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Everton head to the Capital for the first time since the end of January seeking to end a 30-year wait for victory at Stamford Bridge and their first away win of 2024.

The Toffees go into the Monday night game against Chelsea still sitting in 16th thanks to the fact that Nottingham Forest were held by Wolves and Luton were hammered 5-1 at Manchester City and they will know that anything they can get from this game would be a boost to their hopes of avoiding the drop this season.

So often a scene of painful defeat, this part of West London has also seen Everton pick up their share of creditable points down the years, not least the 3-3 draw under Roberto Martinez when they came as close as ever to beating Chelsea on their own patch for the first time since 1994, and the 1-1 and 2-2 ties on their last two visits.

Sean Dyche and his men would, no doubt, grab a point with both hands if offered it before kick-off, particularly in view of how poorly they have been playing of late, but if they can recapture the spirit, tenacity and attacking threat they showed against the likes of Tottenham before Christmas, they stand a chance of getting something against erratic opponents.

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Mauricio Pochettino has struggled for much of the season to get a sufficient tune out of the expensively-assembled squad he inherited to keep them in the top half of the season but he has started to show in recent weeks that, at home at least, he is finding the right formula.

Chelsea's only away win of the calendar year so far might only have been against Crystal Palace and they were held last time out by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane but, at Stamford Bridge, they've beaten promotion-chasing Leeds and Leicester in the FA Cup and overcome Champions League hopefuls Newcastle and Manchester United, scoring seven goals in those two Premier League fixtures alone.

They were also held by ten-man Burnley a fortnight ago, however, which suggests an ongoing fallibility that, hopefully, an Everton side energised by their victory over the Clarets can exploit.

The Blues will have to deal with the in-form Cole Palmer, though, who has scored in each of the Londoners' last three home games, including a hat-trick against Man Utd. He didn't finish the draw against the Blades after being withdrawn with a quarter of an hour to go because of fatigue but he has been passed fit for Monday night, as has Malo Gusto.

Raheem Sterling and Enzo Hernandez are doubts, however, due to illness, Ben Chilwell faces a late fitness test but Wesley Fofana, Romeo Lavia, Lesley Ugochukwu, Reece James, Christopher Nkunku and Levi Colwill are ruled out.

Dyche, though, is hoping to include Arnaut Danjuma in the squad for the first time since the end of January after he turned out for the Under-21s on Friday evening, while Idrissa Gueye and Amadou Onana will be available after missing the Burnley game.

The manager is hoping that the second points deduction handed down to them in the same season can add clarity to the Club's situation vis-a-vis the relegation battle and provide a catalyst in the same way last November's 10-point deduction eventually did.

“I’ve spoken to the players and staff to remind them of the truth of the moment, which is to focus on the games in hand.

“[The deduction] is unexpected in the sense we thought it had been dealt with but it obviously hasn't been, and [there is] time to possibly appeal, so the Club is looking into that but the last response was, 'what's done is done'.

“The last time we got a knock everyone pulled together. The fans were terrific in a new reality and it rounded the wagons for us. Everyone said: ‘Hang on, the badge is more important than anything’ and I still feel the same. Myself, the players, the fans all pulling together and making sure we look after the club.

“Front foot mentality is an important factor.”

Gueye was of a similar mind with comments he made this week, stressing that the Blues have what they need in their ranks to get out of trouble.

“We need to get back to what we can do best and get wins on the board, always giving everything for the club,” the Senegal international said.

“Yes, we fought to survive, but the idea of ​​Everton being in anything other than the elite is unthinkable. We have quality and we have shown what we are capable of. You have to give everything, it’s as simple as that."

Kick-off: 8pm, Monday 15 April 2024
Referee: Paul Tierney
VAR: Michael Salisbury
Last Time: Chelsea 2 - 2 Everton

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


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Derek Knox
1 Posted 14/04/2024 at 08:24:08
Well, as always hoping for a win. I know Chelsea like many other teams can be a bit erratic on any given day, let's hope we play like we know we can, on a good day for us.

If you look at our odds, and history, it doesn't exactly inspire total optimism. Just by virtue of the amount of very expensive options they have at their disposal, as opposed to ours.

