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Amadou Onana will undergo a late fitness test but is a big doubt after injuring his knee against Luton last Saturday

Everton play what will be only their second home game in the Premier League of 2024 when Champions League-chasing Tottenham Hotspur come to Goodison Park for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

The Blues drew 0-0 against Aston Villa in their last League game in front of their own fans and book-ended the FA Cup Third replay against Crystal Palace and Fourth Round defeat to Luton Town with another goalless draw at Fulham on Tuesday evening.

It means that Sean Dyche’s side enter February on a run of just one win in nine matches in all competitions and sitting in the bottom three once more after the Hatters’ shock 4-0 win over Brighton.

With no new faces arriving during the January transfer window, the manager will need to patch together a starting XI from those players not battling injuries which leaves little room for tactically selecting a line-up to take on what is a talented Spurs side that moved into fourth place after their midweek win over Brentford.

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While Ange Postecoglu had a spell late last year where he had to do without some key individuals, many of those have now returned – in particular James Maddison and Rodrigo Bentancur – and they will pose a formidable opponent even without Son Hueng-Min and Yves Bissouma who are still away on cup duty for their respective countries.

In Son’s absence, Richarlison is likely to make his first appearance at Goodison Park since leaving Everton in the summer of 2022, another intriguing and somewhat daunting facet to a game that already feels like a tall order for Dyche’s goal-shy Toffees.

Since beating Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor in mid-December, Everton have scored just five goals in those nine games in all competitions and no Blues fan will need reminding that it’s 16 games matches since Dominic Calvert-Lewin last found the net and that £25m signing Beto has just three goals to his name all season.

With Abdoulaye Doucouré missing all the games since half-time at Burnley bar the draw with Villa, when he injured his other hamstring, and the goals having dried up Dwight McNeil as well, scoring enough to win matches has become a real problem.

Doucouré is almost certain to miss this one along with André Gomes, Arnaut Danjuma is a big doubt after being helped off the pitch at Craven Cottage with an ankle injury on Tuesday is also unlikely to feature, and it would be a surprise if Amadou Onana was in the side after Dyche described him as “touch and go” with fluid on his knee.

However, Seamus Coleman will undergo a late fitness test on his hamstring and Idrissa Gueye will be available following Senegal’s elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this week.

Dyche will, no doubt, be hoping for a repeat of the performance that Everton put in in the reverse fixture just before Christmas when they almost grabbed a draw – and probably should have done given that Calvert-Lewin had a goal harshly chalked off late on.

That was a display of energy and self-confidence, a combination that has been lacking from their play in recent weeks, and if they can get amongst Tottenham’s defence and unsettle their attempts to play out from the back, the hope is they can carve out some early chances that would allow them to get in front and have something to hold on to.

Kick-off: 12:30pm, Saturday 3 February, 2024
Referee: Michael Oliver
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Last Time: Everton 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Gueye, Garner, Young, McNeil, Harrison, Calvert-Lewin

 

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John Keating
1 Posted 02/02/2024 at 07:31:40
We really need a win badly, not only for the 3 points but also for confidence within the squad. We know who's up after Spurs so if we don't get something tomorrow then ……who knows when we will?

Looking at Lyndon's proposed team I think Godfrey deserves to keep his place at right back and give Coleman more time to recover.

I did originally think we should give Dobbin a start over Young, however, with Maddison back and Spurs so strong in midfield probably Young put in midfield in a 4-5-1 would be a better choice


Danny O’Neill
2 Posted 02/02/2024 at 08:10:09
Any game of football is winnable if you believe.

The player in me talking now. If you don't believe you can win, don't walk on the pitch.

Tough times, but like many, I've been up against the odds on many occasions. You don't shy away from the challenges, you face them and figure our a way to adapt and overcome.

The players have to show belief because it will be coming down from the stands if they show it.

We done well against Fulham. Take that forward and just finish those chances that we are creating!!

Danny Baily
3 Posted 02/02/2024 at 08:28:39
Of course this is winnable. Of the recent run, only the Wolves defeat has stood out as a bad performance (and they were in great form). The rest have been what we could reasonably have expected from a solid mid-table side. And you could reasonably expect a solid mid-table side to turn over Spurs tomorrow.

The bigger battle will be decided today, but 3 points gained tomorrow and 10 points back on Monday and we're all but safe from relegation.

