cheesed off with what we Evertonians have had to endure this season so I desperately want us to win this one. The icing on the cake would be for the Hammers to beat City.

Up the blues!!!

Mark Andersson
67 Posted 19/05/2024 at 04:02:38
Good luck to all travelling fans you deserve the plaudits, a 1-0 win would be brilliant.

Same shit next season, so enjoy your holidays...

I'm off to Ibiza tomorrow, it's a long way from Perth in Australia but looking forward to seeing some blue shirts,

Danny O’Neill
68 Posted 19/05/2024 at 06:16:52
You're getting in the mode Laurie!!

I would love him to stay. He could fit into any team. My worry with the United rumours (and that's all they are) is we get Maguire in return. Then again, I've been wrong about players in the past.

Mark, safe travels. that's some journey! I remember flying from Sydney to Perth and not realising it was a 5 hour flight!

Well, despite the media frenzy, we are not just making up the numbers. As always, I watch the news early and heard a quote that if City slip up, Arsenal take the title. Very patronising. Even if City lose, Arsenal have to win.

Who cares? Just have a great day out blues and for those watching on TV, stay away from the Klopp-fest, it will make you ill.

Bella Ciao. Diving header please Dominic!!

Martin Farrington
69 Posted 19/05/2024 at 08:28:44
I hope the lads put in something decent in the way of performance today, as opposed to something chelsea. To honour the tremendous, unabated, loving and honourable fans who are Simply THE BEST.
Safe travels those going. Enjoy.
Kevin Edward
70 Posted 19/05/2024 at 08:33:10
Have a great day all travelling blues, sing loud and proud. UTFT!
It’s a big ask to get something in this game, Arsenal are a class apart from our huff and puff, sneak a goal and defend like mad game.
But all the pressure is on them, and it will be interesting if we can shut them out for the first half, or score first.
A decent performance in the sunshine to sign off a truly epic season (for all the wrong reasons) will be nice.
Another drubbing on the last day will spoil things a bit, especially if it looks like some of the team can’t be bothered to try, especially those wearing blue (or grey) for the last time.
1:1 to the Toffees in my dreams, 3:1 to Arsenal in my head. UTFT again!

Ian Riley
71 Posted 19/05/2024 at 08:48:21
Wonderful sunny morning! Safe travels to our fans! A credit to the club!

City will win! Everton to win! Yes!!! We will win today! Just have a feeling in my gut about today. Hopefully not the curry I had last evening.

Enjoy the day everyone.

Ted Roberts
72 Posted 19/05/2024 at 09:01:01
Last day of Annus Horribilis. Today is about football.

Extra special Thank You to our amazing Travelling Blue Army, have a great day. Safe journey to you all. Everton to win. COYB.

Allen Rodgers
73 Posted 19/05/2024 at 09:05:21
Hoping for a creditable performance from us.

I'm sure Citeh will take the title but will it get much of a mention in the media? It's Klopp Day after all.

Paul Birmingham
74 Posted 19/05/2024 at 09:27:56
Ditty idea, I won't be there today, but all Evertonians, en route, have a ball and enjoy.

Fuck off, Masters, now, you arrogant two-faced twat. You've fucked the game up, you crooked two-faced twat

Get the cards out today – but it's likely that the Arsenal security will be searching.

Billy Bradshaw
75 Posted 19/05/2024 at 09:28:07
Danny @68,

All the name-dropping you keep doing about places you have been to around the world, can't believe you didn't know it was a 5-hour flight from Sydney to Perth.

Derek Knox
76 Posted 19/05/2024 at 10:12:40
Ted, sorry to hear about your Anus Horribilis!

I believe Sudocrem is very good in such cases, a tip given to me by Nurse Emma Royd! :-)

Andrew Clare
77 Posted 19/05/2024 at 10:22:12
I hope we win today.
I hope we get new owners who have Everton in their hearts.
I hope we challenge for the title next season.

Is that too much to hope for?

Danny O’Neill
78 Posted 19/05/2024 at 10:34:47
No name dropping Billy, just experiences.

