Everton go into their penultimate game of the 2011-12 season looking for a victory over relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers that would leave them needing just a point against Newcastle United next week to claim seventh place.
The Blues lead Liverpool and Fulham by three points going into this week's round of games and have a superior goal difference to both clubs.
David Moyes has a few injury concerns for the trip to Molineux, though, after Victor Anichebe limped out of the action against Stoke.
He joined Phil Neville, who pulled a hamstring in training, and Darron Gibson in the treatment room where Leighton Baines has been making progress on his own hamstring problem. The England international is unlikely to be fit for Sunday, however, and that will mean continuation in the left-back slot for Sylvain Distin.
The line-up is likely to be largely unchanged from the side that played the bulk of the 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium. Leon Osman, Steven PIenaar and either Maroune Fellaini or Tim Cahill — one of the last two will slot in behind Nikica Jelavic — will form the core of the midfield with perhaps Magaye Gueye or even Ross Barkley getting the nod on the left flank.
Moyes is keen to finish as high as possible —not least because each place is likely to be worth around £800,000 — but he will be wary of playing a side that has had all the pressure lifted off them by the confirmation that they will be returning to the Championship next season.
Terry Connor's side went to Swansea without a care in the world last weekend and scored four times in an entertaining score draw where defence was seemingly relegated to an afterthought. Everton, and Jelavic in particular, will be hoping to exploit those defensive frailties in a fixture they won handsomely 3-0 a little over a year ago.
Victory this weekend would also, of course, complete the double for Everton over Wolves and would represent the fourth double for the Blues this season after home and away successes over Swansea, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham.
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935 Posted 05/05/2012 at 13:48:01
I would expect us to win comfortably but, maybe with the pressure off, Wolves might turn up, with a couple of players (hopefully Vellios or Barkley) getting a game.
947 Posted 05/05/2012 at 15:50:47
948 Posted 05/05/2012 at 15:58:32
950 Posted 05/05/2012 at 16:13:56
Interesting that Baines may be fit. My choice would be to keep Distin improving at LB (who knows when we might need him again?) and put Baines on the bench ready for the Newky game. He could always come on at LB if necessary - or left midfield later on to see how that goes. Couldn't do any worse than Gueye, could he.
974 Posted 05/05/2012 at 18:17:20
In the Bizarro world of "Htrae" ("Earth" spelled backwards), society is ruled by the Bizarro code which states..
"Us do opposite of all Earthly things! Us hate beauty! Us love ugliness! Is big crime to make anything perfect on Bizarro World!"
In one episode, for example, a salesman is doing a brisk trade selling Bizarro bonds: "Guaranteed to lose money for you".
Later, the mayor appoints Bizarro No. 1 to investigate a crime, "Because you are stupider than the entire Bizarro police force put together".
This is intended and taken as a great compliment.
I was reminded of this by Keiths's observation that..
"DM obviously thinks that M Gueye is ready and A Vellios isn't"
975 Posted 05/05/2012 at 18:24:13
978 Posted 05/05/2012 at 18:26:47
Even at 2-0 Chelsea could still blow it against these spawny shit-bags.
By the way, continuing on the Bizzarro world thought, usually for an FA Cup final, the manager would wear a smart suit.
King Kenny's look today makes me think this could be the Bizarro FA Cup final.
Kenny shortly before being presented to dignitaries - http://www.theunknownstuntman.co.uk/.a/6a0120a65319a8970b014e8722fa5b970d-800wi
979 Posted 05/05/2012 at 18:36:19
981 Posted 05/05/2012 at 18:36:57
982 Posted 05/05/2012 at 18:38:53
983 Posted 05/05/2012 at 18:48:39
985 Posted 05/05/2012 at 18:54:21
987 Posted 05/05/2012 at 18:55:29
988 Posted 05/05/2012 at 18:56:30
989 Posted 05/05/2012 at 18:58:18
990 Posted 05/05/2012 at 18:59:08
991 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:00:39
992 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:02:42
993 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:02:08
994 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:05:30
995 Posted 05/05/2012 at 18:59:00
996 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:08:08
997 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:09:14
Now for the Radio Merseyside after match whine-in......
(And they're knackered regarding the travel back home. Think of the red misery and smile. Time for a beer.)
998 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:11:46
000 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:13:53
But does that make our own shitbag KITAH1 capitulation any more bearable? Not one iota. In fact worse. Because I hadn't thought about it much today till I wrote that.
Bitter Blues. Absolutely!
001 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:16:26
Incidentally, the way Carroll shaped up for that chance at the end actually made me laugh out loud - genuinely comical
003 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:18:10
What a fucking disgusting twat!
004 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:20:20
Long live KK.
