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Arnaut Danjuma could start for the first time since the victory in the last round against Aston Villa

Everton and Burnley meet at Goodison Park this evening, with a place in the League Cup Quarter-Finals up for grabs.

It's the first time the two clubs will have played each other since that dramatic relegation "six-pointer" at Turf Moor in April last year, a result that seemed to strengthen the Clarets' case for survival in 2021-22 and put a nail in the Toffees' proverbial top-flight coffin.

However, it was, of course, Everton who stayed up while Burnley, minus Sean Dyche whom they sacked not long after the afore-mentioned win, went down, only to reinvent themselves under Vincent Kompany and earn promotion back to the Premier League in convincing fashion.

Despite romping to the Championship title, the Lancashire club have found it tough going back in the top division and are in 19th place having beaten only fellow newcomers Luton Town.

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Given the gravity of their plight even at this early stage, the Carabao Cup might not be high on Burnley's list of priorities, particularly as they have what they might regard as a winnable game against Crystal Palace at home on Saturday.

It's conceivable, therefore, that Kompany fields a weakened side at Goodison Park... not that that should be taken as any reason for complacency; after all, the Blues were knocked out of last season's competition by a much-changed Bournemouth outfit.

The questions on Evertonian minds coming into this one are: should Dyche make many, if any, changes to the team that beat West Ham on Sunday; and, if so, who should make way and for whom. 

It's possible that Dyche could rest players like Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Harrison and Amadou Onana while giving minutes to Beto, Arnaut Danjuma and Idrissa Gueye.

He might also bench James Tarkowski in favour of Ben Godfrey whose only start thus far was in the second round at Doncaster, or Michael Keane.

There is an argument to be made, however, that, regardless of the carrot of a place in the last eight of a major tournament, momentum is important and that any changes should therefore be minimal ahead of the visit of Brighton at the weekend.

Kick-off: 7:45pm, Wednesday 1 November, 2023
Last Time: This is the first meeting between the two clubs in the League Cup

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Patterson, Keane, Branthwaite, Young, Gueye, Garner, Harrison, Danjuma, Doucouré, Beto



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Tom Hughes
1 Posted 01/11/2023 at 07:03:36
Really looking forward to tonight. Slightly away from the constant trials and tribulations of the league and potential points deductions etc, but at least off the back of (dare we say) some decent form. A potential free hit.

The more instant reward or jeopardy of a home cup game, under the lights, against possibly distracted opposition. Feels a bit like a slight throwback to my youth, when cup games often evoked the greatest excitement (and biggest gates), as the possibility of glory grew with every round.

Been a while since a League Cup game raised my heart rate or indeed since belief threatened to surpass hope.

Lee Courtliff
2 Posted 01/11/2023 at 07:24:03
Burnley making changes might actually be the worst thing for us!

Their fans are rapidly losing patience with Vincent Kompany and his insistence on playing all his new signings at the expense of the players who got them promoted last season.

They're crying out for Muric to replace Trafford in goal and to bring back experienced players like Jack Cork as they're far too easily bullied off the ball with set pieces being a major weakness.

And they've lost 3 on the bounce... you know what we're like against teams on a losing run!

David Bromwell
3 Posted 01/11/2023 at 08:03:56
I am afraid I cannot remember when we went into a game that I felt sure we would win easily. However, since it is certain in the coming weeks we will need to use more than just the 11 players who played on Sunday, tonight would seem an ideal opportunity to give some of those on the bench a game.

And just a thought, do we have any faith at all in our second-choice goalkeeper? I know Pickford's availability and playing record is excellent, but is it a gamble to expect him to play every single game?

Steve Shave
4 Posted 01/11/2023 at 08:14:56
Beto and Danjuma should definitely start IMO.
Steve Shave
5 Posted 01/11/2023 at 08:14:56
Beto and Danjuma should definitely start IMO.
Danny Baily
6 Posted 01/11/2023 at 08:17:54
Steve, add Godfrey and Gueye to that list, along with a bigger role for Chermiti and some time for Dobbin.
Peter Gorman
7 Posted 01/11/2023 at 08:18:09
I can remember the last game I thought we would win easily, David, it was away to Doncaster in this cup.

