Arsenal vs Everton

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Neal Maupay is expected to lead the line again with Sean Dyche confident the goals will come for the former Brighton man

Everton are in midweek action on the heels of their defeat to Aston Villa when they make the re-arranged trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal.

The Blues travel knowing that an unlikely victory would vault them back out of the bottom three but they face a huge challenge against the Premier League leaders who have re-found their feet following a run of three winless games that began in the reverse fixture of this one at Goodison Park almost a month ago.

That day marked Sean Dyche’s first match in charge and he led Everton to a gritty 1-0 victory, secured thanks to James Tarkowski’s headed goal off a corner and a tremendous defensive performance right the way through the team.

The Toffees’ boss will call for more of the same in North London on Wednesday evening but he will have to plan once more for life without Dominic Calvert-Lewin who isn’t expected to be ready to play again until the home game against Brentford in 10 days’ time.

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The striker, who will turn 26 just a few days later, hasn’t featured since his 60 minutes against the Gunners three games ago and his physical and aerial presence has been a big miss for Everton.

His absence means that Dyche will need to decide between Neal Maupay, who started the last two games up front but who hasn’t scored since September, the inexperienced Ellis Simms who struggled as the lone striker at Liverpool but who has since had two promising cameos off the bench, and the club’s top scorer Demarai Gray who has yet to be named in the starting XI under the new manager.

Gray’s pace and ability to produce a goal from almost nowhere makes him a strong candidate to start in a game where Everton are expected to rely heavily on counter-attacking and trying to hurt Arsenal in transition but Dyche’s comments in his press conference suggest, perhaps, that he will persist with Maupay, believing that he is due a goal.

“It’s making the chances and waiting for one to go in. As long as Neal’s in there trying to take them,” Dyche said. “At the end of the day, you get in there often enough, one will go in. It goes in and it releases the weirdness of it and the noise of it, then you’re off and running.

“It can change quickly for strikers. I was a defender and the ones I used to worry about were the ones who hadn’t scored in a while. It’s not far away from him, I can assure you … as long as he keeps going into the key areas of the pitch.”

Dyche’s apparent preference for continuity might also see the same central defensive pairing continue at the back despite Conor Coady’s poor display against Villa while Nathan Patterson’s continuing unavailability following a knock picked up on Under-21s duty means that there will be no respite yet for veteran full-back Seamus Coleman.

Arsenal are still without Gabriel Jesus and Mohamed Elneny who have both been sidelined by knee injuries but Thomas Partey will be assessed for his readiness after playing the last few minutes at Leicester at the weekend following a soft-tissue complaint.

The last meeting between these two sides on this ground was on the final day of last season when the Blues were still hungover from the dramatic events at Goodison Park three days earlier when they secured their top-flight status by beating Crystal Palace under former boss Frank Lampard.

The Gunners ran out convincing 5-1 winners that day and while this should be a much tighter affair, it’s going to take a supreme effort from Everton, a level of confidence in front of goal they have been lacking lately and, probably, a good deal of luck if they are to come away with anything from this one.

Brentford managed to frustrate Mikel Arteta’s men in the same way Everton did and grabbed a point on this ground three weeks ago, though — albeit, with a reliable marksman in Ivan Toney grabbing the goal — so nothing is impossible.

Kick-off: 7:45 pm, Wednesday 1 March 2023
Referee: Michael Oliver 
VAR: Tony Harrington
Last Time: Arsenal 5 - 1 Everton

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Gueye, Onana, Iwobi, Doucouré, McNeil, Maupay


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John Pickles
1 Posted 28/02/2023 at 23:22:05
Are the rumours true? that Arsenal are planning on selecting 11 outfield players? :)
Danny O’Neill
2 Posted 28/02/2023 at 23:29:30
Long day for me today; work related.

Let's do this the Everton way. We lose a game we could have / should have won then go and get something from a match many don't expect anything from and break my Arsenal away duck.

Everton that.

I'm up late and watching Everton stuff. Reminiscing and remembering when we beat them 6 - 1 at Goodison (long time ago) rather than some of my more recent experiences because they upset me.

See you there blues. To those travelling,I hope to see in the pubs we can get into and those I've arranged to meet or see you in the ground.

Then Sunday we do it again in Nottingham

Spirit. Forever. All about the team for now.

Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 28/02/2023 at 23:31:48
All these people saying bring in Holgate, Keane, Whittles nephew click the link for last time, check the score and see who played.
Dave Lynch
4 Posted 01/03/2023 at 00:06:12
Im expecting an Arsenal onslaught...they will want revenge and want it bad.
They have class all over the park compared to us, if we have any chance its going to be to shut up shop and nick a late one.
Concede early and it could all end in floods of tears.
Paul Kossoff
5 Posted 01/03/2023 at 00:12:35
Everton have six matches left to play at Goodison and eight away from home.
At Goodison are Man City, Spurs, Newcastle, Brentford, Fulham and Bournemouth in the final match. If we are lucky six points.
Away from home we have Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Brighton, Forest, Leicester, Palace and Wolves. If we are lucky six maybe nine points.
Odds on relegation I would think. I am convinced we are down this season and no one on here will make me believe otherwise not even our supposed savior Sean Dyche.
Dave Lynch
6 Posted 01/03/2023 at 00:23:24
I've posted on several occasions what you have posted, very few responses because it doesn't fit the rhetoric of positivity, hope or belief.

The teams above us don't have to better our results, they just have to match them.

Positivity from fans will not win us games of football, goals and solid defence will.

We are getting there with the later but the former is non existent.

Billy Roberts
7 Posted 01/03/2023 at 00:25:35
Paul@ 5
He is not our supposed saviour he's just a naughty boy.
No...really, he's just the manager who hasn't made any promises, he's got some work to keep us up but give him a chance...he didn't create this circus.
Dave Lynch
8 Posted 01/03/2023 at 00:33:24
I think Paul was being ironic with the saviour comment.

I've got every faith in the manager, but no faith in the team. Imo his main job will be getting us back up at the first attempt.

Tony Hill
9 Posted 01/03/2023 at 01:08:19
As ever, luck will play its part for the rest of the season. Leeds, in particular, are a very poor side and all is not lost. Anything for us tonight will be extraordinary, I agree.
Jim Bennings
10 Posted 01/03/2023 at 05:43:24
Take it Lord Lucan is still missing then?

Otherwise known as Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Kunal Desai
11 Posted 01/03/2023 at 06:08:55
Off to the Emirates straight after work. Will be in the home end for this. Looking forward to the drink up before and after the game (drowning my sorrows most likely).
Danny O’Neill
12 Posted 01/03/2023 at 07:11:05
Keep your head down Kunai.

Don't be like Danny, who blows his cover within 30 seconds when he sits in the home ends!!!

Christopher Timmins
13 Posted 01/03/2023 at 07:23:58
Paul # 5

Don't give up hope, we can pick up 9 points from both our home and away fixtures and make it to 41 by end of the season.

Danny, I hope you are in the away end this evening and that you see up make a start on the accumulation of the 9 away points this evening.

Kunai, keep your cover!

Darren Hind
14 Posted 01/03/2023 at 07:36:20
Dyche has more than a few decisions to make tonight.

Does he persevere with Maupay in the hope that he can find the goal which will spark a turn of fortune and form ? Does he play Simms instead ? (he's unlikely to play both) or does he try a non striker up top ?.

Then there is the midfield. Gana and Onana have been painfully susceptible to the fast counter attack all season. Doucoure hasnt even looked like a footballer. He desperately needs to find some form. Does Dyche persevere with these three ?

Our non-footballing two center halves have been ruthlessly exposed when the team have tried to get on the front foot and go forward in numbers.

Our left back is a bag of nerves and having had a hard game on Saturday, there is a real risk that we may be asking our captain to play a match too many this week.

The managers dilemma's far outweigh his options. We are up against a team which has put EIGHTY odd goals past us in the past 10 seasons.

Thats the negative stuff out of the way.

Having said all I have. I don't see this as a forlorn hope. There are some very real positives we can draw from.

This Everton team beat this Arsenal team just a few short weeks ago. In fact I believe I am right in saying we have beaten them in 4 of our last 5 encounters.

Whether we like it or not, we seem to get better results against better teams when we can get behind the ball in big numbers, Not football. Not as we know it, but needs must. This Arsenal team can be frustrated and with crowd expectation sky high, I think that will be SD's plan.

The odds makers will give you around 10/1 if you fancy us to win. Thats not an offer I think I can refuse. Nothing crazy, just enough to cover the cost of a celebratory bottle of Red Breast should we pull it off.

Mark Murphy
15 Posted 01/03/2023 at 08:15:14
I’ve just seen we’re “linked” with a summer move for the Forest left back who’s on loan from Athletico. Apparently Ruben Vinagre will return to Sporting. What on earth is wrong with Vinagre that he’s never even had a sniff of a game during this awful season? What was the point in that loan?
Christy Ring
16 Posted 01/03/2023 at 08:16:50
Jim #10 Jim you do know he has a hamstring injury, despite you repeatedly saying he should play through the pain barrier, which isn’t medically possible. Being played when he’s injured, and not signing another no.9 is the clubs fault, not the player.
Danny O’Neill
17 Posted 01/03/2023 at 08:28:12
I don't know what it is Darren, but enjoy that Red Breast tonight Darren!

Yes Christopher, I'm in the away end. Meeting up with a few of the regulars, some for the first time, others who I usually bump into.

