Leighton Baines is set to make his 300th Premier League
With the transfer window out the way and Ronald Koeman now cognisant of what he has to work with until January at least, Everton's Premier League programme resumes this weekend with the visit to Goodison Park of Tottenham Hotspur.
It's the third match in a stretch of particularly difficult assignments early in the league season that has pit the Blues against top-six opposition in four of their five opening games. Trips to Atalanta and Manchester United follow which would make a home win against one of the contenders for the title a big one in terms of morale.
It promises to be one of Everton's toughest home games of the campaign, however, one that should see Leighton Baines reach 300 Premier League
appearances starts for the club. The Blues haven't registered a win over this weekend's opponents home or away for five years and Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino are notoriously good travellers. Only champions Chelsea lost fewer on the road than last season and not since Nikica Jelavic's dramatic stoppage time winner capped a thrilling late comeback by David Moyes's team in 2012-13 have Spurs lost at Goodison Park.
Among the many dimensions to Saturday's encounter, two stick out like sore thumbs from Everton's perspective and both could affect them in the most important area of the pitch — up front.
The first is the glaring lack of an experienced attacking signing to replace Romelu Lukaku before last week's transfer deadline, a failing that could dog the club until the next window opens in four months' time. It means there will be a heavy reliance on the raw but increasingly influential Dominic Calvert-Lewin and newcomer Sandro Ramirez, a hope that Kevin Mirallas can somehow get his head right to work his way back into the side and to some hitherto elusive consistency, and the need for experience and leadership from Wayne Rooney.
Unfortunately, Rooney could be the second problematic facet to the game in that so much focus will be on his performance given his off-the-field drink-driving transgression and very public marital strife. The veteran has spent muc of his career under media scrutiny so the chances are he will be able to shrug it off and keep his mind on the task at hand but it's an unwanted distraction.
On a more positive note, new signing Nikola Vlasic will be part of the matchday squad for the first time since his arrival from Hajduk Split, most likely taking Mirallas's now customary spot on the bench. The Croatian could, indeed, offer a like-for-like replacement for the erratic Belgian and might be a surprise package this term despite his relatively tender years.
Sandro, meanwhile, is fit and feeling 100% along with Jordan Pickford and Morgan Schneiderlin will return to the side after missing the defeat at Chelsea through suspension. The Frenchman is likely to line up alongside Idrissa Gueye, with Koeman possibly going with a back five again with Mason Holgate in the right wingback role once more.
Tottenham have some injury problems to contend with as Erik Lamela, Georges-Kévin Nkoudou, Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama are all ruled out but Pochettino is blessed with a big enough squad to absorb any of those losses, with perhaps Rose being their biggest loss.
New signing Serge Aurier might not be involved but deadline-day buy Fernando Llorente could play, lining up this time against his old partner in goals at Swansea, Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is set to make his first appearance at Goodison Park as an Everton player.
With the Toffees having home advantage but a forward line struggling to make chances and with just two league goals so far from three games, this one is shaping up to be a tight affair dominated by two strong defences. Everton's was breached twice at Stamford Bridge before the international break but came very close to keeping Manchester City's much-vaunted attack at bay on their patch before that which bodes well when it comes to containing the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
Evertonian eyes will be on what, if any, tactical or formational adjustments Koeman makes given that he was not able to procure the type of No.9 striker he was after, while Sigurdsson will, perhaps, command even more attention as one of the most important components in the team.
Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday, 9 September, 2017
Referee: Graham Scott
Last Time: Everton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Williams, Jagielka, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Rooney, Calvert-Lewin
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1 Posted 08/09/2017 at 06:53:14
2 Posted 08/09/2017 at 06:58:09
3 Posted 08/09/2017 at 07:02:51
4 Posted 08/09/2017 at 07:27:48
No Niasse to start??? That's a crime.
5 Posted 08/09/2017 at 07:33:14
6 Posted 08/09/2017 at 07:36:58
7 Posted 08/09/2017 at 07:48:02
8 Posted 08/09/2017 at 07:53:51
I hope we start to see some joined up play from our unbalanced crew. The slow centre backs should have protection from the returning Schneiderlin but the movement of Ali and the invention of Eriksen will give us plenty to think about.
Kane's luck is due to change. point will be a good result.
9 Posted 08/09/2017 at 08:03:06
10 Posted 08/09/2017 at 08:05:02
I thought Besic played quite nicely at Chelsea all things considered, and would love to see him nipping at Dele Alli (Dele a red card waiting to happen for petulance) with the maturity Mo showed at Chelsea given his personal circumstance, but he won't be a starter.
