Leicester City vs Everton

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Seamus Coleman's absence has been keenly felt over past three games and Evertonians are desperate to see him return to the starting XI at the King Power Stadium

Everton travel to the King Power Stadium this evening for what is the most important match the club has faced in almost a year, a bona fide six-pointer against Leicester City between the 18th- and 19th-placed sides in the Premier League.

Not since the final home game of last season when they came from behind to beat Crystal Palace have the Blues gone into a match with so much riding on it thanks to a poor run of recent form that has left them in the bottom three and two points from safety.

Last Thursday's heavy 4-1 home defeat to Newcastle United was a psychological hammer blow that extended Everton's winless run under Sean Dyche to six games and sparked fear among the fanbase that the team has neither the mental fortitude nor the wherewithal to get themselves out of danger.

Dyche's biggest task over the past few days, therefore, has been to instill in his charges the belief they had when they beat then leaders Arsenal in his first match in charge, ended Brentford's impressive unbeaten run, managed creditable draws against Chelsea and Tottenham and even when they swept Crystal Palace aside back in October with a similarly strong squad in terms of availability as they have now.

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The manager will also have had to ponder what to do at right-back should Seamus Coleman not be passed fit to face Leicester because that position has been a crippling Achilles heel in recent weeks, with Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey struggling badly in the Skipper's absence.

There have been calls from fans for Dyche to finally hand Nathan Patterson his first start due to him being a natural full-back and the questions around Yerry Mina's failure to play a single minute of Dyche's tenure thus far have also now been put to the manager in the wake of poor displays from Michael Keane alongside James Tarkowski.

"I think Yerry Mina is a very good player," Dyche told the media. "He hasn’t played a lot, which is part of my thinking – you’ve got to be fit and you’ve got to be active.

“He’s a very good player but we’ve got other very good players here. It’s about trying to find the right combination, that’s all it is."

The boss's comments don't seem to indicate that the Colombian will have been vaulted into the reckoning for this vital clash with the Foxes and Dyche's admission that he thought Keane played well until Newcastle scored their second of the evening suggests that he could well keep his place even with Conor Coady also an option at centre-half.

Elsewhere in the side, there is a debate over whether Alex Iwobi should come in off the wing and play more centrally where he can provide the most creativity, whether Demarai Gray deserves a recall and if James Garner's eye for a pass makes him a viable option in a midfield that struggled to create genuine opportunities against the Magpies.

In Leicester, Everton will be facing another team in mortal fear of going down but one that is still enjoying a new manager "bounce" under Dean Smith.

Having failed to win a Premier League game since 11th February, the Foxes finally registered a victory in the new boss's second match in charge nine days ago and followed that up with a 1-1 draw at Leeds last Tuesday. It was enough to leapfrog them over Everton but they're only a point better off, albeit with a vastly superior goal difference.

Smith will be without striker Kelechi Iheanacho after he injured his groin at Elland Road is now out for the remainder of the season but Jonny Evans is back in trainng after injury.

It's not over-stating it to suggest that whoever loses this game could well be heading out of the top flight by the end of the month. Defeat for Everton would not be terminal but it would leave Dyche's men with an awful lot to do in their final four matches and put enormous emphasis in the two more winnable fixtures against Wolves at Molineux and against Bournemouth at Goodison Park on the final day.

If Dyche can draw on the spirit that almost saw the Blues win at another relegation-threatened side in Nottingham Forest and grab a late equaliser in March then they stand a good chance of repeating their heroics of last season when they beat Brendan Rodgers' Foxes 2-1.

Kick-off: 8pm, Monday 1 May, 2023
Referee: Michael Oliver
VAR: Neil Swarbrick
Last Time: Leicester City 1 - 2 Everton

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Gueye, Onana, Iwobi, McNeil, Doucouré, Calvert-Lewin 


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Joe Digney
1 Posted 01/05/2023 at 06:10:50
With all the results playing into our hands this weekend it worries me dyche might look at this and think a point on the road is enough and sets us up to nose lose rather than to win and going at them from the off.

Don’t know why but I’ll go with a 1.0 win anyway, DCL with it.


Paul Birmingham
2 Posted 01/05/2023 at 06:26:56
For me, this Is Waterloo, for Everton, in context of this season, and the clubs future.

Sean Dyche, must be honest and assess, the last few games, and the sloppy passing, poor covering and marking, and lack of care when using the ball offensively and defensively. These aspects of Everton’s play, must be improved tonight.

A million, words and more have been written by Evertonians, and TWrs, the last few weeks, and now it’s time for this squad of players to show what playing for the Everton shirt means.

There’s no excuses, and they must give all for the 97 minutes, and play within belief and composure.

Who ever starts, tonight, defeat is not an option.


Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 01/05/2023 at 06:46:33
The more I hear from Dyche the more I worry. Is it just part of what he said taken out of context or is it some sort of defence,

He hasn't played Mina because he hasn't played a lot? Is that, "I did this because I haven't previously done that"?

"They are all good players, it's just a matter of finding the right combination". So any two from five (or is it six, Tarkowski, Coady, Mina, Keane, Godfrey + Holgate) but so far used only three, none with much success.

I must apply that logic the next time Maupay is brought on to save the day albeit there aren't that many who have played more games this season, perhaps not for us, than Simms.

I don't usually like the musical links but a line just entered my head as I typed; "Is there anybody going to listen to my story all about the team who came to play, AAhrr Dyche...".
Getting close to despair.

Jerome Shields
4 Posted 01/05/2023 at 07:14:57
It is critical that Maddison is contained.Even with the position that Leicester are in he has had a good season.

Actually John there is still hope if Everton get a point.That's how bad a side they are.

Dean Williams
5 Posted 01/05/2023 at 07:23:06
Simms and dcl upfront, ala ferguson and rideout. 442 and just lump it in as much as we can. Corners and free kicks may pay dividend. We can't play through leicster, they are simply better with the ball.
Jerome Shields
6 Posted 01/05/2023 at 07:30:28
The main concern I have is this is the third match in the seqence.The mid table sequence for years was two results and a loss.The relegation sequence is a result and loss, followed by a lethargic performance.

They really need to be up for this game.Fortunately they played on Thursday meaning less time a Finch Farm.They get more training playing games than at Finch Farm.

Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 01/05/2023 at 07:32:28
Michael Oliver. I can’t blame the ref for our failures, but I do think he’s got a snide and vindictive side towards Everton.

It’s all about concentrating on tonight, and if Dyche sets us up to gain a point, I will be much happier than watching us play open football, because this just exposes our very, very ordinary defenders, imo.