You can't play with a hamstring injury. Some may not agree, but just looking at Dominic lately, he's so athletically finally tuned, I'm not surprised he's having quad and hamstring issues.

Jim Bennings
18 Posted 01/03/2023 at 08:33:47
If he's having injury problems that are ongoing for two years and the scan is showing no problems doesn't that mean something else is the issue Christy?

Even reading Dyche's words he sounds frustrated by his ongoing problem.

Jim Bennings
19 Posted 01/03/2023 at 08:37:22
If Dyche is talking about Calvert-Lewin's lifestyle, car, interests, sleeping patterns ect ect that to me is suggesting that there are more than just hamstring issues.

I don't know the problem with Dom but for basically two years out injured yet he can play against Arsenal, it tells me he's either hypochondriac or he's ok with being classesld as injured.

Dele Alli is another prime example of a player lacking the desire to get out and play football, again, a modelling and fashion career seems number one.

Danny O’Neill
20 Posted 01/03/2023 at 08:54:44
We don't truly know what the issues with Calvert-Lewin are. Physical, mental, lost his love for the game? We can only speculate and guess. We don't know.

Using Dele Alli and Dominic as examples of the above for me expose the perils of sometimes overusing players at a young age rather than gradually introducing them. You lose them earlier, both through injury or they just lose their desire for playing football. Especially when you consider the environment that Dominic has grown up in like many young Everton players. That's just a view point, not based on inner knowledge.

There are many examples. Redknapp and Owen spring to mind. Even Rooney's legs were pretty much gone around about 30, when he should really have had at least a few more seasons in him if managed more carefully when younger. But then again, who wasn't going to play Rooney whenever fit and available?

I keep saying it, but look at how Guardiola managed Foden with gradual introduction, despite the media scramble for him to play every week at a tender age. Okay, he had the luxury of doing so due to City's 67 (or whatever) man squad, but it's a good example.

Back onto tonight. I'm heading off to the Emirates this afternoon and if Dominic isn't available, then quite frankly, he doesn't matter. Those players on the pitch and bench do.

I hope he get's his fitness or his head back soon or rediscovers his love of the game, whatever the issue is. I and just about every single one of us don't know.

Christopher Timmins
21 Posted 01/03/2023 at 09:04:24
Let's concentrate on those who are available to play at the moment. I am expecting a fully committed performance and if we can keep discipline we can come away with a clean sheet!

Rob Baker
22 Posted 01/03/2023 at 09:23:10
I'm with Paul @5. I don't see with the opposition at home, our away form and lack of goals how we are going to get more than lower 30 points this season. I think Dyche is here for a championship re-build sadly. "There has been good times"
Mark Murphy
23 Posted 01/03/2023 at 09:28:27
Arghhh Christopher! Why’ve you done that?? You’ve gone and got my hopes up now when I was just settling for a night on the ale and a close defeat! This old heart (sorry Rod) is beginning to pump again! UTFT!!
Jeff Spiers
24 Posted 01/03/2023 at 09:28:57
What minimum points would anyone guess to keep us up?
Neil Lawson
25 Posted 01/03/2023 at 09:33:46
Best tactic is to find a good (long) film on Netflix or Prime and start watching at kick off. At the credits, with trepidation, check the result. Choose a film with a sad ending.
Danny O’Neill
26 Posted 01/03/2023 at 09:43:25
Well, on my last two visits, I've seen us ship 10 goals.

But I watched us beat them at Goodison a few weeks ago.

I'm going in tonight hopeful as I always do when I attend any game with the magnificent travelling blue army.

We may have had the expectation beaten out of many of our support base over the years, but not me.

This isn't done yet.

Mick O'Malley
27 Posted 01/03/2023 at 09:50:44
Even if Calvert Lewin is fit he doesn’t score enough goals to keep us up, he’s scored 6 in 2 years, he’s had one decent half season when he had James and Digne setting him up in the 6 yard box, I have to smile to myself when people think he’s going to start scoring enough goals to keep us up, I’m starting to resign myself to us going down, we make to many mistakes to win games 1-0, And as for dropping Mykolenko, I would leave him in, he done well against Saka the other week, it’s Coady who is the week link
Brian Harrison
28 Posted 01/03/2023 at 09:53:53
I am sure Dyche is realising what a mammoth task it will be to keep Everton in the Premier league, especially with so very few options up front. Not his fault that the previous manager and DOF left the club in such a perilous position regarding striking options. I know its easy to blame the board and they are as culpable as anyone but Lampard and Thelwell for me are the main culprits. I was just thinking of the attacking options Dyche had at Burnley Wood, Barnes, Vydra and Cornet and they still went down, so how he is suppose to rescue us with our attacking options I don't know.