We rested players that night and saw probably the worst football player by an Everton side in my life, despite heavy competition for that title.

A proper side against Villa played them off the park and deserved a win by a clearer margin.

So I'd steer clear of tinkering too much, despite the obvious temptation. Maybe rest only DCL and Branthwaite.

Paul Hewitt
8 Posted 01/11/2023 at 08:23:44
Luton was the last time I felt 100 % confident. Look how that turned out.
Paul Hewitt
9 Posted 01/11/2023 at 08:24:03
Luton was the last time I felt 100 % confident. Look how that turned out.
Martin Reppion
10 Posted 01/11/2023 at 08:38:57
This season is the first in a while where we can replace first choice players without dramatically weakening the team.
We have cover, albeit not unlimited in most areas.
If they were all fit, a back 4 of Coleman, Keane, Godfrey, Young isn't a disaster.
Up front, Danjuma, Chermiti, and Beto can all do a job, as can Dobbin.
Midfield is less well stocked (Gueye and kids) and this is a concern that I hope our scouts and recruiters have got covered for the 1st of January.
Having said all this, I hope that we go into this game with no more than 3 of the afore mentioned on the pitch and if we get comfortably ahead others should get a run out.
This is our best chance of some success. Time to lay the 1995 ghost.
Tony Everan
11 Posted 01/11/2023 at 08:43:29
I am loathed to changed the defence, there’s a confidence and understanding growing. We will manage the game better sticking to our calm foundation. I’d make any changes to midfield and attack, resting DCL, Doucoure and Garner so fit and fresh for the Brighton match. Give Dobbin and Chermiti some decent game time in the second half.


Patterson Tarkowski Branthwaite Mykolenko

Gana Onana

Harrison Danjuma McNeil


Should be confident against a changed Burnley side.

Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 01/11/2023 at 08:45:44
If we want to advance in this competition then we will have to play close to the best team we have, that means most of Sundays team.

I would love us to be leading by two or three goals at the 60th.minute mark then start making some suitable substitutions, but otherwise we will just have to get on with it, with the squad we have beggars can’t be choosers.

Christopher Timmins
13 Posted 01/11/2023 at 08:47:14
This is a winnable game alright but absolutely not a shoe in. We don't have the required skill set to expect an easy win.

Beto, Danjuma and if fit Coleman should start.

Danny, when travelling back home on the train after the game I hope you will still be dreaming of Wembley!

Jerome Shields
14 Posted 01/11/2023 at 08:52:57
Long experience tells me we have to be careful with this fixture.Expect Beta to start.
Frank Sheppard
15 Posted 01/11/2023 at 09:06:22
A win would certainly create a “feel good factor”….. and that is something we could do with, and build on. So need a strong team, with perhaps Beto, Danjuma, and Godfrey slotting in. COYB.
Si Pulford
16 Posted 01/11/2023 at 09:21:33
Godfrey in at left back and Keane CB. Gueye in for Onana. Harrison and McNeil are only just back so shouldn’t need a rest so Danjuma in his favoured position of 10 with Doucouré rested and Beto for DCL would still be a strong side. Resting four of the outfield ten is a risk but for the first time in a while the players coming in look capable and the bench would be very strong.

Simply put-with Xmas coming up we can’t play the same 11 for 90 mins each week. Dyche is loathe to make subs so the players are getting a lot of minutes and little rest.

However, injuries and suspensions are inevitable so some will get enforced rest as the season goes on.

And you only have to look over the park to see a core of players who play three times a week (Salah especially) and never get tired to see that perhaps our players, with no European football, can accommodate the odd cup game without many complaints.

So I’d say we’re lucky ish that we can rest a few and still field a side that should be able to get a result. However I expect Dyche to go strongest 11.

Sam Hoare
17 Posted 01/11/2023 at 09:23:30
The good news is that for the first time in a while we can make some changes without dropping off in quality a huge amount. The likes of Gueye, Beto, Danjuma should be able to match their counterparts.

DCL and Harrison are the obvious candidates for a rest as both are coming back from long injuries. The rest will be determined by who the coaches feel would benefit most physically from a break. Onana has played more minutes than anyone (bar Pickford and Tarkowski who don't run as much) so could be in line for a rest.