Play compact and tight, win our battles, frustrate Leicester, and then look to score from a set piece or a quick breakaway, and please don’t expose our fragile defence.

Colin Glassar
8 Posted 01/05/2023 at 07:38:42
I can’t stand the tension. Despite resigning myself to relegation for most of the season I still have the slightest of hopes that we can still avoid the drop.

No amount of stirring speeches will save us now. It’s up to the manager and players to do their bit and save us from disaster.

Anthony A Hughes
9 Posted 01/05/2023 at 07:40:32
Enough said Tony
Ernie Baywood
10 Posted 01/05/2023 at 07:41:03
We're playing a team who are defensively poor but reasonable in attack. We're a team that's reasonable in defence but poor in attack.

Dyche has a choice. Target their weaknesses and go for them, or play to our strengths and try to contain them.

I suspect he'll do the latter. Not necessarily because it's a considered decision, but because it's what he's always done.

I don't imagine this game being much fun and we'll be lucky to get out of it with a point. Which might be enough if Forest and Leeds keep throwing up all over themselves as we hope they do.

Mark Murphy
11 Posted 01/05/2023 at 07:45:25
Mina Tarks Myko
Patterson gueye Doucoure Garner McNeil
Gray DCL

3-5-2 please.

Sam Hoare
12 Posted 01/05/2023 at 07:49:01
I think is fit we should play the same team and the same way we did against Arsenal when we beat them. That was our best performance under Dyche and possibly our best of the season other than against Palace.

Obviously 3 points is the preferred result but I’d probably take a point if offered one now. Leicester will be up for it on the bank holiday in front of a home crowd and have way more goals in them than we do. Bookies have them near evens for the win whereas we are 3-1. A point would be a better result for us than them and a defeat for either team would be disastrous.

I’m finding it hard to locate any crumbs of optimism but Leicester have been vulnerable to set pieces this year. If we sit back and look to counter and capitalise on set pieces maybe we could grind out a 1-0? We’re owed a performance after the last few showings.

Neil Lawson
13 Posted 01/05/2023 at 07:58:20
Cometh the hour. With results over the weekend being so favourable, only a win is good enough. I am not going to play manager and suggest a line up. Dyche is paid a small fortune to do that. His choices are limited but they are his choices. If we fail tonight the first responsibility is his, followed very closely by the failing players on the pitch. The table does not lie. We are poor. We deserve to be relegated. If Doucoure's words have any value then proof is required tonight. If we fail then the Manager, the players ( and, of course Kenwright et al) deserve every bit of vitreole that may be directed at them for being useless and spineless. For goodness sake, please give us something to cheer.
Danny O’Neill
14 Posted 01/05/2023 at 08:14:09
Given the reference to Waterloo, let's hope the Prussians come to the rescue and fighting spirit at the end sees us through. Excuse the historical and probably irralevent reference.

There are just over 3,000 of us travelling tonight. Another sell out. Respect to all Evertonians. It's remarkable and I don't know another club in these circumstances that could do this. It shows the disconnect between board and supporters because we genuinely care.

Just like those watching from home and abroad.

We are showing up.

Make sure you do.

Danny Baily
15 Posted 01/05/2023 at 08:14:18
There'll be twists and turns before the end of the season with things so tight at the bottom.

Ernie 10, wins are the currency, not draws.

John Keating
16 Posted 01/05/2023 at 08:16:00
442 I think is the last way we should play. Leicester would cut us to bits
If no Coleman then Patterson has to play
For whatever reason Mina has been sidelined for Keane and previously Coady, to play him without game fitness in such an important game is a hell of a risk.

For me 3 points is imperative tonight, a draw not good enough

I also think if, God forbid, we lose then we are gone

Frank Sheppard
17 Posted 01/05/2023 at 08:16:29
I can still remember when I used to look forward to us being the live televised game. For too long now, I have a sense of foreboding and gloom as it gets closer to kick off. I can’t bear to watch or listen, but I have to.
Eddie Dunn
18 Posted 01/05/2023 at 08:26:29
All of the results went our way so the players and staff have everything to play for.
Like Tony and Ernie above, I think Dyche will go there for a point.
We must avoid defeat but the very tough fixtures for our rivals do not mean that struggllers won't upset the apple cart and sneak unlikely wins.
A win on the road is what we need. It would give us a slight advantage over Leicester going into the final lap.
At Goodison we were doing okay against them, but tired and let Maddison run riot.
I think that the big show of blue smoke actually heaped even more pressure on our snowflakes versus Newcastle.
Hopefully we can do what many of them remember last season and let the pressure hit Leicester.
Mark Murphy
19 Posted 01/05/2023 at 08:33:24
Racking my brains to think of a Prussian in our team, Danny O - do you mean Maupay??
To stay with the military theme - “To the (3,000) Regiment, I wish I was there!”
Gary Brown
20 Posted 01/05/2023 at 08:33:38
Dyche another stubborn ‘favourites’ man, so the 4-5-1 it’ll be, with usual suspects. If Coleman isn’t ready, I’m guessing it’ll be Holgate again at RB.

He’s scored against Leicester twice in two seasons though I believe, so adding him to Onana, Keane, Tarkowski, DCL and Doucoure should give us plenty of threat from set pieces.

On that subject, I was confused why Dyche was leaving Godfrey back when we had corners against Newcastle. Surely the advantage of a CB at RB is extra height and aerial threat? Just bizarre tactics.

Hope tonight we tell Gueye to just stick like glue to Maddison. An old fashioned man mark with that being his only task. Either that or sit him and Onana in front of back four and tell them to stay there ffs. If we leave lines between midfield and defence, they’ll kill us for it. Just like they did at goodison.

Tony Everan
21 Posted 01/05/2023 at 08:48:05
It’s almost a play off final, a win will be a huge boost , a defeat won’t be terminal but it will be the life support machine.

I agree with the comments that if we go two in midfield and play an expansive game Maddison ,Teilemans will take control. I don’t think we have much option to play to our squad’s strengths, 451, keep it tight, grab a goal from open play another from a set piece.

We have to face the unpalatable truth, we are the lowest scorers in the four divisions. If we win, it will be brought by a glorious, hard fought battle and a goal from somewhere, anywhere, a Gray worldie , a DCL toe poke, a CB header form a corner, nobody cares as long as it goes in.

Dyche will stick to his pragmatic principles, hard to beat with Doucoure getting forward supporting DCL . So I’m not expecting any surprises at all. Some of them are lucky to retain their place and need to up it, the time for excuses has now passed, it’s all or nothing.