Lee Courtliff
4 Posted 02/02/2024 at 08:52:00
With Gana back to replace Danjuma, McNeil can move over to the left and we should be fine in midfield.

I've got a good feeling about tomorrow, Spurs play a dangerous game with a high line and we're obviously much better at playing like the away team anyway.

Dominic to end his drought and the Blues to win by a couple.

Lynn Maher
5 Posted 02/02/2024 at 09:20:08
Agree with both Dannys. Any game can be won. I will admit I was extremely disappointed in last Saturday's performance. I thought for the majority of it, the players looked lethargic. The highlight for me was my hotdog!

Although I don't go to away games, it sounded a better performance. All I ever ask, is the players to fight for everything. As fans, we give our support every match. And beyond.

We are dealing with some rubbish from the Premier League at the moment. But Saturday, we all go again.

Jerome Shields
6 Posted 02/02/2024 at 09:25:57
I, like Lee, think that Tottenham's style of play suits Everton. Without the points deduction, Everton would be 11th in the table, so things are not as they seem.

The draw against Fulham will give heart and returning players should help. The return to form of Godfrey is also a help to his confidence and to the team. Defensively Everton are a lot more settled.

Christopher Timmins
7 Posted 02/02/2024 at 09:36:47
We beat Arsenal this time last season and were unlucky not to take something from the reverse fixture before Christmas.

A game that we can win as Spurs will suit us a lot better than Luton did.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
8 Posted 02/02/2024 at 09:39:25
To the doomsayers…

Last 38 fixtures:
Brighton - 49 points
Everton (without the 10 point deduction) - 51 points

May not be as attractive football as the Seagulls but seems to be more effective in getting points. De Zebri v Dyche is another Martinez v Moyes comparison.

Martin Farrington
9 Posted 02/02/2024 at 09:40:28
We are devoid of anything positive to yell about right now except for the fantastic, unbelievable supporters this club has. Dyche will spin the right words to the threadbare battle-weary squad.

Spurs are not great. However, they can be quick and have some skill. Richarlison I fear the most.

Maybe if we paint our end in Yellow and Black caution stripes with a huge red arrow nailed onto each post and the bar (pointing inwards) Calvert-Lewin might get one. Just a thought… 🤷🏻

Danny O’Neill
10 Posted 02/02/2024 at 10:06:09
Stay positive everyone.

I know l often revert back, but as as a youngster who had nothing to cling to in those dark days of December 1983, I never for once stopped believing we could turn it around.

We turned it around then and we can now.

As has been said, once we turn around the injustice, we are sat comfortably mid table.

In times of crisis, you can only focus and fight on what is in front of you.

David West
11 Posted 02/02/2024 at 10:12:59
Gana should help. It frees Garner to get forward more and create more. I'd play Harrison Central again. Young on the right and McNeil left.

If Coleman doesn't make it, stick with Godfrey, he did okay against Fulham and, with yYoung in front of him, he will get help.

Son usually runs us ragid, so of he's not playing, that's a bonus. But Spurs are playing well and it will take a big performance to get points from this, but we can do it if we are aggressive. We can't sit back, they will just tire us out with their movement.

Jim Wilson
12 Posted 02/02/2024 at 11:47:52
A draw could turn out to be a good result. I would love to win but I am desperate not to get beat at home again.

The predicted team doesn't look too bad, providing Coleman and Gueye put in decent performances and McNeil and Calvert-Lewin can get back to good form.

Gueye was in excellent form before his injury and then flying off to play for Senegal.

I feel for Calvert-Lewin. Perfect goal scrubbed off away to Spurs for no reason. If that goal had counted, it would have been a boost to his confidence at just the right time, and then of course, he was sent off for a perfect tackle.

But here we go again with Michael 'I hate Everton' Oliver the ref and Atwell the VAR, playing a Corrupt 6 club!

COYB!

Eric Haworth
13 Posted 02/02/2024 at 11:52:15
The most worrying aspect of the “opposition” we're up against tomorrow is the prospect of the deadly combination of Michael Oliver and Stuart Attwell, who've singularly already done us untold damage???
Joe McMahon
14 Posted 02/02/2024 at 11:57:08
It really is a difficult task for Sean Dyche, the points deduction hanging around for months, and with a small squad with injuries.

Can we at least benefit please from fair officials and VARs? It would certainly help!

