Saturday sees leaders Manchester City take on Bournemouth at home, while Arsenal travel to Hull City, Champions Leicester host Burnley and West Brom play West Ham.
On Sunday, Tottenham host Sunderland, Manchester United visit Watford, Southampton meet Swansea and Stoke travel to Crystal Palace.
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1 Posted 16/09/2016 at 20:49:19
2 Posted 16/09/2016 at 21:01:02
3 Posted 16/09/2016 at 21:32:17
4 Posted 16/09/2016 at 21:50:07
5 Posted 16/09/2016 at 21:52:47
6 Posted 16/09/2016 at 21:55:13
7 Posted 16/09/2016 at 21:59:23
8 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:00:06
I really think we can push the so called "top teams" this season.
9 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:01:31
10 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:04:53
11 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:08:54
12 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:14:27
13 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:15:53
14 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:16:03
By poor, I mean they never played with nowhere near enough aggression, and they reminded me of Everton, because they never looked like they had a real leader out on the pitch.
Hopefully times are changing, since Ashley Williams, has come into the side, because although we could have been better in the first half the other night, it was so much easier watching us play, because we seemed so much more organised from the back.
Big game tomorrow because if we keep getting points on the board, then confidence will keep growing, both on the pitch, and in the stands, which could help Goodison, get back to being a ground no away team really fancies playing at.
15 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:20:24
16 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:29:19
17 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:34:51
18 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:43:07
19 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:46:04
As for the RS winning and moving us up to second, sweet! I was hoping they lost or drew (with Chelsea being around us), but there is, for once, a little bonus at seeing that lot win.
20 Posted 16/09/2016 at 22:53:08
Lallana may be a boyhood EFC fan, but if EFC didn't come to get him, then he's got to do the best for himself that he could!
Isn't Carragher (?) Blue still, despite playing for LFC for a career too long for our preferences... Or if you don't think that is true, very considerate when he rates our play?
21 Posted 17/09/2016 at 03:09:49
However, I think it's okay to discuss them now because they clearly are a direct rival this season (at least so far). They have done well with a tricky fixture list and have already played Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs away and getting 10 points. They also thrashed the reigning Champions. But they looked lethargic against a bus-parking side, Burnley, and have shipped a lot of goals (no clean sheet??).
Chelsea have not looked that impressive this season. Were unlucky against Swansea but lucky in their other victories. Costa is a walking liability. Terry is surely past it and David Luis is just not a defender in my book. There's something rotten in that squad.
Man Utd have lost two on the bounce and their manager isn't so good when things get rocky. Let's hope that Watford (and phantom Everton target Deeney) get a result to the tune of Z-Cars. The knives are already out at Old Trafford.
As they are at the Emirates Arsenal should be better than they are and the fans are impatient.
Man City look the real deal. West Ham have a new stadium hangover. Leicester will struggle to do it all again and have Champions League commitments. Other teams in the league don't look any stronger than last season. And then there is us we are definitely stronger... trying not to let my hopes get too far ahead of myself but these are exciting times.
22 Posted 17/09/2016 at 04:23:36
23 Posted 17/09/2016 at 07:01:07
I wonder if teams like Chelsea 'who are made up of foreign imports' do eventually lose all identity, and are just mercenaries who couldn't give a toss about the fans, manager or club.
It seems that teams like them need to be 're-animated' every couple of seasons because the players are already looking elsewhere.
I would love Everton to be made from born Evertonians, but that's just a dream that will never happen.
24 Posted 17/09/2016 at 07:46:08
I've always hated (well, disliked) every other team in the league apart from WHU, but since the porn king and the used car salesman took over, I can't stand them either. Hatred, channeled in a positive way, can be good for you (in football at least).
25 Posted 17/09/2016 at 08:00:17
Our Iceman will take us to Mordor this season and we will settle the account of the last 50 years. I can feel it in my bones.
26 Posted 17/09/2016 at 08:48:38
27 Posted 17/09/2016 at 09:34:56
When we beat them in this season's derby, it will just be a small deposit of what we owe them.
28 Posted 17/09/2016 at 09:57:24
29 Posted 17/09/2016 at 10:28:55
30 Posted 17/09/2016 at 10:50:58
My take on the game, it was a game of two halves. Chelsea were rubbish in the first half, but the much better team in the second half.
No credit awarded to the shite from me!!
31 Posted 17/09/2016 at 11:37:53
I am probably expecting too much out of one game. A small deposit will do nicely for starters.
My aversion to all things to do with them is down to my dear dad who used to call them "the scabby 'eads".
32 Posted 18/09/2016 at 09:45:06
33 Posted 18/09/2016 at 13:55:59
As I type, they are losing 2-1 to Watford and the Hornets have a penalty to convert which they have. Good job we've had such a kind set of opening fixtures isn't it?
34 Posted 18/09/2016 at 13:57:48
35 Posted 18/09/2016 at 13:59:17
36 Posted 18/09/2016 at 14:00:50
37 Posted 18/09/2016 at 14:08:33
38 Posted 18/09/2016 at 14:08:46
39 Posted 18/09/2016 at 14:10:50
40 Posted 18/09/2016 at 14:27:55
41 Posted 18/09/2016 at 14:36:33
True, we've not played any "big boys" other than Spurs. But we've been convincing and outstanding against teams we should beat and no-one else can say that.
Except Man City... and they look in an honest moment like they'll win the league.
The games you should win are the truly important ones. Win home and away against the bottom 13 teams and you're on 78 points. Let's win the ones we should, all the way to a Champions League spot. Simple!
[Getting a bit carried away...]
42 Posted 18/09/2016 at 17:58:24
43 Posted 18/09/2016 at 23:34:56
That was until the comms happened to mention that Stones would have been the only ever-present in the City side if he had started against Bournemouth. I guess that's what rotation is all about with their massive squad.
Is anybody really checking this homegrown stuff and tracking the players that are being used by the Sky Darlings? At least 8 homegrown in a maximum squad of 25? (Excluding U21s) I don't recall anyone ever being warned, fined or penalized since they introduced this 3 or 4 years ago...
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