Everton vs Manchester City

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James Garner had arguably his best game so far for Everton at Brighton but faces stiff competition from the fit-again Amadou Onana

Everton play their penultimate home game of 2022-23 this weekend and it’s their most difficult Goodison Park assignment of the campaign as reigning Champions and current Premier League leaders Manchester City come to town.

Pep Guardiola’s well-oiled machine will make the short trip down the M62 on the back of a 10-match winning streak in the League that has seen them overtake Arsenal at the summit and, with four matches remaining, have another title within their grasp.

Everton, of course, are still mired in a scrap at the other end of the table to avoid relegation but they boosted their chances of doing so massively last Monday with their stunning 5-1 demolition of in-form Brighton that has them sitting in 17th place coming into the weekend.

Saturday’s games involving the Blues’ rivals, Leeds (home to Champions League-chasing Newcastle) and Nottingham Forest (away at unpredictable Chelsea) may change the picture at the bottom by the time Everton kick off but Sean Dyche and his men will at least know where they stand.

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Come what may, Dyche will know that if his team can pull off a second shock win in the space of a week, they will have taken another huge step towards salvation from the drop.

The manager won’t be getting ahead of himself, though, and he explained on evertonfc.com that he has been trying to even out the emotional highs and lows that have affected the squad this season to what he believes has been an unhealthy degree.

“I’ve spoken to the players about not getting too carried away,” Dyche said. “We beat Arsenal in our first game and then I was quick to mention it was a step and there are lots of steps to go.

“That doesn’t mean to say I don’t enjoy it, but it’s a season’s worth of work, not just one game. I’ve been trying to moderate that feeling. When I walked in here the thing that hit me instantly was a big result, big everything; tough result, low everything. That needed to change in-house.

“Our fans, who have been brilliant, can absolutely react like that but the in-house feel here, the environment we work in, and the flow had to get more level and more consistent in our daily work and thinking.

“We’ve spoken to the players and staff about it. It’s important to handle good times in terms of not thinking everything is solved and right and proper.”

Certainly, in Manchester City they will be facing a similar playing style to that of Brighton even if the individual players will be world class in so many positions on the pitch and not only did a worse Everton side grab a draw at the Etihad Stadium in the reverse fixture on New Year’s Eve but the Toffees were robbed by VAR of a chance to try and claim a point from the penalty spot in last year’s game between these two clubs at Goodison.

Anything is possible when it’s 11 vs 11, as Ronald Koeman’s Blues demonstrated in January 2017 when they inflicted on Guardiola his heaviest Premier League defeat in what was the only time an Everton side has beaten City in the last decade.

Defensively, though, Everton will need to be near perfect while, at the top end of the pitch, Dyche will be impressing on his players the need to be as clinical as they were against Brighton with what chances fall their way.

“The message will be simple; just take it on,” he said in his comments on the official website. “It’s a big challenge obviously. I’m sure the Evertonians will back us as they do, it’ll be a really good atmosphere for us to go and play in.

“But it’s about taking it on with the mentality we showed at Brighton. All the details have got to be right against Manchester City. You might need them to have a soft one, and your key players play well, all of them things go in the melting pot.

"Yet, it’s still about us taking the game on.”

With Seamus Coleman now officially ruled out for the remainder of the season and Yerry Mina having come through 90-plus minutes on the south coast unscathed, the only real question mark over Dyche’s team selection is likely to be who starts between James Garner and Amadou Onana.

Garner had arguably his best game so far against the Seagulls and but for a terrific block by Lewis Dunk would have opened his Premier League account with what would have been Everton’s fourth goal just before half-time. But Onana, who laid on a lovely assist for Dwight McNeil to complete the rout at the Amex Stadium, will be champing at the bit to be involved and it his physical prowess and presence from a defensive standpoint might give him the edge against this particular opponent.

Guardiola, meanwhile, is expected to make a few changes to a starting XI that ended up playing the full game with no replacements against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday evening. The likes of Aymeric Laporte, Phil Foden and serial tormentor of Everton, Riyad Mahrez could step in and underscore the ridiculous strength in depth that City possess, while Erling Haaland will pose the sternest of tests at the tip of Guardiola’s spear.

Mina, for one, will no doubt be relishing going up against the Norwegian while Everton will feel confident that a fit and firing Dominic Calvert-Lewin, combined with their set-piece threat and counter-attacking ability will give them every chance of causing City problems.

