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Beto is in line to play in front of his home fans for the first time since arriving from Udinese

Things may be heating up off the pitch with the news that Farhad Moshiri has signed a deal with 777 Partners for a buyout of his majority shareholding in Everton FC, but, on the field, the Premier League program resumes this weekend with the winless Blues taking on title-chasing Arsenal at Goodison Park.

The potential end of the Moshiri era will be months in the making, with the Florida-based investment outfit’s bid subject to regulatory approval and 777 themselves to be vetted by the League’s owners and directors test. In the meantime, the Toffees are already embroiled in another fight for top-flight survival.

The opening four games of the campaign yielded just two goals and one point and though Sean Dyche can point to encouraging attacking metrics, the fact remains that his team are in the bottom three coming out of the international break with one of their toughest assignments up next.

Encouragingly, Everton have faired well in this fixture in recent years, having won four and drawn one of their last five meetings with the Gunners on home soil but two years ago it took the inspiration of Demarai Gray — the winger created an equaliser for Richarlison by slamming a shot off the crossbar and then scored a dramatic late winner — a player no longer at the club and last season, it was a backs-against-the-wall display of dogged defending led by Seamus Coleman, who won’t be involved this time due to injury.

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While new signing Beto is expected to make his home debut and Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks ready to return, protective mask and all following a cheekbone fracture, it’s at the back where the Blues’ prospects in this game will likely lie.

Jarrad Branthwaite has been in fine form since belatedly being introduced in place of Michael Keane but team captain James Tarkowski has been questionable of late, the veteran Ashley Young hasn’t covered himself in glory, Nathan Patterson’s relative inexperience has been exposed and the midfield has often failed to provide the necessary cover.

If Dyche and his men can demonstrate improvement in that defensive respect from the work put in over the break then they will stand a chance.

Inspired from the midfield by Martin Ødegaard and Declan Rice and lent potency by the likes of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus in attack, though, Arsenal have one of the most fearsome attacks in the division.

They ran out handsome 3-1 winners last time out against Manchester United, having toppled Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace in their first two games but their 2-2 draw with Fulham exposed some of their defensive frailties which Dyche will be hoping to exploit through the enterprising Arnaut Danjuma and the pace and power of Beto.

Though there were some question marks over Saka’s fitness this week, it seems as though Mikel Arteta will have just three players definitely ruled out in Thomas Partey, new signing Jurrien Timber and midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

Dyche, meanwhile, will have wait to welcome one of his own new acquisitions to his team in the form of Jack Harrison. The loanee has resumed full training but won’t be ready to return to action this weekend while Coleman and Dele Alli aren’t expected back until next month at the earliest.

If Everton are to make Goodison a fortress again, it’s games like these where they’ll need to perform in all areas of the pitch. Missed chances against Fulham and Wolves cost them dearly and they failed to hold on to an early lead at Sheffield United and the points will be much harder to come by against Arsenal.

A repeat of last season’s edition of this match, Dyche’s first in charge as the Toffees’ boss, would be a huge boost to morale and a magnificent tonic ahead of the upcoming trips to Brentford and Aston Villa.

Kick-off: 4:30 pm, Sunday, 17 September 2023
Referee: Simon Hooper
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Last Time: Everton 1 - 0 Arsenal

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Young, Gueye, Garner, Onana, Danjuma, Doucouré, Beto


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Andy Crooks
1 Posted 15/09/2023 at 22:34:26
Thank God for football. Hoping for a good price on Sunday because I'm confident we will win. This is why we are blues!!
Brendan McLaughlin
2 Posted 16/09/2023 at 00:17:18
Apologies Andy #1.

Very belatedly replied to your email.

You're sounding optimistic?

Bill Gienapp
3 Posted 16/09/2023 at 00:39:54
My friend, who's an Arsenal fan, commented on how we've become a bit of a bugaboo for them at Goodison in recent years. I pointed out how our matches tend to coincide with some sort of crisis or moment of change at the club.

Two years ago - first match after Marcel Brands exited as DoF (won 2-1)
Last year - Sean Dyche's first match in charge (won 1-0)
This season - first match after the 777 Partners announcement (???)

Just a curious trend. Also four years ago was the scoreless draw in which Carlo and Arteta had just been announced as the new, incoming managers.

