Everton vs Leicester City

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Gulfi Sigurdsson is rated as "touch-and-go" to overcome illness in time to play

Everton host Leicester City this evening with a place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals on the line in what could, if reports are true, be Duncan Ferguson's last match in temporary charge.

Speculation remains rife that Carlo Ancelotti will be announced as the club's next permanent manager later this week and that he could be in the dugout when Everton kick off against Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

Having overseen a stunning 3-1 victory over Chelsea and a hugely creditable draw at Manchester United at the weekend, however, Ferguson would be the supporters' overwhelming choice to lead the team for what is arguably the biggest match of the season so far.

A victory over the high-flying Foxes would put the Blues into the last four of a competition that they have never won and which lost another of the so-called “big six” last night when Aston Villa thrashed Liverpool's youngsters 5-0 at Villa Park.

That should ensure another boisterous atmosphere at Goodison Park and Ferguson will no doubt need the help of the 12th man as he deals with Everton's continuing injury crisis, particularly in midfield.

The Scot has described Gylfi Sigurðsson's chances of making the game as touch and go because of the illness which kept him out of the trip to Old Trafford and the same bug makes Djibril Sidibè a doubt as well.

Lucas Digne is ruled out with a groin problem as is Fabian Delph who continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. Morgan Schneiderlin and Theo Walcott are also sidelined because of injuries of their own.

Those selection problems could restrict Ferguson's options and lead to the continued partnership of Tom Davies and Mason Holgate in the centre of midfield.

The rest of the side will, in all likelihood, remain unchanged from the one that started against Man Utd.

This will be only the third time that these two teams have met in cup competition. The first was a Zenith Data Systems cup tie at Filbert Street in 1991 and the last meeting was in January 2017 when Ronald Koeman's Everton lost at home to the reigning Premier League champions — the score was 2-1 on both occasions.

With Leicester riding high in second place in the league, it's possible that Brendan Rodgers could make changes to his usual starting XI as he did in the last round against Burton Albion. That evening, Hamza Choudhury, Dennis Praet, Wes Morgan and Kelechi Iheanacho were four of nine changes to the Foxes side that had walloped Southampton 9-0 a few days earlier.

The strength of opposition posed by the Blues and the fact that it is a quarter-final might ordinarily prompt Rodgers to be less experimental but he will also have one eye on Saturday's huge clash with third-place Manchester City.

Should he go with a full strength side, it will be a big test for Everton but by no means an impossible one, as the Blues demonstrated at the King Power Stadium three weeks ago when an injury-time goal was needed to hand Leicester a cruel victory on the day.

Kick-off: 7:45pm, Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Last Time: Everton 1 - 2 Leicester City (FA Cup, January 2017)

Predicted Lineup: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Baines, Davies, Holgate, Bernard, Iwobi, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin


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Jimmy Salt
1 Posted 18/12/2019 at 07:24:50
3 games for a trophy?
Fran Mitchell
2 Posted 18/12/2019 at 07:50:10
Big game, and probably Dunc's last. Hopefully he can leave unbeaten with a 66.6% win rate.

A win today could really change the complexion of things. The new year coming, with a new exciting manager and a semi-final could set us up for a really positive second half of the season.


Mal van Schaick
3 Posted 18/12/2019 at 07:59:46
Good luck Big Dunc. He'll have the place rocking again. It's not a must-win game, but it would be great to be in the semi-final, and I'm looking forward to an entertaining game.

League status is paramount with Arsenal at home coming up, and that is a winnable game with their current form.

Knowing Dunc's passion, he'll want a full-strength team to go for the win, but he should bear in mind the Arsenal game in team selection. Conundrum?

Colin Glassar
4 Posted 18/12/2019 at 08:07:12
The dreaded 666, Fran?
Rob Young
5 Posted 18/12/2019 at 08:08:40
I reckon this is a must-win game. Let's get some silverware.

I'm not worried about relegation at all. Let's go all out and win tonight. I'll be gutted if we lose.

Derek Knox
6 Posted 18/12/2019 at 08:19:21
With a team that is almost down to the bare bones, I think with the same motivation and spirit, although it won't be an easy game is winnable.

As Lyndon says they will have one eye on Saturday's clash with Man City, so hopefully they haven't prioritised the Carabao Cup. Goodison will indeed be rocking – especially with all the events that have happened recently.