Any kind of positive result would be a bonus; a win would just keep Evertonians in dream land.

Kick-off: 2 pm, Sunday 14 May 2023
Referee: Anthony Taylor
VAR: Craig Pawson
Last Time: Everton 0 - 1 Manchester City

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Patterson, Mina, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Gueye, Garner, Iwobi, McNeil, Doucouré, Calvert-Lewin


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Dean Williams
1 Posted 13/05/2023 at 06:53:27
It's a no brainer, garner stays in. Onana goes missing and I'm not 100% sure what he brings to the team.
Geoff Lambert
2 Posted 13/05/2023 at 07:05:55
Don't change a winning team. Same as and lets give the mancs a game. They will have champions league on their mind not wanting any injuries so lets get stuck in right from the off, A couple of hard tackles in first few minutes will get them thinking about injuries and missing out on CL games. They can afford a loss and still win the league so lets get at them and get some more much needed points on the board.COYMB...
Darryl Ritchie
3 Posted 13/05/2023 at 07:08:08
We just might get a surprise result out of this one. Everyone, and by that I mean everyone non-Evertonian, (and probably more than a few of us well) believes that we will lose.

So there’s no pressure. If I was Dyche, I’d tell the squad “Play as well as you can, and have fun.”

We weren’t supposed to do well last match, either. Just goes to show that, sometimes,“everyone” doesn’t know everything.

Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 13/05/2023 at 07:29:36
Why can't we do this? We can.

Little Leon Osman smashing one in after Seamus dancing around their full back to set up little Leon Osman leaping like an Alaskan Salmon to bring us back to a two one victory having been a goal down.

Is Leon available tomorrow?

We can do this blues. Turn up with belief.

Eddie Dunn
5 Posted 13/05/2023 at 07:37:23
We have to play hard, get into them but not pick up any red cards.
They won't want injuries and despite Pep's rhetoric, he desperately wants that Champion's League even more than the PL.
City can sometimes play themselves into a coma.
Same team please.
Derek Thomas
6 Posted 13/05/2023 at 07:47:38
The above 3 comments, all day long and twice on Sunday...especially this Sunday. Hopefully City have half an eye on Real.

City are the very opposite of a 'One Man Team' but I back Mina Vs Haarland physically and more to the point he's an expert at the sly and not so sly snide wind up, which as shown in the away fixture, he 'doesn't like it up him'. So much so, he chased Godfrey out to the bye line for a bit of scythe him down payback.
Sadly there are another 9 very good players, plus subs, to make life hard for us.

At the back I always feel...Stones especially...that due to not having too much to do, they have the odd panicky mistake in them if pressured, maybe Calvert Lewin can push them about a bit.

I'm not expecting another 5 goal massacre at either end...lightening doesn't often strike twice;

What I don't want is a case of 'After the Lord Mayor's Show.'

But would, if offered, albeit very reluctantly, take the draw.

Danny Baily
7 Posted 13/05/2023 at 07:51:04
Bookies giving us the same odds for a win tomorrow as they did on Monday, but I doubt there will be any surprises. Big day today in terms of other results.
David Bromwell
8 Posted 13/05/2023 at 08:13:46
Same team please, looks balanced and importantly hard working. We also need to be careful, no silly early bookings and we should have every chance given City's very pressing schedule.
Tony Everan
9 Posted 13/05/2023 at 08:21:19
There’s definitely something in this game for us, but it’s going to be hard earned. Pep is stressed because of the fixture congestion and this is going to pass on to the players.

They have threats all over the pitch so we have to be on our guard for the entire match, full on focused. Of the meany threats, it will likely be Foden and Mahrez occupying their wider attacking positions. How we deal with them will go a long way to determining the outcome.

After Brighton, Pep will smell the danger we can create for them. Now it’s not only set pieces but we look like we can score from any breakaway. It’s a weakness for Man City, sometimes they can be caught cold. I’m convinced these chances will come and we have to take them like we did on Monday, if we do we can get at least a point.

We have to be on full alert when we have a corner or set piece too. They will be rehearsing their own breakaways from our own set pieces, we need to be fully rehearsed on that danger.

I expect a bit of play acting from Man City tomorrow, a dream for them would be to manufacture a red card for us, so they can have a walk in the park before Real Madrid. I hope the referee sees through it.

For me too, the team stays the same, theres a good balance to it and we have looked better in midfield since Garner has come in.