Our players, if they haven't realised by now, should know we are in a very precarious position. With a chasing pack behind us snapping at our heels, we basically have to maximise our slender position in the table, and the games in hand we have.

COYB 💙💙👍

David Bromwell
2 Posted 14/04/2024 at 08:47:50
Seems we have had to wait a long time for this game an,d given all the recent worrying financial news, it should be nice to get back to playing football. However, this is Everton and who knows what the outcome will be.

I understand the need to defend and hope that we might sneak a goal but I loath the Pickford hoofball for Calvert-Lewin to scramble for, so I am hoping for something different from the manager.

To begin, I really do hope Ashley Young is not in the starting XI as it is difficult to see just what he contributes. For me, we just have to play our best 11 players, so that's 10 from your team, Lyndon, plus Onana. I realise this will mean James Garner moving out wide, but it has got to be worth a go.

Jerome Shields
3 Posted 14/04/2024 at 09:01:40
More Dycheball. Therefore it will be in the lap of the Gods.

Forced Everton changes may upset Chelsea's training-ground plan.

Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 14/04/2024 at 09:03:09
Well, in we go.

Not my least favourite ground. That accolade goes to Crystal Palace.

I know a few Chelsea supporters and as individuals and they are fine. But as a collective, they are arrogant and my least favourite set of supporters.

3,000 Evertonians descending on Stamford Bridge tomorrow, most with long journeys and not getting home until the early hours. Stick together, Blues. We can take something from this one.

Jason Li
5 Posted 14/04/2024 at 09:07:46
Hopefully a draw.

If Luton continue with an open game where they let in on average 2 or more goals a game, then Dyche may have got it right and letting in one goal a game by being ultra tight may be the right apprach until the summer when he can make adjustments so that the squad is better at finishing chances.

I can't see if this squad flies forward in matches and leaving the door open to potentially an average of letting in 2 goals a game, this team getting 3 goals or more a game to win. Looks like a grind until the end of the season is correct.

Terry Farrell
6 Posted 14/04/2024 at 09:27:11
David #2, spot on.

Can't start Young and must start Onana, Gana and Gueye.

Geoff Trenner
7 Posted 14/04/2024 at 09:35:37
Yes, definitely got to start Gana and Gueye.

Mind you, I have never seen one play without the other!

Paul Hewitt
8 Posted 14/04/2024 at 09:40:27
I definitely think this is a game we can win. For all the money Chelsea have spent, they are a dire side. Defensively they are all over the place. 3 points to be gained on Monday.
Jay Evans
9 Posted 14/04/2024 at 09:46:05
"Onana must start" — Terry … may I ask why?

Absolutely dreadful at Newcastle and so ‘sore' after that particular shift, he was then unable to grace us with his presence against Burnley.

Brian Harrison
10 Posted 14/04/2024 at 10:09:01
The Telegraph yesterday said that, to offset the possibility of breaking P&S rules, Chelsea have sold the 2 hotels on their site for £76m to a company owned by them.

Apparently they have checked with the Premier League, and it seems like they have exploited a loophole. I would suggest it's not a loophole but a massive chasm and to be able to sell it to yourself surely has to be against the rules.

Danny O’Neill
11 Posted 14/04/2024 at 10:10:19
Turn up, Blues.

For those travelling, there will be a gathering at the White Horse near Parson's Green station.

You can then go marching towards Stamford Bridge signing Mark Murphy's favourite song!!

Christopher Timmins
12 Posted 14/04/2024 at 10:13:24
Looking forward to the game and, with our defence being hard to break down, we should take something from the game.

Not sure if Calvert-Lewin will make it, but hopefully he does and makes it 3 out of 3!

Sean Kelly
13 Posted 14/04/2024 at 10:24:39
Yesterday's results are favourable to us only if we get 3 points tomorrow. I still fear about relegation.
Barry Cowling
14 Posted 14/04/2024 at 10:37:57
Although I would take a point, this is not an unwinnable game. Chelsea are mid-table for a reason.

I remember going there in my teenage years when they were a little club with a half-empty stadium and we often got a decent result

James Marshall
15 Posted 14/04/2024 at 10:43:00
We haven't beaten them in London for 30 years, but one day eh!