Expect to see Dyche set us up ;


Coleman Keane Tarkowski Mykolenko

Iwobi Doucoure Gana Onana McNeill



Pete Clarke
22 Posted 01/05/2023 at 08:49:31
Hope to see swarms of Leicester supporters leaving the stadium with 20 minutes to go because we’re 3 nil up.
For this of course we need to fight, win all of the duels, concentrate, be disciplined, take all of our chances, have the officials on our side, VAR go our way, hope Leicester are crap and above all get lots of luck that has been evading us for what seems like an eternity.
Just something to give you traveling blues a good reason to sing and dance all the way home.
Alan Johnson
23 Posted 01/05/2023 at 08:51:13
The fat lady is getting ready to sing?
Paul Tran
24 Posted 01/05/2023 at 09:00:01
As ever with current Everton teams, mindset, concentration and hard work will be everything tonight.

I had a big problem with keep it tight and nick one when we had a better squad with goalscorers. Not this one.

The initial improvement under Dyche was all about playing bigger, stronger players, keeping it tight, conceding less and hoping some players start scoring.

In the absence of Doucoure and Onana, that plan had to be replaced and Dyche has floundered like his predecessors.

We're not playing an in-form team tonight. Their back four is as shockingly vulnerable as ours. Shackle their midfield, break quickly, get crosses into DCL, get the big lads up for set pieces.

We've been given another chance. Time for the players to go out there knowing they can do what's needed.

Danny O’Neill
25 Posted 01/05/2023 at 09:02:12
Mark, I know you will be watching and willing us on.

Alan, I understand your apprehension and I am fuelled with nervous adrenaline several hours before even setting foot on the road.

I hope the players don't approach the match with that approach you mention in their heads.

I won't.

Niall McIlhone
26 Posted 01/05/2023 at 09:12:47
I like the look of the 3-5-2 set up that Mark (#11) put up, however, there is little prospect of Dyche going with this formation. Five in midfield gives us width and both Patterson and McNeil give options going forward, whilst Gana’s main job should be to negate Maddison as much as possible.
Ieanacho isn’t fit, but the can call on Daka, who scored against us last season. This is a contest of two very poor teams, and as
Michael has highlighted, the footballing deity have handed both teams a golden ticket with the three relegation rivals losing yesterday: if ever there was a game where our players and manager need to repay the fans with a tenacious and fully focussed performance, this is is. Come on Everton, remember our name.
Ian Bennett
27 Posted 01/05/2023 at 09:29:12
Leicester are just as brittle as us. If there was ever a time to play two up top, it's today.

Danny O’Neill
28 Posted 01/05/2023 at 09:31:41
Do not play 4-4-2.

Not with this squad / team.

Anyone who has watched us recently can see it. Other teams can smell it and expose it easily.

Do not play 4-4-2.

Joe McMahon
29 Posted 01/05/2023 at 09:36:15
Ian@27 they are but I'd still rather swap squads with them, and trade our current manager with their manager who left 4 weeks ago.

Christy Ring
30 Posted 01/05/2023 at 09:37:05
Coleman is back for tonight, going by the media, which is massive. I don't know why Gray is now not in Dyche's plans. If we want blood sweat and tears, he has to start ahead of Iwobi, especially to supply Calvert-Lewin. The last couple of games Dyche's selection, subs and tactics have been poor, and he leaves it too late to change things, Godfrey is a prime example of that. He has to get it right tonight, as do the players, or we can say goodbye to the Premiership.
Geoff Lambert
31 Posted 01/05/2023 at 09:37:46

Rotherham here we come.
Rob Hooton
32 Posted 01/05/2023 at 09:43:40
Can anybody remember the last time we won an away match? If we are to stay up then this wretched form needs to end tonight.

I don’t know if the players and manager have the mentality for it, but I do know the fans will do their bit.

Please Everton, 3 points tonight.

James Hughes
33 Posted 01/05/2023 at 09:46:22
Yes please gents a bit of fight and application is needed for the rest of the season. It's amazing what can happen when you scrap together.

If you look at the 11/03/23 when B'mouth beat the RS we were 15th and 2 points above the relegation zone 24 points and -18 GD.
Fast forward 6 games and B'mouth have taken 15 points and we have limped to 27 points and -25 GD. Just goes to show how half arsed we have been.

Can't believe I am using B'mouth as an example, sigh

James Stewart
34 Posted 01/05/2023 at 09:49:04
That defence and Dyche's stubbornness to stick with them will sink us like a stone.

Patterson Mina Coady Godfrey
Onana Garner
Gray Iwobi McNeil

Christopher Timmins
35 Posted 01/05/2023 at 09:59:18
If all are fit and available then you play your best team, the one that beat Arsenal. Keep it tight and do not, do not lose!

A win has us favourites to survive, a draw just about keeps us alive but a defeat is an absolute disaster.

How sad that it has come to this. I feel sick in my stomach and it's still 10 hours to kick off. Going to be a long day.

Martin Mason
36 Posted 01/05/2023 at 10:08:56
We have to believe that we have a chance tonight. Small improvements in certain areas could make us good enough to pull away from Leeds and Forest but has Dyche got the players available and the coaching skills to produce the goods? I think that a win will give us the lift we need to survive, a draw will kick the can down the road to the drop for another week, a loss will possibly have the fat lady warming up. I can't predict a result based on analysis, relegation games are far too complex for that but my desperate hopes are for a win. The EPL has become so equal now that, like this year the relegation battle can now be far more exciting than the battle for the top places
Howard Don
37 Posted 01/05/2023 at 10:11:29
John Keating 16 and Danny O’Neil 28, absolutely spot on. Play 4-4-2 and we get cut to pieces.
Andy Crooks
38 Posted 01/05/2023 at 10:18:30
This is the most anxious I have ever been before an Everton game. I will be there in spirit with every blue( from behind the sofa)
Jim Wilson
39 Posted 01/05/2023 at 10:20:46
Michael Oliver ref yet again!

The team must fight and at the same time be careful. Something some teams don't need to worry about.

Dyche must also give them the right tools to do the job.

Strong midfield which means numbers, with Garner in there in my opinion, otherwise we will be chasing shadows.

Come on DCL lad start netting a few!


Eddie Dunn
40 Posted 01/05/2023 at 10:20:57
Howard -totally! Our only way is to pack midfield and hope to score from a set-piece.
Barry Hesketh
41 Posted 01/05/2023 at 10:34:16
Rob @32
We actually managed to win at St. Mary's last October 2-1.
The Toffees scored twice in a game for the first time this season to rack up successive wins for only the second time since Lampard took charge in January.

Summer signings Conor Coady and Dwight McNeil engineered a quickfire turnaround at St Mary's as Everton, who only clinched survival in the penultimate game of last season, climbed to 11th in the Premier League.

