Manchester City face Southampton at the Etihad Stadium hoping to end a run of four games without a win while Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time as manager of Manchester United.

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Ian McDowell
1 Posted 23/10/2016 at 13:59:36
Southampton playing really well at Man City.
Gerry Quinn
2 Posted 23/10/2016 at 14:00:00
£47½ million for that? :)
Matthew Williams
3 Posted 23/10/2016 at 14:00:56
Stones at it again I see...1-0 Soton.

Amazing what happens when you ATTACK Man.City. Pity we didn't do it... sigh.

Patrick Murphy
4 Posted 23/10/2016 at 14:03:33
Can't say I'd noticed how well they were playing Ian both look a tad off the pace to me, at least Stones made up for his error by scoring the equaliser.
Ian McDowell
5 Posted 23/10/2016 at 14:04:27
John Stones says he's learning when to put it in 'Row Z' under Pep Guardiola... obviously!
Ian McDowell
6 Posted 23/10/2016 at 14:07:42
I must I have seen Southampton a few times this season and they look a real good team. They played brilliantly at Inter in the week despite losing.
Brent Stephens
7 Posted 23/10/2016 at 14:10:16
And there's no Stones goal awarded.
Ian McDowell
8 Posted 23/10/2016 at 14:16:10
Watching City today reminds me of Everton v Swansea at home last season. A very quiet atmosphere with lots of groaning. Lots of possession with no idea what to do with it.
Geoff Williams
9 Posted 23/10/2016 at 14:29:06
Football is a simple game complicated by super coaches trying to justify their existence. Stones seems far more indecisive than last season. The more football he plays, the worse he seems to get. A good coach would come up with a system to suit the players at his disposal and not try to change players putting them in uncomfortable situations.

Martinez did it with a solid back four Moyes had in place. I don't accept all this crap about managers needing several transfer windows to get the players in they need to play to their system. They should earn their corn and work with what they have.
Ian McDowell
10 Posted 23/10/2016 at 15:37:49
Just been mentioned on Sky that Liverpool are the only team to win in the top half this weekend. Just goes to show how competitive the Premier League is and how nothing can be taken for granted.
Patrick Murphy
11 Posted 23/10/2016 at 15:50:52
Did Sky mention that Everton so far are the only top 10 team to lose this weekend, I suppose not that would be of little interest to the millions of viewers of the red persuasion would it?
Rob Halligan
12 Posted 23/10/2016 at 15:57:56
Oh dear, Man City on a five-game winless streak. They need to sack the manager and get rid of half their players.
Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 23/10/2016 at 16:15:58
Meanwhile, up in Glasgow, Celtic have beaten Rangers with a goal three minutes from the end of their semi-final. What an atmosphere with both teams giving everything and a referee who favoured one team and it wasn't Celtic. Dembele with a very good goal, brightened my weekend a tiny little bit.
Mike Gaynes
14 Posted 23/10/2016 at 16:17:25
Poor Stonesy. First the Nou Camp disaster, now this. Time to put the training wheels back on.
Ian McDowell
15 Posted 23/10/2016 at 16:45:55
Shocking challenge from David Luiz on Fellaini. Studs up on his knee. Don't know how he didn't get a red card. Oh wait... Martin Atkinson is the referee.
Michael Kenrick
16 Posted 23/10/2016 at 17:40:23
Nah Rob... they can just go on hiatus while they wait for the next all-important transfer window. No point trying if you haven't got the players, is there?

Meanwhile, back in the Real World, a bit of a gap opening up at the top of the Premier League, with the new Sky Five – Man City, Arsenal Tottingham, Liverpool and Chelsea – breaking away with a four-point gap developing above poor little Everton, who can no longer be expected to perform this season, until they get in a raft of new players and ship out the deadwood.
Tom Bowers
17 Posted 23/10/2016 at 17:50:07
Soton obviously weren't worried about losing Koeman. They are a stronger team now. Should we be worried? I suppose we have to be patient a while longer and hope they turn the corner.

One minute from another tied game yesterday but the real worry is not winning. That alone can become a habit for any team.

Everton's forward play seems to lack conviction. Trying to play like Arsenal is okay with the right type of players but Everton don't possess them.

Everton should try to draw out the opposition and hit them on the break with the likes of Bolasie, Lukaku and Deulofeu. Sorry but Mirallas just doesn't cut it for me.

Michael Kenrick
18 Posted 23/10/2016 at 18:01:24
The other amusing twist is Mourinho's start at Man Utd now exactly matches that made a few years back by none other than David Moyes!

The pundits are proved right after all about the miserable Presbyterian being worthy of his chance to lead a Big Club. Ah... football is such a cruel mistress!

Andrew Clare
19 Posted 23/10/2016 at 18:51:33
I just get the impression that Southampton are a very well run club with high standards from the top to the bottom whereas Everton have for years been very badly run with low standards throughout the club. Our neighbours are also a very well run club with very high standards.

It is so much easier for a new manager when he joins a well run club. Expectations have been lowered so much at Everton that 6th place is considered an achievement. We're talking about one of the giants of English football here.

If this underachievement continues for much longer, there will be no way back, in fact it may already be too late. The only glimmer of light for me is Moshiri and his perceived vision.

Dave Abrahams
20 Posted 24/10/2016 at 09:07:51
Andrew (#24),

I think you speak for quite a few thousand Evertonians with your remarks about Everton being very poorly managed for a very long time now.

Sadly, some of us still think the perpetrator of that period in our history is still having a big say in the club's affairs and that doesn't bode well. The longer he has an hand in the way the club is run, the worse it will get; he is for himself and definitely not for Everton.

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