Christopher Timmins
15 Posted 02/02/2024 at 11:57:55
Danny,

Think of brighter days, like back in 1995 when, on an early Sunday afternoon in Yorkshire, we turned them over to reach the FA Cup Final.

My happiest day at a game and I am just so sad that those who are in their early 30s have never experienced such a day since. It was our best performance over the last 29 years.

Paul Hewitt
16 Posted 02/02/2024 at 12:00:08
Spurs as an attacking unit are very good, but defensively are all over the place. If we can keep it tight at the back and our strikers bring there shooting boots, I can see us winning.
Tim Stone
17 Posted 02/02/2024 at 12:30:09
PSR has really made it hard for Everton. It has penalised the club over the stadium and the Ukraine war. Everton can't get £400 million on naming rights of a stadium like one club in particular.

PSR penalises certain clubs and not others and I therefore fear for the rest of the season for the Blues. Injuries, tiredness etc with a depleted squad thanks to the unfair rules in place.

Next season, if they stay up, will be even harder as they have not been able to build sufficiently. The Premier League have made them the league paupers and the future looks bleak for all clubs except for a limited few.

Danny O’Neill
18 Posted 02/02/2024 at 12:33:45
Great spirit, Christopher and Paul.

I had to watch the 1995 semi-final from my then home in Cyprus. He was in one of those rocking chairs and I was gently rocking him. When the 4th went in, I inadvertently flipped across the living room. Fortunately he landed on the opposite couch in safety.

We went home for the final but didn't have tickets. We watched it in the Dunlop's club near the Fox in Speke. His first experience of watching Everton win a trophy, but he was only 5 months old so doesn't recall it.

John Keating
19 Posted 02/02/2024 at 12:56:51
Obviously I'm thinking if tomorrow and a must 3 points, however, honestly, my main thoughts and concerns are the outcome of today's charade.
Jerome Shields
20 Posted 02/02/2024 at 13:23:25
I don't think it is unrealistic to be positive regarding this game when you look at the actual facts, as many posters have pointed out.
Christy Ring
21 Posted 02/02/2024 at 13:38:46
Need Gueye back tomorrow, along with Onana in a 3 man midfield. Udogie will be more dangerous for them at fullback than Harrison, in my opinion. Godfrey and Young looked a better fit on the right side on Wednesday night.

Going to be a tough game especially with Madison back, Calvert-Lewin needs more support and balls into the box from our wingers.

Jerome Shields
22 Posted 02/02/2024 at 14:51:27
Calvert-Lewin to score, Christy.
Stu Darlington
23 Posted 02/02/2024 at 15:14:21
With the right game plan and the right mindset from the players, we can definitely get something out of this game.
But we have to get the ball forward quickly to pressurise their defence, not sitting back and inviting them on, if we don't do that, we could be in for a long afternoon.

Like Christy, I'd go for Godfrey and Young down the right side, at least at first, with Gueye freeing up Garner to get further forward. Maddison is a good player and will need tight marking, especially if he is back to anything like his best.

Martin @9,

Please be careful about suggesting painting caution stripes and red arrows on the goalposts for Calvert-Lewin. I know you're only joking but such remarks have been known to cause apoplexy amongst some contributors to this site!

Jay Harris
24 Posted 02/02/2024 at 15:23:24
I am hopeful Onana and Gana will be back so we can tighten up the midfield.

Although Harrison is a goal threat he loses the ball too often for me and Spurs are dangerous on the break, especially on that flank, so it's Young and Godfrey or Patterson or Coleman if he is fit enough.

McNeil further forward helps our goal threat so I expect him and Calvert-Lewin to be more lethal in this one.

I just hope all the recent events haven't deflated the supporters and players too much and we are up for this one with a strong pressing game and Goodison in full voice.

COYBB

Rob Jones
25 Posted 02/02/2024 at 15:59:54
I'd love for Dyche to pull a Moyes move and have Michael Oliver banned from us, the way Moyes did with Michael Clattenburg.

That fucking divvy unnerves me more than Spurs do. Their style is tailor-made for us, albeit they have far, far better players.

Tom Bowers
26 Posted 02/02/2024 at 16:09:43
Every game is a mountain to climb, no matter what the starting eleven is but, given the absentees, even more so.

I cannot see Gana or Coleman making much difference but, if they can grab any sort of a goal early, then it just might be enough if we ride our luck on defense.