I'd love to see Chermitti and Dobbin given minutes but not as starters.

I'd go:

Patterson Tarkowski Branthwaite Mykolenko
Garner Gueye
Danjuma Doucoure Mcneill

I think that's our strongest back 4 and should be given time to gel. Neither Mykolenko or Patterson have played a huge amount of minutes so far.

Jimmy Salt
18 Posted 01/11/2023 at 09:59:08
I would leave centre defence as is. I wouldn't rest Branthwaite. He is young strong and has the bit between his teeth. Defence has needed stability for a while and this is what the team is built on.
Id put Beto in as he definitely needs to be kept fit and involved, and maybe one of Chemeti or Danjuma.
That's about it, use subs if comfortable to rest the other players.
Geoff Lambert
19 Posted 01/11/2023 at 09:59:39
Dave @12, first paragraph nailed it. No cop outs best team lets have a go at winning the only trophy we can realistically have a chance of winning.
Derek Knox
20 Posted 01/11/2023 at 10:20:59
Good pre-match assessment as always Lyndon, and totally agree, don't let their league position invoke complacency. This is a Cup we have NEVER won in any of it's many guises, and tonight will be an excellent chance to progress further. Many Premier League Teams playing each other too with only one winner.

I would also endorse not making too many changes, as we seem to have found a formula and formation that is working well. There obviously will be a few changes but think the likes of Beto, Danjuma and also Gueye are all able to deputise without weakening us too much.

Hoping for a comfortable win as always, but will settle for anything, as long as we get into the hat, and the next round. Would also like to see Chermiti and Dobbin get minutes, if we seem fairly comfortable and have a decent lead.

COYB 💙💙👍

Martin Farrington
21 Posted 01/11/2023 at 10:26:05
Lee @2 - spot on
Steve @ 4&5
Paul @ 8&9
- I heard you the first time 🤭
As Dave @3 points out, Doncaster !
Changes were made.
Keane was the most dreadful out of an awful side that put in one of the worst performances in the clubs history.
Keane should never play other than up front, where he can't cause too much damage.
Godfrey showed why he isn't a PL footballer (again).
Sadly Dobbin was grim that night too, which I guess is why he hasnt featured since.
Most of our players are NOT very good. Hence our season after season relegation fights.
So I dispute "quality" coming in, at the back and midfield for sure.
Do we give the hugely disappointing Onana a chance in midfield yet again or consign him to the bench ?
Harrison needs further game time.
Virginia is a very good keeper and should start IF Tarks and Branno are in. If not Jordan, to save us from the mistakes others will gift Burnley.
But I can see Dyche giving Lonergan an outing.
Clearly DCL needs to be locked in an air tight container again.

There are players who need some time on the turf.

Burnley will look at this as a no pressure game.
Expected to lose.
They will bring in the players they have dropped since promotion was gained and will be a strong impressive unit.

My side:-

Patterson Tarks Branno Myko
Harrison Garner Gaye Chermiti
Danjuma Beto

That gives us some consistency with the same back 4.
Gueye giving what he can for 45/60 mins before being hooked.
Seeing how Jimmy G can command with having a workhorse alongside him
As we need to know what can be done up front (should The Fragile One shatter again) and I don't believe Doucoure is the answer, give Beto, Danj and Chims a blast.


Jon Harding
22 Posted 01/11/2023 at 10:37:29
I was pleasantly surprised that Dyche went with such a strong side in the last round at Villa. And we won! But then lost at home 3 days later to Luton.
So hopefully strong again tonight with maybe some rotation in for Beto and Danjuma.
And then a favourable home draw please to Port Vale (as opposed to away at Arsenal).
But I worry Brighton on the weekend could be painful with this very limited squad being asked to play again so soon.
Jon Harding
23 Posted 01/11/2023 at 10:42:55
Can't make tonight so have one spare adult ticket available to the first person to send me their email address for a print-at-home ticket.
Lower Gwladys block 6 row U so decent view of the pitch and not obstructed by pillars.
Kevin Edward
24 Posted 01/11/2023 at 10:55:04
Great result last Sunday, so will this new Everton follow it up with a mare to extinguish the feel good factor?
We’ve seen it in the past on many occasions, so UTFT and show us that we are really on an upwards trajectory.
A comfortable 2:0 with no injuries will do nicely.
Tom Bowers
25 Posted 01/11/2023 at 11:09:44
Ever since the bigger clubs started fielding weaker teams I have felt this was a Mickey Mouse competition not worth bothering with and nothing has changed.