Christopher Timmins
7 Posted 18/12/2019 at 08:24:35
Folks, this is a big ask. We still have a major injury crisis on our hands and players who have to be pushed back into action before they are ready as needs must. Digne in my view was just such a risk on Sunday and Coleman probably fell into that category also.

If we can keep it tight and we get a good old fashioned Goodison night time atmosphere going with a dogs of war attitude on the pitch, then we have a chance.

Richard Cusworth
8 Posted 18/12/2019 at 08:33:21
For me, the Arsenal, Burnley & Newcastle games are the most important of the next 6 and team selection needs this in mind – not that there's a great deal of choice at present! These 3 games could really get us back in the pack. Bad results and it becomes a relegation scrap to the end – these are now our rivals this season.

Leicester's a tough tough game & I would argue tougher to play them at home with their speed on the break (Vardy always scores against us). I would love us to sneak through but not at the expense of further decimation of the squad going into the next week – particularly if facing the Arteta manager bounce on Saturday – let's see how Dunc sees it.

Chris James
9 Posted 18/12/2019 at 08:33:25
Genuinely think we are making a mistake rushing in a new manager.
Ancelotti is a big name and has a great record to be sure, but to be fair it's hardly without issue – he's had more clubs than Rory Mcilroy and tends to be moved on within 2 years.

What's more his success has been achieved at established top clubs, there's no real evidence of him succeeding with a 'project' as we are. This is not to mention the cost involved (of him – ٣m a year at least, plus a no doubted massive transfer budget in January).

After 4 ultimately failed and hugely expensive managerial projects, 3 foreigners, I really feel we should be trying something different right now, and re-establishing some grit, character and heart (in the way Moyes did when he first came) seems tight to me.

Ferguson has brought some pride and fight back to the club that's been missing for years and got immediate results against clubs we traditionally struggle against. Maybe it cant continue but why not give him till January at least to see? He's also not a financial risk and would happily step aside when needed for the best interests of the club – he basically offers the board a total free hit at something different... why the hell we wouldn't make the most of that I don't understand.

Colin Glassar
10 Posted 18/12/2019 at 08:40:55
Chris I can see your point but, Dunc loses three on the trot and the knives will be out with a vengeance. He's said it himself, he's not ready to be our manager!

We tried, and failed, with Unsy. This is not a time for sentimental claptrap.

Kim Vivian
11 Posted 18/12/2019 at 08:47:41
Chris - Ok - We give Dunc a few games. He bombs possibly. Ancelotti has moved elsewhere - that ship having sailed. Who would you turn to, as we are back fighting fires?

Davy boy?

We must land Ancelotti now. It's within our grasp.

Are you one of the 400 odd who have 'voted' no to Ancelotti?

Ernie Baywood
12 Posted 18/12/2019 at 09:12:49
A few weeks ago the same people asking for Duncan wouldn't have entertained the idea.

A few losses and they'd be back to that view.

Let's just enjoy it for what it is. A boost. For our pride and for Duncan's coaching experience. I think he's shown us a bit of what we were missing and hopefully demonstrated to the board and incoming coach that it is both important and possible to connect with the fans.

Hope he gets a raucous Goodison and steps aside knowing he did a great job.

And then maybe one day...

Edit: Can we bring him back for the Anfield match?

Jerome Shields
13 Posted 18/12/2019 at 09:13:32
Duncan has shown he knows how to organise a team to set up shop, as he did against Man Utd. Something that Silva was not able to. He therefore will have ideas how to break down a side that sets up shop against Everton. Again, something that Silva had difficulty with.

Leicester City are going to know they are in a game this evening. Good Luck, Duncan, send the Liverpool failure back home.

Tony McNulty
14 Posted 18/12/2019 at 09:19:56
An interesting and well-written article about Duncan from a Scottish perspective can be found in today's "Times." Well worth a read.
Eddie Dunn
15 Posted 18/12/2019 at 09:20:18
Well the semis could be Man City, Man Utd, Aston Villa and one other. Imagine playing Villa, Utd or a weakened City team for a final berth.

We are so near silverware that we need to approach this as the biggest game of the season so far. Let others play their kids — we need a trophy.

Brian Harrison
16 Posted 18/12/2019 at 09:25:08
I think there will be a real buzz around the ground tonight. If it is to be Duncan's last game in charge, then let's hope it's a winning one. Just a pity we have so many injuries.

I also think that the board have seen the connection between the fans and Duncan, and will have said to Ancelotti that they want him to be involved in the new set-up. Also, Ancelotti is a very shrewd man so why wouldn't he want to utilize someone who has a great rapport with the fans?