I've only been to Australia twice. Once for 5 days with the military, hence my staying at Swanbourne near Perth.

The other was three nights in Sydney with a a commercial company. That was brutal on the body clock.

In we go. Good luck everyone.

Paul Hewitt
79 Posted 19/05/2024 at 10:52:52
All our worries are over for next season. Neil Maupay is returning.
Robert Williams
80 Posted 19/05/2024 at 10:55:44
PB @ 4 'To Hell and Back' – Audie Murphy – great film.

Let's hope the Everton team earn their "Purple Hearts" today.
They surely deserve them this season!

Billy Bradshaw
81 Posted 19/05/2024 at 10:58:31
Enjoy the game, Danny and everyone else that gets there with you.
Sam Hoare
82 Posted 19/05/2024 at 11:36:06
Maupay is no target man or lone striker (as we saw painfully) but he's a fairly decent second striker where he managed 8 goals and 4 assists this season, roughly one goal involvement every 110 minutes, which is pretty good.

I am sure he'll be available should an offer come in but I think he'd do okay under Dyche paying behind Calvert-Lewin or Beto which would mean we could push Doucoure back to his favoured No 8 position.

Ted Roberts
83 Posted 19/05/2024 at 11:45:26
Derek.Thanks for the tip.🤣🤣🤣🤣
Jack Convery
84 Posted 19/05/2024 at 11:48:21
I would love us to get a clean sheet today. Pickford puts in his best ever game – the one he mentions in his autobiography, when he retires. It may well finally put an end to the "Ramsdale is a better keeper" brigade, led by Lee Dixon.

What a way to cock a snook – what a great phrase (no idea where it came from ) – and finally help us win at the Emirates.

Doucoure – One-nil to Everton. COYBs

Neil Lawson
85 Posted 19/05/2024 at 11:50:03
A reasonable viewpoint, Sam, but from my perspective, I would prefer that Doucoure keeps the bench warm and allows another midfielder with a modicum of guile and skill on the ball to flourish. Just who that is, is a matter for debate.

I reckon tha Maupay has done enough at Brentford and is sufficiently visible on social media to be assured that he will have suitors elsewhere.

Tom Bowers
86 Posted 19/05/2024 at 12:02:54
Would be nice to finish on a high today but realistically Arsenal have to play to the max and hope the Hammers can do a number on Man City so the Blues will probably take a bath today.

It's been another poor season that we have survived despite all the problems and, let's face it, only a few weeks ago, many of us were in the dumps.

The Summer will bring inevitable changes although there is very little wriggle room financially so it is critical the hierarchy weed out the dross and try to bring in one or two quality additions.

If we assume Calvert-Lewin, Chermitti and Beto will be kept, then Che Adams on a free could be a decent addition to the strike force.

Doucoure may want to finally leave so that gap needs filling although Onana may just be ready to fill his shoes.

Lots to ponder but I am sure the next few weeks will resolve some issues.

Edward Rogers
87 Posted 19/05/2024 at 12:24:38
Just driven back from "Up North" so thought I'd go past our new stadium en route to the tunnel about 10.30. Must have been about 50 or so tourists ( mainly Asian/Japanese as far as I could tell) all decked out in RS shirts/scarfs etc taking photos of themselves outside OUR ground, probably thought it was their cess-pit!!!!

And who are 'Trent' 'Darwin' 'Virgil' 'Alexis'?????

My God, I need a bloody shower!!!!!!

Paul Tran
88 Posted 19/05/2024 at 12:29:08
Gomes may well be better in a better team (in a different, slower league, I'd say), but for me, he epitomises the folly of Brands.

Over £100k a week for a midfielder who doesn't score goals and can't tackle, without thinking of first bringing in other players with pace who can tackle and/or score.

Brands was brilliant at paying over the odds for talented, ineffective players.

Andrew Grey
89 Posted 19/05/2024 at 12:38:50
Today's prediction:

A backs-to-the-wall clean sheet at The Emirates for a nil-nil draw.

Man City will lose to West Ham but retain the title. All of which will be quite funny.