It has some value however with players out of favor and youngsters getting a chance of a game if nothing else.

Yes, it is a game one wants to win but with Everton wanting to get into some kind of a run in the league it is important to rest a few ahead of the next game.

Burnley are in the same boat and need league points so it will be a game of benchwarmers on show which could mean a drab match for the fans.

Hopefully those who do play don't get injured in any way.

Philip Abbott
26 Posted 01/11/2023 at 11:17:35
Ticket come available for tonight, ring Roy 07894032243, meet at ground
Danny O’Neill
27 Posted 01/11/2023 at 11:28:54
Burnley under the lights at Goodison. Be brave and be confident.

After tonight, we could be three games away from Wembley. After Saturday we could potentially leapfrog Chelsea and be close to Manchester United.

Ajay Gopal
28 Posted 01/11/2023 at 11:43:00
I am surprised by the almost universal assumption on this thread that Calvert-Lewin will be rested for this game. Why?? He has scored 13 goals in 16 EFL League Cup games - this is his favourite tournament. I am 99% sure that Dyche will start with Calvert-Lewin and then if we are in a comfortable winning position, Dyche may give him some minutes off. Doucoure may be the only person to be rested mainly because he puts in a lot of running in every game, and Gueye would be raring to have a go. My prediction is that is the only change that Dyche will make.

Patterson Tarkowski Branthwaite Mykolenko
Gueye Garner Onana
Harrison Calvert-Lewin McNeil

If (big IF, don't want to jinx it), we are leading by a couple of goals, I would like to see Dyche give the likes of Virginia, maybe Coleman, Danjuma, Dobbin, Beto a runout.

Jack Convery
29 Posted 01/11/2023 at 11:43:42
The problem Dyche has, is that Brighton don't have a mid-week game and come Saturday, we will be chasing the ball as they are experts at retaining possession and making you run.

I would definitely give Beto, Dobbin and Danjuma a game this evening. Also Gueye if fit.

Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Garner, Gueye, Doucoure, Danjuma, Beto and Dobbin. 4 4 1 1

Then when we are 5 nil up and not before, bring off Tarks and Branthwaite and put on Godfrey and Keane, plus replace Garner with Onana and Mykolenko with Young.

Danny O’Neill
30 Posted 01/11/2023 at 11:47:28
As Dave says Ajay.

Start strong then rest players. Get the game won.

Not the other way around and be chasing the result.

Andrew Ellams
31 Posted 01/11/2023 at 11:48:29
This thing that the big clubs don't take this seriously is for the birds. One of them wins it every year.

There will be changes tonight but I don't this they'll be wholesale, In fact I think Burnley will leave more players out than Everton.

Paul Hewitt
32 Posted 01/11/2023 at 12:03:17
Jack@29. Even if we where 5 nil up. If Keane came on, I would be worried.
Jim Lloyd
33 Posted 01/11/2023 at 12:05:22
I'm much more interested in the Brighton game than this. We'd probably get fined or something if we put all our reserve out.
I would though, if we could.
This season, more than any other we face a possible outcome in a few weeks time, that we're below every club in the league. I'd want all our players, fit and rested for our league games. We've got a small number, comparatively, of good/decent premiership players. I'd like them all fit as possible for each league game, until we're safe. We go for the cups next year, not until; we know our destiny.
Dave Abrahams
34 Posted 01/11/2023 at 12:13:58
Sam (17),You want to give Onana a rest because he’s played more minutes than most? Sam the lad has only just started running in the last couple of games he should be fresher than anyone including Pickford who has kicked the ball more than anyone this season!
Si Pulford
35 Posted 01/11/2023 at 12:14:08
Martin do you really think Onana is hugely disappointing ? Yes he’s not consistent but is still very young and I honestly think we’re starting to see a real player when he’s played in a two with Garner. Thought he was one of our best performers vs West Ham.
Bill Fairfield
36 Posted 01/11/2023 at 12:15:26
Hope Dyche names the same side. Let’s keep the momentum going. Surely no one will want a rest anyhow.COYB.
Jim Lloyd
37 Posted 01/11/2023 at 12:34:07
It's nothing to do with a rest Bill, I'm a bloody pessimist and I dread one or two injuries when we've just got a team together. Especially with the potential traps that await the good ship EFC. It appears that the Premier League can't wait to get rid of us.
Kim Vivian
38 Posted 01/11/2023 at 12:37:09
I think this is going to be a considerably harder challenge than many on here seem to be mooting. I pessimistically (unusual for me) see a reversion tomorrow to the old despondent threads we are getting used to on here.