Their recent form is DWDWD so on that basis they're due a win. I'd be delighted with a point. As an aside, I'm also looking forward to watching Cole Palmer in the flesh – the kid is a Rolls-Royce footballer.

Despite them being a bit patchy, a draw would indeed be an excellent result for us.

Lee Courtliff
16 Posted 14/04/2024 at 10:57:39
I was there for our last league win at Stamford Bridge... November 1994.

It was Joe Royle's second game in charge and Paul Rideout scored the only goal from a lovely Anders Limpar cross.

I was 13 years old, for fuck's sake!!

Mark Murphy
17 Posted 14/04/2024 at 11:11:00
We'd get some strange looks singing Teenage Kicks down there, Danny, but looking forward to it! UTFT
Danny O’Neill
18 Posted 14/04/2024 at 11:23:42
Definitely Mark.

Forever. Spirit and now Bella Ciao, which will catch on.

My girl dog is called Bella. A sign?!!

Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 14/04/2024 at 11:26:14
James (15),

Chelsea have had draws and wins in their recent games but no losses so I think that “one day eh!” will be tomorrow.

Derek Knox
20 Posted 14/04/2024 at 11:47:35
James M @ 15, spot on there re : Cole Palmer, I think he has everything and at such a young age.

To think City found him surplus to requirement is almost mind-boggling. He could have come to us, along with Conor Gallagher. :-)

Barry Rathbone
21 Posted 14/04/2024 at 12:23:56
I think we'll get 4 more points in the run-in… but not starting today.
Tom Bowers
22 Posted 14/04/2024 at 12:25:47
I think on any given day most Premier League teams could get a result against most other Premier League teams but Everton are the exception given their poor offensive qualities.

However, given the boost of the weekend results so far, and given that Chelsea are not Man City, there is that chance for that one set-piece to get something good from this game as long as they are sound defensively.

Palmer is a real talent but there are others to watch out for so Everton have to produce a good all-around performance.

Mike Hayes
23 Posted 14/04/2024 at 12:39:37
Given the recent form of the team, we'll be lucky to come away with a point.

I've not got any confidence in the team nor the manager – negative as feck – and that ain't going to change anytime soon.

Brian Wilkinson
24 Posted 14/04/2024 at 12:45:00
Two games in hand, a win tonight would move us 5 clear of the drop, that's a huge difference than getting a draw and being 3 clear.

A free hit, worth the gamble to go for a win would still be a game in hand of the teams around us. Be brave, Everton, puts all the pressure on the teams around us to close that 5-point gap if it comes off.

Neil Lawson
25 Posted 14/04/2024 at 12:53:10
Lyndon, I presume your predicted line-up is based upon your recognition that Dyche is stupidly stubborn and will refuse to change in the hope that one day there will be a Brighton miracle or he will get the sack.

With Onana and Gueye both fit and Gomes showing some worth, if he does start with your suggested line-up then, barring miracles, he should be sacked immediately we lose.

Brian Wilkinson
26 Posted 14/04/2024 at 13:01:04
A win tomorrow even better :-)
Laurie Hartley
27 Posted 14/04/2024 at 13:08:57
I fancy Doucoure and Beto to score in this game. Two should be enough.

They have shipped 52 goals this season. They are not very good at the back – Chalobah has got a mistake in him.

Mykolenko and Branthwaite will have to be at their best because Madueke is a real threat – he likes to cut in from the left.

Coleman, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko
Garner, Gueye, Gomes, McNeil

Up the Blues.

Robert Tressell
28 Posted 14/04/2024 at 13:32:59
I agree, Neil # 25. Quite why Dyche persistently overlooks Gordon, Richarlison and Sigurdsson I do not know. They obviously carry the sort of workrate, class and goal threat we are crying out for.

And if Dyche cannot get an away victory against a team that has invested over £700m more than us in their playing staff in the last three years then the guy is a fraud.

You're right, we really should be looking to sack the guy who has us out of the Bottom 3 with two games in hand and superior goal difference despite an annual relegation fight, an 8-point deduction and negative £70m investment in players in the last 3 years.

Dave Lynch
29 Posted 14/04/2024 at 14:00:29
Dyche again will try to set us up not to lose.