Graham Rathbone
10 Posted 13/05/2023 at 08:27:05
Quietly confident we can get something out of this game, then I saw who the referee is.
Dear oh dear.
Colin Glassar
11 Posted 13/05/2023 at 08:28:00
We can win this if our stars all line up but to be honest, I’d take a draw from our next two games.

I know that would leave us a a still-not-safe 34 points (could be enough) but the incentive to batter the crap out of Bournemouth would be huge and get the crowd and players up for another massive, post match, celebratory pitch invasion.

Eric Myles
13 Posted 13/05/2023 at 08:54:33
I'm hoping that the crowd, and the Club, make it clear to Haarland and all those journo hacks out there, that he's nowhere near beating Dixie's record of 60 goals in the league.

He won't even get close to Pongo Waring's tally.

Rob Halligan
14 Posted 13/05/2023 at 09:03:52
Pep is already moaning about the re-scheduling of the game from Saturday to Sunday, due to the Eurovision Song Contest being held in Liverpool. He would rather the game be played today, giving him an extra twenty four hours to prepare his team for Real Madrid next Wednesday. Instead he’s got twenty four hours less to treat any possible injuries, meaning he could well rest one or two for Wednesday night. The only problem is whoever steps in would no doubt walk into most other teams, but will he risk the likes of Haaland, De Bruyne against us, knowing any injury could put them out of the Real Madrid game? Get stuck right into them from the off and let them know they are in for one tough game. Win this and we’re as good as safe. What more incentive do the players need?


Ray Roche
15 Posted 13/05/2023 at 09:06:56
Eric, I’m sure someone far more inventive than me can come up with the words to supplement “60 goals,60 goals, Dixie Dean, 60 goals, 60 goals I say….etc…..I’m fact that’s all that’s needed. Plus 40k Evertonians singing it!
Rob Halligan
16 Posted 13/05/2023 at 09:11:38
Eric, the club have a piece on the official website regarding the comparison in the number of goals scored between the two. The piece states the fact that Dixie didn’t have the European competitions or the league cup in which to boost his tally, unlike Haaland has today, so take out Haalands twelve CL goals, and one league cup goal, and he’s miles behind. I don’t know if this piece is in tomorrow’s matchday programme, but it should be……………


Steve Brown
17 Posted 13/05/2023 at 09:19:04
This is a free hit.

Let’s take it.

Paul Birmingham
18 Posted 13/05/2023 at 09:26:18
If Everton turn up with the same mindset as of the Brighton game, and keep their cool, under the shit tricks, diving and feining injuries, then, Everton, can beat City.

Mentally, Pep, is putting up excuses, before a ball is kicked.

Get at them, and be clinical, show Mahrez, and Foden,, to their rhs, and Everton can beat them.

Their keeper is prone to a few clanggers, so, I’d be shooting on site and picking up the spils.

Belief, and can do, can win this game, for Everton.


Mark Ryan
19 Posted 13/05/2023 at 09:34:36
What Paul said @ 18, spot on, we can do these Prima Donna's. Win this and we'll be home and dry. It will set us up nicely for the final games confidence wise UTFT's
Jim Wilson
20 Posted 13/05/2023 at 09:41:25
An unchanged team without any doubt.

A good pass from Onana once the game had been won gives him the bench again, and same again would be nice.

But definitely no start.

Christopher Timmins
21 Posted 13/05/2023 at 09:47:28
We have to be exceptional without the ball and clinical with the opportunities we create. Add on a bit of luck and you never know.

Same starting 11 as Monday.

Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 13/05/2023 at 09:54:51
City can be beat, I saw Liverpool, a poor Liverpool at that, and Brentford do it with good defending and fast breakaway attacks, Liverpool were battered but victorious, Brentford did it much better and could have won more than the 1-2 score line suggests having one goal scrapped through the brilliance (?) of VAR.

Play as we did at Brighton with controlled aggression and leave the verbals out, two stupid and unnecessary bookings for Mina and Doucoure. Dominic will keep them busy and the longer they go without scoring the more frustrated and attack minded they will become, leaving more gaps for us to exploit, hoping for at least one point.

Jim Wilson
23 Posted 13/05/2023 at 09:58:43
The players must keep up the fight but nothing over the top. These corrupt officials will be itching to help City!

Keep the organisation no matter the score, big performances from everyone.

No mistakes, no sendings off, keep the energy going.