Neil Tyrrell
4 Posted 16/09/2023 at 00:41:29
Saka is very dangerous, Mykolenko didn't do too badly against him in the international match.

Interested to see if Dyche starts him or goes with age and experience.

Jerome Shields
5 Posted 16/09/2023 at 06:26:42
Andy #1

Funny, I think Everton will win as well.

John Raftery
6 Posted 16/09/2023 at 07:46:39
Mykolenko also controlled the threat from Saka in Dyche's first game; slightly less so the following month at the Emirates. I think I would prefer him to Young.

Although I think Tarkowski's drop in form has been overstated, I wonder if he is less comfortable on the right of the defence.

Frank Sheppard
7 Posted 16/09/2023 at 08:41:46
Looking forward to Beto debut……. but think I might be watching from behind the sofa. COYB.
Kevin Edward
8 Posted 16/09/2023 at 08:46:18
I’m also looking forward to watching the blues after another dire International break.
Not sure all the 777 nonsense is going to help us, it’s a better Arsenal coming for us this time with full VAR capability.
But we have had the gods on our side at Goodison recently when coming up against them so another point would be great.
If Dyche can deliver a win then maybe, just maybe, we have some players who can dig us out of this hole.
Whatever happens the commentary, pundits and ‘expert financial analysis’ by our friends in the media will be unbearable. UTFT
Geoff Lambert
9 Posted 16/09/2023 at 09:07:46
I can't help but look at the league table, two very losable games coming up could see us rock bottom with a mountain to climb. So four points from them two games will do nicely. COYB.
Danny O’Neill
10 Posted 16/09/2023 at 09:12:50
Finally back to the football. A welcome break from the circus.

Happy Birthday to Neville Southall and myself.

Ready for the usual "banter" on the train but looking forward to the match. No doubt I'll end up advising a few of the Arsenal supporters I will be surrounded by on the trip to the homeland and helping them out with directions and guidance once they stop their derogatory comments and chanting.

I should be in the city around midday, but will have to dash after to get the last train back and ride my second gauntlet, so can't hang around. But hopefully they will be quiet. I'll just sleep anyway. Hopefully with a Birthday smile on my face.

Harlech Castle? Let me know.

Tony Everan
11 Posted 16/09/2023 at 09:29:25
Happy Birthday, Danny, hope the Blues can give you the best present possible tomorrow.

Four wins out of five at Goodison is impressive and we should feed off the fact that, if we are at full power, we can get a win. I am confident we will create quite a few chances, like against Fulham and Wolves, but this time one or two will be converted. Beto, Danjuma, McNeil and Doucouré all have a goal in them; we will cause Arsenal problems. Calvert-Lewin for the last 20 or 30 minutes will be an added threat.

COYBLUES! Fight for it, Any win will do but I'm going for…

Everton 3 Arsenal 1

Christopher Timmins
12 Posted 16/09/2023 at 09:48:53
Happy birthday Danny. Hopefully, we can get the win and make your journey more enjoyable!
Mick O'Malley
13 Posted 16/09/2023 at 10:49:21
We need to start keeping clean sheets, it’s ok pointing out that we’ve been unlucky in front of goal, hopefully Beto looks like he can remedy that,Danjuma also but we haven’t kept a clean sheet, I’d definitely go with Mykolenko tomorrow, he’s had a few decent games against Saka and to be honest Ashley Young has been a bit disappointing as far as I’m concerned, I honestly can’t see how he is a better bet at left back than an actual left back, I know Myko isn’t the greatest going forward but we’ll need him to to keep Saka quiet which he has done on several occasions, 2-1 to the Blue boys UTFT
Bobby Mallon
14 Posted 16/09/2023 at 11:13:51
I’m going 1.0 home win
Neil Copeland
15 Posted 16/09/2023 at 11:15:46
Danny, Happy birthday and hope to see you at The Harlech tomorrow. Looking forward, as always, to the game.


Lee Courtliff
16 Posted 16/09/2023 at 11:19:38
John #6 Tarkowski played on the right for years at Burnley as Ben Mee is left footed.
Kunal Desai
17 Posted 16/09/2023 at 11:35:48
Hopefully i'm proved wrong but I think tomorrow our good run may well come to an end against Arsenal.
Rice gives them balance and composure in that midfield and Jesus is back to full fitness. A narrow defeat perhaps.