Villa who were very ordinary still managed to expose our defensive frailties, and if Coady starts tonight as I suspect he will I think Arsenal will expose those frailties even more. I am sure Arteta will have them up for the game given the result against them a few weeks back, what's the saying lightening doesn't strike twice. With our lack of goals at the very best we could scrape a draw but we know if they score first its game over.

Karl Jones
29 Posted 01/03/2023 at 10:07:48
Everton are not able to compete at this level anymore. I fully expect to be beaten by at least three goals. The only surprise would be if we actually manage to score a goal.
Dave Abrahams
30 Posted 01/03/2023 at 10:10:09
I haven’t a clue what the team will be but I wouldn’t play Seamus tonight, nothing against him I think he has been an inspiration to the team as a player and captain in the last month but three games in eight days would be too much I think, save him for Sunday versus Forest.
Danny O’Neill
31 Posted 01/03/2023 at 10:10:46
Well, with all due respect, I'm glad some of you won't be joining me tonight.
Ray Roche
32 Posted 01/03/2023 at 10:11:16
Danny O’Neill @20

Danny, I think it's a bit unfair to use Rooney as an example, stating that if he had been 'managed more carefully when younger', unless you mean his off field behaviour should have been addressed sooner by the club. Ronaldo is older than Rooney and their physical condition is miles apart. Why? Was Ronaldo used correctly at United and Rooney not? It's down to the mental attitude and dedication of different players as well as their genetic make up. Rooney was, allegedly, a drinker and a womaniser and you can't behave the way he did and expect your body to remain unscathed. There is nothing to suggest that DCL has a lifestyle that is comparable to Rooney. Just as I can't find evidence that he's been misused by Everton. Maybe DCL has a physical condition that doesn't allow him to remain in peak condition, just like some people are 'naturally fit' and can run all day and others? Well, we have all seen players with little stamina regardless of the amount of training that they do. He might be just unlucky in his make up. No pun intended.

Let's hope you enjoy tonight Danny.

Danny O’Neill
33 Posted 01/03/2023 at 10:17:21
Ray, there is obviously a case for Rooney's off pitch lifestyle.

There is also a debate that at similar ages, Rooney was the naturally better player, but Ronaldo worked harder and was more focussed. Rooney apparently relied on his natural extremely talented ability.

I do personally think we have relied too much on Dominic without being able to rotate or rest him over a period of time.

I'll go back to my point. I don't know what the issue is with him. Only he and those in the club will.

Brian Denton
34 Posted 01/03/2023 at 10:30:56
As I posted just before last year's game, Arsenal (A) has probably been the least productive game since I started watching Everton in 1966. They even beat us in 1984/85 at the business part of the season ie ignoring those stupid games after we'd already clinched the Title.

We just have to hope today is one of those games where it just won't go in for Arsenal, because they will create plenty of chances. Such games do happen.

Brent Stephens
35 Posted 01/03/2023 at 10:34:17
Kunal #11 - great for you to be there tonight but hard to keep quiet when we score.

Enjoy the game, Kunal - with an L, folks, not an I!!!.

Dave Williams
36 Posted 01/03/2023 at 10:37:51
There really are some negative vibes around. We CAN compete at this level- we beat them a few weeks ago and beat them well. There’s no point trying to guess how many or how few points we might muster - we need to try to win every game and put heart and soul into every game, fans included. Our team is not very good but the same can be said about Leeds,Wolves,Bournemouth,Southampton efc. Players will lose form, get injured, find form and no one knows what else might happen to change the situation.
False hope is no good to anyone but the gap at present is one point. Yes we need to find real guts and will to win away from home and we didn’t see that in Sean’s one away game so far. All we can do is continue to back our team, trust the manager to select the right team and motivate them and see what Lady Luck has in store.
It’s looking more difficult than last season but we can still do this.
The day we all stop believing is the day we will drop and I for one am not going to throw in the towel.
Tony Everan
37 Posted 01/03/2023 at 10:38:46

“Outside of the above, 34 points were needed on four occasions, 35 on four occasions, 36 once, 37 five times, 38 once, 39 twice and 31 once back in 2009/10.

This works out at an average of 35.7, so essentially 36, points needed to stay in the Premier League each campaign.”

But bear in mind West Ham got relegated with 42 points twenty years ago.

I think it’s still there to fight for, and that’s what it is going to be, an almighty scrap for points. Three or four points from the next two games and we are alive and kicking. I think this season it could easily come down to goal difference, so every goal counts for and against.

With regards goals, how are we going to score? I can see us playing for corners most of the time, rather than attacking direct by default. There will be a strategy about our play to this end from now until the end of the season.