Posters saying they have shipped 50-odd goals appear to be forgetting that we don't have a goal threat.

Man for man, they have a lot more talent than we do, it'll be backs to the wall and I'll take a point now.

Mike Corcoran
30 Posted 14/04/2024 at 14:06:22
7 points to survive and attempting to grind em out 1 point per game. Then it all starts again next season, for fuck's sake!

And to think people despaired of Gordon Lee. His team was my intro, great days in retrospect…

Andy Meighan
31 Posted 14/04/2024 at 14:58:43
Chelsea aren't no great shakes considering the money they've laid out.

But our record there at the Bridge is absolutely depressing; that said, keep it tight for 70 minutes and hopefully snatch a winner… Well, I can dream can't I?

Gotta end sometime hasn't it... hasn't it

Christy Ring
32 Posted 14/04/2024 at 14:59:52
Brian #10,

I saw that article, unbelievable if that's allowed by the Premier League, a loophole that you can sell 2 hotels to your own company?

Coleman Tarkowski Branthwaite Mykolenko
Gueye Gomes Onana
Garner Calvert-Lewin Danjuma

Michael Whitehead
33 Posted 14/04/2024 at 16:04:01
Wow, 30 years without a win at Stamford Bridge – that's insane because I remember being there that day with my dad and older brother stuck two rows from the back of the East Stand, aged 15 and 2 weeks, haha.

I remember we battered them and had two goals disallowed or something and hit the post, I went back there the following August absolutely mental heatwave and they were selling Ruud Gullit wigs in stalls everywhere.

How have we allowed a record like that to fester though?
30 years without Everton Football Club winning anywhere just can't be right surely?

Roger Helm
34 Posted 14/04/2024 at 16:19:30
I like Monday fixtures, I can enjoy a weekend without Everton spoiling it.
Mark Murphy
35 Posted 14/04/2024 at 16:28:48
Well todays result at Castle Greyskull opens the door to us singing my favourite Everton song tomorrow night, Danny!

I never felt more like singing the blues…
When Everton win, and Liverpool lose….


Neil Lawson
36 Posted 14/04/2024 at 17:16:29
Robert 28. What is that comment about sarcasm and the lowest form of wit. If you want to continue to watch dross and a team who couldn't win for 12 games then I hope you are happy doing so.

If Clavert-Lewin's lucky goal v Burnley is the best we can manage, and if we can't win again for the next 7 games, I assume you will conclude that Mr Dyche was a victim of circumstances beyond his control.

Paul Ferry
37 Posted 14/04/2024 at 18:53:14
Barry Rathbone, we did not play today. Keep up lad. Poor research.
Ajay Gopal
38 Posted 14/04/2024 at 19:33:52
Today's wins by Crystal Palace, Fulham and Villa against supposedly top teams shows that anything is possible if you go out and play with a positive mindset. Not necessarily go gung-ho, but playing on the front foot and playing without fear. I wouldn't start with Ashley Young or Godfrey or Doucoure.

I would play Onana just behind Calvert-Lewin in the 'Doucoure role'

McNeil Gueye Gomes Garner
Mykolenko Branthwaite Tarkowski Patterson

Subs: Beto, Dobbin (does he have an injury? Why isn't he even on the bench recently?), Danjuma, Chermiti, Harrison, Doucoure, Coleman, Keane, Virginia

Denis Richardson
39 Posted 14/04/2024 at 22:08:06
Well, we have two games in hand over Forest and Luton so this to me is a free hit.

I would love us to go for it but you know we'll go there with the plan to keep it tight and nick a draw. A point would be respectable but a win (gotta hope!) would put clear daylight between us and the drop zone, with still a game in hand, and would knock the stuffing out of the two below us.

Palaces' surprise win means they're pretty much safe now, as too are Brentford — almost. For me, it's now just between the bottom 5.

Games running out fast...

Put a strong team out tomorrow and go for it, before the humdinger of fixtures next weekend.

Steve Griffiths
40 Posted 15/04/2024 at 00:34:08
Danny, my misses saw the squad get off the train at Euston earlier. She said no sign of Calvert-Lewin, although her and her mate's gaze was almost exclusively directed at Andre Gomes apparently… 🙄

Therefore, looks like Bella Ciao maybe off the song sheet later.