The games which we must take 6 points from are Luton and Bournemouth.

Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 16/09/2023 at 11:56:51
I’m hoping to see McNeil starting the game with Dominic and Harrison getting some game time and providing some goals, hopefully the midfield and defence will contribute to an all round performance giving us a much welcome victory.
Brian Wilkinson
19 Posted 16/09/2023 at 12:19:17
Need to bully these and get those tackles in, they struggled to handle Calvert-Lewin last season, wait until we unleash Beto on them.

A good hard but early tackle from Tarkowski should soften them up, and raise the noise level at Goodison.

Winnable game for me this one, make no mistake they are a very good side, but I just fancy Everton to turn up, and put a shift in, say it every week, but let’s hope we are not talking about the ref, or var, at the end of the game, we are long over due a kind decision.

Joe Digney
20 Posted 16/09/2023 at 12:22:44
basically what Brian said ^

And I'm going for a 1.0 home win, Beto with his first in the league.


Tom Bowers
21 Posted 16/09/2023 at 12:33:56
Any kind of win would be welcomed and even more so against this expensive Arsenal outfit but one can normally say that on any given day any Prem. team can beat another.

However that is ''normally'' and Everton are in transition on and off the field so we can be excused for being just a little worried about this game.

I have always said that games are won and lost in midfield and Everton have yet to prove they can compete strongly in that area against any team.

Poor passing is still a feature and with the Gunners being a top passing team it will be a tough ask for an Everton win.

A really strong showing on the defensive side may just get a draw for the Blues as long as they cut out the mistakes.

Laurie Hartley
22 Posted 16/09/2023 at 12:38:21
Dave # 18 - according to Dyche in his pre match interview we won’t see Harrison in this game.

I think Beto, Danjuma, and McNeill are nap bets to start so so who gets dropped ? Gueye, Garner, Doucoure, or Onana? I’m tipping it will be Garner. I also feel Onana will have a blinder.

Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko
Doucoure, Gueye, Onana, McNeill

Three left footers in that side - I like that.

Mark Taylor
23 Posted 16/09/2023 at 12:43:08
I don't know about anyone else, but I'm feeling a bit shell shocked, with the takeover by a firm few of us know much about, and our current league position and results.

I hope this uncertainty and upheaval does not distract the players. That would be a vital job for Dyche. I was also concerned to read a report indicating that Thelwell had submitted 3 scenario plans to overhaul the squad, none of which seemingly met with our new owner's approval. I hope that is not a sign of things to come and/or they have a better plan.

It's just as well football isn't played 'on paper' because we would have no chance against a team as strong as this. But we know sometimes football throws up curveballs and hopefully this is one. A point would be great and help build momentum. I'd settle for that right now...

Raymond Fox
24 Posted 16/09/2023 at 12:46:04
We are a much stronger team after the last window and I think we will score 1 mybe 2 goals, but will that be enough? They have let in 4 goals in 4 League games.

We will have to be fortunate not to conceed any goals as they look a handfull in attack, so thats the thing are they going to score more than us.

The bettings 1/2 Arsenal 5/1 Everton and 10/3 the draw, logic dictates that looks about right but I think I'd sooner take a chance on the 5/1 than bet 1/2 on them.

We are expected to lose by the masses so its a shot to nothing, but Goodison should be rocking tommorow so you never know

Andrew Heffernan
25 Posted 16/09/2023 at 13:42:36
3-0 win. Let's do it
Barry Rathbone
26 Posted 16/09/2023 at 14:00:12
This is one of Mosh boys acceptable defeats isn't it?

Isn't the script along the lines of our midfield getting exposed as wooden fence posts and Pickford making 47 world class saves to keep the deficit down to 4?

Wonder if it will be any different under the prospective new chimps?

Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 16/09/2023 at 14:36:43
Laurie (22), I didn’t realise that so it will have to be McNeil on one of the wings when I hoped he would play inside, still hoping we pull it off.
Tony Abrahams
28 Posted 16/09/2023 at 14:44:32
Everton have been accepting defeats for a lot longer than just Moshiri’s reign. I wasn’t Moyes’s greatest fan, but I suppose I can now understand why he just simply got in bed with Bill Kenwright, especially once his description about taking a knife to a gunfight, totally backfired.

Something that I would have never thought possible has happened to me since I made my decision to stop going to Goodison Pk, this summer, and that is that I haven’t even remotely missed going to one of my favourite places in all the world.