I'd ideally like to see:
Holgate - Keane - Jagielka - Baines
Gueye - Schneiderlin - Davies
Sandro - Calvert-Lewin - Sigurdsson
I know that leaves Rooney out; in the past he was left out 'for his own good' by Fergie in difficult circumstances – I think this is the time to see him play and then have him from the bench.
11 Posted 08/09/2017 at 08:15:36
12 Posted 08/09/2017 at 08:33:41
If you must play two ultra defensive midfielders in Gueye and Schneiderlin, surely we can give Williams a break? He's had the toughest time of any in the international break. He's even less comfortable with pace coming at him. 4-4-1-1 gives you the chance to slot Sigurdsson in ahead of Baines, and yes I know it's a bit risky but Vlasic ahead of Holgate will give us pace and we desperately need to give their full backs a job to do else they will spend way too much time in our half.
Calvert-Lewin with Rooney only just behind him. That leaves you with Sandro on the bench which is a decent option. It isn't hard to see Coleman arriving back into this setup, is it, and at a stroke you will help avoid the scary sight of a team settling too deep with no real width. I think Sigurdsson can do well in front of Baines.
I'd rather we took the risk and gave Kenny a chance right now. I think he's a better right back than a centre-half on that side. It's not a risk I see Koeman taking but I honestly think it gives us a balance we lack. We have height so two small full backs isn't as much of an issue.
Really looking forward to the game from the best seat in the house!
13 Posted 08/09/2017 at 08:33:49
Martina Keane Jagielka Baines
Sigurdsson Schneiderlin Gueye
Sandro Rooney Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Williams (needs rest after 2 games in the international break), Besic, Klaassen, Lookman, Vlasic.
2-1, Rooney and Sandro the scorers
14 Posted 08/09/2017 at 08:39:23
15 Posted 08/09/2017 at 08:48:37
The thing we can't do tomorrow, as with any decent team, is give them space. We should have conceded more at Chelsea, but for Pickford's heroics, but then again we gave Chelsea too much space.
17 Posted 08/09/2017 at 09:02:40
Baines doesn't have the legs to bomb up and down and Holgate simply isn't a wingback. The likes for Gueye, Schneiderlin, Klaassen, Davies, all good midfielders but none of them wide men.
Personally I'd like to see Mirallas start (not sure for whom) just so we have some pace and width up top and give them something to think about.
Really really hope we can somehow get 3 points - not fussed if its 1-0 or 5-4!
18 Posted 08/09/2017 at 09:15:23
The whole idea of having so many players in Everton's own half contradicts Koeman's pressing game. For this to happen, there has to be one on one with the opposition higher up the field.
19 Posted 08/09/2017 at 09:45:58
Up top and things get more confusing. With Rooney and Sigurdsson sure to start, it seems one of them will be asked to operate in a role they find uncomfortable. I'm also concerned that Sandro, too, likes to play in the hole rather than on the last man. Add Klaassen and Davies to the mix and Ronald has himself a head-scratcher... all of his own making, mind you.
One of Schneiderlin or Gana will be charged with minding Dele Ali. Schneiderlin seems to be getting a bit of stick lately. I think he's a class act, but much like James McCarthy, he needs to be told to make a forward pass and impose himself on a game. He has speed, technique and a footballing brain... weirdly, he seems to lack the inclination.
At the back, I dearly hope we stick to four defenders. I doubt it'll happen, but Williams should be dropped. I always thought he was a complete arrogant twat that I'd love to see playing for Everton. Now he's here, I wish he wasn't. Maybe we missed his best years. I don't like the guy and he's been our poorest centre-half so far.
Five at the back has been a tried, tested and, largely, failed experiment. Certainly for us, but pretty much throughout footballing history. My only recollection of it being effective was the Italian team with Zambrotta and Panucci as wing backs. Their energy and attacking/defending ability just seemed to hit the right balance. They also had Maldini who slipped seamlessly between centre-back and full-back. We don't... and it doesn't work.
Pickford in goal.
20 Posted 08/09/2017 at 10:09:23
Holgate Keane Jagielka Baines
Sandro Rooney Sigurdsson
21 Posted 08/09/2017 at 10:14:36
Gana and Schneiderlin should start. Siggy, Rooney, Calvert-Lewin and Mirallas or Sandro completing the team.
Vlasic, Lookman, Lennon, Davies on the bench alongside Niasse, our Evertonian with a new lease on life at Goodison. COYB
22 Posted 08/09/2017 at 10:22:24
Spurs should line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. We need to counter their threats. They will have Kane up top, Eriksen, Alli and Son in an attacking midfield three. Dier and Dembele will be the midfield two. Their key fullbacks are missing Walker was sold as everyone knows, and Rose is out long term injured. Trippier and Walker Peters have played right back, whilst Davies has played left back but new signing Serge Aurier might start, but he's just had a couple of long flights after international duty, and he's yet to play for Spurs.