George Stuart
41 Posted 15/04/2024 at 02:39:23
Not sure here in Australia, but are the Premier League enforcing this week's points deduction Monday afternoon or are they waiting until after the game to see the outcome?

Also, nice to see Man City back on top of the Premier League again. Just exactly where they belong. £££

David Currie
42 Posted 15/04/2024 at 02:55:48
Play 3-5-2 and go all out to win this game! A win would give us 5 points above Luton!

This is a massive game where a win can put all the pressure on Luton and Forest!

Nicolas Piñon
43 Posted 15/04/2024 at 04:27:03
Agree with Mike Hayes @23.

A point would be too good for these present times.

Jonathan Oppenheimer
44 Posted 15/04/2024 at 05:50:10
We all know the points are there to be taken. Whether we can make it happen with our mostly dire football is another story. But a clean sheet and a 1-0 win isn't entirely impossible.

Please no Ashley Young. We can safely say Ben Godfrey won't play, now that Seamus is healthy. It would be great to see Danjuma, if for no other reason than that we otherwise have such little pace and creativity.

If there's one thing I do know, it's that the best away fans in the land will be there to give us a shot. COYB!

Mal van Schaick
45 Posted 15/04/2024 at 05:53:05
Weather the early storm from Chelsea, defend well from corners, settle into the game and play on the break for a 2-1 win.

No Young, play Patterson.

Danny O’Neill
46 Posted 15/04/2024 at 06:01:03
Steve, I can see why Andre Gomes turns heads!!

Let's hope he does it on the pitch tonight. He had a good outing against Burnley.

Absolutely, Jonathan. I'm sure you and others will be there around the globe at ridiculous hours cheering on the Blues as much as those travelling Blues!! Come "home" soon, Jonathan. A pleasure to meet you.

Paul Ferry
47 Posted 15/04/2024 at 07:26:37
Made up Bayer Leverkusen won the league, but how bizarre that the song to celebrate was 'Land of hope and glory'.

Please Mr. Dyche, no Young or Godfrey, we need Gana and Gomes but we don't need Onana.

Got a good feeling about this one, for some reason. The Chavs are on a good run but are usually inconsistent and they don't do clean sheets.

All the best to the best of blues Rob H and everyone else, Mark, Danny, Neil, and the baldy from Bishop Stortford. Have a wonderful meet and greet and night.



Danny O’Neill
48 Posted 15/04/2024 at 07:33:03
Thanks, Paul.

I too am made up for Leverkusen. I went to watch them years ago.

Watch this space. Bella Ciao will catch on so we'd best get on top of our Italiano!

Mark Murphy
49 Posted 15/04/2024 at 08:26:56
Allow me to translate, Danny….

Bella ciao, Bella ciao, Bella ciao Bella ciao Bella ciao ciao ciao
Dominic, y Calvert-Lewin,
And it's a goal for Everton!

Dominic, Dominic, Dominic, Dominic Dominic nic nic
Oh Dominic, y Calver-Lewin
And it's a goal for Everton!!

A presto ragazzi!
Su le fucking caramelle!

Kevin Edward
50 Posted 15/04/2024 at 08:44:59
Match day at last!

Not sure if this is a game we can win, but the weather's lousy so rock up and grind out another away point. Give the travelling blues something to cheer about. It's not a lucky ground for us (understatement of the year….) but we have a chance.

There will be wacky unexpected results to come, so anything out of this one is a bonus. It could be another miserable day off the pitch so UTFT on the pitch!

Derek Knox
51 Posted 15/04/2024 at 08:59:45
I think yesterday's 'surprise results' which have no direct bearing on our Table position, should reinforce the fact that in Football anything is possible.

They say we haven't won at the Bridge for 30 years but, not being a stato, I think we have had a few draws there in that period. So why not another one? I would settle for that now, if it were in my power to do so.

Jonathan O @ 44, glad to have met you last week and also you have had a safe journey back, at least you witnessed a win. Take care, my friend!

Danny O’Neill
52 Posted 15/04/2024 at 09:24:57
All things come to an end, Derek.

Mark, your Italian skills are impressive. It beats my attempts to order a penne arribiata or spaghetti con vongole and doing my stupid English 'talk really slow' thing!!