Hopefully this changes, I remember the time under Koeman, that I nearly never went to Goodison, and we beat Arsenal under the lights, so hopefully we can replicate it tomorrow.

Jay Harris
29 Posted 16/09/2023 at 15:01:05
Happy birthday Danny.

Let’s hope it is a very happy one.

So difficult to predict this one but at least we have form in this one.

It will be tough but we need to endure and succeed.

Mal van Schaick
30 Posted 16/09/2023 at 15:11:00
With the new additions and players coming back from injury, I’m expecting a narrow win, but a good performance. 1-0 Everton.
Jim Bennings
31 Posted 16/09/2023 at 15:41:10
Does anyone have our home record under Dyche thus far?

I don't think it's too impressive is it?
I can only remember 4 home wins under him, the rest all defeats?

Perfect day to start changing that dynamic tomorrow.

Liam Heffernan
32 Posted 16/09/2023 at 15:43:48
When I say " I'll score for ya ", we say you Beto, you Beto, you Beto, you bet.
Barry Hesketh
33 Posted 16/09/2023 at 15:45:05
Apparently David Moyes was all set to return to Goodison Park, in an interview for beIN Sports with Keys (16 September), Moyes revealed that he met with Farhad Moshiri and was even due to sign the papers to seal a return before Ancelotti got sacked by Napoli and became available, and the Toffees changed tact.

“When I was getting offered the West Ham job I had actually been in Germany with Moshiri to take the Everton job,” he said. Keys then clarified the comment and asked how close it was to actually happening.

“Absolutely done, until in the meeting my telephone had run out of battery and I had asked for it to be charged. In the meeting the phone rang and it was David Sullivan, in the middle of the meeting with Everton. I had to say ‘I can’t speak right now’. “I was in a meeting to go back to Everton.

“Carlo Ancelotti got sacked that night and they changed track and took Carlo Ancelotti. Overnight.

“That night I was in Germany and Carlo lost his job. I was due to sign the papers the day before and because of that they took Carlo, and David Sullivan had phoned me to take the West Ham job and I thought, ‘definitely’.”

Barry Hesketh
34 Posted 16/09/2023 at 15:47:31
Liam @32
I like the Who and that song, but I hadn't realised until I read the full lyrics how fruity it was, particularly for the period it was released.
Paul Kossoff
35 Posted 16/09/2023 at 15:47:36
Liam, I'm suing you for stealing my song, I used that on signing day, Who are you? Who who are you?😀
Joe McMahon
36 Posted 16/09/2023 at 15:55:35
Barry@33, fear not if you want someone in the Everton hot seat that "Gets Everton, Big Unsworth will be available soon. Latics fans want hiim gone ASAP.

I'll get in Oldham on Tuesday (I go with work) that may be the day he's available.

Liam Heffernan
37 Posted 16/09/2023 at 15:56:39
Paul, I can't explain.
Mark Murphy
38 Posted 16/09/2023 at 16:26:33
Liam - very good!
On that theme does Roger Daltrey still hope he dies before he gets old??
Liam Heffernan
39 Posted 16/09/2023 at 17:03:02
Mark after today's game when we win, he will, as he's an arsenal supporter.
Barry Rathbone
40 Posted 16/09/2023 at 17:34:00
Barry 33

I read the Moyes return piece and just shook my head.

Hard to reconcile the idea that those in charge are so removed from supporters that they didn't realise (or care) his return would split the fanbase in half.

Then to rub it in they appointed Benitez. Dysfunctional doesn't begin to cover it

Brian Williams
41 Posted 16/09/2023 at 17:49:24
but, on the field, the Premier League program resumes this weekend

Hey we may be about to be bought by Americans but last I checked we played in the English premier league, in England so how about English English and not American English?

What next, Everton soccer club?

Everton one Arsenal zero?

Will Mabon
42 Posted 16/09/2023 at 18:03:10
I'm on the list of those with the loose feeling we will win tomorrow.

I mean, we did it recently...

Dave Abrahams
43 Posted 16/09/2023 at 18:34:02
Jim (31) I think they drew with Leicester and Spurs 1-1 both equalisers coming very late!
Mike Gaynes
44 Posted 16/09/2023 at 18:37:04
Danny #10, Happy Birthday, mate! Hope you get 3 points as a gift.