"The minute we rest is our downfall - it's important we realise there is a long way for us to go," Lampard told BBC Match of the Day.

"There are glimpses - there were big glimpses against West Ham in our last game - but we haven't had lots of time to work with the team.

"To work with the players that are in the team who weren't here last year, on the way we want to play, those relationships throughout the pitch.

"There's a nice competitive feel to the squad but we can get a lot better and we've got hard games coming up so we need to stay on it."

That idea didn't work out too well for Frank, we beat Palace at Goodison a few weeks later and then went on the run, that has led to where we are today.

Last season's tally of two away wins doesn't supply much confidence in an upturn in fortunes on the road, either, but those victories were at Leicester and Brighton, it would be amazing and very welcome if we could get a repeat of that in our next two games.

Dave Abrahams
42 Posted 01/05/2023 at 10:43:51
Maddison holds the key to this game, a very good player with that bit of snide about him to earn vital free kicks in dangerous areas which means the idea of man marking on him is very special but also means whoever cops for the job has to be very, very careful with their tackles.

Three in central midfield has to be part of the plan and if Onana is one of them he should be instructed to keep his mind fully concentrated on the field and forget the crowd.

They shouldn’t have to be told, but the players should be anyway that they have to play for the whole game not talk, unless they are encouraging each other, pass to each other not the opposition, and look for spaces to receive those passes, no hiding tonight and when chances come, which they will, don’t panic have a bit of calm and nous about it and put in the net.

We can win and we will win this game should be the mantra of every player tonight, don’t worry about our fans there tonight they will be backing every move you make and kicking every ball and making every tackle with you.

Now get out there and get in with it and bring those three points back with you.

Denis Hignett
43 Posted 01/05/2023 at 10:50:37
A major danger tonight is down Leicester's left wing with Harvey Barnes. Everton must get the right back position sorted. The game could depend on it.
James Marshall
44 Posted 01/05/2023 at 11:02:54
We've won 3 games in 2023, all at home and all 1-0. Our last away win was Southampton 2-1 on October 1st last year. That's a full 7 calendar months since we won away, and all our 4 wins this year have come by one goal. Telling.

I'll be staggered if we win tonight, and staggered if we stay up. A team that cannot score goals will go down, and that's a fact. Looking at stats for recent games and ours are absolutely appalling.

Leicester have won 4 home games all season; 4-0, 2-0, 4-1 and 2-1 last time out against Wolves. Defensively they're worse than us, but have scored almost double the goals we have (44 to our 25).

I can see this being 0-0, or 1-0 to them, but I simply can't find a case for us winning away, or even winning a game again this season.

We won't be down if we lose tonight, but realistically losing tonight and we're finished in my view. We need to win 2, possibly even 3 games to stay up, and given that we've won 6 all season, and 5 of those 6 wins have come by 1 goal, it doesn't make for good reading.

Beating Palace 3-0 back in October is our only win by more than one goal. This is why we'll go down.

Pete Clarke
45 Posted 01/05/2023 at 11:13:13
We need Seamus back tonight for his leadership but also for the luck of the Irish. Tarkowski has not been vocal enough lately, apart from off the pitch, so he also needs to keep them organized.
Here we are, playing a team that is also struggling badly and we’re all shitting ourselves because of our team’s fragility.
Time for these pricks to give us some hope.
Christine Foster
46 Posted 01/05/2023 at 11:17:20
All I read is the manager is crap, multiple reasons why we will go down, and statistics coming out of every nook and cranny to tell us why we we will lose. Bugger that.. right now statistics go out of the window if they fight. Its that simple.. most of the games quoted we had no forward, or midfield, but the chips are down, we have our best midfield in place, a centre forward and the fear of god that is the championship, the prospective end of every first team players career.

There has to be a change of mentality as well as our defence, I cannot see Godfrey, Keane or Tarkowski. Put in Seamus or Patterson, Mina and even Coady.. Keane is a liability, there has to be a different mindset.. we can do this, get behind the team.. believe...because everyone is writing us off..I'm now. Stand up and be counted. We are needed.

Brian Wilkinson
47 Posted 01/05/2023 at 11:23:31
As many will know, I try to see a positive outlook on Everton.

This is a tough, tough game tonight, with Vardy back as well, they have players all over the pitch that, if they click, can cause us some serious damage.

Not looking forward to this game one bit, no matter how positive I try to think.

Rob Hooton
48 Posted 01/05/2023 at 11:24:05
Thanks Barry, I thought it had been about 7 months and it it 7 months to the day!

We need our wing men to actually beat a man and put some crosses in, it’ll help us to try and win some set pieces at the same time.

I missed the first 50 minutes against Newcastle, but a friend told me that we should have scored a few goals in the first half? This gives me hope that we can create the chances, desperately need to start putting some away.

If Coleman isn’t fit I don’t want to see Holgate or Godfrey at right back, I’ll be spitting feathers if I see either of them there as both have been disastrous. Paterson can’t be worse than either of them.

Nervous as hell, trying to keep busy so that kick off comes sooner.

Christine Foster
49 Posted 01/05/2023 at 11:28:21
More regurgitated tripe from the BBC
Half a story that tells you nothing.
Barry Hesketh
50 Posted 01/05/2023 at 11:29:20
Christine @46
I think we all hope, with all of our hearts, that Everton can gain enough points to stay in the division, and if it was only the passion of the supporters that counted, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in. However, it's down to the players, as has always been the case, and right now those players are not looking likely to win the points we need, even as you say, we have a centre-forward back in the fold. I disagree with many when they cite the Fulham and Newcastle defeats as season breakers, it was the home game to Spurs and the 'end of season' kick-about at Palace that has made our prospects far tougher.

Of course we can win tonight, but it's going to take a huge amount of good fortune, rather than the good play of the team that would see us return home with all the points, that in itself is a sad indictment of this current squad, the last odds I saw was that Everton were 11-4 to win tonight, far from generous odds given our inability to score and a defence that gives away so many easy goals so often.

Dave Lynch
51 Posted 01/05/2023 at 11:29:23
If we win tonight I'll be shocked tbf.
We have a manager who cannot inspire or instill fight into the players, he's tactically inept and the players are not good enough, barring 2 or 3.

Tough night ahead me thinks

Kim Vivian
52 Posted 01/05/2023 at 11:34:22
Put simply we just don't win away from home. I think it's 2 away wins in two seasons so far and with 3 away matches (incl today), and a home game vs City to go we have to dig something out and change the habit.

A loss tonight is just more of the same and hope will evaporate in my household despite survival theoretically being possible, but then so is alien life.