Almost every team has better scoring potential than Everton, which is why we are floundering, notwithstanding the points deduction.

We really didn't want to meet Spurs under such circumstances but it will take a lot to get the three points.

Raymond Fox
27 Posted 02/02/2024 at 16:32:11
They are 11/10 favourites which is probably fair.

A lot depends obviously who is fit for us if we are going to get a result.

We don't concede many goals but, on the other hand, we don't score many either, so it's tough to be confident.

Taking my blue-tinted glasses off, I'll take another draw now.

Jim Bennings
28 Posted 02/02/2024 at 16:34:25
It's about time we turned this lot over at Goodison.

Baffles the mind when I'm told we haven't beaten Spurs at home since that Jelavic injury-time strike in December 2012.

They've hardly been Manchester City standards over the past 12 years while they've had some good sides, we shouldn't be going 12 years without beating any team at Goodison Park.

Time to end that tomorrow.

Dave Williams
29 Posted 02/02/2024 at 16:51:54
It's time for our supporters to crank up the noise. Away from home, they kick up a hell of a noise… but at home, there are too many who put pressure on the players with negative responses to what is admittedly poor football.

Now is not the time to voice displeasure – all we want is points to get us safe.

Let's all join together in making the atmosphere as intimidating as possible for Spurs and see if we can energise any tired legs. The time to moan about a poor product can wait.

Dave Cashen
30 Posted 02/02/2024 at 16:59:23
We beat them twice (one in the cup) when Ancelotti was in charge. In the last 5 years, we have played them 11 times, drawing 5 of them and winning 2.

Considering they have chased Champions League football while we fought the dreaded drop, it's not really that baffling.

If you take into consideration that we have been robbed blind in more than one of these games, it's not even surprising.

A win tomorrow will start swinging these head-to-heads back in our favour.

Ray Robinson
31 Posted 02/02/2024 at 17:04:49
It’s about time we ground out a timely 1-0 home win. That’s how we survived in the last two seasons.
Mal van Schaick
32 Posted 02/02/2024 at 17:26:07
Son is missing and Richarlison is feared, but my gut tells me an Everton win is on the card.

Spurs will try and kick us off the park and I forecast a tasty encounter.

Billy Shears
33 Posted 02/02/2024 at 17:57:21
A hard fought game, which will prove to be a battle much like the recent home game verses Villa.

Richarlison's bound to score against us and it wouldn't surprise me if Werner gets off the mark neither.

We're live on the telly and it's another early kick-off too... both of which usually go against us Blues, so sadly I predict another home defeat.

1-2 Spurs, sigh.

Bill Fairfield
34 Posted 02/02/2024 at 18:03:04
Think there’ll be goals for both sides tomorrow. Just don’t think we’ll score enough of them. Obviously hope I’am proved wrong. COYB.
Joe McMahon
35 Posted 02/02/2024 at 18:14:27
Billy, I don't want you to be right, but an early kick-off and live on TV isn't often a good result for us.

The slight glimmer of hope I have is they played Wednesday.

Jim Wilson
36 Posted 02/02/2024 at 18:34:30
One of the main reasons that we don't beat Spurs much is that they get all the decisions their way. And with the Oliver & Attwell corrupt combo, we really do need to be on top of our game.

If we can have 99.9% possession and score 5, we might end up with a 1-0 win!

COYB!

Sean Mitchell
37 Posted 02/02/2024 at 18:37:43
It's time to break this 'no wins against so and so since 2012', etc.

It's beginning to be against most teams now (no wins in 5 games vs Fulham under Silva is an example).

We've suffered enough. Break the unwanted mantra.

Neil Lawson
38 Posted 02/02/2024 at 19:07:18
You cannot help but conclude that they have better players than us, are better organised, and a constant threat. So we should be beaten.

However, it is in those circumstances that we can tend to surprise. Fear the worst. Hope for the best.

Jim Bennings
39 Posted 02/02/2024 at 19:09:40
Unlike other managers at the so-called Big Six, I quite like Ange Postecoglu – that's one thing I will say.

Seems like a well-driven down-to-earth guy and has built his way up through some hardships.

Neil Lawson
40 Posted 02/02/2024 at 19:13:09
If we do get a penalty (yeah, right) then it must be despatched.

If we do get a penalty (yeah, right) then it has to be at a meaningful point in the game and not as a late sop to our current absence of awards given when the game is already lost.