Hoping to meet up with you for a Guinness before the Luton game, maybe at the Harlech. I've only been to the Midland and the Winslow of the hallowed halls, so I'm looking forward to a new frontier!

Oliver Molloy
45 Posted 16/09/2023 at 18:59:58
We will need eight out of tens all over the pitch plus the encouragement of our twelfth man in order to get anything tomorrow - Arsenal having an off day would also help!

We may be in the premier league but it is a mini premier league we are in which consists of six, maybe eight teams,

The current bottom six and possibly Forest and Fulham could also be added to this.

These are the teams we need to be beating in order to to have any chance of survival, already we have failed to beat three in this group if we include Fulham.

That's it for us, three from Wolves, Bournemouth, Sheff Utd, Everton, Burnley, Luton are going down - right now all six would be favourites.

It will be the teams that can get win these head to heads and can gain points against the rest that will survive - let's start tomorrow.

Mark Taylor
46 Posted 16/09/2023 at 19:30:10
Oliver 45,

It's always interesting to see what the dispassionate bookies market has to say on this.

They place us in the likely relegation group. We are 3rd favourites after Sheffield and Luton who are strong odds on to go down.

But out of the group you mention, we would be odds on to go down as 'the third club'.

On the upside, there were a few occasions last year when we were odds on or close to it, to go down, but we didn't. It's only a picture in time. A win tomorrow changes the odds. Even a draw will, a little.

Peter Mills
47 Posted 16/09/2023 at 20:05:26
Happy birthday, Danny.

It's hard to see us getting a decent result tomorrow, but I will borrow some of your eternal optimism as I set off for the game.

Geoff Lambert
48 Posted 16/09/2023 at 20:09:04
Just having a look at our upcoming fixtures for the rest of the year. I can't see more than another 12/14 points between now and 30 December.
Mark Murphy
49 Posted 16/09/2023 at 21:06:42
For all the blues attending tomorrow, good luck, I hope you have a great day and I envy you all. Whatever the shitshow off the pitch, I hope you enjoy the matchday experience that we all hope one day to concentrate on.

Personally I'm playing the long game and giving my wife some weekend attention after a summer playing cricket but I'm looking forward to getting back to supporting the Blues starting at West Ham away. By then I expect us to be healthier, but not pulling up trees.

I've no idea how good or bad the takeover issue will turn out but, if it gets rid of that luvvie koppite* charlatan Kenwright, then it's a start!

* He was not a Boys Pen Blue! Once a Red always a Red, the cunt!

Si Cooper
50 Posted 16/09/2023 at 23:09:50
With no real idea how the off-field dealing will pan out, I'm just hopeful a big improvement on the pitch will get its debut tomorrow. I'm hoping Beto and Calvert-Lewin can work together to pummel their defence and essentially make their midfield ineffective spectators.

Thoughts to the Daulby family.
Best wishes to all Virgos.
Come on you Blues!

Jamie Crowley
51 Posted 17/09/2023 at 03:03:21
Brian @ 41 -

If you really want to imitate Yank speak, I paraphrase the movie Airplane.
Excuse me, stewardess, I think I can help, I speak Yank.

"Everton 1, Arsenal zip."
"Everton 1, Arsenal zilch."
"Everton 1, Arsenal nuthin'."
"Everton 1, Arsenal goose egg."

For me, I fear our worries and woes continue. I hope I'm wrong because we desperately need a win and the storm clouds over Everton are brewing into a hurricane.

Kieran Kinsella
52 Posted 17/09/2023 at 03:46:23

Not that you have but just in case it crosses your mind: Don't call me Shirley.

Paul Ferry
53 Posted 17/09/2023 at 05:53:42
Zilch is ours Jamie. Check out the name of the first album/LP/CD of one of Liverpool's finest, Shack.
Peter Moore
54 Posted 17/09/2023 at 07:15:09
Belated Happy Birthday, Danny. I too notched another year yesterday.

I did think of you in fact, without realising it was your birthday til I just caught up with this thread. Reason being I was a passenger on, The Danny! Plenty of Evertonians on board it transpired too. Derek Knox stoked the fires to great effect.