John Keating
53 Posted 01/05/2023 at 11:49:02
For me a draw is no good. We will still be in the bottom 3
Psychologically we need out from the bottom 3 putting more panic on Leicester, Forest and Leeds
Games are running out fast. Can’t see us getting anything out of Brighton or City both of who still have lots to play for.
We cannot afford to be in the bottom 3 against Wolves or Bournemouth cos this bunch don’t have the bottle to leave it to the last minute
Tonight IS the night!!
Pete Neilson
54 Posted 01/05/2023 at 11:51:28
We’d won one league away game last season and then won at Leicester. Same again.
Andrew Clare
55 Posted 01/05/2023 at 11:52:10
We all hope for a win but realistically looking at our form it's very unlikely.
Leicester are in a false position - we are not.
In fact we look like and perform like the worst team in the division.
The damage was done a long time ago.
Joe McMahon
56 Posted 01/05/2023 at 12:12:42
Pete @54, this is true but we also had home wins v Man Utd, Chelsea and Palace, but yes we had Richie.
Mark Murphy
57 Posted 01/05/2023 at 12:15:14
Joe we beat Chelsea and Palace at home this season an all.
Not the point I know but we can still find another big performance ( I think… )
Alex Whitehead
58 Posted 01/05/2023 at 12:16:56
Good authority:
James Garner - Onana (Sick)
Seamus at RB
Rest. - same as against NUFC


Bill Fairfield
59 Posted 01/05/2023 at 12:27:08
We've got to get something out of tonight’s game. But just hoping results go for us,similar to the weekend. We’ve got to get to the last two games with a fighting chance. It’s getting desperate now. 🙏 COYB.
John Raftery
60 Posted 01/05/2023 at 12:27:33
Tony (7) Spot on. Most of our attempts to open up against teams in the last two seasons have failed. Teams know if they can keep it tight while we are busting a gut to take the lead, eventually we will run out of steam and they can then exploit the inevitable gaps.

I think tonight’s match may be about which team freezes least. Bearing that in mind the argument for bringing back Conor Coady to provide leadership on the field is strengthened especially if Seamus is unable to start.

James Marshall
61 Posted 01/05/2023 at 12:43:31
Just had a quick skim-read of a Leicester City forum post about the game tonight, and their fans are saying pretty much the same as we are regarding the game (less about how shit their board is).

They're equally as terrified of losing, and there's a fair amount of disdain for us as a club/supporters. Lots of them slating 'Spirit of the Blues' too.

It reads very much like this thread to be honest. They're all saying if they score first we'll crumble - and they're not wrong!

Bill Piscass
62 Posted 01/05/2023 at 12:47:11
The definition of madness: Dyche doing the same thing expecting a different result.

Leicester will pass to Maddison and then to Barnes, this will be on repeat, This is the danger. They have nothing else apart from long balls up to Vardy and Tielemans long range shooting. If we press Soumare he will make mistakes.

Leicester City – possible starting lineup:

Iversen; Castagne, Faes, Soyuncu, Kristiansen; Tielemans, Soumare, Maddison; Tete, Daka, Barnes

Everton – possible starting lineup:

Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Tarkowski, Mykolenko; Iwobi, Gueye, Onana, Doucoure, McNeil; Calvert-Lewin

Raymond Fox
63 Posted 01/05/2023 at 13:05:07
Strange as it seems we have had some decent results among plenty of bad ones, so a positive result is possible.

If I was forced to bet on tonight's game, I don't think I would bet on us winning though, but who knows? We can only hope and you never know – we may get a pleasant surprise for a change.

If we were to lose, that's definitely not the end of it, anything can happen yet. Leeds and Forest have plenty of very difficult fixtures to come.

Dale Self
64 Posted 01/05/2023 at 13:23:07
We have to believe we can win this which implies we must ignore half of these posts.
Dave Abrahams
65 Posted 01/05/2023 at 13:30:37
Going by the game at Leeds last week I’d concentrate on the Leicester City left back, Kristiansen, he looked very poor and made plenty of mistakes certainly lacked confidence, the goalkeeper wasn’t too hot either looked heavy on his legs and slow to react, Barnes got taken off he didn’t relish some of the tough tackles from the Leeds full back, like us they have some poor players let’s have a go at them, they’ve won less games at home than us.
Graham Hammond
66 Posted 01/05/2023 at 13:34:48
Michael Oliver is 'refereeing' it so expect nothing all game. Dark forces.

I think we need to go 3-5-2 as Mark suggested earlier, but I would go with Iwobi in the middle, we need him and Garner fizzing around Maddison.

If ever we needed to finally step up and turn up in a game. please have a great night everyone. I really hope Dyche does not sleepwalk us into the abyss.

Bill Gall
67 Posted 01/05/2023 at 13:41:29
This to me is a game that will define Everton's future. Win we are in a strong position, loose and the future looks bleak.
It is no good any longer banging the drum with a believe we will win, as we are not on the pitch, and so far neither the players or the manager have repaid the fantastic supporters back, by playing to a standard that will bring positive results.
Thanks to all the supporters who will be there to night and cheer the team on. As for those who can't make it, have something stronger than a beer behind the couch, you're going to need it.
Kevin Molloy
68 Posted 01/05/2023 at 13:45:05
I'd say this is the most important match in the history of the club. Win it, and there is every chance we stay up and claim BMD next year, a billion pound stadium. Lose it, and you would have to say we are down and odds on to go out of business. You see people saying the Championship play off final is the biggest financial game in world football, I think this game adds an extra nought and sudden death even to that.
so, no pressure lads.
Nick Lacey
69 Posted 01/05/2023 at 13:45:58
My team for the game:

Coleman Tarkowski Mina Mykolenko
Patterson Gray Doucouré Gueye McNeil

I'd play Patterson in front of Coleman, who isn't bad at getting crosses into the box.

Dale Self
70 Posted 01/05/2023 at 13:50:58
We spend a lor of time pretending the players are not affected by their employment setting. You could say it is on them but this situation had gone on for years while they weren’t here. They probably discounted the dysfunction and tried to do their best only to discover the rot later

Then they find out they are the scapegoats from managers that were hired to fix things not use the squad as an excuse for one manager’s failure after another.

NOW, you players wear that kit with pride and play your hearts out for US!

Ok that’s an embellishment but it isn’t far off.

Kim Vivian
71 Posted 01/05/2023 at 13:56:12
James - yeah - I had a look at the Foxes Talk or whatever it's called. Change a couple of names and words and it's this thread copy/pasted.

Their keyboard managers bricking it over set pieces, our aerial threat (an argument for Mina to start?) and conceding free kicks. They've got our right back weakness sussed and convinced the team that scores first will run out winners - and expecting Gray to score a worldy.