Hoping to be proved resoundingly wrong, however. Will be watching on a stream with luck. COYB

James Peter
39 Posted 01/11/2023 at 12:37:22
Alright Jon Harding, I will take your ticket if it's still going?
James Peter
40 Posted 01/11/2023 at 12:40:51
Dave Long
41 Posted 01/11/2023 at 13:09:41
Hi all,

Bit of an odd request...

My 16 year old son is going to the game tonight [he has use of an uncles' season ticket]. He is on his own. He grew up here in Japan with an Evertonian dad from Maghull.

If anyone feels up to letting him join you for pre- match festivities [ he only drinks cokes ] we would be made up. He will be in the Glwadys st.

Please pm me daveandamy2000@gmail.com

Jon Harding
42 Posted 01/11/2023 at 13:17:18
James - should be in your inbox. Enjoy the game!
Mark Murphy
43 Posted 01/11/2023 at 13:29:46
Si, I’m a bit of an Onana critic so I watched him closely (live at the game) on Saturday and he did very well indeed. He was always showing for the ball and you could see he was making sure he was aware of his space and the danger areas. Best I’ve seen from him so far. I hope he keeps it up.
Tony Abrahams
44 Posted 01/11/2023 at 13:37:31
I was thinking of asking John H, or ringing Roy, but have decided to stay away from an Everton cup match, that would be very easy for me to attend, for one of the only times in my life tonight.

I remember doing it years ago, when we had already won our European group, and my two oldest kids were fuming, but I’m praying we go through to the last eight tonight, and then we can hopefully get drawn out of the hat to play Liverpool at Goodison Pk🤞

I’m not counting my chickens, but a win tonight would be brilliant for Everton, and our very long suffering fans, so hopefully the players don’t let the fans down later on tonight.

Lloyd Brodrick
45 Posted 01/11/2023 at 14:25:02
Really looking forward to the game tonight albeit don’t fancy the trip up the M6 in a storm!
Have one ticket available for main stand 4 row U.
Contact Lloyd 07469 702359. My treat!
Jay Harris
46 Posted 01/11/2023 at 14:25:09
I think its all about successful partnerships and I would leave Tarks and JArrard and Onanna and Garner alone.

Mcneill hasnt looked 100% since coming back from injury and HArrison has worked hard nut still finding his way.

Patto needs more minutes in the team but Seamus also needs some match fitness, Maybe give them both some time on the pitch.

So my game plan would be give Danjuma and Cermiti a start with Gueye giving Doucs Harrison and McNeill a rest and the assuming we are winning bring Beto, Harrison and Dobbin on after 60 minutes. Otherwise leave the team alone.

Jack Convery
47 Posted 01/11/2023 at 14:34:06
I hope the chimney pots in the area are well cemented in place, along with well fitted roof tiles.
John Otway
48 Posted 01/11/2023 at 14:46:39
If anyone had any doubt about the amount of clickbait drivel posted about our club this cracker appears on NewsNow!!
Danny Baily
49 Posted 01/11/2023 at 14:54:00
I just hope Beto or Chermiti can get on the scoresheet.
Mike Hayes
50 Posted 01/11/2023 at 15:03:09
Sorry with Keane Young and Gueye in we are on a hiding to nothing - it’s a cup we need to get to the final in and win 🤷💙
Tom Bowers
51 Posted 01/11/2023 at 15:32:50
Jim Lloyd #33 Yes, we would get hit with a fine considering we are already in the Leagues bad books.