The key battle is in midfield. Dier will break up the play, and Dembele will dictate the tempo. Stop Dembele and Spurs will struggle to get Eriksen and Alli into the game.
I'd try to overwhelm Spurs in midfield. My team would be:
Holgate Keane Jagielka Baines
Rooney Klaassen Sigurdsson
Calvert-Lewin should start for mobility reasons, and keep Sandro on the bench to come on as Calvert-Lewin and the Spurs back line tires.
The next line of players I would play narrow. Let Rooney have a free role to do his thing. Sigurdsson I would instruct to get about Dembele. As I said it is key to stop him playing and Sigurdsson is mobile enough to do this, high up the pitch.
Whilst I listed Klaassen in the middle of those three, I would actually have him slightly withdrawn, trying to link Rooney and Sigurdsson with Schneiderlin and Gueye. He can drop into that two to make it a three, but then get forward as he does. I would try to get him on the ball as much as possible and instruct him to move the ball quickly to Sigurdsson or Rooney. If Klaassen is not 100% fit, then Davies should play. He could play the same role although better defensively and less able offensively.
The game will be won or lost by Schneiderlin and Gueye. Schneiderlin needs to sit in, and play his usual game. He needs to get on the ball quickly from every turnover, then to feed Klaassen quickly. We need to snap those passes into feet.
Gueye needs to dictate the pressing tempo, closing everyone down the way he does, but others need to work with him. Alongside Schneiderlin, Gueye can get forward and get at Dembele and Dier, when the opportunity arises and put them under pressure. I think Dier is not the calmest footballer on the ball and can be easily dispossessed.
In defence, I would play Holgate to take care of Davies or Aurier. He would also need to watch for Son who likes to get wide. I would keep Holgate back a lot more for this game, as Spurs are at their most dangerous when we lose possession and the full-backs are out of position.
Likewise, Baines needs to concentrate on defence also. He should have Trippier's number. If Son starts on the left, Baines shouldn't be bothered too much by Eriksen who plays more centrally, but Son can play either wing. Centrally, I would pick Keane, obviously, and Jagielka for freshness reasons. I have only gone with two as Schneiderlin and Gueye should be taking care of Eriksen and Alli. Keane and Jags will watch Kane and other runners.
If we lost say Klaassen from the side and played Williams as well, then we are over run in midfield and will be inviting pressure onto ourselves from Spurs. We are at home and we need to take the game to them.
We've not beaten Spurs for 5 years. These are not world beaters. If we play our game, if we get hold of the midfield, we can beat these.
23 Posted 08/09/2017 at 10:22:59
Firstly, I think we need our full-backs to provide width; Baines although not quite as good as in his early days can provide width on the left. I would really like to see Kenny (it won't happen though) start at right-back because he is by far, superior to Martina and Holgate going forward.
Sigurdsson needs to play further up the pitch as part of a front 3.
Klaassen instead part of the midfield three he has played a deeper role for Ajax in the past.
Finally, I would like to see Sandro start down the middle of the front three for a few games he's the most proven goal-scorer we've got and his high energy game is perfect for pressing their defence.
Kenny Keane Jagielka Baines
Klaassen Schneiderlin Gana
Sigurdsson Sandro Rooney
24 Posted 08/09/2017 at 10:44:46
25 Posted 08/09/2017 at 11:08:16
I'd have Rooney and Sigurdsson off him, with Gana, Morgan and Davies in midfield to provide cover and energy.
Back 4 likely to be Holgate, Williams, Keane and Baines. Sandro and Vlasic as impact subs.
26 Posted 08/09/2017 at 11:14:05
Holgate Keane Jagielka Baines
Klaassen Rooney Sigurdsson
Could be that Sandro & Rooney swap the forward position. This could be good at confusing the opposition even just for a brief moment.
On the other hand, Koeman may want to play with the additional centre-back. This would free up the full-backs to get further forward? The centre-backs are very useful at set-pieces which we have to understand will be very important at this time to score the goals. Using Gylfi's strengths.
27 Posted 08/09/2017 at 11:23:29
28 Posted 08/09/2017 at 11:40:54
It makes such little sense of the players we have and their attributes!! Unless perhaps you intend to keep Holgate and Baines back and defend the whole match which may be the gameplan.
Spurs are a great team. Everything I'd like us to be. Quick, strong and energetic, solid at the back whilst very dangerous up front. A perfect balance.
If I was picking a combined team, I'm really not sure who of our players would get in. Pickford and Keane perhaps though borderline at best. Gana? Maybe...
I think the obvious plan would be containment and counter but we don't have much pace. Calvert-Lewin will have to have a great game (season!!).