Apparently Dyche has never won at the King Power. Time to change that.

Julian Exshaw
72 Posted 01/05/2023 at 14:01:31
Just saw Andre Gomes get 2 nice goals for Lille. Any chance of flying him back for tonight?!! If he's really fit again he might be an option for next season but lets stay up first!!
Anthony Murphy
73 Posted 01/05/2023 at 14:07:08
If Seamus isn’t fit to start and he plays Patterson or Holgate, I’d drop Keane and play either Mina or Coady as we need a leader tonight.
Dale Self
74 Posted 01/05/2023 at 14:13:11
Dyche vs Dean Smith: 6 games.
Dale Self
75 Posted 01/05/2023 at 14:30:47
Oh yeah, let's also remember they are young men with few places to go for understanding. Their parents have never experienced it, their friends probably didn't make it to league level and so they are left to get informed by other players.

So there is where we did well bringing in Eto'o, James and Delph. You can blame individual players and insult their efforts but do take a good look at how their best-intended efforts may have been undermined.

But hey, they make so much more than us, none of that should matter, right?

John McFarlane Snr
76 Posted 01/05/2023 at 14:46:37
Hi all, I may be in the minority but I never predict team selection or results, and I don't criticize individual players. It's my belief that games are won or lost as a 'team', although some will play better than others. I'ts my opinion that lack of skill is the reason we are in trouble brought about by the inefficiency of the Board. I would much rather encourage the players than rip them to pieces, as some fans tend to do, after all we all hope for the same things.
Tom Bowers
77 Posted 01/05/2023 at 14:54:56
Everyone knows what has to be done but doing it is another thing entirely.

They have talented players but far too much of it is wasted because of the lack of scoring players.

Teams like RS, Manure and City have the big money to lure the best strikers and that's why they are top teams.

RS have been piling in the goals again and hardly surprising when they have Jota, Nunez, Diaz, Salah not to mention Firminho along with Ghakpo. Who do we have DCL and Maupay (don't laugh).

Seriously though we have really struggled since Richarlison left and he wasn't that terrific when he went but that's when the apathy set in regarding re-enforcements by the board who have been totally inept at dealing with this problem hence this terrible predicament we are in.

With all the financing pouring in for the new stadium it's ironic the personnel on the field is so bereft of ideas and struggling to get goals.

I fear it will be more of the same today.

Sean Roe
78 Posted 01/05/2023 at 14:58:26
They have far better players than us, particularly in attacking area's.
We aren't likely to score so if we can defend well for ninety plus minutes we may get a 0-0 draw.
Eric Haworth
79 Posted 01/05/2023 at 14:58:44
John #60 I would take your point about Coady & even expand on it, which I’ve been loath to do until this point. But Sean Dyche made great play of our lack of mental toughness when he first arrived & has now returned to it again in his latest press conference.

Now it’s my understanding that we employ a sports psychologist at Finch Farm & it’s something that’s been bugging me for some time. Because it’s quite apparent that there are, & have been for some time, fundamental psychological issues at play.

In a previous existence I had cause to study psychology, part of which included psychological profiling, and believe me our club is full of interesting case studies. But keeping to the point, there are 2 players in particular who’ve had there fair share of amateur analysis in these pages, DCL & Michael Keane.

I will focus on Keane in this instance, because he’s come back into focus of late, after initially being reintroduced reasonably successfully. However, this is not a direct comparison of Keane & Coady’s individual performances. Because neither would get into a world XI. But more their impact on the players around them.

I watched with interest, Coady’s impact on the performances of young Patterson in particular. The kid came on in leaps & bounds initially, under Coady’s tutelage. He was effectively being talked through games, being constantly encouraged, coaxed & praised.

This was also true with Coady’s effect on others, even Godfrey on the other flank. Coady, Tarkowski & Pickford, clearly became a unit. Hi-fiving each other after blocks, saves, etc. Pickford became less erratic and more assured. In fact this seemed to spread throughout the defence, & the team as a whole started to look more composed & assured.

Now fast forward to the reintroduction of Keane, and I wouldn’t argue that Coady’s individual performances had dropped off & warranted action. But the difference in young Patterson was immediate & stark, even before his injury. Because Keane is singularly focussed on holding his own game together & subsequently rarely interacts with his teammates. Consequently the “unit” mentality quickly disappeared. Ultimately being replaced by the blind panic defending that we’d become accustomed & bit-by-bit seeping into the rest of our play.

Now all our ill’s aren’t down to one man, (other than Mr Kenwright that is) that would be ludicrous to suggest. But what we have here is two very different personalities in a very key position. One is extremely positive, highly confident & talkative, (I’ve heard him referred to as the gobby scouser) which brings with it a positivity & confidence to the collective as a whole. Whereas the other is introspective, silent & with a fragile confidence, which brings with it negativity & nervousness to the collective.

I think the majority of us will recognise something similar from our own workplaces. The impact both positive & negative personalities can have on the workplace is profound & in a team environment it’s not always the individual performance of one member of the team that’s important, its what else they bring to the team & the impact they have on the performance of the team as a whole.

In summary, there’s not a whole lot to choose in the individual performances of Keane, Coady & Mina, as they’re all prone to “gaffs”, But both Coady & Mina bring a positivity to the collective, which is what we need right now, and because of his constant talking & encouragement of others, (particularly if Seamus fails his fitness test & young Patterson is thrown into the fray) my vote goes to Coady. But whoever it is, we need to get behind them 100% 👍COYB 💙

Colin Metcalfe
80 Posted 01/05/2023 at 15:12:01
Just about to depart to Boston so will switch my phone on arrival, please please blues don’t let us down
Raymond Fox
81 Posted 01/05/2023 at 15:20:10
Both sides will be a bag of nerves and most low on confidence and thats just the players!

They have been hammered and told their not up to it on a weekly basis which doesnt engender confidence.

I've no doubt that they will give their best tonight but we are 3/1 underdogs, who scores first is going to be massive.

Even a draw wouldnt be the end of the world.

John Keating
82 Posted 01/05/2023 at 15:38:37
Nowt to do with it but hear the cowardly dirty tackle from behind bastard Souness has left
Not sure if hes was on-tonight but it’s one shithouse less!
Robert Tressell
83 Posted 01/05/2023 at 15:43:20
Presumably Leicester will play the same 4231 formation they used in their last game, a 1- 1 away to Leeds.

That allows them to get 3 pacey, lively forwards (from Barnes, Tete, Iheanacho, Daka and Vardy) on the pitch ahead of Maddison and Tielemans who are both obviously high quality players.

In fact the Leicester First XI generally looks good quality and well balanced. Let's be honest, they are better than us player for player by some margin.