I recall a long ways back when the RS put out a reserve side, got away with it after producing sick notes for the whole first team and then low and behold Everton did it at a later date and got fined, now it's usually accepted.

Darryl Ritchie
52 Posted 01/11/2023 at 15:34:50
Tarks should be rested.
Godfrey is a good shout as his replacemant...but...Dyche will start Keane.
Dale Self
53 Posted 01/11/2023 at 15:36:45
Okay, I’m seeing a lot of ‘oh here’s where it goes to shit again’. I’m not having it. We might see 10 minutes of struggle for a side developing some relationships in new roles but it is possible that work has been done for this scenario. Okay, it could be more than 10 but stick with me here.

Gana won’t be wandering around. He will be in the pivot looking for the linkup not the pass forward. Given how effective the runs were at taking pressure off Onana I would expect some slight change that suits Gana on the ball. It won’t be like Sunday but it might be functional which is all we need.

The other concern is Keane. This guy while causing some of his own luck is surely due for a universe blessing for one half of football, hopefully the first. If he can just not allow the full disaster everyone knows he slips and maybe we avoid full implosion after a mistake.

I think Garner and Doucoure will show some desire and leadership that helps the second team. This will also advance their confidence in how to run a game against lesser competition. All that would be needed from there is a moment from either Danjuma or Beto that fires up the team. I didn’t say it was likely just overdue. UTFT!

Sean Mitchell
54 Posted 01/11/2023 at 16:04:05
Just please, no Keane!!!!!
Martin Farrington
55 Posted 01/11/2023 at 16:05:53
Si @35 I do.
He has what, 2 games now where he has been better than his usual absenteeism.
And on saturday it was a very drab performance by all.
I want him to be ace. He has all the makings and talent there.
Bench him tonight so that he comes back with a vengeance vs Brighton.
John Raftery
56 Posted 01/11/2023 at 16:30:12
Dyche fielded a strong team in the previous round at Villa with Garner and Onana in midfield. Part of the price we paid for that was the defeat at home to Luton three days later when both midfielders looked short of energy.

With an eye on Saturday and aware that Brighton have a full week to prepare I would expect Dyche to make at least four changes tonight with Keane, Gana, Danjuma and Beto likely to start.

Geoff Lambert
57 Posted 01/11/2023 at 16:31:41
Why on earth do highly trained super fit over paid athlete's need a fucking rest???. if they can't manage two bloody games of football in a week show them the door.
John Raftery
58 Posted 01/11/2023 at 16:35:28
Geoff (57) Yes, they can of course manage two games in a week. The issue is to what standard.
Geoff Lambert
59 Posted 01/11/2023 at 16:53:54
John! were they resting for the first four games of the season then? Have a break from chasing cones and practice passing a ball or shooting on target instead. or have the day off to go shopping. they will be well rested to do what they are paid for.
Bill Watson
60 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:10:39
Does anyone know if this game goes to extra time etc if it's level after 90 mins. Trying to sort train times!
Will Mabon
61 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:15:39

straight to pens. Extra time only in the final.

Dave Abrahams
62 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:21:01
Will (61) I think there is extra time in the semi finals if after the second leg the game is tied.
Mark Ryan
63 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:24:10
Straight to pens Bill, we won't need em UTFT's
Will Mabon
64 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:28:13

you could be right - I wrote that from memory of what I last read, and can't say I know for sure about the semis, now I think about it.

No E/T tonight though.

* Dave, checked it, you're right.

Bill Watson
65 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:31:33
Thanks guys!
Ben Howard
66 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:38:03
Not in TV tonight? No links anywhere? Gutted.
Will Mabon
67 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:39:19
Ben, try the Live Forum later.
Paul Tran
68 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:41:44
Strong team to start. Only tinker if/when we're safe. It's time for momentum and consistency.
Andrew Ellams
69 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:43:49
Squad rotation is as much about game time for fringe players as it is resting the regulars. Squad management is a big part of 21st century football management.