May the fires be lit in the spirit of all at Goodison Park today, to rise to the challenge of Arteta's Arsenal and meet it head on. COYB 💙

Danny O’Neill
55 Posted 17/09/2023 at 07:22:01
Hopefully the manager is doing a job to get the players focussed on the 90 minutes on the pitch. Or 99 as seems to be the case now. I think there was even 104 minutes yesterday in one case. I'm all for additional time, but why not just stop the clock? Then we can all see it. As it stands, it is all very subjective between the officials and their headsets and none of us know what's going on.

Turn up today Everton and give us supporters a performance. It isn't about the cost or the miles or those getting up at ridiculous hours to follow from their living rooms around the globe. We just want you to perform.

Yes, we want the result, but as long as you show us you care as much as we do, we can be forgiving.

Forgiving but we can't forget what those in charge have done to the club. That's a different discussion and we're focussed on today's match right now.

Let's go and get the points. Heading off this morning. See some of you there.

Mihir Ambardekar
56 Posted 17/09/2023 at 07:28:33
This could be the game which can be a turning point for us.
Everton 2 - 1 Arsenal. Beto to score!

I will go with this squad to start:

Patterson Tarkowski Branthwaite Mykolenko
Gueye Onana
Danjuma Garner McNeil

Calvert-Lewin on as a substitute could partner with Beto if we are still chasing.

Ernie Baywood
57 Posted 17/09/2023 at 07:32:28
Will be interesting to see what Dyche does with the attacking talent suddenly available to us. I'd be surprised if we see two up top but it could make for a wild ride.

Also occurs to me that we could have banners protesting owners past, present and future at one match. That's got to be another Everton world first doesn't it?

Danny O’Neill
58 Posted 17/09/2023 at 07:36:43
A returned congratulations Peter.

Let's go and do this.

Neil Copeland
59 Posted 17/09/2023 at 08:42:56
Peter #54, belated Happy Birthday! It's my daughters birthday today, seems like September is a good month for Evertonians.

Btw, I hope Derek was stoking The Danny's fires rather than yours but hey, each to their own and all that.


John Keating
60 Posted 17/09/2023 at 08:43:35
We need points. We need to be bold and not fearful. Play both Calvert-Lewin and Beto.
McNeil has to play out wide and supply them with crosses:

Patterson Tarkowski Branthwaite Mykolenko
Gueye Onana
Beto Calvert-Lewin McNeil

Peter Moore
61 Posted 17/09/2023 at 08:43:57
Cheers, Danny.

I can't make the game today, but will be watching on the box and perhaps inadvertently disturbing the peace of my RS neighbour the other side of the wall, when Beto bags the winner!

Arsenal are a top side, but we outnumber them 12 to 11 today with the crowd and can do this.

I imagine Arsenal will be doing all they can to keep the blue hordes quiet, an impossible task when the lads are at it.

May we prevail! UTFT.

Dave Abrahams
62 Posted 17/09/2023 at 08:47:10
Peter (54).

Your mentioning of Derek Knox made me realise he hasn't posted much lately. He arranged a lot of ToffeeWeb meetings after John McFarland had initiated the first one and then John wasn't too good.

I hope you are okay, Derek, and still watching the Blues. I know you can't always get a ticket, maybe put a post on here to let us know how you are doing. Best wishes.

Peter Moore
63 Posted 17/09/2023 at 08:56:43
Hi Dave,

Del (Derek Knox) is without signal on The Danny again today. They have been busy with lots of cruises, so he is busy on there at the moment. Pleased to report he is well though, other than the anxiety we all have for Everton to spring into life this Premier League season and get results that match performances.

Hopefully Del will be overjoyed when the signal returns when he steps on solid ground with a victory at Goodison Park this afternoon. 🙏

Peter Moore
64 Posted 17/09/2023 at 09:04:26
Cheers Neal! Del joined my wife and son for a birthday curry at Junoon in Helsby.

Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire springs to mind this morning.

Happy birthday to your daughter!! May she have a present of 3 points around 6.30pm 🙏 💙


Anthony Flack
65 Posted 17/09/2023 at 09:21:40
It's my birthday today as well and 47 years to the day since my first match which was a 3 - 0 win over Norwich.

King, McKenzie. Latchford, Thomas and Dobson were all pretty decent if my memory serves me correctly…

I'll be there, COYB

Neil Copeland
66 Posted 17/09/2023 at 09:26:32
Peter, sounds like you had a great day. Plenty of water helps mate!