The team has good balance and good spirit now, lets get behind each player and hopefully the team can pull off a surprise.


Dennis Stevens
24 Posted 13/05/2023 at 10:18:38
Did Dyche finally stumble across his best XI in the Brighton match? I suspect so & hope he sticks with it.
Kunal Desai
25 Posted 13/05/2023 at 10:31:29
Pep didn't make any changes on Tuesday night so I expect the likes of Ortega, Laporte, Foden, Mahrez and Alvarez all to start. Not sure why Pep is complaining about rest time when he has the quality to replace others.

I think it's highly likely the likes of De Bruyne, Haaland and a few others will be on the bench and only brought on if the game is still in the balance in the last 15 or so minutes

Expecting a close contest here and one which we can certainly get something from. The margin of victory at Brighton would and should have given the players huge confidence going into this.

Neil Carter
26 Posted 13/05/2023 at 10:34:17
As Dyche says -disrupt City don’t try to out play them.One for our help from the stands tomorrow.
Belief not respect royal blues!!!
David Hallwood
27 Posted 13/05/2023 at 10:43:02
Great piece Lyndon as ever, and you are spot on about City play like Brighton with a high line and pass, pass, pass; albeit with far better players and of course the beast from the north uptop.

It's an interesting match up; what should be a regulation win for Citteh, and if they do score early we will be in for a long, long, afternoon, but Pep and their defence will not be relishing coming up against a fully fit and fired up DCL. Plus, if DCL puts in a first half performance like he did on Monday, which was a thing of beauty. we could be on for yet another shock.

We've got to make the best of where we match them, or even surpass them. Any dead ball we have an advantage with Mina, Tark and DCL, the outlet ball to DCL has got to trigger the counter we saw so many times vs Brighton, and finally, the defence has got to be 100% switched on. because it doesn't matters if we get thrashed 7-0, do another Brighton or anything in between, we will only have anywhere between 25%-35% possession.

A tough afternoon and I would be delighted with a point, which would be 4pts from 2 games where we expected nothing. It's the hope that kills you.

Brian Harrison
28 Posted 13/05/2023 at 11:03:36
As Alex Ferguson used to say its sqeaky bum time for the clubs at the top and bottom of the league. Expect the unexpected just like us beating Brighton 5-1 not even the most ardent Everton fan expected that, so I am expecting at least one of our rivals to have a shock win, but will be delighted if none of them do.

with possibly Harland, De Bruyne being rested and Walker, but Foden, Alvarez and Mahrez coming in fresh hardly weakens them. I see a similar game as the Brighton game with City having most of the possession and us hitting them on the break, but City have better players than Brighton.

Having said all of that I think we could nick a draw tomorrow and following the draw at Leicester the win at Brighton would show a team full of confidence going into the last 2 fixtures.

Denis Richardson
29 Posted 13/05/2023 at 11:41:10
Come on Newcastle!

Isak, you owe me for my fantasy league side!

Denis Richardson
30 Posted 13/05/2023 at 11:41:11
Come on Newcastle!

Isak, you owe me for my fantasy league side!

Alan J Thompson
31 Posted 13/05/2023 at 11:48:06
I don't see City resting players, well, not until they feel confident that they are far enough ahead, so will start their strongest side.

I want Everton to concentrate on maintaining position and not diving in as any player beaten means that somebody has to leave their position to cover. To me, that means we have to have somebody spare to chase and harry around the pitch without leaving a gap elsewhere and probably subbed after an hour for fresh legs, or a very disciplined midfield knowing the shape we need to keep and hope for last week's clinical counter attacking. The sooner we make that obvious then perhaps City may sit an extra player in defence.

They might want the Champions League as priority but they won't put the EPL title or the chance of the treble on the line for it.

Pete Gunby
32 Posted 13/05/2023 at 11:50:39
What Denis said….the first time, not the second.
Kevin Molloy
33 Posted 13/05/2023 at 12:04:54
I think we need to be mindful of just how many things went our way last time out. A goal within a minute, then a second a bit later. Two goals you just wouldn't normally expect us to score, then a fluke to make it 3 at half time. 24% possession. Just as you don't become a bad team overnight, you don't become a good one either. We are playing the form team in Europe at the moment, so this could very easily soon be 0-3. Don't mean to be a gloom bucket, but for me the important games this weekend are at Leeds and Leicester.
We've still got a mountain o climb and I really don't want to be going into that last game needing anything from Bournemouth, just thank god we got that win at Brighton.
Laurie Hartley
34 Posted 13/05/2023 at 12:46:48
I think we have to win this game.
Robert Williams
35 Posted 13/05/2023 at 13:06:29
L1 N1
Pen saved, Pen scored - Papal intervention?
God bless the Pope!
Gary Brown
36 Posted 13/05/2023 at 13:08:26
Hard not to want the players to smash into them early, and make them worry about injuries……but with Antony Taylor he’ll be itching to book someone key early. A manc in charge of this game shows just how messed up refereeing is in premier league.