Holgate Keane Jagielka Baines
Sigurdsson Rooney Sandro
29 Posted 08/09/2017 at 12:17:06
30 Posted 08/09/2017 at 12:20:30
Problem is, we still have Alli, Kane and Ericksen to contend with too!
31 Posted 08/09/2017 at 12:52:40
Holgate Keane Baines
Davies Gana Schneiderlin Vlasic
Sigurdsson Rooney Sandro
With Calvert-Lewin to come on second half for either Rooney or Sandro and score the winner.
32 Posted 08/09/2017 at 13:03:03
But no use keeping an eye on these two without carrying a threat ourselves, so I hope we are as positive and aggressive as Spurs will be. I also think we need to show more belief when we go forward, so lets hope that Gueye joins in the forward play and looks to make runs into the box.
A win tomorrow and it would be a good return after 4 games, as a loss with Man Utd away up next may well have the opposite effect.
33 Posted 08/09/2017 at 13:30:15
Lyndon didn't even mention Niasse. It is only Niasse who can score goals! Rooney has been quite average pre-season he was caught offside in one game at least 3 times as I recall; he has missed several chances. He has his private life in a mess which will likely translate to the pitch too!
Niasse can score and assist, he needs to work on the rest of his game clearly. Niasse apparently only had training with the first team yesterday. He has had no time to gel with Everton so it seems likely he won't make an appearance except as sub in the final third if we're having our arses tanned by Spurs.
34 Posted 08/09/2017 at 13:43:23
They play classy football but they do have a dark side they are very physical and they get away with a lot of nasty tackles.
Nothing but a top performance will be required to get anything from this game.
35 Posted 08/09/2017 at 13:45:57
Kenny Keane Jagielka Baines
Sandro Sigurdsson Lookman
Niasse and Rooney to come off the bench if need be.
36 Posted 08/09/2017 at 13:53:16
37 Posted 08/09/2017 at 13:54:15
38 Posted 08/09/2017 at 14:04:27
Changing the subject... anyone fancy a laugh, look for the Coutinho vid going around on Facebook. (Technically challenged I don't know how to post it here so haven't, sorry.)
39 Posted 08/09/2017 at 14:59:01
Good for a laugh if it works...
40 Posted 08/09/2017 at 15:03:02
Bravo, Leighton and here's to many more games still to come. An absolute class act on and off the pitch. Hands down the best left-back I've ever seen play for our great club.
41 Posted 08/09/2017 at 15:14:40
42 Posted 08/09/2017 at 16:14:16
43 Posted 08/09/2017 at 16:33:04
A battle of midfield stoppers tomorrow, with our lads looking up at a lone striker when they find themselves on the ball. Really looking forward to the game.
We seem to be regressing back into hoof mode lately, don't know what that's all about though? We should have enough midfielders to make some space, the side is packed full of them.
Good stat for you all: We have only lost once at Goodison in 2017. Calling a draw.
44 Posted 08/09/2017 at 16:42:11
45 Posted 08/09/2017 at 16:48:38
Even on this thread you can see the suffocating acceptance of his style, talk of stopping Spurs, countering Spurs.
Sure they're good but actually so are we; the manager is playing with the handbrake on.
4-3-3; Pickford, Martina, Jagielka, Keane, Baines, Gana, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Sandro, Calvert-Lewin, Rooney.
That is the most attacking line up with the pieces available. But if it morphs into a 4-5-1 then we are toast.
Play high, stay high, press and use Calvert-Lewin and Sandro as runners. Against Spurs the space is always behind their full backs. That's were the game can be stretched.
2-0 the Blueboys.
46 Posted 08/09/2017 at 16:57:38
47 Posted 08/09/2017 at 16:59:23
48 Posted 08/09/2017 at 17:19:41
As for Spurs, we all know that Alli is the spark that creates chances for Kane and himself; stop him and you have nullified them by at least 50%.
Come on, blue boys!
49 Posted 08/09/2017 at 17:24:51
Against Spurs, Koeman will see the requirement that you'll need two strong centre halves – Keane and Jagielka?
To cope with Kane , you'll need full backs who can cope with pacy wingers/wing backs opposing them, Holgate and Baines?
You'll need a deep lying centre midfield to pick up Dele Alli – Schneiderlin.
You'll need midfield battlers to take on Dier and Wanyama – Gueye and Davies.
You'll need creators – Rooney, Klaassen, Sigurdsson; you'll need a centre-forward who can hold up play – Calvert-Lewin.
And you'll need someone to attack the space behind the back line - Sandro.