Ray Roche
38 Posted 01/03/2023 at 10:45:13
I agree with your observations re relying too much on DCL. We have had a lack of forward power for years and I think that the hierarchy have thought that DCL was the answer. No need to look further. It's come back to bite us on the arse now though..
Alan J Thompson
39 Posted 01/03/2023 at 10:54:54
Wow, Rooney was a drinker and womaniser but unlike Ronaldo he wasn't accused of rape, paid off, proven or not. I suppose it happens to anyone of fame, God save the King.
Ray Roche
40 Posted 01/03/2023 at 11:03:54
Alan, that's a different topic all together. Danny and I were discussing the difference that caring for your body has on your career. no one mentioned Ronaldo's rape allegations.
And I never actually said that drinking and womanising was a bad thing ;-)
Christopher Timmins
41 Posted 01/03/2023 at 11:23:09
Danny, don't drop your expectations, you have every chance of seeing the away side keeping a clean sheet.
Mark Ryan
42 Posted 01/03/2023 at 11:25:54
One of the biggest mistakes Lampard made when he was the manager was that in his press interviews pre-match he would consistently repeat the mantra about losing Calvert-Lewin to injury:

"Yes, Dom is key or he is our Talisman or everyone knows what he brings to the team or it goes without saying that he gives us goals!!"

Of course we'll miss him, for fuuck's sake! So if you are in that team, what does that tell you about your chances of scoring? How does that affect the mentality of the players before they step onto the pitch?

"It's okay, lads, he doesn't expect us to score." Beaten before we stepped out!!

Great to see Dyche refusing to get into a debate about Calvert-Lewin.
We defend and score as a team he said yesterday. Fuckin right we should!!

His approach would work for me. Let's dig in and show people what we can do, UTFTs

Jeff Spiers
43 Posted 01/03/2023 at 11:27:53
Tony thanks for the info. Still frightening though. I feel like going into hibernation!!
Sam Hoare
44 Posted 01/03/2023 at 11:32:42
I struggle to see Arsenal scoring less than 1 goal tonight. And I struggle to see us scoring more than 1. So my best hope is 1-1!

Think I'd bring in Mina to help at both ends. Expectations for tonight are very low and often that can be when we are at our best! Fingers crossed.

Mark Murphy
45 Posted 01/03/2023 at 11:33:16
I'm re-reading the Secret Footballer and right at the start he says how Premier League footy is like a game of chess with very fine margins. Players know their moves the night before the games and, if it all clicks ,there's every chance of a win.

I'm hoping those fine margins work for us tonight. And if Arsenal are looking for revenge, that could affect their concentration – let's sucker punch the bastards! UTFT!!!

Kevin Molloy
46 Posted 01/03/2023 at 11:36:50
Time to showcase our trash. The key game is at the weekend.
John Burns
47 Posted 01/03/2023 at 11:54:35
I honestly believe only Southampton, Bournemouth and Leeds are worse than us. So get more points than them and we're okay.


Alec Gaston
48 Posted 01/03/2023 at 12:04:46
Mark @42, spot on.

I have noticed that too.

John Keating
49 Posted 01/03/2023 at 12:05:01
Maupay is useless. Simms is not quite ready.

Play big Mina up front and cause havoc.

Clive Rogers
50 Posted 01/03/2023 at 12:16:40
Arsenal signed Trossard for £21M and played him as a No 10 against Leicester. He was excellent and ran the game. We should put someone on him.

Why don't Everton make signings like that? It was no secret that he was a good player. Better than any of the eight we signed last summer. He went on the cheap as he had fallen out with the new manager.

John Hall
51 Posted 01/03/2023 at 12:19:02
11-man defence to give our 'goals against' difference down and keep a clean sheet, then do Forest in the next game! Simples!!
Colin Glassar
52 Posted 01/03/2023 at 12:19:39
I'd play three at the back replacing Coady for Mina. Coady has become a liability alongside slowcoach Tarkowski. Simms up top with Gray and McNeil. The less than useless Maupay can't start this game.


I don't expect Dyche will make any changes tbh. He seems to be a ‘favourites must play whatever' type of manager.

Ray Jacques
53 Posted 01/03/2023 at 12:24:35
Ha ha John 49, it cant do any harm.

I wont even bother listening or watching tonight, will just check the score at the end. I've run through the remaining games a million times in my head and don't ever have us getting to 36 points which I think will be needed to stay up.

The failure to sack Lampard after the Bournemouth fiascos, when there were 6 weeks for a pre season and a 4 week transfer window for a new manager to bed in and sort out some issues will be the defining moment if the worst happens. Failure to take a point from Wolves, Soton and West Ham still haunts me. If we had taken 5 or 6 from those games with Dyche, how comfortable would it look?

This sorry mess is with the board and I havent even mentioned the abject failure to sign a forward.

Danny Baily
54 Posted 01/03/2023 at 12:53:06
If there's a path to 36 points, it includes 3 points from tonight.

Same set up, keep it tight and hope to score from a set piece.

And enjoy the spectacle. No doubt be a wait for a cup match to get back to the Emirates.