See you later.

Dave Abrahams
53 Posted 15/04/2024 at 10:04:09
Those 30 games have been played; what counts tonight is this game, we can win it and give those brilliant, genuine Everton fans a great night and a happy journey home.

No need to ask these fans to cheer the Blues – they will be doing just that, win, lose or draw. Wish I was there with them.

Alan McGuffog
54 Posted 15/04/2024 at 10:07:51
Please enlighten me. I rarely attend these days but I read that we are singing Bella Ciao . Wonderful.

I only know the song as the barman in my favourite
boozer in Turkey plays it a lot.

What a great song and hopefully unique to ourselves.
Sing up!

Mark Murphy
55 Posted 15/04/2024 at 10:08:15
Hi Dave,

I took your advice last week and visited the Anglican Cathedral.

Stunning! 👍

Mark Murphy
56 Posted 15/04/2024 at 10:13:40
Alan, a cult Argentinian commentator burst into song when Calvert-Lewin scored at Newcastle and it's caught on. Google "Bella Ciao Everton" and you'll find it.

I think though, that the shite have used it before us but then it will grind their gears if it takes off with us! UTFT

Christopher Timmins
57 Posted 15/04/2024 at 10:16:35
Three teams for one spot by this stage and, if we can pick up 4 points by this day next week, it would see us well on our way to safety with five games to go.
Alan McGuffog
58 Posted 15/04/2024 at 10:21:22
Thanks, Mark, great stuff.

By the way, did you go up to the roof at the Anglican? Bit of a hike from top of second lift but the view is worth it.

Derek Knox
59 Posted 15/04/2024 at 10:33:06
Alan @ 54, like you I very rarely go to 'aways' anymore, and only manage a few 'homes'.

I had to read your post twice. I thought it read we are 'signing Bella Ciao' who is he, what position, and where did we get the money from (?) first reactions.

I then realised it was 'singing', but where and how are the travelling Blues going to learn Italian in the short time before kick-off? :-)

Bobby Mallon
60 Posted 15/04/2024 at 10:38:47
Brian @10 or anyone else. If that's the case, then Moshiri should be able to sell the liverbird to himself and use that to wipe out our PSR losses?

Or am I missing something...

Mark Taylor
61 Posted 15/04/2024 at 10:46:12
Wasn't Bella Ciao a sort of theme tune for Money Heist (for those who watched it).

Isn't it an old Spanish revolutionary song?

Brian Wilkinson
62 Posted 15/04/2024 at 10:53:47
Stick Bella Ciao and Grand Old Team in Room 101, both annoying. Replace Grand Old Team with We Shall Not Be Moved.

Anywa,y enough of that, on to tonight's game, until we cross that whitewash, let's save any thoughts and doom until we at least kick off.

Palace and VIlla have shown you can attack these teams, instead of inviting them to dominate in your half. Eventually they will pick you off, so have a go at them, turn them around.

A free hit to try and pick up 3 points… Attack, Attack, Attack —It's been a while since I've heard that chant.

Whatever happens tonight, and hopefully it's a point or three in the bag, we need to use our strength in set pieces against Forest. They are awful at defending set pieces, and draw cheap free kicks. We need to get at them, that's where we can win the game on Sunday. But for tonight, we have a fighting chance, if we keep our shape and have a go.

Danny O’Neill
63 Posted 15/04/2024 at 11:06:13
An Italian partisan song and anti-fascist, Mark.

I wonder if it was a dig at the Premier League?

I agree on Grand Old Team, Brian. I've been saying it for a while. Get rid.

Pat Kelly
64 Posted 15/04/2024 at 11:18:27
At last, Dele Alli is fit enough and will play a part in tonight's game.

As part of Sky's commentary team.… Assuming he doesn't get injured putting on his microphone.

Barry Cowling
65 Posted 15/04/2024 at 11:19:58
Robert (28), I'm with you on that.

I'll take as many scruffy games as it takes as long as we get over that line.

Going down is not an option.

Brian Wilkinson
66 Posted 15/04/2024 at 11:24:30
Just off track but seen a beaut today and had to add it.

If you do not sing the national anthem, the Palace will punish you.