I hope he gets more to spend this summer.
I just hope Fulham and Norwich et al overtake them in last two games.
006 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:23:15
009 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:31:42
010 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:32:38
011 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:29:18
013 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:40:04
015 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:37:04
long may their bad luck reign!!!
018 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:47:33
Now you know what injustice feels like when a 'small' club doesn't get the decisions it should.
Read 'em and weep you twats!
020 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:52:19
021 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:50:56
Lovely to read they've had a bit of bad luck AND LOST HAHAHAHA.
022 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:52:53
023 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:01:53
024 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:04:55
025 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:05:18
.. Oh well ;-)
026 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:06:14
027 Posted 05/05/2012 at 19:55:30
The 'famous Russian linesman' in the 1966 World Cup Final was adamant that the ball had crossed the line. I can't, however, recall Kenneth Wolstenholme explaining that more than 10 million Soviet citizens had died as a result of the invasion of his country by Germany a mere 25 years previous.
I guess we all see what we want to see.
028 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:09:06
029 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:08:13
On balance, I really couldn't give a rats arse. I've listened to them all day on Radio 5, none of them from anywhere near the shores of the city. One beaut pointed out how Dalglish if they won today would've won more as a player and manager at Liverpool than Chelsea in their history.
So, what can we deduce from that?
That they were utterly shite before 63?
That they have been utterly shite/lucky since 90?
030 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:08:25
Well if Koppites can ignore tv evidence regarding Suarez I feel entitled in saying:
"good goal"........."awww, tuf shit eh, fnar"
031 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:19:02
Skies are blue,
Liverpool one, Chelsea Two.......and I think to myself......What a wonderful world!! Xx
032 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:21:57
"good goal"........."awww, tuf shit eh, fnar"
That about sums up most redshites!!!!!!
034 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:27:36
TO PUT THE CHAMPAGNE IN THE FRIDGE,
THE CUPS GOING TO STAMFORD BRIDGE
TELL YER MA, YER MA
035 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:23:26
"What a day this has been
What a rare mood I'm in..."
Doesn't make up for the Anfeld giveaway and semi surrender but eases the pain a wee bit
Bitter with a lot to be bitter about
036 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:34:09
038 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:37:16
But I'm nit-picking now.
039 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:35:33
The sound of the LFC victory tour bus being backed into a garage!!
What a bastard though, I wasted a fortune on pellets, the twats were going to pass right in front of my house if they'd have won. (I kid you not!)
042 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:39:11
043 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:43:55
045 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:45:04
Liverpool one, Chelsea two....
And I think to myself...
What a wonderful world!
046 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:46:58
You cannot possibly have enjoyed that result more than me.
I was simply panicking at the end not because LFC were particularly good but because Chelsea were knackered due to the game 48hrs earlier.
Like the rest of us I expected something to go in for Liverpool cos' it always seems to in the big games.
For once, just ONCE! they know how it feels to lose a bloody final.
047 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:53:35
049 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:56:28
050 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:50:11
I'm gonna tell all the kopite scum that I thought it was and how unlucky they where.
Before laughing my bellend off in their face.
051 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:57:52
052 Posted 05/05/2012 at 20:56:31
054 Posted 05/05/2012 at 21:06:05
056 Posted 05/05/2012 at 21:11:34
057 Posted 05/05/2012 at 21:09:39
Maybe the Dark Side's curse of uncanny luck has now beem lifted... Long live the 'king'... give the twat another £200 million to finish mid-table.
I feel so relteved... JUSTICE! (At least it was a team in blue!)
058 Posted 05/05/2012 at 21:15:04
Enjoy your night out
We must now go for it at Wolves (pssst!.Moyesey...word in your ear)
059 Posted 05/05/2012 at 21:20:05
Why cant they just back him up,we dont need any more pressure on their board to sack him.
066 Posted 05/05/2012 at 21:28:15
I'm definately bitter, first game I remember I was seven and was 86 cup final. My grandad lived next door. My sister knocked on his door when we scored first goal, my grandad then knocked on our door three times. I own my own house now and invested in a doorbell as I hate listening to a knock on the door
069 Posted 05/05/2012 at 21:53:21
072 Posted 05/05/2012 at 21:59:54
I wonder what first attracted her to the multi millionaire JWH? Can't quite get my head round that one.
073 Posted 05/05/2012 at 22:00:10
076 Posted 05/05/2012 at 22:07:16
077 Posted 05/05/2012 at 22:15:30
I am sure I have not missed an FA Cup Final before and definitely not deliberately, but today I chose to walk round Chester and read a paper in Weatherspoons rather than watch it. I posted on here that it was only a week after the semi that the enormity of that game to set in.