Eddie Dunn
55 Posted 01/03/2023 at 13:05:55
I would select the following, Pickford Mykolenko, Tarkowski, Mina, Coady, Coleman. Onana, Davies, Holgate, Doucoure Sims, Keane
Anthony Flack
56 Posted 01/03/2023 at 13:16:28
Not sure about your team there, Eddie.

Also, there's 12 starting or is Doucoure Sims a new signing

Dennis Stevens
57 Posted 01/03/2023 at 13:17:35
Only once in the last decade has 36 points not been enough for survival. I think it's achievable, but it may well depend on beating Bournemouth at the end of the season.
Eddie Dunn
58 Posted 01/03/2023 at 13:19:36
Anthony- Drop the Duke. I got too excited!
John Charles
59 Posted 01/03/2023 at 13:23:39
Going tonight but in truth with very little hope.
I can’t see us scoring or them not.
Forest is a much bigger game.
Rest those players that are important to us
Coleman; Onana; McNeill (on last week)
It is sad that any of the rest could be out and not missed.
Play keane and/or Mina - to give them some minutes before forest. We can’t play Coady and Tarks together for that game!
Dale Self
60 Posted 01/03/2023 at 13:30:37
I think we have an actual chance here. If we can find our way out of our half after the first 20 Dyche may be able to turn the game his way. He’s been playing the same 11 so they are ready for a new trick in how McMyk and Iwobi this time with Patterson get forward. We will suffer some turnovers but if we can get possession on the wings the arse D will drop deeper and we may be able to work a few ppportunities. We don't have to match their shot count just getting close once or twice will tighten them up. Remember this is a slippery match for them with a title on the line We just need to get them thinking about it and feeling the tension. UTGDMFT!!!!!
Colin Malone
61 Posted 01/03/2023 at 13:36:21
Got to change it up top. In my opinion, Onana is being told to play in an advanced position, because of he's height, in which we don't get the best of him. We need him playing in a deeper role. Unfortunately, it's got to be Simms up top. Sad to say. Rondom could have done a job for us, at this moment of time.

Christy Ring
62 Posted 01/03/2023 at 13:42:29
Ray#53 I don't argue with your point that we should have sacked Lampard after the Bournemouth game. But the 4 week transfer window, Lampard definitely wanted to sign a striker, and whether or not Dyche was in charge earlier, it would have made no difference. We sold Gordon 5 days before the window closed, and knowing DCL's injuries, the board still did absolutely nothing about bringing in a striker, knowing we're the lowest scorers in the Premiership. Dyche said they were on the phone all day on the Monday, but Thilwell and the board had 31 days to sort it out, not 1 day.
Barry Rathbone
63 Posted 01/03/2023 at 13:46:42
Can't see lightning striking twice more likely Arsenal will give us a right doing akin to the Moyes debacles when letting in 6 was just one of those things.
Sean Roe
64 Posted 01/03/2023 at 13:50:26
I just hope we can keep the scoreline respectable tonight, we don't want to embarrass them twice in one season.

Arsenal 1 v 2 Everton

Bill Gall
65 Posted 01/03/2023 at 14:08:56
Was debating if I should watch the game tonight, but being a glutton for punishment I will. Arsenal will be upset with us beating them and need to keep ahead of City. I think the best we can do if the defense keep their shape we could get a draw but that will also depend on our forwards keeping their back line from joining the attack. It's another midfield battle and if we can wind Zinchenko up enough, he could get a red card, well we live in hope. As long as they don't down tools and get slaughtered, its the least we can ask for. especially for those traveling away fans.
Bobby Mallon
66 Posted 01/03/2023 at 14:11:00
I would play Godfrey simms and gray from the off tonight
Rob Hooton
67 Posted 01/03/2023 at 14:15:03
Well a win tonight would see one of the unlikeliest doubles this season, we’ve got an atrocious record at Arsenal but I’ve got a feeling we will nick something from the match.

Couple of Arsenal lads that I work with think Dyche has the measure of them and think it will be a draw, that would do nicely.

To those attending, enjoy the match - I know you’ll make plenty of noise as always! If, by some miracle, someone has a spare ticket then I can leg it into London and meet up.

Brent Stephens
68 Posted 01/03/2023 at 14:16:42
Sean, brilliant!
Ray Roche
69 Posted 01/03/2023 at 14:19:46
We beat them at our place partly because we bypassed the midfield and played long to DCL, we dropped this 'play out from the back' shite. We must do similar tonight, not Maupay up front, if not Simms, then anyone who can hold the ball up or win headers from Pickfords or Tarks long ball. To hell with School of Science crap. If we try to play football on the floor we'll get battered.
Jim Bennings
70 Posted 01/03/2023 at 14:30:56
My only hope is Dyche doesn't become one of these managers that won't change from a rigid starting team.

