Blood the youth or stick to the winning team against Wigan? The Carling Cup as ever represents probably our best chance of grabbing some elusive silverware and a home tie to West Brom, depsite them beating us twice last year, is a very winnable fixture.
So do we throw in the newbies and a smattering of young potential or do we play our strongest team (whatever that might be?!!).
I would say a bit of both. Here's my team.
Coleman Jagielka Distin Baines
Gueye Rodwell Fellaini Drenthe
Bench: Heitinga Neville Straqualursi Mucha Osman Baxter Mcaleny
A familiar back 4 but giving Coleman a chance to play RB and hopefully make our right side as balanced as our left.
A youthful midfield with pace and energy. Gueye and Drenthe have the chance to bomb forward and Barkley drop back to turn into 4-3-3 if needed.
The talented Barkley given a chance to roam behind matchwinner Vellios.
Given that West Brom may well field a reserve team given their poor start to the Premiership i would hope that this team would have enough to roll them over whilst handing 3 of our most exciting youth prospects (Barkley, Vellios and Gueye) a start.
Sam Hoare, Posted 20/09/2011 at 09:56:48
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1 Posted 20/09/2011 at 16:11:47
2 Posted 20/09/2011 at 16:17:22
Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Gueye, Rodwell, Osman, Drenthe
Give Jags, Felli and Cahill a rest, possibly Osman too and keep Bily in. Let Saha prove he is fit!
3 Posted 20/09/2011 at 16:21:07
4 Posted 20/09/2011 at 16:57:58
Saha wont start. That would simply make it look like his outburst worked on saturday. He might make the team, but I doubt he will get on the pitch.
Its shocking, but we need to "try" playing a 4-4-2 formation. Its been so long....which in itself is head-shaking.
So I'd start with Velios up front with Straq.
5 Posted 20/09/2011 at 16:55:00
6 Posted 20/09/2011 at 17:01:52
7 Posted 20/09/2011 at 17:03:52
8 Posted 20/09/2011 at 17:28:11
Nobody needs a rest...they only started in the middle of August FFS....
Play the STRONGEST team....
9 Posted 20/09/2011 at 17:42:52
10 Posted 20/09/2011 at 19:12:20
Most important though is the need to protect key players from injury and that means giving Mucha a run out and keeping Saha on the bench, we all know he only has a finite number of games left in him and this match isn't important enough to risk him for.
11 Posted 20/09/2011 at 19:30:10
Coleman Heitinga Distin Baines
Barkley Fellaini Wallace Drenthe
Subs: Howard, Hibbert,Mustafi,Saha,Straqualursi,Osman,Gueye
12 Posted 20/09/2011 at 19:37:17
Neville Heitinga Distin Drenthe
Coleman Barkley Bily
Vellios Stracqualursi Saha
13 Posted 20/09/2011 at 19:43:08
14 Posted 20/09/2011 at 19:56:28
Neville Heitinga Distin Baines
Gueye Fellaini Rodwell Drenthe
Sticking with 4-5-1. One of either Jags or Distin on the bench in favour of Heitinga. Toss up between Barkley and Strac in with Vellios. But what do I know...
15 Posted 20/09/2011 at 19:34:11
put Heitinga on instead of Jags. Jags seems to have hit a bit of a lull in form at the mo. so I'd like to see how Jonny and Distin would work out.
Hibbo and Bains are a must and Distin deserves to start. We must find out at some point if we can keep clean sheets.
Not sure if Gueye is fit yet after his foot injury but if he is put him attack right mid. I like Coleman and shouted long and hard for him to included in the team but like Jags I feel his form has dropped somewhat of late.
Lets see if our new boys can start a game and deliver the goods, which will prove quite a few things as in the debate which followed last Saturday.
Moyesy, it's better to be 2-0 up and then go defensive as opposed to being level, or losing at home and bring on the attackers (as you always do)
16 Posted 20/09/2011 at 20:29:28
17 Posted 20/09/2011 at 20:56:08
Rest them for City away.