Dave Abrahams
67 Posted 15/04/2024 at 11:36:19
Mark (55), Glad you enjoyed the Anglican Cathedral along with Alan (58), I think it is a wonderful building inside and out and “Stunning” sums it up.

Alan (58) I think it was you who advised me to read the book ‘Bloodlands' about the mass killings by Hitler and Stalin from the early 1930s until after the Second World War.

Those slayed, 14 million were all in Europe with Jewish people singled out men, women and children along with other Nationalities, a lot were killed in peacetime.

You warned me it would be a hard time reading the book, it certainly was. Gruesome doesn't really describe it, very hard to understand how people (?) could be so inhumane to other human beings.

Thanks for putting me in touch with the book Alan I certainly learned plenty from it.

Dave Abrahams
68 Posted 15/04/2024 at 11:55:17
Pat (64),

Not only is he getting paid off us – we are letting him “Work on the side”.

We should have him selling the programmes outside the bleedin' ground.

Unbelievable, this club of ours.

Mark Murphy
69 Posted 15/04/2024 at 12:13:35
Sadly not, Alan. I was with my youngest who doesn't do heights.

I'll do it when I'm up for the Brentford game. If Danny O can manage the Newcastle steps, I'm sure I can climb the stairway to heaven – even if it is the proddy version and they won't let me in!

(Btw Danny – are you sure you didn't take that lift at Newcastle??? Taps nose….)

Alan McGuffog
70 Posted 15/04/2024 at 12:20:59
Glad you got a lot from that book, Dave… not the sort of read that you can say you “enjoyed” though, is it?

Mark I'm with your oldest on heights… view is great but I was stood well away from the edge. You'll get a great view of the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

Ray Roche
71 Posted 15/04/2024 at 12:22:32
Mark, there’s a lift that takes you part of the way up as Alan says, but it’s a great experience going up there.👍🏻
Brian Wilkinson
72 Posted 15/04/2024 at 12:26:21
Hey Derek, here's a thought:

If they play Bella Ciao before the derby, we could get a big fuck off Italian flag passed down the park end, with "Remember the 39" on, it will put their Steua Bucharest flag to shame.

Raymond Fox
73 Posted 15/04/2024 at 12:33:35
Sounds like we will have a full squad to pick from which is a positive. Chelsea are far from brilliant, they don't play well two times together.

Our record down there makes grim reading though if you think thats important. We are 7/2 to win, so the bookies don't think we are totally dead meat, I was expecting a bigger price.

Obviously a win would be great, but I suspect we might draw the game.

Tom Bowers
74 Posted 15/04/2024 at 12:35:45
Tonight's game still crucial as every point is.

Yes, some good scores over the weekend and a boost for the Blues but still some serious games to come and they don't want to leave anything to chance.

Offence still a problem and it really makes things tough but as a team they need to buckle down defensively for 90 minutes or more.

Tony Abrahams
75 Posted 15/04/2024 at 13:02:15
I can just imagine the outrage of those want-it-both-ways Liverpudlians, Brian.

If you are looking for the perfect view of Bramley-Moore Dock, Mark, try the Gino D’Acampo Sky Bar 360 on Old Hall Street, mate. The booze might be a little bit expensive, and you might need to pay by card, but the lifts work perfectly and the views are absolutely stunning, mate!

Si Cooper
76 Posted 15/04/2024 at 13:02:16
Chelsea are definitely patchy but have some enviable players so it will take a proper performance to get the 3 points.

Still hoping that penny-drop moment, when everything clicks, is just round the corner. UTFT!

Mark Murphy
77 Posted 15/04/2024 at 13:12:35
My youngest, Alan – my eldest would probably dance around the parapet – he's fearless!

Anyway - just getting ready to set out for tonight's game. As with Danny, this is far from my favourite ground. No entrance to the neighbouring pubs unless you have a Chelsea membership, even if you're not wearing colours and just want a piss!

The most ugly, unfriendly arrogant home fans outside Millwall and a stupid or complicit police presence who give minimum segregation and unmoving direction to avoid trouble between home and away fans.

If we win, I expect there will be trouble outside. But I bloody well hope we do win! UTFT!