So a tall order as there are 13 names above including Pickford but here goes – likely Koeman team:
Holgate Keane Jagielka Baines
So how do we get behind their back 4, as the team above hasn't got anyone attacking the space behind the Spurs defence? Holgate wont do it, Rooney wont do it, Schneiderlin won't cross half-way line and Gueye and Davies will spend a huge amount of time close to our back 4.
So my team would be:
Martina Keane Jagielka Baines
Davies Gueye Schneiderlin Vlasic
Martina, Davies and Vlasic provide the width with pace and hopefully the guile to get in behind them and the strength still to defend against Spurs' width. Rooney, Klaassen and Sandro the subs.
50 Posted 08/09/2017 at 17:37:08
51 Posted 08/09/2017 at 17:44:17
Wishful thinking, but we need a win, and I'd take 1-0.
Spurs always do us of late, and we are well over due a good performance and result.
52 Posted 08/09/2017 at 17:52:03
53 Posted 08/09/2017 at 18:08:39
54 Posted 08/09/2017 at 18:16:20
55 Posted 08/09/2017 at 18:25:44
Free kicks around the edge of the box will give us the best chance of scoring because of Gylfi's ability. A home debut goal is likely I reckon. 2 v 1 Spurs but I do hope I'm wrong as I would love to see us win and win well.
56 Posted 08/09/2017 at 18:29:49
Anyway, I agree with Steve Ferns that we need a strong MF in this one. I also agree with those suggesting we havent got the personnel for a strong back 3 as Jags and Williams are too "row Z" alike.
Pleased to see Pickford is fit as he has made a difference and congrats to Baines for being such a professional over the years.
My team would be:
Holgate (Kenny) Keane Jagielka Baines
Davies Rooney Sigurdsson
57 Posted 08/09/2017 at 18:50:52
Martina Jagielka Keane Baines
Lookman Sigurdsson Rooney Sandro
One defensive midfielder in the side is enough – otherwise we become too defensive-minded and at home the onus is on us to attack. Of course I doubt Koeman will do anything different than usual... hence:
Martina/Holgate Keane Williams Baines
Davies Sigurdsson Calvert-Lewin
58 Posted 08/09/2017 at 19:03:03
Win this and it's been a really good start but, if we lose, with two more hard away fixtures on the horizon, then the pressure will be on.
Let's just hope Koeman can start to put together a formation that will suit the players... whatever that may be?
59 Posted 08/09/2017 at 19:45:14
One of my favorite all-time 'he coulda been somebody/he never became anybody' young stars from the last decade... I'm gonna go Google him now.
As for tomorrow, little hope, but somehow get the draw. Rooney to win back the fans but not his wife's heart with a late equalizer.
60 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:02:17
I'm afraid our boy is in for dogs abuse for the coming weeks/months, let's hope it merely strengthens his resolve.
We need to be brave tomorrow. we cant afford to leave Calvert-Lewin isolated against two very good central defenders. We have to support him and give them other things to worry about.
Kane is an excellent centre forward, but he does not have the pace to run away from defenders, Play a higher line, squeeze him up the pitch rather than play to his strengths like we normally do.
With eight defensive players on the pitch Schneiderlin and Gana have to offer more going forward.
Spurs will be brave and will press; we have to be braver and press higher.
61 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:21:47
I think Rooney is far to experienced to let abuse from away fans bother him. I agree with most of what you say about us needing to be braver, I said the same in my post earlier. I do hope that we encourage Gana Gueye to join in the attack when we have the ball. Too often Our main striker has been isolated, we need to get bodies round whoever leads the line tomorrow.
For me the big plus is that Spurs will come and attack and look to win the game, if we can look to get behind their 2 central defenders on the counter as Calvert-Lewin likes to then we may get some joy. But if we let Spurs dominate possession and territory then they will be hard to beat.
62 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:24:33
63 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:31:22
64 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:35:27
65 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:35:35
66 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:38:39
67 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:43:19
68 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:48:38
The midfield will be key. I'm hoping for a 4-4-2 from Koeman with Rooney behind Calvert-Lewin if isn't working watch for Rooney dropping deeper & Sandro coming on for a defensive midfielder.
I'm working tomorrow so can't watch; going to Old Trafford next week so I will make up for it then.
69 Posted 08/09/2017 at 21:49:59
70 Posted 08/09/2017 at 21:54:04
The betting = best price for us is 3/1, its 12/5 the draw and 11/10 Spurs! So they don't seem to have much confidence in us at this stage of the season. Can't say I blame them, we do appear to be on a wing and a prayer up front.
Even so ,I do think 3/1 is on the generous side and is a value bet, even though I don't see us winning. Being a natural pessimist, I think a draw is the best we can expect.
71 Posted 08/09/2017 at 21:56:55
Martina, Keane, Jagielka, Baines
Sigurdsson Gueye, Schneiderlin, Klaassen
Up the Blues!!