Sometimes when I see their fans in those shirts I realise that I am in fact a bitter blue. Very bitter. I come on here to feel comfort in discussing stuff with fellow blues. Some of the comments above make it all worthwhile, thanks. I am going to say to anyone who will listen that it was miles over the line. Ha ha ha. Victims. I am going to get a t shirt and have the words "I am not a victim" put on it.
Thanks MK and LL
078 Posted 05/05/2012 at 22:21:27
079 Posted 05/05/2012 at 22:25:50
082 Posted 05/05/2012 at 22:37:49
What is wrong with you?
083 Posted 05/05/2012 at 22:40:21
084 Posted 05/05/2012 at 22:28:42
089 Posted 05/05/2012 at 22:51:33
Masterstroke from KKK and the FA, that one. 60,000 scousers had to be off the M6 by breakfast time on the Saturday and Met police had 60,000 paraletic cockneys to deal with at kick off time on the Sunday.
090 Posted 05/05/2012 at 22:43:37
Saw him on telly after the Fulham game and he looked like a bemused oul' meff.
Beige V-neck sweater with one half of his shirt-collar (which was like the pot) in and the other half out.
Plus it looked like Michael J.Fox had shaved him and Stevie Wonder had put his tie on for him.
Then today he turned up for a cup final in his sleeping-bag coat looking like he'd spent the night on a bench at The Pier Head.
Can just imagine those waspy Yank owners saying "Someone needs to tell this loser asshole to goddam-well smarten his ass up".
092 Posted 05/05/2012 at 23:14:50
Oh, by the way, lads, I've now dispensed with the lager, and now gone on to the wine. Yes, I'm getting pissed. I fuckin' love Everton.
093 Posted 05/05/2012 at 23:24:25
King Dogleash has spent how much? What a joke: Carroll, Henderson, Adam (hahhaha). 20 million for Downing???? Deary me. £35 million on the pony-tail freak from the north-east who can't stay out of trouble: chalked up more arrests than goals the last 12 months?
Henderson: oh dear. That Spearing is pretty good, eh!!! Lacking dignity, morality, football nous and skill. Dignity? Wearing those t-shirts to support the racist Suarez. Each one of those players who wore those t-shirts deserved to lose today.
The way Liverpool FC has conducted itself this season is an insult to English football and, quite frankly Mr Shankly, to the culture of the great Liverpool teams of the 70s and 80s, Ah Nessie, Shanks will be turning in his grave.
That fabulous save from the so-called 2nd Carroll goal was a victory for decent footie fans everywhere. (Forget about was it a goal was it not a goal; the first 60 mins was a walk in the park for Chelski).
8th in the Prem. 9th or 10th in a week or two? Fewer home league wins than Blackburn. Oh dear. Struggling to keep up with Everton and 100 million quid plus on what? Again, the laughing stock of the Premier League. King Kenny Dogleash has done you all proud eh? He'll walk at the end of the season - cave in - as he has done twice before. Pound for pound, return for return, rock bottom of the Prem.
Ah Nessie, Shanks will be turning in his grave. Ah Jessie, Bob Paisley will be turning in his grave.
All together now: 'Liverpool, Liverpool, We're all Laughing at Liverpool .... '
Except for this Kopite gobshite:
120 Posted 06/05/2012 at 03:16:45
123 Posted 06/05/2012 at 03:48:06
129 Posted 06/05/2012 at 04:25:43
I've posted my responses today.
133 Posted 06/05/2012 at 05:53:41
134 Posted 06/05/2012 at 06:32:14
"No no no " i was shouting out ..... Whilst the missus calmed me down and a cold flannel on my head ......... " Shush darling, there there now she whispered, seems you've had a bad dream ......... Was it a bad one she asked, it sounded terrible, like someone was trying to harm you or worse still, have you been watching some sick documentary?"
"Babe it was worse than that I replied, so bad infact that I simply can't repeat it, it's so shocking"
"You poor thing, I'll go bring you breakfast in bed"
Sat up now scrolling through this post pissing myself whislt singing in my head "Always the Victims it's never your fault"
There is God after all, thank you thank you thank you Lord ........
And just think some of the gobshites will still be travelling home even now! .......... Hahahahahaha
COYB 3 points today please!
136 Posted 06/05/2012 at 07:34:55
137 Posted 06/05/2012 at 07:37:26
138 Posted 06/05/2012 at 08:05:01
The coked out donkeys 2nd "goal" would have given Bizarros everywhere great pleasure.
188 Posted 06/05/2012 at 13:17:48
Anyway, easy 3 points should be on offer today so I fully expect to be on here later moaning about losing.
191 Posted 06/05/2012 at 13:30:28
192 Posted 06/05/2012 at 13:32:52
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