OK... so after what seems like an eternity off, finally we get to go back to Premier League action with a winnable game that sees us kick-off an enticing run with no games against the current top 6 till Tottenham on the 11th January. I am sure it will not be as simple as that but what team do we play to give us 3 points to start with against Wolves at Goodison tomorrow?
My pick would be as follows:
Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Rodwell, Fellaini, Drenthe
Unlikely i know that we suddenly adopt a 4-4-2 but I feel that the team above has width and balance... solidity and also creativity. And as much as possible the potential for goals and ? more importantly ? 3 points.
I would like to see Drenthe and Coleman swapping wings, Rodwell and Fellaini playing box-to-box, and Saha coming into the hole to pick up the ball or running off Vellios to receive the inevitable flick-ons from the 6'-3" youngster. Jags should be boosted by his performance against Spain and in my mind Distin has been our best defender all season. Hibbert just about pips Pip and Baines is a given.
If all else fails, then we will have Cahill, Ossie, Ross and maybe even Denis on the bench to come on and add extra firepower.
3 points please, maybe a clean sheet to boot. 2-0?
Sam Hoare, Posted 18/11/2011 at 11:19:08
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1 Posted 18/11/2011 at 13:06:07
2 Posted 18/11/2011 at 13:20:06
3 Posted 18/11/2011 at 13:32:05
I wholeheartedly agree..that would be my prefered midfield at the minute...All three central midfielders could get forward..
4 Posted 18/11/2011 at 13:39:12
5 Posted 18/11/2011 at 15:01:45
I have a strong feeling it will be same old, same old!
6 Posted 18/11/2011 at 15:19:54
451 is the only way, and although we don't score many, its not for the want of trying, nor is it through not creating enough - we create plenty, we just don't have a finisher in the side. Saha and a barn-door spring to mind.
We should stick with 451 and hope (yeah, hope) that we're able to buy a creative midfield player and a striker that knows how to finish at some point before things get any worse.
Signing Fellaini again will be like having a new player.
7 Posted 18/11/2011 at 16:45:53
It probably makes sense if Moysey will let Drenthe & Rodwell get forward with Saha.
There are two ways to play 4-5-1 though, we can only hope it is not defensively - with Saha stranded 40 yards away from the midfield.
8 Posted 18/11/2011 at 17:01:38
Highly doubt we will see it though. Most likely cahill and osman flogging a dead horse down the middle again.... Snore zzzzzzzzzzzz
9 Posted 18/11/2011 at 17:10:11
Odds on we will play 5 in midfield but would just love to see us start with two strikers as too often our lone striker has been just that...totally isolated.
I think Wolves line up 442 so we could match them and then, hopefully, beat them.
10 Posted 18/11/2011 at 18:05:57
Comeon Moyesy liven up and get them fired up from the start.
I agree with Sam on the team and formation but I cant see Ossie and Cahill being benched by his loyal highness.
I just hope he doesnt go for a tight game and change things after an hour.
We really need to press from the kick off.
11 Posted 18/11/2011 at 19:26:17
12 Posted 18/11/2011 at 20:38:06
For crying out loud let's get out the old and bring in the new. Chances are Saha will only last an hour with Cahill coming on but Moyes will probably start Cahill anyway.
It's time for a new era to start and this is a perfect opportunity Moyes has to show some positive moves to turn this club around and if it's another poor result tomorrow, then what next, Bill?
13 Posted 18/11/2011 at 20:54:24
Neville Jags Distain Baines
Coleman Fellaini Rodwell Drenthe
14 Posted 18/11/2011 at 21:10:04
Coleman Jageilka Distin Baines
Drenthe Rodwell Barkley Fellaini Gueye
Not a snowball in hell's chance morose Moyes would ever do that though.
15 Posted 18/11/2011 at 21:10:16
I would like to see Gueye play and Drenthe so my formation would be
Neville, Jags, Distin, Baines,
Gueye, Barkley, Rodwell, Drenthe
But Moyes won't risk anything and will have neville, osman and cahill in the starting line up. It is vital we win this one and hope that we get on a run that ensures a Happy Christmas period.
It's going to be very tough tomorrow, I feel we will be lucky to even get a draw.
16 Posted 18/11/2011 at 21:19:17
I think the jury's still debating if Coleman can actually defend properly, sadly your earlier suggestion that Osman will play will probably come true.
For me, I would love an admittedly naive-looking 3-5-2 line-up of:
Hibbo Jags Dizzy
Drench J-Rod Screech Ross Baines
Half-time or 60 min sub: Vellios for Stracq IF as is suspected, Stracq is pants. Though we need to see him, I think.
Probably get hammered 5-0 !!
17 Posted 18/11/2011 at 21:30:57
Is this the fault of lack of ingenuity on the part of the players or poor managerial tactics.
I think it is the latter.
I reckon that Moyes is a bloody genius at what I call blackboard footy.
This results in boring and predictable tactics. The problem is those rotten opponents who break the blackboard rules.
18 Posted 19/11/2011 at 01:02:25
This system would work better with a forward, Saha, who has the ball skills to do say 25% of the MF duties requires rather than Cahill who is a genuine (if slightly average-ish) MF who can do a bit of Forwarding.
A bit like the difference between, in Cricketing terms, a batting all rounder and a bowling all rounder.
But I won't be holding my breathe that Moyes will pick it. Fellaini, go out and give me a £70k performance, Jack (J Rod ffs, give over reading the trashier womens magazines, Kevin!) Give me an England International performance... The rest of you ? go out and rip them a new one.
19 Posted 19/11/2011 at 00:51:29
Winnable game? Weren't we completely outplayed by Wolves in the same fixture last season and were lucky to get a draw?
20 Posted 19/11/2011 at 02:58:10
Which, in my eyes as a 0.02%er means Moyes must get a tad more positive because I don't see 'keep it tight and pinch one' which, btw, at the moment we are doing neither, as a viable stratagy for 38 Prem games.
21 Posted 19/11/2011 at 03:01:42
-----Jag Distin Heitinga
As we're playing Footy Manager, this would be my team considering we're playing Wolves at home. Instructions would be to aim for 3-0 at half time.
22 Posted 19/11/2011 at 03:06:57
23 Posted 19/11/2011 at 04:02:54
24 Posted 19/11/2011 at 05:07:06
25 Posted 19/11/2011 at 05:11:01
Hibbert Jags Distin Baines
Drenthe Rodwell Fellaini Barkley
26 Posted 19/11/2011 at 07:50:33
Coleman, Jags, Distin, Baines
Rodwell, Fellaini, Barkley
Gueye, Vellios, Drenthe
Unfortunately this is not an ideal world, this is a David Moyes world and he will pick a defensive 4-5-1 with crock Saha isolated upfront by himself and 6 or 7 defenders playing 50 yards behind him.
Until Moyes goes, we will never see an attacking team.
27 Posted 21/11/2011 at 23:40:03
Hibbert Jagielka Distin Baines
Osman Fellaini Cahill Rodwell Drenthe
Boring boring Everton...
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