Will Mabon
70 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:45:25
Andrew, not tonight I hope!
James Hughes
71 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:47:52
Dear Mr Dyche,

You will aware that many fans are just a teeny bit desperate for some fresh silverware. You know 1995 was a fair time back.

So as part of those three books you could write about your time at this (once) grand club. Would it be possible, that you field a stong team and give us some hope that we make the next round.

Just asking for a friend or two. Cheers!

Geoff Lambert
72 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:56:29

Do you think Mr Dyche might rest himself for tonight's game? He has been working very hard lately.

Brendan McLaughlin
73 Posted 01/11/2023 at 17:58:10
Very quiet on my Tinder account tonight.

Hopefully if I manage to catch the game I won't bring us bad luck.

Dave Abrahams
74 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:05:13
Paul (68),

I know you like a bet. I was reading today that a few of the top bookies are offering 33/1 for Moyes to be the first Premier League manager to get his comics this season; would you recommend a dabble at that?

Kim Vivian
75 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:10:34
Ben 66 - VIP League has a stream listed. Whether it will work or not remains to be seen but I've got my fingers crossed.

Feeling a bit nervous about this match tbh, but hoping my gut's got it wrong.

Dale Self
76 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:10:41
That was naughty, Will @67, no warning or disclaimer whatsoever.
Will Mabon
77 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:12:21
No comment.
Tony Everan
78 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:21:28
Brendan, worrying, Self-gratification may be enough to get us through on penalties?
Andrew Ellams
79 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:22:11

I'll be shocked if Moyes goes before Ten Haag or the guy at Bournemouth.

Dave Abrahams
80 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:27:21
Andrew (79),

Yes,I think you are right but the 33/1 might draw a few in to have a go though!

Brendan McLaughlin
81 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:27:24
No penalties, Tony #68.

1-0 Everton...69th minute.

Dan Nulty
82 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:27:32
Any easy streams to watch the game tonight? Hate all these streams where you now have to avoid clicking on adverts or putting in card details. Can't believe not on telly box.

Barry Rathbone
83 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:43:47
Moyes is in the last year of his contract.

His usual MO will see WHU muddle through avoiding relegation with him getting about 70% from the team compared to a more dynamic coach. But they'll save a fortune letting his contract run down whilst having Potter or similar in the wings.

He may have lost 3 on the bounce but he'll survive based on harking back to his conference league trophy in Europe.

Martin Farrington
84 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:49:50
Si @35 I do.

He has what, 2 games now where he has been better than his usual absenteeism.

And on Saturday it was a very drab performance by all.
I want him to be ace. He has all the makings and talent there.
Bench him tonight so that he comes back with a vengeance vs Brighton.

Billy Shears
85 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:51:39
No fucking about tonight please Blue Boys,get the job done in 90+ minutes too as we don't want any of that RS penalty shootout shite neither!

We need to win this win so badly, a good draw in the quarter finals and who knows?


Brian Wilkinson
86 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:54:00
I was at the Doncaster game and never want to see Keane and Godfrey as a pairing again, absolutely butchered that first half.

Need to start with a strong line up get the job done, then think about making the changes later on.

The only exception I would make is Beto and Danjuma if push comes to shove. Other than that, we need not need to tinker too much.

Mark Murphy
87 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:56:02
Dave @ 74
“Get his comics”???
Paul Tran
88 Posted 01/11/2023 at 18:56:23
That's tasty odds, Dave. The Bournemouth super-duper wherever he's from guy is the likely one to go. I've going to look at that and see if there's an each way market as well!
James Flynn
89 Posted 01/11/2023 at 19:52:05
Dan (82),

Don't know where you are in the world, I'm in the US and use this one:


Scroll down to find the game.

Si Pulford
90 Posted 01/11/2023 at 22:58:40
Some mental opinions on here tonight. Always entertaining.

Bloody hell though Barry! Moyes ‘harking back to his Europa conference trophy….’

Harking back? It was last season!!! About ten games ago. And they’re top of their group in Europe this season and top half of the premier league. And they’ve just battered Arsenal to go into the quarter finals of the Coca Cola cup or whatever it’s called nowadays.

Reports of his death seem greatly exaggerated 😂

He’s literally their most successful manager of the last 50 years. Based on last season.

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