Just gotta be very organised, let them have the ball (let’s face it no real choice in that) and hope we can be enough of a danger on the counter and set plays to get a goal or two. Somehow stop them scoring and it’s winnable.

Derek Knox
37 Posted 13/05/2023 at 13:58:58
After Sunday's performance if they can play with the same mindset and intensity I fancy us to get something here, even against City as good as they are. Like Dave A said they can be beaten with astute defensive work and hitting them on the break.


Christy Ring
39 Posted 13/05/2023 at 15:18:48
Lampard dropped Kepa and brought in Mendy who’s just made a clanger, well done Frank.
Jay Harris
40 Posted 13/05/2023 at 17:19:42

Frank has carried on in the way he managed us. His teams can't defend and struggle to score the goals their play deserves.

Bit disappointed with Newcastle and Chelsea who both looked off the pace you would normally expect.

Hopefully Man City will oblige tomorrow and we'll get some points ourselves.

John Pendleton
41 Posted 13/05/2023 at 17:38:02
Southampton down. Point each for Leeds and Forest. Could have been better, could have been worse.

Avoid defeat Sunday, Leicester lose Monday. Fingers crossed!

Colin Malone
42 Posted 13/05/2023 at 18:08:24
Newcastle drawing with Leeds gives Liverpool a chance of 4th.

I watched Chelsea. Fucking typical Lampard. loads of possession in their own half. Then, when it came to the business end of the pitch, no-one knew where to go or what to do.

It takes time though, Frank. You're a joke, Frank, embarrassing.

Denis Richardson
43 Posted 13/05/2023 at 18:43:01
Cannot see Leics getting anything Monday with Newcastle dropping points, so it's down to us to match Forest and Leeds.

Tough ask but hopefully the Champions League distraction and confidence from the BHA win gives us an edge. Not to mention the crowd and the team having a week's rest.

Foden, Mahrez and Alvarez were on the bench midweek I believe so I expect most or all of them to start. Still a daunting 2nd team!

Fingers crossed for a performance and result. A win (!) would almost see us safe.

Dale Self
44 Posted 13/05/2023 at 21:01:37
Watching Real at home to Getafe, I think we will get some decent chances. If we get some turnovers and put City on the backfoot for enough chances, we will convert at Goodison.
Brian Wilkinson
45 Posted 13/05/2023 at 22:01:52
We can certainly get something from this, we need a good crunching tackle early doors, get the crowd even louder.

My big fear is City scoring and the crowd going quiet, if City do get one, then we have to simply sing that bit louder.

If we go quiet, heads will drop. We simply have to keep it up in the stands, we can do this, stick behind the players for 90 mins, get into City's faces on the pitch, and sing away Blues. Let us be the 12th man, make it hard as possible for the ref to give a soft decision.

Tony McNulty
46 Posted 13/05/2023 at 22:08:41
I remember reading somewhere that either John Hurst or maybe it was Degsy would whisper in the ear of any opposition striker something along the lines of:

"If you want to play in the Cup Final (or whatever) next week, you'd better keep out of my way"

Could someone teach Yerry Mina the appropriate phrases? Something along the lines of, "If you want to play in the Champions League final, Mr Haaland, maybe you should consider feigning an injury now."

Tom Bowers
47 Posted 13/05/2023 at 22:52:24
Just a couple of half-favours for the Blues today but Chelski and the Barcodes didn't do the whole job.

However, Everton need to do their bit tomorrow and the 2 remaining games and not have to rely on losses by the other three teams.

The Seagulls result was completely out of left field but just shows what this team can do when they come together.

That's not to say they can be a good side down the line but certainly they have goals in them against the right teams.

It may be too much to ask for a great follow-up tomorrow but it's not beyond them given the result at their ground and the performance at Brighton.

No matter what City's starting eleven will be it will be a tough ask as they are going for another Prem. title and will not want a team like Everton to take any points from them at this stage.