72 Posted 08/09/2017 at 22:11:14
73 Posted 08/09/2017 at 22:14:59
74 Posted 08/09/2017 at 22:17:20
Admittedly Hull were poor tonight, but the tempo of the game was good, hope we can play well tomorrow, won't be 5 goals, but I'll settle for 3 or 4!
75 Posted 08/09/2017 at 22:29:41
Martina, Keane, Jags, Baines
Sandro, Siggy, Rooney
76 Posted 08/09/2017 at 22:47:34
77 Posted 08/09/2017 at 23:15:10
Hoping Sandro starts
78 Posted 08/09/2017 at 23:51:20
Nailed on to be backs-to-the-wall defending, twatting the ball to whoever the poor sod is up front, rinse and repeat! We play too deep, we are slow on the ball and we have a team of grafters. I expect a draw or a loss really.
What I find truely amazing is every single post on here with the team selection has at least one or more players not playing in their favourite position!!! Facts are this: Sigurdsson is our best Number 10 so he should start there – not fucking outwide! Calvert-Lewin is the best all round striker we have so he starts. Lookman and Vlasic are the only wingers unless we use Lennon so, for me, they start. Schneiderlin and Gueye will start no matter what so no point in debating this as Koeman loves his two sitters!!.
So, for me, the team would be: Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Jagielka, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Lookman, Vlasic, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin.
Every player in their natural position. Not fucking rocket science. I'm expecting loads of Number 10s shoe-horned in out wide with 5/6 defenders behind that.
79 Posted 08/09/2017 at 23:53:16
Our main gripe at the moment is no real replacement for Lukaku who was our main goal threat last year.
However I think we have a lot of goal scorers around the whole team now with players like Sandro, Rooney, Sigy, Klaassan all well capable of reaching 10 goals each. Then Lookman, Coleman, Bolasie are capable of 5+ and Keane is more than able to get a few.
I think we might surprise some people this year and this new Croat is better than lazy Mirralas
80 Posted 09/09/2017 at 00:24:44
81 Posted 09/09/2017 at 00:43:31
Keane Williams Jags
Martina Baines ( Wing Backs )
Gueye Davies Schneiderlin
Martina and Baines are the key men - they must push the Spurs full backs back towards their goal. Gueye and Schneiderlin must keep tabs on Deli Ali and wind him up. He will be narked already as he's being investigated by FIFA for his single digit faux par. Williams needs to stop giving stupid fouls away or Erikson / Kane will punish us. My gut reckons we'll get nothing. I just hope its wrong !
82 Posted 09/09/2017 at 07:54:16
I would not have brought back Rooney or paid 45m for Sigurdsson personally, but to suggest they are no more than grafters ?
At any given moment either one are capable of winning a game. . .Against anyone
I wouldn't normally argue with the other points you raise either, but not a few hours before a game mate.
We have all week to praise/judge/criticise and once five o'clock comes around we can all start again, but while I'm of the firm belief that we have an obligation to criticise and rage against substandard performances, I also think we have an obligation to give our whole heated support in the hours leading up to and during a game. Otherwise what's the point ?
You've been watching the football long enough to know how the occasion and the atmosphere can change a players mind set. The Spurs fans will make incredible noise, Our fans will respond and will make even more.
I wouldn't dream of telling you how to support your club, but hang fire. The old lady will be rocking today. I've seen that do strange things to managers and players.
I wont be burdening the players or the manager with the weight of my money being on them, but that's because I've become a proper Hillman Minx. I still thin 3/1 represents fantastic value for you money.
83 Posted 09/09/2017 at 07:59:58
Welcome home mate. I'll be looking out for your full report
84 Posted 09/09/2017 at 08:09:04
DCL and Sandro will hopefully add more than our woeful tally last year..
Bit early for this optimism, I'm going back to bed and getting out the other side when I wake up!
Will be watching with some Spuds fans later, please let us get a result as its been too long
85 Posted 09/09/2017 at 08:09:28
That'll do me.
86 Posted 09/09/2017 at 08:20:15
87 Posted 09/09/2017 at 08:45:24
Darren 82 & 83 - good post and thanks - I will be taking a notepad and pencil.
George 86 - let your "soul and spirit fly into the mystic" - just saying like.
I am really looking forward to this game.
Up the Blues!!!!
88 Posted 09/09/2017 at 09:02:44
I'm always enjoy Darren's posts, often adds balance and realism even if I don't always agree with what is written.
89 Posted 09/09/2017 at 09:04:06
I am sitting in my writing room at the top of my House overlooking The River gazing towards The City - - preparing for my little trip over The River - - I will be in The Barlow Arms (aka The Dark House) - -realising your family commitments but there if you fancy a beer.