I heard him say yesterday about Maupay eventually the goals will come, so that means he's actually going to persist with this fella in a one up top?

Also I'd bring Godfrey back in at left back in place of Mykolenko, Godfrey was fine playing there under Ancelotti and offers more pace.

Mina possibly in for Coady and let's see if the glass man can complete 90 minutes and then maybe put himself in contention for more starts?

Garry Martin
71 Posted 01/03/2023 at 14:41:17
Damage limitation tonight i'm afraid, just can't see anything other.
Danny O’Neill
72 Posted 01/03/2023 at 14:42:07
That's it Sean.

About to head off to towards North London, a ground and club that has been unkind to me and countless others.

As a player, I always crossed the line believing I could win or I wouldn't have bothered playing.

As a supporter I always go with belief we can win or I wouldn't support.

I will tonight. The travelling thousands are on their way, most travelling hundreds of miles. A relatively short journey for me tonight, but still a 3 to 4 hour round trip aside from the socials.

But we are going to be there. As we always are and will be on Sunday.

Be there with us Everton. We love you. We live you. We breathe you.

Apologies for the emotional outburst. Heart and soul. Every single one of us.

Alan J Thompson
73 Posted 01/03/2023 at 14:44:49
I wouldn't be surprised if we played no striker, 4 at the back and six in the middle, unless you count Gray but I can see Dyche starting Maupay just for his work rate rather than likelihood of scoring. Sad times.
Fran Mitchell
74 Posted 01/03/2023 at 14:47:20
a hard fought 0-0 would do nicely.

Arsenal have, to a degree, been struggling with a lack of cutting edge. Despite getting 4 at villa, required a certain degree of luck, just 1-0 in their last game despite dominating. They too don't have a striker with Nketia's form dropping off. Play deep and frustrate them, do a job on Saka and Odegaard and we can frustrate them, as we didn't Goodison.

It won't be easy, but it's possible.

I'd start with Mina over Coady, but don't expect Dyche to change the backline. At most, I could see Grey coming in for Maupay as the only change.

James Hughes
75 Posted 01/03/2023 at 14:55:55
Why do people keep saying play Mina, either up top or in his normal role at the back.
How long is going to last in either and when was the last time he lasted a full 90 minutes

Anyway we will get something out of tonight and it wont be Nul points

Dave Abrahams
76 Posted 01/03/2023 at 14:57:38
Sean (64) Keep posting mate that’s the spirit!!
Eddie Dunn
77 Posted 01/03/2023 at 15:06:40
This sort of game really is a free hit. The longer we keep them at bay, the more nervous they will become. If we can get anything from this game, it will be a huge morale-boost.
The Forest game is the proverbial six-pointer, but we will be in good fettle should we upset the odds tonight.
I expect Sean Dyche to keep the same side with Simms coming on late-on.
Grey put in a pathetic, ego-soaked cameo on Saturday, and I think he will be on the bench.
Julian Wait
78 Posted 01/03/2023 at 15:17:23
Are there any Utah Toffees in here that can recommend a bar to watch the game in SLC?
Paul Kossoff
79 Posted 01/03/2023 at 15:33:56
Dave 6, Sorry if I didn't reply to you. I've supported Everton all my life and all my family have. I used to be really upset if we lost, not now. I've given up on this team until Kenwright and the rest leave. We have no. chance until then. I still believe that someone wants this team relegated. To hire a manager and then not let him bring in a striker is dereliction of duty and should lead to resignations across the board.
I am all done with us staying up and expect us to be relegated. Hard words I know. I will still support. my team no matter what league we are in, I will always be an Everton supporter.
Dale Self
80 Posted 01/03/2023 at 15:43:28
Do they allow drinking in Utah? Maybe they’ve loosened up a bit in the 21st centiry. Joking, I grew up in Oklahoma the land of 3.2 % alcohol beer We had to trip to Denton or Dallas to get decent beer.
Danny O’Neill
81 Posted 01/03/2023 at 15:48:33
My experience of Utah was like that period of lockdown when you had to have a "substantial meal" in order to have a drink.

Some places had different licences but unless you were ordering food, no drinks.

I can only talk from personal experience of two trips.

I ate a lot in Utah!!!

Julian Wait
82 Posted 01/03/2023 at 16:09:07
We will be eating! I haven't been here since 1994, when you had buy a membership card AND eat. Things seem to have loosened up in the ski towns, we'll see about SLC shortly.
Geoff Lambert
83 Posted 01/03/2023 at 16:33:33
Expecting another excruciatingly painfull watch tonight. Can't see us getting anything from these 2-0 and switch TV off. FFS how has it come to this??
Frank Fearns
84 Posted 01/03/2023 at 16:39:01
The first time I saw Everton at Arsenal was December 1963. I was behind the goal and we got stuffed 6-0. We had a very good side out but George Eastham - class player - destroyed us.