Danny O’Neill
78 Posted 15/04/2024 at 13:45:06
Mark, I did cheat on the way up at Newcastle last time out and got the lift up. I walked the long never ending walk down wondering when it was going to end.

My son's University Graduation was at the Anglican. Indeed a fine building amongst many in our city. St George's Hall and William Brown Street take some beating.

Hidden gems would be the Our Lady and Saint Nicholas Church near to the Pier Head.

Also if I can be biased, Speke Hall.

The city is only second to London in the number of listed buildings in the UK.

Christy Ring
79 Posted 15/04/2024 at 13:46:22
I was watching a clip of the team training Saturday on the main website, and no sign of Calvert-Lewin, which is a worry, because, in my opinion, he's still our best striker.
Colin Malone
80 Posted 15/04/2024 at 13:55:48
Same old. Same old.

70th minute Subs: Beto for Calvert-Lewin. Harrison for Young.

John Chambers
81 Posted 15/04/2024 at 13:58:44

Dyche said in the press conference he'd got a tight hamstring but was expected to be fit for tonight. Personally, I think the Forest and Brentford games are more important so, if there is any doubt, I'd rather play safe and save him for those.

Rob Halligan
82 Posted 15/04/2024 at 14:31:16
Mark # 77.

When we win tonight, just walk back with the Everton fans to the coaches. I've yet to see any Chelsea fans come anywhere near that mob. Safe as houses with them.

James Marshall
83 Posted 15/04/2024 at 14:39:56
For anyone who happens to be travelling by train on the Cambridge line tonight, there's a tree fallen and damaged the overhead cables so there are no trains into London at all right now.

It's really fucking windy in Herts where I am and also down Fulham way I assume so tonight could be a bit Sunday League if the wind keeps up.

See here: Link

Jay Evans
84 Posted 15/04/2024 at 14:41:22
Alan 54, unfortunately it’s not unique to ourselves, as our loveable neighbours have been singing it for a while now to Luis Diaz.
Dave Cashen
85 Posted 15/04/2024 at 14:50:46
Not really interested in who people think should or shouldnt be selected. It's irrelevant.

Dyche will pick the team. The travelling Blues will get behind whoever is chosen. The players won't hear the rest of us.

Of course it's a difficult game, but we have to see it as an opportunity too.

Mark Murphy
86 Posted 15/04/2024 at 14:52:51
Rob, the last time I went near the Everton coaches (at West Ham), I got told to fuck off and support Man Utd, and then, when I protested, was immediately surrounded by young scallies sniffing wool blood!

I'll take my chances with the yuppiegans mate! UTFT

Mark Murphy
87 Posted 15/04/2024 at 14:55:42
On the Victoria train now (London, not Manchester).

The great day starts now!! UTfT

Geoff Cadman
88 Posted 15/04/2024 at 15:05:21
Brian, it would lead to another Everton first.

Fined for tragedy chanting on something that never happened.

Brian Wilkinson
89 Posted 15/04/2024 at 16:01:37
Be worth it though Geoff, just to stick two fingers up to their Bucharest flag.
Mark Murphy
90 Posted 15/04/2024 at 16:04:49
Greetings from the Shakespeare, London Victoria.
Stop one for pre meds!
Sat next to a load of Dutch toffees.
Funny lot the Dutch…
Martin Farrington
91 Posted 15/04/2024 at 18:01:07
I can't see us ending the 30-year hoodoo. Isn't that around the time the deceased one crowbarred its way onto the board in order to destroy us???

Would love all 3 points. Dyche is too scared to be bold.
A point would be a great result given our squad and horrendous fortune.

Billy Shears
92 Posted 15/04/2024 at 18:01:25
I think the lads will give this one a real go but just come up short, but the next two home games that are looming might just save us for this season.

2-1 to the Chavs.

Brian Cleveland
93 Posted 15/04/2024 at 18:38:18
See Dele Alli making his first appearance of the season! 🙄
Phil Smith
94 Posted 15/04/2024 at 20:54:35
Never thought I'd been saying this, but Dyche has to go after tonight. He is 100% taking us down with his refusal to do anything different. All the other teams in and around us are showing a bit of fight and trying to play football. We are just so predictable and awful to watch. I just can't anymore this season. It's a new low for me.

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