Put bets on this outcome at your own risk. I'm not. :)

Rob Jones
90 Posted 19/05/2024 at 13:06:47
Absolutely, Paul. He paid WAY over the odds for Branthwaite...
Christine Foster
91 Posted 19/05/2024 at 13:31:12
The Last Match.

I just want to say a huge thank you to every one of those 3,000. You have done the club proud. To all those at Goodison who held the cards high to tell the world what we think of the Premier League, brilliant guys. You showed the rest of the world what every other club supporters (apart from the Sly Six) know.

To Michael and Lyndon, the hardest season to cover, I don't know where I would be without you and ToffeeWeb. You should never have to pay for a drink again.

A special mention to Danny, how the hell you have stayed positive and focused on the football no matter what is nothing short of incredible. I hope you are rewarded today!

Lastly, to all of you on ToffeeWeb, god knows how you hung in there but at long last we are of one voice.

ps: Mr Moshiri, like you, I hope it's your last season in charge of Everton FC. History will probably treat you better than you deserve but I thank you for a world class vision and a world class stadium.

To Dan Meis, you have created something that every toffee is proud of, and we haven't even set foot in it yet.

To the lads out there today, if it's your last game in blue, give it your all, make us remember you well, for all of you, after all you have had to deal with, pull it off. We have a score or two to settle down there, everyone thinks it's a foregone conclusion, do it for yourself, do it for the fans, do it for Everton. Up the Toffees!

Colin Malone
92 Posted 19/05/2024 at 13:31:26
How can you compare Gomes to Reid?? unbelievable.
Reidy to Idrissa.
Sheedy to Gomes, maybe.
Do you reckon Sheedy ran around? no.
Class players don't need to run around chasing there arse.
Dale Self
93 Posted 19/05/2024 at 13:35:15
Gomes is benefiting from a gratitude I believe he deserves but his time is up in this league. Too expensive for the 70-minute sub for possession and likely does not offer sharp opposition on the training pitch for the first eleven. Sorry mate, it was good when it was good.
Stu Darlington
94 Posted 19/05/2024 at 14:05:12
Well said Christine,endorse every word.
Geoff Trenner
95 Posted 19/05/2024 at 14:06:41
I have only been to the Emirates twice and we got absolutely thrashed both times. I was offered a seat for today by an Arsenal fan friend who has a season ticket but is overseas. I turned it down partly because of the history and partly because it is a ‘dead rubber’ for us and the journey from Somerset is painful.
I really hope that I regret my decision as the boys in blue put on a display.
Paul Tran
96 Posted 19/05/2024 at 14:07:09
Fair point Rob. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day!
Dale Self
99 Posted 19/05/2024 at 14:45:28
John Hall, divine intervention?
Mike Gaynes
100 Posted 19/05/2024 at 14:45:48
Agree wholeheartedly, Christine. This has been an agonizing season, but I have never been prouder to be a Blue. What a brave team this is. Not very good, but huge on heart.

Watching some passionate footy right now... Crawley and Crewe in the League 2 final, Crawley just scored their second goal to secure promotion.

The club was purchased a year ago by a group of US cryptocurrency investors apparently inspired by Welcome to Wrexham (Wrexham already won promotion). Every Yank wants to be an owner these days.

Ian Horan
102 Posted 19/05/2024 at 14:59:45
People have short memories on Gomes.

I remember a derby at Anfield and he was superb – a quality act. The Son injury of him ruined Andre. Put work horses around him and his quality will shine through.

Mike Gaynes
103 Posted 19/05/2024 at 15:06:42
People have invented memories on Gomes. Yes, he was brilliant at Anfield (I was there), but he produced absolutely nothing of quality in the other 40 games he played for us before the injury. He scored exactly one goal and cost us games with stupid fouls. The Son injury changed nothing. He was out only 14 games.

He had the best team in the world around him at Barca and his "quality" never shone through. He's had work horses around him at Everton and his quality was flashes at best -- a brilliant assist here, a top corner blast there, but long stretches of zero.

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