Everton fixtures in November 2023

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It's now a near-certainty that Everton are in for another season-long fight for Premier League survival with the bookmakers now giving 2/1 or better odds on five teams including the Toffees. Everton fans are more likely to win playing online slots than betting on their own team at the moment.

These are sad days for the Toffees, and not just because of the team's massive on-field struggles. 

Everton announced on Tuesday that long-serving Chairman Bill Kenwright passed away after a long battle with illness. 

Speaking to the club's website, Sean Dyche paid his tribute to Kenwright, who died on Monday aged 78, acknowledging the latter's role in bringing him to Goodison Park earlier this year.

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It's now up to the 52-year-old manager to show his gratitude through much-needed on-field success, with the Merseyside strugglers heading into Sunday's clash against West Ham United flirting with the drop zone.

Ashley Young's first-half expulsion and Michael Keane's reckless handball paved the way for Liverpool's 2-0 victory in last weekend's Merseyside derby, maintaining Everton's shambolic start to the season.

With six losses and only two wins across the opening nine Premier League rounds, the Toffees go into Gameweek 10 a mere three points clear of 18th-placed Burnley. 

But travelling outside the city of Liverpool has been unexpectedly kind to Dyche's side this season, as they've gone unbeaten on four competitive travels (W3, D1) since a 4-0 thumping at Aston Villa in August.

Considering the Hammers have suffered a significant dip in form in the last five Premier League outings (W1, D1, L3), Everton may smell blood in the water and push for an upset in London. 

Since the start of November will put the squeeze on the club's fixture schedule, with three matches awaiting Dyche's team in the space of just ten days, picking up points at West Ham could be a perfect morale boost.

Let's look at the Everton schedule in November.

Burnley (H) - League Cup, November 1

Burnley's visit to Goodison is a text-book definition of a must-win clash for Everton. 

While exiting domestic cup competitions in the early stages would alleviate physical pressure on the team ahead of an ominously-looking battle against relegation, it could also be counterproductive. 

Dyche's men need every encouragement they can get in these uncertain times, while the home supporters can hardly handle more disappointments in their backyard.

Before a 3-0 demolition of Bournemouth in their last home game, Everton had lost their opening four Premier League fixtures at Goodison, three of which without scoring. 

Dyche must rebuild the Toffees' home fortress ahead of the upcoming challenges if he's to drag his side out of this pit of despair.

Brighton & Hove Albion (H) - Premier League, November 4

Only three days after their League Cup encounter against the Clarets, Everton will trade tackles with free-scoring Brighton. 

Despite going down 2-1 at perennial champions Manchester City last time out, the Seagulls have found the net in 24 consecutive Premier League matches.

Since the Toffees have just one league clean sheet to their name in 2023/24, this promises to be an unpleasant experience for the nine-time English champions. 

Crystal Palace (A) - Premier League, November 11

Everton's only road trip in November takes them to Selhurst Park to meet Roy Hodgson's injury-riddled Crystal Palace side on the eve of the next international break.

Visiting this venue has recently been a nightmare for the Toffees, as they've failed to get on the scoresheet in four of their last six competitive away clashes against the Eagles. 

If it's any consolation, three of those meetings yielded a tepid 0-0 scoreline.

Manchester United (H) - Premier League, November 26

Manchester United will pay a visit to Goodison to cap off November's Premier League action.

On paper, this seems like a tall order for Everton, but Erik ten Hag's troops have endured a stuttering start to the new campaign. 

Despite United's topsy-turvy form, the Toffees will have to approach this showdown with cautious optimism after losing all three competitive H2Hs last season. 

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