I don't think for one minute their upcoming game against Real Madrid will factor in although Pep really wants the Champions League title as well.

If Everton can settle down quickly and not give up easy possession by slack passing then they may just get some reward.

This may be the perfect game for Dyche to use his subs early as City will probably dominate possession and fresh legs may be necessary long before the last 20 minutes.


Jerome Shields
48 Posted 13/05/2023 at 23:09:04
Need to retain possession in the midfield.Doucoure in the second half at Brighton repeatedly gave away possession cheaply.Need improvement for sure.Again errors need to be kept in check.
Sam Hoare
49 Posted 13/05/2023 at 23:22:50
Same team and same approach. We will have less than 20% of possession so have to try and use it well.

Defend soundly and then break quickly with any turnovers.

Will need DCL and Doucoure to have good games and make the ball stick when we do get a window.

Would be very happy with a point.

Ernie Baywood
50 Posted 13/05/2023 at 23:52:59
A very different proposition to Brighton - the comparisons between them just seen odd to me. With the added problem that our players may have some confidence, which typically hasn't been a good thing for this bunch. I'd prefer them wounded than comfortable with their efforts.

I'll always feel that we can get something out of a home game against the best teams. It's when Goodison is at its glorious best.

But City really are exceptional. They're not a 'fun' team like Brighton who don't worry too much about boring stuff like defending. They get things done. I wouldn't call them prima donnas either. There's plenty of graft among their talent.

This could be massive. We're at the time of the season where every point and game played makes the league look completely different.

A win and we're, in all probability, pretty much there. Leeds and Leicester would need 2 wins and that won't happen.


George Stuart
51 Posted 13/05/2023 at 23:55:01
Just thought.
Would Pepe settle for a draw ?
Two draws and two wins gives them the title.
Drawing with 20 minutes to go, he might take it.
Likely though, we lose. It is what it is.
My worry is, as it stands Bournemouth are likely safe, but need a point to be mathematically safe.
I'll be glad when this is all over. Holding my breath since August has been really hard.
Brian Wilkinson
52 Posted 14/05/2023 at 00:13:55
Was that Maupay representing Moldova, playing a flute.
Andrew Keatley
53 Posted 14/05/2023 at 00:24:16
We all know how much City have left to play for this season. I very much doubt they want the game to become a physical scrap, so hopefully that’s exactly what we make it.

Because City can afford a slip up against us but not in the semi-final v Real Madrid I suspect Pep will rest Haaland, De Bruyne and a few others, and start with Foden, Alvarez and Mahrez - all quick and skilful but not very physically imposing. McNeil will need to help Mykolenko deal with Mahrez as he will punish us if given any time and space.

Great chance for us to take advantage of the demands on their squad and put some daylight between us and the clubs around us. Time for a gritty win.

Michael McGrath
54 Posted 14/05/2023 at 00:36:10
Hey City, Brighton were lucky it wasn't more!
Barry Rathbone
55 Posted 14/05/2023 at 00:37:39
We will lose by at least 3 absolutely no doubt about it
Andy Crooks
56 Posted 14/05/2023 at 01:00:07
Love it, Barry!
Dale Self
57 Posted 14/05/2023 at 01:07:05
Poch in at Chelsea. Sorry if posted elsewhere and sorry for Poch.
Nicolas Piñon
58 Posted 14/05/2023 at 04:26:06
Kevin Molloy, #33, i'm on your bus mate.
Absolutely spot on.
I Think they Will look for mykolenkos weaknesses mainly.
Steve Brown
59 Posted 14/05/2023 at 04:52:37
Didn't we get a prediction of a 3-0 defeat in the match thread for Brighton?
Bill Fairfield
61 Posted 14/05/2023 at 08:28:08
Once again we need to be right on it,and hopefully City will be below standard, or have their minds elsewhere. COYB.
Tony Graham
62 Posted 14/05/2023 at 08:57:52
Today is a big day, 110% effort is all I want, and of course a winner in the dying minutes, keeping our Prem status is paramount...
Mark Andersson
63 Posted 14/05/2023 at 09:08:43
Just a reminder Realistically we have been shite for a long time a lucky win against Brighton don't change a thing..

City will not get out of second gear and will still easily beat this lot of over paid underperforming championship players...

BIG IF. we stay up the same shite will be served up next season coz that's Everton...