It's also curious that their goal difference (-13) is much better than the other genuine relegation candidates by more than 10 goals which suggests they aren't terrible defensively either.

It seems like for them things just aren't coming together as a team this season. A lot of that is down to Rodgers getting in a bad mood and dragging the team down with it (I suspect he felt he should have been handed either the Man Utd or Chelsea jobs).

Quite what any of this means for our tactics, personnel and formation I'm not sure. Under Dyche, we've looked best when we get the ball forward early with the likes of Gray and Doucoure getting into the box in support.

Let's hope we see plenty of that again tonight as it should pay dividends.

Ray Said
84 Posted 01/05/2023 at 15:49:00
i think that Eric (79) makes some sharp observations about the effects of some players individual attitudes on the collective attitude of the team. I agree with his points about Keane and Coady and their effects on 'unit' building. I was more satisfied with Coady as he seemed to be more thoughtful and aware of what was going on around him and was usefully organising the others in what Eric calls the 'unit'. I think he had a positive effect of Tarkowski too. Simple way may to play the three of them together with Coady as the organiser/shouter/coverer in the centre of the three.
Ray Said
85 Posted 01/05/2023 at 15:49:01
i think that Eric (79) makes some sharp observations about the effects of some players individual attitudes on the collective attitude of the team. I agree with his points about Keane and Coady and their effects on 'unit' building. I was more satisfied with Coady as he seemed to be more thoughtful and aware of what was going on around him and was usefully organising the others in what Eric calls the 'unit'. I think he had a positive effect of Tarkowski too. Simple way may to play the three of them together with Coady as the organiser/shouter/coverer in the centre of the three.
Mark Murphy
86 Posted 01/05/2023 at 15:56:27
I agree with what Ray Said said…
Tony Everan
87 Posted 01/05/2023 at 16:07:38
Eric 79, I'd add that the game time factor that Keane has had will play into his favour and a determination to put things right. He can bag an important goal too when fired up, like Palace, Tottenham. It's a great post and it sums up a difficult decision for Dyche.

Mina is the best CB at the club with a touch of class on the rare occasions he is fully fit, but is rusty and could well get caught cold because of it. Like you though, I'd twist and go for Coady for his mental strength which will be needed, I still think it's a marginal decsion.

Joe McMahon
88 Posted 01/05/2023 at 16:13:13
My concern is not only that 6 Everton players have been in relegated teams, including our manager, and Keane who I expect Dyche will pick tonight, (not Mina). Burnley's best defender for several seasons was Ben Mee, not Tarks. Of all the ex Burnley relegated players Dwight McNeil has proved he never gives up. We will need him tonight.

But seriously how has it been allowed to happen that we have 3 players from the same relegated team only last season, and their bloody manager!

Daniel A Johnson
89 Posted 01/05/2023 at 16:20:12
Sliding doors moment tonight

Win or Lose the club heads of in two very different directions.

Crossing everything for the win I'm so fucking nervous/anxious.

Danny O’Neill
90 Posted 01/05/2023 at 16:23:33
John Senior @76. The train is just pulling out of the station Leicester bound. I honestly do not care who plays tonight. I'm past caring. I probably won't get home until 2am tomorrow morning.

Just play and give me a result before I head to Brighton.

Kevin Naylor
91 Posted 01/05/2023 at 16:23:58
Dyche will probably do what he always does (including at Burnley) so don't expect any revelations in team selection. He's going to live/die (metaphorically) by what he does or doesn't do tonight.
Kieran Kinsella
92 Posted 01/05/2023 at 16:33:35
In 1929/30 we won 4 of our last five games including wins over relegation rivals Sheff Utd and Burnley but still went down. I am wondering if fans back then saw that as a valiant effort or if they were annoyed the team didn't make an effort until it was too little too late? Can't see the current crop ending that strongly.
Daniel A Johnson
93 Posted 01/05/2023 at 16:38:09
Leicester are a team of good players having a bad season, unlike us were a team lacking in quality and fight that contains a squad full of lazy bottlers.
Si Cooper
94 Posted 01/05/2023 at 16:44:03
In theory this game isn’t the last chance saloon for us, but I think without the boost of 3 points tonight there is too much downwards momentum for the players to gain the belief they need.
I wouldn’t play Coady, Keane and Tarkowski together because it has already been noted that Leicester look to play passes through for free pacey attackers to get in behind and those three just couldn’t cover that. If fit, Seamus still has enough residual pace to play as the right side of a back three and that’s what I’d opt for, with Patterson (or Godfrey) and O’Neil (or Mykolenko) playing, in co-ordination with a pairing of Onana and Doucoure, to harass their playmakers and cover the runners. I feel Onana has already been dismissed as a want away in the summer but as he is probably headed for a suspension in the near future I’d still play him but ask him to stay defensive and empty his tank by minute 55 - 60, which is when I’d bring on Garner.
I’d move Iwobi (who can shoot) to central in front of that bank of 4 with the front two of Gray (or O’Neil) and DCL who all have a goal or two in them.
I don’t think it’s worth just trying kitapo tonight because I cannot see that doing anything but giving them the initiative. I’d be working on the premise that were we do have some depth in the squad it may be worth asking some players not to hold anything in reserve in terms of running around.
Come on you Blues!
Jack Convery
95 Posted 01/05/2023 at 16:47:15
For me tonight it has to be 4 - 2 - 3 - 1


Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski. Mykolenko

Gana, Garner

Gray, Doucoure, McNeill


If fit, Coleman for Patterson. If I see Godfrey and / or Keane on the teamsheet I give up, I really do.

Leicester could only draw with Leeds, so please Everton, show off your gonads and have a go.

Allan Board
96 Posted 01/05/2023 at 16:52:29
I agree Eric@79. Coady is "a giver" on the pitch- and I defy anyone to say that's its not great when you have a lad (or two) like him in your team. A leader, organiser,bollucker and encourager. Whilst all the time being a decent performer themself. Being a leader makes them tick. Few have it,the majority never.
You need leaders tonight-not nice lads Mr Dyche.
Kunal Desai
97 Posted 01/05/2023 at 16:52:55
I'd be worried on that left side. It has to be Coleman or Patterson to nulify Barnes. 2-1 Leicester. Hope i'm wrong.
Dale Self
98 Posted 01/05/2023 at 17:01:39
I’d take Coady over Keane but there was something going wring with the Coady-Tark partnership. Another tough decision for which Mina is not the answer.
John McFarlane Snr
99 Posted 01/05/2023 at 17:02:13
Hi Danny [90] I hope the Club value the away support, I'm afraid that my traveling days are long since gone, but my Grandson Josh '18' has grasped the baton, and will be there tonight.