Anthony, Happy Birthday!


Bill Fairfield
67 Posted 17/09/2023 at 10:00:26
It's got to be full on effort and physicality today, and just maybe we can get a win. COYB.
Danny Baily
68 Posted 17/09/2023 at 10:33:22
I can see us getting a win today.
Eddie Dunn
69 Posted 17/09/2023 at 10:56:12
It's a huge game today.

A win and the morale will be sky high, a draw and we can take solace in a point from a top team.

A loss to last season's Runners-up might not be the end of the world, but the club and the fans need some good news.

The narrative is full of doom and gloom and on the field we can begin to change that. A Ramsdale horror show please.

Brian Harrison
70 Posted 17/09/2023 at 11:11:05
I hope we start with Mykolenko at left-back, he played Saka well in the recent international and a lot of their threat comes from Saka and Martinelli on the flanks.

I think Dyche needs to be bolder in his choice today especially with McNeil and Calvert-Lewin available, I doubt he will start Calvert-Lewin alongside Beto but it's an option to bring on. I don't think at home we need 3 holding midfield players in Gueye, Onana and Garner sitting in front of Patterson, so any 2 from these 3.

We haven't had much to excite us over the last few seasons, but I am really looking forward to seeing Beto in the flesh today. I think he has everything you need to be a top striker — strength, pace and good in the air. But he can't do it all on his own, he needs runners around him.

Dave Abrahams
71 Posted 17/09/2023 at 11:11:20
Peter (63) Thanks for your reply, glad Derek is okay and smiling tonight.
Joe McMahon
72 Posted 17/09/2023 at 11:20:35
Brain @70,

Even though Sean comes over as charismatic, he is never bold. But I agree with you, it has to be Mykolenko at left-back. Arsenal have pace.

Just noticed Unsworth has been sacked. It wasn't a premonition but I said yesterday it's gonna happen. I go to Oldham with work and locals haven't been happy for a while.

Danny O’Neill
73 Posted 17/09/2023 at 11:34:20
Convoluted route means it's a 3-hour train this morning. Still only at Lichfield (unusual stop). Still a long way to go listening to this lot.

I'll be at the Harlech.

John McFarlane Snr
74 Posted 17/09/2023 at 11:37:15
Hi Dave [63],

I intend to get to the Harlech today, I'm walking like an 'old man' and the trek from Kirkdale station is taking it out of me, hoping to see you later.

Kim Vivian
75 Posted 17/09/2023 at 11:40:36
Praying we can beat the odds and get something, preferably everything, out of this game this afternoon, to provide some much sought after optimism, and put off the inevitable storm clouds that will be looming over T'web tomorrow morning if we lose.

I shall predict 2-1 probably against the run of play. Can't see us not conceding but I do think we have goals in us now.

Bill Griffiths
76 Posted 17/09/2023 at 11:46:42
Hi John, hope to see you and others at The Harlech later.
Geoff Lambert
77 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:02:10
Love the optimism on here but were does it come from? We have finished our easy start to the season with one point and two goals and now have a couple of games we expect to struggle in.

Two points from the next two games will be an unexpected bonus.
Will Mabon
78 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:04:27
Geoff, it comes from irrational, unquestioning lurv...
Robert Leigh
79 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:05:30
I hope we go:

Garner - Tarkowski - Branthwaite - Mykolenko
Young - Onana - Doucouré - McNeil

Young can whip some balls in to Beto, as can Dwight, and we have plenty to come on: Calvert-Lewin, Danjuma, Chermiti

Geoff Lambert
80 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:14:42
Will! A bit like the partner who you know is cheating on you, but you just crack on.
Brian Wilkinson
81 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:32:05
Only just caught up with thread, happy belated birthday, Danny and Peter.

I've had 3 trains cancelled, all being well, the 13:48 is still running, so might get to around 3 pm before I get the Harloch Castle, that's if they do not cancel that train as well.

2-1 today, Danjuma and Beto, Pickford to save a penalty.

Tom Bowers
82 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:37:28
We will need a little luck and certainly a referee better than Mawson.
Brian Wilkinson
83 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:38:47
Geoff, we seem to pick points up from games we don't expect to: Man City away, Arsenal home, Brighton away, then drop points against teams we expect to beat.

Expect the unexpected from Everton, mate.