Mark Ryan
64 Posted 14/05/2023 at 09:10:42
We will win today and that's because its the most important game for our survival and not for City. They will be happy to survive a draw and we'll want something. 2-1, DCL brace
Mark Murphy
65 Posted 14/05/2023 at 09:24:23
LUCKY?? Unexpected maybe but it wasn’t lucky!
Good luck today blues. For those lucky enough to be going I hope you have another wonderful day out!
Tony Everan
66 Posted 14/05/2023 at 09:25:56
Mark, Lucky win? A lucky win is when you scrape a game because of a dodgy penalty or getting a deflected goal against the run of play etc. a 1-5 win, away from home, with some scintillating counterattacks want luck. It was a game plan executed well by manager and players.
Jerome Shields
67 Posted 14/05/2023 at 09:29:45
Garner should play before Onana.His tidy play is needed in midfield today
Will Mabon
68 Posted 14/05/2023 at 09:39:20
We beat Arsenal here, who are of equivalent force to City.

It's not a foregone conclusion that we'll lose, it's simply likely that we will, same as last week. When we won.

Interesting what an outstanding, convincing victory can do to the outlook. Despite the perilous situation, I'm really looking forward to the game.

Brian Harrison
70 Posted 14/05/2023 at 10:15:29
The home games since Sean Dyche took over have been a mixed bag of results, starting with a 1-0 win against Arsenal as well as 1-0 wins against Brentford and Leeds, then a draw against Spurs then losing our last 2, to Fulham 1-3 and Newcastle 1-4.

But I think there has been a different mindset by both players and manager over the last couple of weeks, starting at Leicester where the intent to get at Leicester was there for all to see and could consider themselves unlucky not to have won the game.

Then Brighton, again, we didn't have as much of the ball as we did against Leicester but that intent to try and win the game was there again, and I think this new mindset is playing to our strengths.

I think had Dyche been able to select Calvert-Lewin in all of his games, I don't think we would be anywhere near relegation. I genuinely believe that having a fit Calvert-Lewin has made a huge difference, and I believe City defenders won't relish playing against him. Seems teams with forceful number 9s who are good in the air give them problems.

City have brilliant players all over the pitch but I just feel, if they have an Achilles Heel, it's in the air and defending set-pieces which is our strength.

Colin Glassar
71 Posted 14/05/2023 at 10:18:06
Nerves starting to kick in now. As the great Dusty once sang, “Wishing and hoping and thinking and praying…….” That’s me right now.
Denis Richardson
72 Posted 14/05/2023 at 10:55:50
Free hit for us, lose and it's still in our hands with 2 easier (on paper) games than today.

As said above, start hard with a couple of crunching tackles. Pep may take this game seriously but he's not on the pitch and can't get injured and hence miss the Madrid game (and possibly a final).

Can't see Haaland or De Bruyne starting. Mahrez is good but lightweight and doesn't tend to like it ‘up him'. I'd be more worried about Foden who's got fight and will be trying to get into the Champions League team.

I'd actually prefer Haaland to start as I think Mina will have him all day in a battle.

Brian Wilkinson
73 Posted 14/05/2023 at 11:04:01
Not sure if the Bramley Moore after-match is still on?

Just setting off now for the game, if it is can Derek, Jim, Derek or Bill send me a text and let me know.

Up the Toffees.

Danny O’Neill
74 Posted 14/05/2023 at 11:04:37
You missed 'believing' off that list, Colin.

I've read on these pages so many times that we were subject to imminent defeat.

I'm not hiding from anything. I've had some traumatic experiences and journeys these past few seasons.

We have beaten Arsenal and took a point off Man City and them. I know today is a different proposition, but we've beaten the much-admired Brentford and put Brighton to the sword.

Apparently Leeds would have too much for us. We beat them. West Ham too. Anything is possible in football.

Train approaching Runcorn. Nearly there. Show up, Everton. We will. We care deeply.