There are some who may believe that the corrupt officials will have been told to give us a dodgy one but only at a point where it can not impact the game.

Andy Meighan
41 Posted 02/02/2024 at 19:29:45
Danny 10.

Are you real 1983 was another lifetime ago.

Players could put a tackle in then without fear of this ridiculous VAR pulling them up.

And by the way, we had the makings of a good young side then: Southall, Stevens, Heath, Sharp, and the magician Sheedy, the likes of the vastly underrated Richardson etc.

We had a squad of maybe 14 or 15 regulars, yes, players got injured then but, back then, the only 2 players I remember suffering long-term injuries were Bracewell and Heath – oh and possibly Southall injured in Ireland while on duty for Wales.

Us of a certain vintage can remember them days like they were yesterday but, to the younger generations, it's like our forefathers going on about Dean, Lawton, Sagar etc.

It means nothing to them, the way this embarrassment of a club is run there's not a chance of us turning anything around.

Have we got owners? No. Have we actually got a board? I'm not sure… we've been mismanaged for donkey's years and the only ones suffering are us.

If we don't get at least 6 points back, I reckon we're doomed, there's nothing in this current squad that makes me think "Yes, he's a winner" – not one single player.

A midfield full of show ponies who applaud their own passes and strikers on the books who, if they fell out of a boat, wouldn't hit water.

The 80s were a very long time ago and believe me, Danny, this is a very different game and a very different club.

Rob Halligan
42 Posted 02/02/2024 at 19:37:53
So Spurs “Big club, my Arse” roll into town tomorrow, currently lying 4th in the Premier League. Shows how poor the league is if they are lying 4th.

Today, I got an email from Everton about season ticket renewals for our final season at the Grand Old Lady. I will be 65 years old in March, and thus qualify for a Seniors season ticket for next season. 65 years old… I was fucking 2 when Spurs last won the league, and they consider themselves to be a Top 6 club!

Ok, they may well have qualified for a few seasons in the Champions League, still won fuck all by the way, and they probably do have one of the best stadiums in the country, but it doesn't make them a “Big Club, My Arse”, yet Sky and the BBC go on about them as if they are entitled to be one of the so-called top sides in this country.

Everton Football Club are, and have always been, a far bigger club than Spurs, and the tide will soon be turning when we move down beside the royal blue Mersey, and we will show Spurs, and the rest, what a truly great club we are.

Andy Meighan
43 Posted 02/02/2024 at 19:50:03
We were a big club.

We're not any more – other factors have seen to that.

How anyone can say Spurs aren't bigger than us is ludicrous.

Yes, they've qualified for the Champions League a few times and even got to a final, we qualified and didn't even get into the group stage.

Yes, Collina, blah blah — but Collina didn't ref the 1st leg at home, a game we deservedly lost.

No in these ultra-modern times, Spurs are a well bigger well run and well more of a threat than we are ever likely to be.

But hey, Bill, we've had good times.

Anthony Dilworth
44 Posted 02/02/2024 at 20:00:23
Rob #42, Well said.

Everton will be, are and have been one of the greatest clubs in the history of English Football

Tony Abrahams
45 Posted 02/02/2024 at 20:11:44
In December 2023, referee Stuart Atwell was told to check for a foul about 10 seconds after Calvert-Lewin scored for Everton against Spurs, so they have switched roles tomorrow for the reverse fixture.
Peter Mills
46 Posted 02/02/2024 at 20:34:42
Rob #42,

Marvellous rant — your disdain for Spurs is surpassed only by your mild dislike for our neighbours!

Steve Dowdeswell
47 Posted 02/02/2024 at 20:39:18
Badly need our 'strikers' to step up and the whole team to take the game to Spurs tomorrow.

We and they know that we can do these at home with a great crowd behind them.

COYB!

Stephen Davies
48 Posted 02/02/2024 at 20:49:04
Tomorrow's starting Eleven.
Same as Fulham.
* Taps Nose
Dale Self
49 Posted 02/02/2024 at 20:55:18
Remember the 5-4! That was the latte affair wasn’t it? Ah good times. Fuck Spurs.
Dennis Stevens
50 Posted 02/02/2024 at 20:55:27
I can't see Fulham letting us borrow their team, Stephen.
Tony Abrahams
51 Posted 02/02/2024 at 21:02:20
I was speaking to someone the other day about how the correct team keeps constantly getting out, Stephen, because it is something that I have heard mentioned by quite a few fanatical Evertonians and then it was something I saw on ToffeeWeb last Friday night.