As a side topic what is your view on the fact that Doucoure received a three game ban for stroking the face of Kane, while a Liverpool player got away with a kick to the head of a Tottenham defender, receiving a yellow card and no ban.

I've been told that retired referee Halsey is quoted as saying that when he was in charge of games he was told, "If you're not sure of a decision, err in the direction of the 'Big Club', that's where the money is." As Jimmy Greaves is credited with saying, it appears that it is indeed a "Funny Old Game"

Dale Self
100 Posted 01/05/2023 at 17:06:02
Joe 88 (heh) Frank left us with those options given our finances and timing.
Bill Piscass
101 Posted 01/05/2023 at 17:13:16
Rumour has it Onana is out?
Neville Wellings
102 Posted 01/05/2023 at 17:25:55
I do hope so Bill. He contributes nothing. Loitering without intent. Lolloping behind the play with the odd short pass. I would love him to prove me wrong but can't see that happening. COYB
Mark Taylor
103 Posted 01/05/2023 at 17:28:49
Mina is out of contract in a few weeks and given he is injury prone, can I suggest he may not be showing much in training to persuade Dyche to pick him. And maybe Dyche himself doubts whether he would really risk himself physically in such a scenario.

It's always good to read posters pointing out why we are in with a chance of a win. But then the match starts.

Kieran Kinsella
104 Posted 01/05/2023 at 17:31:08

"Mina is out of contract in a few weeks and given he is injury prone, can I suggest he may not be showing much in training to persuade Dyche to pick him. And maybe Dyche himself doubts whether he would really risk himself physically in such a scenario."

The same thing may apply to Coady and Davies.

Paul Tran
105 Posted 01/05/2023 at 17:31:46
Joe #88, that's an interesting point. I did bits and pieces of work in Burnley a few years back. Everyone was surprised we bought Keane and not Mee or Tarkowski, in that order. Mind you, some of them said they thought Keane was quick
Danny O’Neill
106 Posted 01/05/2023 at 17:32:30
John, my view on Doucoure?

You are pouring petrol on the flames.

He pats a player on the face. Silly but hardly a cardinal sin.

That lot can seemingly do what they want and get away with it. Klopp last night with the fourth official.

Good to see you at the last one in the Harlech. See you at the next one.

Give Josh my number and I'll get him a half time drink.

0796 600 7546

Gary Brown
107 Posted 01/05/2023 at 17:49:01
It's interesting that, despite Keane and Tarkowski, and Coady and Tarkowski, both playing poor… it seems to be Tarkowski who escapes the blame. Great tackler, but slow and not dominant in the air really.

There's no way in hell Dyche is going with 3/5 at the back, so why not try Mina and Keane together for the last few games? Mina surely wants to be in the window and, apart from injuries, has been the best defender consistently when played.

I do take the point about Patterson being better with Coady there though too. Given we are conceding like a sieve, perhaps even Mina and Coady in a two.

Oliver Molloy
108 Posted 01/05/2023 at 17:51:31
For me, Dyche has to go for the 3 points.

These Leicester players will be up for this at home but, just like Everton at home, they will be nervous as fuck. We have to start fast and shut the crowd up – it's payback time.

If Gray is fit, he has to come back in and I would play Simms up front with Calvert-Lewin and start launching balls in there.

No matter who is on the pitch, every one of them has to play like their lives depend on it within the laws of the game, the players must do the talking on the pitch and realise the enormity of tonight's game. How many chances do they want!

Tonight, when the final whistle blows, Evertonians everywhere will be full of despair or hope – everything crossed it is the latter.

I believe we can win if go for it.


Andy Crooks
109 Posted 01/05/2023 at 17:51:54
Danny, have the best night of the season tonight. The blue travellers deserve it.
Jay Harris
110 Posted 01/05/2023 at 17:53:41
Leicester are weak from set pieces but have a midfield that can pick most teams apart.

I would like to see us beef up the midfield and force as many free kicks and corners as we can.

Hopefully Coleman is fit but, if I see Godfrey or Maupay anywhere near this team, I will give up on Dyche.

Let's hope whoever plays has belief and determination as no game has ever carried more significance in recent times.

Anthony Murphy
111 Posted 01/05/2023 at 18:09:21
Onana went off injured the other night so not too surprised if he's out. I'd move Iwobi into a central role as he'll chase and close down.

I don't think a draw is a disaster tonight. This is huge for Leicester too, so for me,not losing is the minimum requirement.

I hope Calvert-Lewin finds the net and gets a confidence boost. My other hope is that we keep a cool head and don't press the panic button too early.

Kieran Kinsella
112 Posted 01/05/2023 at 18:12:23

Tarkowski always has a mistake in him but I think he gets away with it as he's gobby and usually starts shouting at other players.

Mason standing there chewing gum, or Keane looking like he's going to cry, Williams with his head under his shirt etc seem to draw more ire than the angry ex Burnley man.

Dale Self
113 Posted 01/05/2023 at 18:18:47
Good call, Andy, and if I may put a Yank touch on that: Fuckin A, Away Fans! Fuckin A!!
John Burns
114 Posted 01/05/2023 at 18:20:04
So much negativity. So much realism. But still, there is nothing in me that accepts we will be relegated. Five games to go. Five team’s involved. That’s 75 points. We need 6 or 7 of them. We can get them.
Colin Glassar
116 Posted 01/05/2023 at 18:38:02
Draw written all over this one. Praying for a win.
Tony Everan
117 Posted 01/05/2023 at 18:38:37
Stuck in traffic before, the car in front’s registration was ending 2 1 DCL .

It’s got to be a sign, we’re going to win 2-1 and Calvert-Lewin is going to score.

John Keating
118 Posted 01/05/2023 at 18:38:56
Leicester are far superior in movement than us. Maddison and Tielemens will control midfield.

We have to stay tight the first 30 minutes, hope we can snatch one then hold on for grim life.

Joe McMahon
119 Posted 01/05/2023 at 18:44:00
Kieran#92, I assume you weren't at those games, Please don't say you were!
Brendan McLaughlin
120 Posted 01/05/2023 at 18:44:55
Tony #117

1 2 I might buy...2 1 not so much

Danny O’Neill
121 Posted 01/05/2023 at 18:45:04
Right. We're going in.

Be there.

Spirit. Forever.

Fuck the board. This is about us.

Pete Day
122 Posted 01/05/2023 at 18:54:26
Fingers crossed for a result for you Danny, given that other results yet again have gone our way and it is for us to take full advantage I fear that the team will choke as it has done already many times this season. I then expect us to do something ridiculous like get a result against city! 😫

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