Garry Martin
75 Posted 14/05/2023 at 11:17:58
Theirs only one tactic for this game that Dyce should insist on his players should do and that is 'get into them'.
City are at a critical stage of their season, they won't want injuries with the CL potentially on the horizon, so, EFC need to demonstrate a massive desire to win the ball and the game !
Pete Neilson
76 Posted 14/05/2023 at 11:30:40
The doom mongers predicted it was pointless turning up against City on New Year’s Eve. They were proven wrong. There’s no absolute certainty in football. Hope we have Godfrey on the bench or even as a ball boy to wind up Haaland.
Kevin Molloy
77 Posted 14/05/2023 at 11:43:47
Pep using the old Bob Paisley trick of giving us a bit of toffee before the game in the MEN 'this was the game he feared above all the others'. Yeah, sure it was. But I bet they are giving us a lot more respect now than this time last week before we'd played Brighton. Suddenly Doucoure looks like a real threat, as does McNeil. They will be looking to hammer us down the flanks (and who can blame them). V interesting to see if he goes with Onana or Garner. I was thinking also about resting Mina midweek, just cos he's so fragile and so essential. This is not the key game for us, it's the next two. The one thing that must not happen is injuries to him or DCL.
Raymond Fox
78 Posted 14/05/2023 at 11:53:16
We know our team, it depends a lot who plays for them.

We are in with chance it is regarded as a free hit I suppose, so who knows we might suprise a few again.

What we don't want are sending offs and injuries to our best players.

Dave Abrahams
79 Posted 14/05/2023 at 12:00:35
I went to church this morning and got a little blessed piece of coal off the fella who gave me coal last year, every little thing helps so hopefully this will help us today.
Colin Glassar
80 Posted 14/05/2023 at 12:01:18
Kevin M, DCL and Mina could injure themselves sitting on the toilet. Both of them are brittle, especially Mina. In this fight for survival there’s no point in resting or mollycoddling key players. It’s do or die.
Ian Jones
81 Posted 14/05/2023 at 12:09:08
I am not saying that Dominic is the answer to our recent problems, but having him up front at least gives us a more physical and combative presence, relieves the pressure on the midfield and defence, and give us a chance up front. Simple game really. Just a pity we don't have any other strikers with similar attributes.

Alan J Thompson
82 Posted 14/05/2023 at 12:13:04
Colin(#80); Does that mean you think they are folders, scrunchers or number twos?
James Hughes
83 Posted 14/05/2023 at 12:14:19
Dave A, You are a star, well done mate. Every bit of luck helps

Kevin, Dyche will start with Garner and look to use Onana later. I think he has learnt his lesson on that one.

Peter Hodgson
84 Posted 14/05/2023 at 12:17:16
Quite. Graham @ 10. I thought exactly the samw as you when I saw who was the ref. Maybe we'll get lucky!

We have to get lucky playing 12.

Alan Johnson
85 Posted 14/05/2023 at 12:26:24
A draw would be brilliant. Although, hoping for more. C.O.Y.B
Derek Knox
86 Posted 14/05/2023 at 12:33:18
Brian @ 73, " Not sure if the Bramley Moore after match is still on. "

Sorry mate I decided against it, as it is the same people who always turn up, even when offered a lift, and as you well know, the Staff at B M Pub are only too willing to phone a Taxi after.

However I would like to suggest for the last Match of the Season against Bournemouth, that we all meet as we did before the Fulham Game, at the Harlech Castle. That was a cracking gathering and near to the ground too. Peter Moore is coming up from Worcester again and a Cornish Blue (not a cheese btw) who despite being a lifelong Evertonian has the difficult balance of work, family and distance to consider, has obviously been before, but is also coming to that one.

Only the team let us down that day, but I feel despite the result today, which I hope is a repeat of last week v Brighton, but maybe not to so many goals, the game against Bournemouth and similarly v Wolves (away) will be all hands to the pumps for survival. A good atmosphere as per our last home game v Palace (last season) is almost a guarantee. Just hope no stupid pitch invasions give any opportunities to deduct points, and they will after the last warning !

Dale Self
87 Posted 14/05/2023 at 12:34:36
I gotta feelin
A feelin deep inside.
Oh yeah.
Derek Knox
88 Posted 14/05/2023 at 12:38:44
Dale, try ringing 111, or is it 911 in the US ? :-)
David Peate
89 Posted 14/05/2023 at 12:56:09
Dave (79) I went to chapel this morning. He doesn't listen when you mention Everton.
James Hughes
90 Posted 14/05/2023 at 13:00:11
Hoping it is not true, just heard Holgate is starting
Dale Self
91 Posted 14/05/2023 at 13:09:08
No Derek I was providing the 411 (information line in the States).

While he cannot pass if McNeil does his usual duty we may find Holgate to be functional. Just let him focus on defensive responsibilities and give him an obvious outlet regularly. He has done it before under Carlo’s instruction. Come on!!!’

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