Danny O’Neill
84 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:39:35
I do have to bite my teeth sometimes. Just left Runcorn and crossed the Mersey.

Quote "we're crossing the poverty line"

Dale Self
85 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:40:39
I think ‘shutout’ is a yankism. If this continues, I will be pronouncing our host country as EnGLand.

And I think it is Anthony’s birthday also. Fuckin cmon! UTFT!

Neil Copeland
86 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:41:03
Danny, Runcorn isn’t that bad tell them…..
Jerome Shields
87 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:43:29
I am optimist that Dyche will have needed to improve defensive organisation and awareness over the International break, breaking the underperforming usual trend. One big unanswered question will be the reaction of the club management structure to the 777 Partners takeover.

I would be more hopeful of its success if Kenwright was gone. Self-preservation has been the prevailing interest, rather than the progress of Everton FC. Kenwright will not like the proposed share valuation.

Dyche is trying his best. Good Luck, Everton.

Raymond Fox
89 Posted 17/09/2023 at 12:56:44
If Calvert-Lewin is fit and ready, I would start with him and Danjuma up front, Beto to come on some time later.

Put Young on the bench and Mykolenko in at left-back; otherwise, Lyndon's predicted line-up.

I think we need to score 2 goals minimum.

Raymond Fox
90 Posted 17/09/2023 at 13:03:05
The North put the Great into Britain, a fact that most southern softies don't appreciate, especially the younger element.
Jim Lloyd
91 Posted 17/09/2023 at 13:19:50
I think we could make it hard for them today, with Beto or Calvert-Lewin, McNeil and Danjuma attacking them. Just some of our midfield and defence that's worrying.

Still, make a game of it and who knows? More than anything now, I want to see our players go into every match and fight for the whole game, not just give in, like we did last season too many times.

Beto and Danjuma, McNeil, Calvert-Lewin and Harrison, should give us a fighting chance in any match they play in now.

Martin Krogh
92 Posted 17/09/2023 at 13:25:53
People are actually optimistic? Why? We are shit. Arsenal are dope. Be realistic. Obvious loss. Not even gonna bother watching. Get a grip.

Before match: COYB!! 2-0!! One player is back! One new player's gonna start. It's a new era. Top 6!!

After match: Someone has to go. We are shit as usual. Sell! Buy!!

History repeats itself...

Dale Self
93 Posted 17/09/2023 at 13:38:05
Fuck off. Sorry. Game day. Perhaps that was irony but I did not see any sideways smiley face.
Andy Crooks
94 Posted 17/09/2023 at 13:49:45
Pete, happy birthday. Didn't know!!

Looks like you were keeping Derek hard at work. Spoke to him the other day and he was looking forward to having you on board.

Thanks for your message last night. 👍🎂

Phil Lewis
95 Posted 17/09/2023 at 14:09:23
Let's have a go at them. Attack is the best form of defence.

Patterson, Branthwaite, Tarkowski, Mykolenko.
McNeil, Garner, Gueye, Danjuma.
Calvert-Lewin, Beto.

Kevin Molloy
96 Posted 17/09/2023 at 14:45:57
We don't go two up top against Arsenal. Maybe against some teams, not them. Not to start with, anyway.

Funny to think, but actually if Calvert-Lewin is fit, he probably starts if we're just going on who is the more effective. I think from here the attack can look after itself. The real task is defence. Dyche has to shore them up, by hook or by crook.

You would think that should be him right in his comfort zone. But we can't read too much into today's game, we are playing an excellent side who can cut us open at any point. Especially with our fullbacks.

I'd be tempted to put Garner at right-back, Mykolenko on the left. which leaves our schizophrenic midfield. Just like with our defence we must pray for no further injuries (yeah, right) and hope that Onana can finally start living out some of his potential.

Michael Kenrick
97 Posted 17/09/2023 at 15:02:51
Did I just see Calvert-Lewin in the Sky box at Goodison?

Hope this is just a part of his pre-match prep… or does it mean he's sitting this one out?

Tony Abrahams
98 Posted 17/09/2023 at 15:32:00
It’s saying he’s a sub on the team that I’ve just seen Michael, hopefully he comes on and nets the winner😂

I know Dyche doesn’t use subs willingly but they are so important nowadays and sometimes just as important as the players you start the game with, although I’m sure loads of people could pick holes out of this statement?

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