Hibbert Heitinga Distain Neville
Coleman Barkley Osman Drente
18 Posted 20/09/2011 at 21:40:01
19 Posted 20/09/2011 at 21:40:59
Coleman jagialka heitinga neville
barkley rodwell osman drente
20 Posted 20/09/2011 at 22:21:07
21 Posted 21/09/2011 at 00:01:23
I'd have him alongside Fellaini for his composure, Barkley for his drives forward and Drenthe/Coleman or Gueye for some speed on the wings... would definitely work on FM
Hibbert Heitinga Distin Baines
Coleman Fellaini Barkley Bily Drenthe
22 Posted 21/09/2011 at 00:22:15
Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Coleman,Felli, Rodwell, Bily
Bring on Drenthe, Gueye, Vellios, Stracq or Cahill depending on how it goes.
My logic is basically to play as strong and experienced a team as possible while giving some people a run. So, Mucha, Neville and Heitinga are all like for like swaps and gives them all a good run. Similarly, Saha is a quality striker and a good target man. He also needs a run.
Unlike many people on here, I rate Bily. I think he is putting in the hard yards and he should continue to get game time. Happy for Drenthe to sub him later in the game to add pace etc. Similar on the other side with Coleman and say Gueye. I think the MF partnership of Fell/Rod should be given as much time together as possible.
We really need to win this game to keep the momentum going and to build confidence. COYB.
23 Posted 21/09/2011 at 01:00:11
On the other hand, this does represent a domestic honor, a trip to the national stadium, and to grab a trophy that had proved elusive to Goodison Park even since the competition's beginning back in 1960/61, I would actually like to see us do well to be honest, it isin't just about the 16/17 year wait to see an Everton captain lift some prize (again) in the air, it's about seeing the clubs name again in the 'winners' enclosure of an actual competition, OK, it's not the main event of the British soccer season but I feel this does represent an opportunity to do well if Moyes takes this with some degree of seriousness and we get a few breaks and luck goes our way when the time arises.
I say put out a strong team tomorrow night , include the new guys, and with a home support and against opposition we should really be beating at Goodison, League, Cup or otherwise, hopefully it should be enough to ensure a place in the later rounds.
The League Title obviously is a no-no, so this leaves this tournament and the F.A Cup to be focused on, of course a European place too would be nice, but for now, and on this day, the club needs to take tomorrows fixture with a level of seriousness and go out to win.
I always remember that Reading game a year or two ago and what an opportunity missed, tomorrow there should be no repeat of any further Cup disasters or frustrations. I'd be genuinely agitated to an extent if West Bromwich were to leave Liverpool tomorrow night with a place in the next rounds, it's really kind of imperative we get this result and take it on to subsequent rounds and League matches.
24 Posted 21/09/2011 at 02:22:44
Just imagine what would happen if he fielded the new boys and the youngsters and they won comfortably and in style!
He'd look a right tit for sticking with 4-6-0 for the rest of the season.
25 Posted 21/09/2011 at 05:44:17
Moyes already looks a right tit to me for playing that formation on our first 4 league games because they were all easier Premier teams. Having said that 4-6-0 sounds good against City and Utd. I just hope they don't blow us out but I fear the worst. Even 10-0-0 might be our best against those 2 teams especially City who will be after our blood for beating them the last 4 or 5 times.
26 Posted 21/09/2011 at 08:00:59
27 Posted 21/09/2011 at 08:01:12
Neville Heitinga Distin Baines
Gueye Barkley Bilyaletdinov Drenthe
28 Posted 21/09/2011 at 08:26:35
By the way, I know that sounds like an un-PC, sexist term, but apparently it's fine - I'm merely 'unreconstructed'.
(well..that's what they said about oul' sexist Ginger McCain when he died)
29 Posted 21/09/2011 at 10:44:27
30 Posted 21/09/2011 at 13:14:12
Bench: Howard, Distin, Barkley, Fellaini, Stacquilursi
I dont think West Brom have any real height in their attack, from memory, and I'd like to see Heitinga given a run out in his best position. I think he'd work well bringing the ball out of defence and linking up with Ossie and Drenthe.
Bilyaletdinov is going to play second fiddle to Drenthe on the left going forwards and I dont think he has the fight in him to carve holes in the middle as an attacking midfielder. Left sided wingers cutting inside from out on the right seem fashionable at the moment. I think its worth seeing if the lad has anything to offer there?.
31 Posted 21/09/2011 at 16:00:04
32 Posted 21/09/2011 at 17:36:31
Coleman Bilyaletdinov Drenthe
33 Posted 21/09/2011 at 17:58:57
keep it tight..
fingers crossed we nick one..
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