I've no desire to see that again so I don't care who plays but "park the bloody bus" and give them absolutely nothing with doubling up in tackles. Did it against them last time. Same again and nod another in from a corner or maybe a little French man goes under the radar and squeezes one. Just do it blues.

Kunal Desai
85 Posted 01/03/2023 at 16:57:10
Cheers Brent and thanks for pointing it out with an 'L'.

Enroute to the ground, I just want us to see a performance and 100% committment. There is always hope. Afterall, we pulled something out of the bag against City.

Joe McMahon
86 Posted 01/03/2023 at 17:01:52
Bobby@66, so would I but can't see the manager making so many changes. At Burnley he would make changes (when losing) but only past the 75th min.
Brian Wilkinson
87 Posted 01/03/2023 at 17:06:24
Anyone thinking Calvert-Lewin injury is a mystery, with scans showing clear that it is simply in the players head have a rethink.

Paul Bracewell was faced with the same issue, people and physios saying there is nothing wrong.

It took a visit to a specialist in I think America who finally found the problem of a floating piece of bone in his foot that was causing the problem.

All the while the Everton physio was saying there was nothing wrong and it was in his head.

There is clearly something not right with the players injury, the player himself will know that for sure, regardless of what any scans come back as.

Darren Hind
88 Posted 01/03/2023 at 17:17:15
Remember that Brian

Brace was as tough as they come, but it didnt stop people accusing him of swinging the lead.

I wonder how good he could have been ?

Tony Abrahams
90 Posted 01/03/2023 at 17:26:21
I remember reading Peter Reid’s book, Everton winter, Mexican summer, from the 1986 season, and he said Bracewell, got on the physic’s bed, at half time against Liverpool, at Anfield, and said he couldn’t carry on.

Reid said the Everton players were all around him asking why? You have just had a blinding first half, nobody could be that good if they were really injured, were amongst the things that were allegedly said to Bracewell, who just lay down saying ‘honestly boys I’m in absolute agony, and there is no way I could play in that second half”

He was taken during his prime, I just hope DCL gets through his injury problems because I don’t think he has reached his prime.

Mal van Schaick
91 Posted 01/03/2023 at 18:11:04
Pack the midfield, and hit them on the break. 2-1 Everton. Agree with some, no Maupay play Simms.
Jack Convery
92 Posted 01/03/2023 at 18:20:06
Given that when DCL went off at Goodison in the reverse fixture, we created very little, I reckon tonight is going to be a long one. We'd all take a point, anything is a huge bonus. I can't see us scoring unless it's a cracker as with Gray at the Etihad or Colman doing another Roberto Carlos ! If Maupay scores, Dyche will look a genius.

It's all on the defence/ midfield tonight. I hope they are up to it.


Kieran Kinsella
93 Posted 01/03/2023 at 18:22:39

I disagree on your post 20 about over-using DCL at a young age. He was 3 months shy of his 20th birthday when he made his Everton debut. And that season he only played 11 times in all competitions. In comparison Foden who you mention played 1 game less in his debut season but he was only 17 y/o. Rooney was being actively utilized from age 16 which is significantly younger. Owen played at the world cup after a successful season and was 18 still during the world cup. So DCL wasn't especially young (compared with Milner pretty much a regular since age 16, Giggs since 17). I don't believe DCL is a victim of being over played too much as a youngster. Obviously he has some kind of physical problems but I don't think it's to do with starting early as he really didn't.,

John Keating
94 Posted 01/03/2023 at 18:30:28
After our last game against the Arse Arteta and his team will be raring to go
My prediction is goal difference
Nick West
95 Posted 01/03/2023 at 18:31:52
Maupay is championship quality at best. It's dismal that we have to watch him toil slowly and pointlessly upfront. Our survival this year is probably going to come down to how many times we can get DCL on a football pitch.
John Hall
96 Posted 01/03/2023 at 18:33:10
My prediction is that we will definitely win, lose or draw this one! Whatever the result, this will not define our season. We're with you blues to the end! Everton till I die! UTFT!!!
Nick White
97 Posted 01/03/2023 at 18:45:23
Danny #2. That 6-1 win against Arsenal was my 1st ever game! Upper Bullens. Lineker got 2.
Andy Crooks
98 Posted 01/03/2023 at 18:47:07
Good post, Sean Roe. Maupay is due a bit of reward for huge effort. "Championship at best" is a ToffeeWeb, pointless cliche that means fuck all. If Maupay starts tonight he will give his all. Have a knot in my stomach as usual but who knows? I think,though that Maupay will score.
We are in the bottom three, so the whole lot are "Championship quality", collectively.
But.. this is Everton.
Lee Paige
99 Posted 01/03/2023 at 18:48:36

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