John Raftery
17 Posted 18/12/2019 at 09:48:20
Lyndon, we also played Leicester in the FA Cup quarter final in 1968, beating them 3-1 at Filbert Street.
Kim Vivian
18 Posted 18/12/2019 at 09:48:35
Brian - By all accounts (well, Sky at least), Dunc will get Arsenal as well, with Ancelotti, fingers crossed, starting against Burnley on Boxing Day.
Paul Cherrington
19 Posted 18/12/2019 at 10:04:39
I have to agree with Chris @9. Ancelotti is a top manager no doubt but I'm not sure he is what we need right now and is the right fit for us. I can just see the feel-good factor and passion Dunc has brought to the club disappearing with another foreign coach who doesn't show the same emotions on the sidelines.

If the football reverts to more of the sleep-inducing continental stuff previous managers like Silva have used too, this would be a big mistake. I also think that the players could go back to their bad old ways under a manager who they don't fear, respect or get a good telling off from like Big Dunc. We have seen just what an effect Dunc's more direct style of leadership has had – I can't see Ancelotti recreating that.

Why risk upsetting the momentum we are building now and potentially drop back into a relegation scrap? For me, people are just seeing a big name and automatically assuming it will work out, without really thinking if he is right for us. Has he ever been in a relegation fight without a squad of world-class players to call on, for example?

Steve Ferns
20 Posted 18/12/2019 at 10:21:55
What's the latest on the following players:


All have missed games recently with injury or illness. I expect Mina, Coleman and Davies to be available for selection. Surely, Sigurdsson and Sidibe are now recovered. Maybe Schneiderlin and Walcott can shake off their calf strains. Delph appears to be constantly injured. Digne looks more long term, but Baines can cover and Sidibie can also play left back.

Anyone else have any up-to-date info?

Kunal Desai
21 Posted 18/12/2019 at 10:34:37
Us going for Ancelotti now is the right move IF Moshiri & Brands have sounded out other managers who are currently attached to clubs that potentially could be available in the summer but have said no to a move in the summer. We know where we stand. You hope the club have made those tentative enquiries before offering the job to Ancelotti.
Benjamin Dyke
22 Posted 18/12/2019 at 10:38:19
Goodison will be the 12th Man and see us over the line tonight in Duncan's final game in charge for the time being... He'll be our manager one day, I'm pretty sure, after this little cameo. Hopefully after we've won a trophy or two under Ancelotti 😆.

It will be an achievement to beat Leicester with basically no midfielders but I'm backing us.

Eddie Dunn
23 Posted 18/12/2019 at 10:44:18
Steve, it is highly questionable that Digne was allowed to play last week after having to retire the previous game. Crazy to take such chances with players. It also begs the question about whether Delph and Mina have been brought back too soon only to break down again.

There seems to be a pattern here.

Jim Bennings
24 Posted 18/12/2019 at 10:46:36
Forget good football tonight, just dig in and battle.

Cups are won through character, grit and granite.

We do not have the players on the squad roster to play like Barcelona or Man City so don't even worry about pretty football.

We have a bunch of players that outside maybe two or three technically very gifted lads, the majority should just be encouraged to keep things simple within their boundaries and keep up working hard.

Huge game and I expect we will need to defend quite deep almost like an away game with Vardy's pace, he always seems to hurt us and I can't remember a season that's passed without him scoring against us at least once.

Tony Everan
25 Posted 18/12/2019 at 10:57:19
Massive match for the club. If we can get through tonight we will have a great chance of taking this cup. Some silverware is long overdue.

We could be playing Villa in the semis, with players coming back from injury, a new signing or two, a world class manager. Also I firmly believe will be a big threat and have a great chance whoever we face in the semis.

Steve Ferns
26 Posted 18/12/2019 at 11:16:01
IF Gylfi and Sidibe are fit, what would you do?

Would Sidibe come in for Baines or Coleman? Note he is very comfortable at left back.

Would Gylfi come in and knock Holgate back to centre-back or down to the bench?

Peter Mills
27 Posted 18/12/2019 at 11:16:21
John#17, I was at that match, even though it was before football was invented!
Craig Walker
28 Posted 18/12/2019 at 11:23:17
Get Ancelotti in because opportunities to get a genuinely world-class manager with his experience do not come around often. Duncan's reputation will be in tact regardless of what happens tonight. I'd go all out to win because we want to see an Everton team do well in every competition it enters and winning is a good habit to get. None of this, resting players malarkey for tonight please. We're down to the bare bones anyway.