Just like wayback in the days of old
Them magnificently we will flow
Into the Mystic.
Have a Bluetiful Day.
90 Posted 09/09/2017 at 09:06:56
91 Posted 09/09/2017 at 09:08:08
A year ago with an 'unfit' team, we tore into Spurs for an hour, going in front and missing chances to seal the game. Why not do that today? We have fitter players and a stronger team.
I'm looking forward to this one. And if you want to double up your 3/1, Koeman (the horse) is in the 5.30 at Kempton. Unsurprisingly gone up in the weights!
92 Posted 09/09/2017 at 09:23:52
Darren loved your post mate, it would have been the winner on any other day, but we all know Saturday belongs to George, and although his first two posts have been great, I'm standing by, waiting for the encore, because I believe it's going to be a classic!
93 Posted 09/09/2017 at 09:31:45
Have a great day Laurie.
George, I know you always have a great day win, lose or draw, wouldn't 4-0 today give us all cosmic grooves, I haven't had any of those for ages !!!!!!!
94 Posted 09/09/2017 at 09:33:55
I didn't even have to go the bookies to know Koeman had lost after that, but I wouldn't mind another goal fest today, because this is a fixture that has threw up a load of great games in the past, but none in recent memory though?
95 Posted 09/09/2017 at 09:41:05
Heavy rain at moment, but if weather forecasters are more credible than Lawro, it is supposed to brighten this afternoon, so pitch could be fairly moist.
Come on blues, I know you can do this!
96 Posted 09/09/2017 at 09:44:06
A tingle down the spine, a tear in the eye as you step back into the shrine.
97 Posted 09/09/2017 at 10:01:47
Darren #82 - good thoughts. COYB!
98 Posted 09/09/2017 at 10:05:20
99 Posted 09/09/2017 at 10:14:04
100 Posted 09/09/2017 at 10:17:15
Do you ever go to the Melbourne Evertonians meets in the City?
101 Posted 09/09/2017 at 10:24:48
102 Posted 09/09/2017 at 10:29:22
When the vision vanished they heard a choir of birds singing
In the heavenly silence between the trance and the reeds
And they stood upon the lawn and listened to the silence
On my way soon to that Magic Land and my love for these visits to The Dark House never fade nor fail - - this is what the world is made for - - memories - - friends - - and forgiveness - - I say that because as much as we can find one of the actions of one of “ours” strange and annoying - - he is still one of “ours” and once he steps onto “our” Hallowed Ground - - our hearts open again:
And when heart is open
And when heart is open
You will change just like a flower slowly openin'
And when heart is open
You will change just like a flower slowly openin'
When there's no comin'
And there's no goin'
Is this pure Nostalgia - - if it is - - so be it - - but I believe in our World full of envy and greed - - we - - thats me and you - - we need to find something of beauty in this greyness - - I will walk today towards TDH and Goodison and I will lift Natures Grey Skirts and let the Colour into my world - - and the name of the colour is BLUE.
I love Saturday 3.00pm KOs - - and I start my routine early morning – in my r]front room - - reading - - filling my mind and my heart and indeed my soul with the thoughts that I want to have and hold - - always some Poetry - - this morning Stephane Mallarme - - “I have made a long enough descent into the void to speak with certainty. There is nothing but beauty -- and beauty has only one perfect expression, Poetry. All the rest is a lie.”