People might think they are clever but I don't know how, when you consider it might be leaving Everton at a disadvantage in this modern age.

I was even wondering if the manager could set a trap to find out who the mole is but then I realized that Everton Football Club is currently full of nepotism and the same thing has been going on for years.

Danny O’Neill
52 Posted 02/02/2024 at 21:04:01
Rob, we shattered the media's hopes in 1985 and their hope of their dream final in 1995.

Big stadium but, in your own words, "Big club, my arse!"

Brent Stephens
53 Posted 02/02/2024 at 21:08:05
Tony #51,

I totally agree. Letting on if you know the team before the team is formally announced is just giving the opposition an advantage.

Paul Birmingham
54 Posted 02/02/2024 at 21:13:31
I recall the Friday night game v Spurs in 2004 and the media expected Spurs to have a stroll.

Everton took them out early, and Gary Naismith scored a fine free-kick into the Park End.

Tomorrow is another match and Everton proved last month at Spurs they could match and could or should have beaten them.

Cack house referee and VAR, yet again, but tomorrow I believe will be Everton's day.

Spurs are good offensively but not so good at the back.

Everton to build on the Fulham performance and beat Spurs.

UTFTS!

Kieran Kinsella
55 Posted 02/02/2024 at 21:16:31
Instead of leaking the team, how about we start naming the leakers?
Dave Cashen
56 Posted 02/02/2024 at 21:33:35
Tony,

I always enjoy your posts, mate, but I don't think there's anything sinister about correct teams being predicted.

I think your mate's options are so limited. Once you know who's available, there's a very good chance you (and the opposition) will be able to name our starting 11.

He hasn't half got his work cut out.

Rob Jones
57 Posted 02/02/2024 at 22:01:41
To be honest, I doubt there's anyone leaking the team.

For one thing, our squad's that threadbare, it's usually pretty fucking obvious what the starting eleven is going to be.

Tony Abrahams
58 Posted 02/02/2024 at 22:04:12
Maybe it's not sinister but it's not very clever either, is what I was trying to say, Dave, although you could argue that Dyche could use his subs a little earlier, which might just help the team in the latter stages of some games!

I was also very disappointed with the way we played last Saturday because I don't believe he used the 4-4-2 system correctly but he might argue that our players are tired. He would probably be able to back this up when you consider how many times we wasted very good offensive opportunities because our final ball never quite got there.

Maybe we will benefit from being out of the cup, which seemed to be how a lot of Evertonians were thinking anyway.

Tony Abrahams
59 Posted 02/02/2024 at 22:07:42
There's definitely somebody who is leaking the team, Rob, and I think it's been going on for years.
Paul Tran
60 Posted 02/02/2024 at 22:12:39
'El Bobble' regularly leaked the team on Twitter when I was on there.
Frank Fearns
61 Posted 02/02/2024 at 22:36:38
Play like we played in the 2nd half a few weeks ago against Spurs and we'll muller them.

I'd love to see Calvert-Lewin score – he deserves it.

Jeff Armstrong
62 Posted 02/02/2024 at 22:40:26
The team is regularly named 15 minutes before the official 1 hour before kick off, El Bobble on Twitter is usually the main source.

How and why it's leaked is not yet clear, but I would guess at the referees who would generally be the first to know from the two managers, but it could easily be elsewhere,

I'm biased cause I absolutely hate the current refs and blame them for everything!

Si Cooper
63 Posted 02/02/2024 at 23:32:12
Spurs are talented but not invulnerable if you can keep them largely boxed in. Not easy and I am worried that the announcement of the second PSR charge has had a negative psychological effect on the players.

Need that siege mentality to manifest as a ‘Fuck everyone' attitude to the opposition!

UTFT!

Jack Convery
64 Posted 03/02/2024 at 00:47:51
Pickford,
Godfrey (If Coleman is fit, I'd play him)
Tarkowski
Branthwaite
Mykolenko
Young
Garner
Gueye
McNeil
Harrison
Calvert-Lewin.

3 Points Please. COYBs.

Jerome Shields
65 Posted 03/02/2024 at 02:57:59
I think that they will miss Son. Richarlison will have difficulty against the current Everton defence and his lack of passing ability won't help Spurs.