I will arrive via my Green Carriage and Walks along Ancient Haunts to The Place of The Golden Nectar around 11.50 - - every Saturday - - Ahead where home is waiting - -across The River where Angles Play and Visons become Real - - close your eyes in fields of wonder - - I will sit at my designated place and when friends enter through The Door – they will nod and smile and call my name and my heart will fill with wonder and joy and I will know that I am in The World where I want to be - - The World of Comrades - -Sticking Together No Matter what - - There are No coincidences - -I get the Bus 342 - -add them together its Number 9 - -I used to get The 33 Bus to school - another Magical Number - - as soon as I enter TDH - - Sandra - - a Vison of Beauty - - nods and has my beer on the counter before I reach it - - - - A Pint of “GOLDEN”
“And I will stroll the merry way
And jump the hedges first
And I will drink the clear
Clean water for to quench my thirst
And I shall watch the ferry-boats
And they'll get high
On a bluer ocean
Against tomorrow's sky
And I will never grow so old again
And I will walk and talk
In gardens all wet with rain
Oh sweet thing, sweet thing
My, my, my, my, my sweet thing
And I shall drive my chariot
Down your streets and cry
Hey, it's me, I'm dynamite
And I don't know why'
As the sun comes over (Everton) Valley
As the sun comes over The Valley
As you go stepping out queen
You can promenade
You can promenade
When you step with a little bit of hip action
You go stepping out queen
Just a little bit of hip for the trip
As you go steppin' out queen”
Today in my bag I have my camera for TDH Photos and my good old Harmonica and later at The Park End I will sit with my Daughter, Grandson and Dan (El Magnifico) - - what delights - - “What Larks hey Pip” - - I am a descendant of Ma Joad - - and her words stay in my head forever
“We Are The People”
No matter what happens - - We Are The People - - 3 Games into the New PL and already we have had ups and downs but as Ma Joad said (and she was an Evertonian)” “Just like The River We keep A Coming”
Everybody had a hard year
Everybody had a good time
Everybody had a wet dream
Everybody saw the sunshine
Oh yeah, Oh yeah, Oh yeah
Everybody had a good year
Everybody let their hair down
Everybody pulled their socks up
Everybody put their foot down
Oh yeah, Oh yeah
Have a great day Blues - - we are at home - - we can see our Team Play but most importantly we can see and talk to each other - - remember - - We Are Blues - - God Bless Us All said Tiny Time:
“Enchanted and spellbound, in the silence they lingered
And rowed the boat as the light grew steadily strong
And the birds were silent, as they listened for the heavenly music
And the river played the song”
Cosmic grooves all the way - - - your friend - - George.
103 Posted 09/09/2017 at 10:36:44
104 Posted 09/09/2017 at 10:45:15
Hope you, (well all of us really) have a good day and result, and enjoy the rest of your stay.
106 Posted 09/09/2017 at 10:55:50
107 Posted 09/09/2017 at 11:19:10
108 Posted 09/09/2017 at 11:26:44
"Blackbird singin' in the dead of night,
Take those sunken eyes, learn to see,
You have only waited for this moment, to be me?"
Brilliant use of Mike Scott's lyrics; I've had to play the album now.
109 Posted 09/09/2017 at 11:50:09
110 Posted 09/09/2017 at 12:12:08
My mam came from a tribe closely related to the "we are the people" tribe. She came from the "weearrapeople" of the river Clyde.
Derek 104 - perhaps not :) - please refer to George's masterpiece @ 102.
111 Posted 09/09/2017 at 12:27:09
If we can play just half as good as "those who should not be mentioned" did against Arsenal then we may have a chance.
We are so pedestrian and negative so far this season it's embarrassing.
112 Posted 09/09/2017 at 13:13:01
Happy days you recall George, but you were much older then and you've grown younger as the years have rolled by, stay that way George you are a tonic to loads of us on here. Brilliant today.
114 Posted 09/09/2017 at 13:34:08
115 Posted 09/09/2017 at 13:34:08
116 Posted 09/09/2017 at 13:52:35
117 Posted 09/09/2017 at 13:52:55
Thanks for the inspiring stuff. Can't be there today but will be in my thoughts as well as thoughts of Messrs. Morrison and Lennon, old friends from way back.
118 Posted 09/09/2017 at 13:52:56
I'm predicting Sandro to be one of, if not the star performer for Everton this season. Once he's fit and settled he'll be provider and get amongst the goals.
119 Posted 09/09/2017 at 13:54:11
Hi Eugene, watching the game as well. Have sympathies with Mane. He was looking at the ball and had a right to go for it but he would have been aware that the goalie would have been coming and if you put your foot up that high - well, you must know what will happen if you hit the goalie...and so a red is not unexpected, but unfortunate...
10 men or not, this is why I have no worries about Liverpool winning the league...anytime soon. They just don't defend. Long may it continue like that
With a bit of luck, this could be 5-nil
120 Posted 09/09/2017 at 13:56:33
121 Posted 09/09/2017 at 13:56:35
Dangerous play and a yellow nothing more .
122 Posted 09/09/2017 at 13:58:11
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haHa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Bloody childish if you ask me!
123 Posted 09/09/2017 at 14:02:44
124 Posted 09/09/2017 at 14:05:54
125 Posted 09/09/2017 at 14:09:07
As for our team selection today, I am genuinely surprised to see Klaassen and Sandro both in the starting line-up. Here's hoping they offer more today than they have in their other run-outs for us.
126 Posted 09/09/2017 at 14:11:12
127 Posted 09/09/2017 at 14:11:29
Twenty minutes to go, so they could and hopefully should get a few more.
I hate to see grown men cry, but I always make an exception when it involves the RS.
God knows, we have endured it for years from them.
Payback has started, long may it continue!
I am not bitter, usually lager or red wine.
128 Posted 09/09/2017 at 14:12:52
"Everyone else would have got away with it" Any Kopite
129 Posted 09/09/2017 at 14:32:44
Football expert, my arse.
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