So it's down to his outstanding strike rate and Everton's ability to close him down and Pickford in goal. I am confident enough.

Don Alexander
66 Posted 03/02/2024 at 03:27:35
Whatever we might think of the professional footballer of today, I can only assume that our squad are pissed off in spades by the activities of those allegedly in charge of the club that has resulted in the deduction of any points they've earned.

Now there is another attack on the club, through no fault at all of their own.

Any spirit at all they show deserves to be applauded to the nines.

Steve Brown
67 Posted 03/02/2024 at 04:30:24
Hopefully Dyche comes up with a plan to exploit their high line.
Tony Graham
68 Posted 03/02/2024 at 08:39:28
If the footballing gods are with us, we might get a point!
Danny Baily
69 Posted 03/02/2024 at 09:20:19
Tony 68, we're more than capable of picking up all 3.
Ian Riley
70 Posted 03/02/2024 at 09:46:21
Need to work harder closing down. Our strikers need to score. This is a mid-table Premier League squad we have.

All the doom and gloom. Everton to win for me and I haven't taken my medication yet! We are not dead yet! Come on!! Positive thoughts everyone!

Jonathan Tasker
71 Posted 03/02/2024 at 09:49:14
Spurs @ 6/5 looks like free money.
Paul Hewitt
72 Posted 03/02/2024 at 09:55:04
Steve @67.

Playing Dobbin would do that. He's quick and would cause all sorts of problems.

Dave Cashen
73 Posted 03/02/2024 at 10:00:49
How much of this "free money" do you intend to pick up, Jonathan?

Kim Vivian
74 Posted 03/02/2024 at 10:04:59
Who would swap Dyche for Postecoglewhatsisname?

Given our current squad I wouldn't, but if we had Tottenham's squad I'd swap 'em in a heartbeat. Both managers are capable of getting the best out of their respective teams and on paper we can expect a point at best.

However, I firmly believe this match is realistically winnable - not just hopefully. A good performance like we know we can produce, unsettle the visitors and we'll be celebrating after lunch. I can see 2-0 today with someone (anyone) actually converting the odd chance. Defence sticking to its job.

Praying for another Keane-like strike from somewhere. McNeil to oblige?

Brian Harrison
75 Posted 03/02/2024 at 10:05:44
It will be strange seeing Richarlison in a Spurs shirt, and without doubt he will be a threat.

Spurs we know will play a high line, but what threatens a team playing high up the pitch is pace, and we aren't blessed with very speedy players.

Seems a long time since we have beaten Spurs at Goodison, so today would be a good stay to start. I hope Gueye starts as we have lacked his energy in midfield, let's hope Branthwaite recovered from the knock he took the other day.

So, with the early start, a different routine for many. I am not keen on the early starts, but at least we can hopefully win and put a bit of pressure on the clubs around us in the league.

Laurie Hartley
76 Posted 03/02/2024 at 10:11:16
I watched the Spurs v Brentford game – they were lucky to win. They are not as good as they are cracked up to be in my opinion.

I think Godfrey should keep his place after his performance at Fulham. I would put Patterson in front of him and Young in front of Mykolenko start Beto:

Pickford
Godfrey, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko
Patterson, Gueye, Garner, Young
McNeil
Beto (Calvert-Lewin on at 65').

We are missing Doucoure badly but having Gueye back for this one is a big plus.

Up the Blues!!!

Eddie Dunn
77 Posted 03/02/2024 at 10:28:16
Maddison is the worry but hopefully he isn't quite up to speed yet.

However, this Spurs team were lucky to beat us at the 'Lane and we can get 3 points with a robust defensive display and surely someone can score us a goal?

1-0.

Garry Martin
78 Posted 03/02/2024 at 10:47:20
Everton's bad luck in front of goal and, the amount of untaken chances we've seen over the last couple of seasons, has to come to an end, and, very quickly.

Now 3rd from bottom of the Premier League, the position looks, at this stage of the season, to be between us, Luton, Nottm Forest & Brentford… we have to win today!

Stephen Meighan
79 Posted 03/02/2024 at 11:07:09
It's not bad luck in front of goal — it's just poor finishing.
Anthony A Hughes
80 Posted 03/02/2024 at 11:09:13
Everton fewest goals at home, Spurs most goals away...

4-0 to the Blues then!


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