I'm worried that it has to be decided tonight because our penalty record is woeful.

Franny Porter
29 Posted 18/12/2019 at 11:26:08
A lot of talk here about what Duncan Ferguson should or shouldn't do regards team selection and the prioritising of games.

1. We should be going all out to win the next game, whatever it is. Momentum is massive.
2: I want us to win the cup
3: We aren't getting relegated, not while Norwich, Southampton and Watford are playing the way they are.
4: I think we are at the point whereby the only changes we could make are up front, so it almost moot.

Bob Parrington
30 Posted 18/12/2019 at 11:26:54
Fran, Yes, the devils number, the devil's in the detail. Maybe that goes for us this time Colin. We'll win this one.

17+12+19 = 48 the year of my birth. 1+7 +1+2+1+9 = 21 = the age I got married. 66 years of supporting EFC removes 2x 6es from the devil's number. Forget the devil's number I think the numerologist would go with me! Ha ha! 3 - 1 to Everton

Tony Everan
31 Posted 18/12/2019 at 11:28:14
Steve, it all depends on the level of recovery of Sidibe and Sigurdsson.

A fully fit Sidibe is the better option at right-back and I would rather have a more natural midfielder in Sigurdsson in the middle than Holgate.

I think Mason should retain his centre-back spot with Mina and Keane benched, but it looked to me that Mina had a bit of a niggle too so it may be Keane & Holgate as centre-backs. We need that extra yard of pace that Mason has got, a tackle or challenge on Vardy from Mason because of his pace could make all the difference.

I think the injury/recovery situation will be being closely monitored today to make the best decisions.

Richard Duff
32 Posted 18/12/2019 at 11:32:18
When we won the cup in 1995 we were confrontational, direct, physical, intimidating, connected to the crowd with a Fuck You attitude to the outside world.

Remember the home game against Newcastle – they were flying, aesthetically pleasing with exotic football, the neutrals' favourite, 2nd in the league. We ground out the win with a scrappy Waggy goal from a corner. That'll do tonight thanks.

Derek Knox
33 Posted 18/12/2019 at 11:36:02
Steve @ 26, not sure what the injury/illness situation is for tonight but, if possible, I would be tempted to play the same as against Man Utd.

Hoping too that Leicester don't field their strongest eleven, we will have a game on our hands, but the 12th man may just carry this one over.

I wonder if Ancelotti will be there tonight? Some reports saying that he has hired a suite overlooking the Mersey, but that has not been confirmed as yet.

Jay Wood

34 Posted 18/12/2019 at 11:49:09
Duncan Ferguson gave a very clear update on the sick and injured on the club site yesterday.


Digne definitely out.
Sigurdsson and Sidibe close, but not certain.
Delph recovering well, but today is likely too early.
Davies carrying a knock, but playing through it.

Quite a number of regular U23 players didn't play v Wolves on Monday. No surprise if some of those make at least the bench tonight.

Derek Knox
35 Posted 18/12/2019 at 12:05:12
Jay @ 34, thanks for the link there, I was very impressed with Holgate at Old Trafford considering he was playing in a somewhat unaccustomed position.

If they play with a combination of the spirit against Chelsea and the determination against Man Utd, they can definitely get something out of this game.

Richard Reeves
36 Posted 18/12/2019 at 12:18:58
I would like to see the strongest possible team for this game and the same player intensity.

Good luck, COYB.

John Keating
37 Posted 18/12/2019 at 13:19:46
No chances tonight with anyone not 100%.

The Arsenal game is extremely important and Ferguson should definitely be in charge for it regardless whether Ancelotti signs before the game. Even if Ancelotti signs before Burnley big Dunc should be given a major say in it. Give Ancelotti a bit of time to weigh up players in training and a couple of games before he takes full control.

Great chance for us to progress tonight and I suspect Leicester City might rest a couple, hopefully Vardy, with the Man City game coming up

Paul Birmingham
38 Posted 18/12/2019 at 13:20:32
Tonight, Goodison Park and the crowd, combined with the fighting spirit and guts inspired by Duncan Ferguson, will inspire a great victory for EFC.🍀
Jay Wood

39 Posted 18/12/2019 at 13:20:37
Derek @ 35, if you liked Holgate's performance on Sunday, you will like what Duncan said about Mason on the club site.


"Mason has really matured. He's a real leader. A go-to guy for the players in the dressing room."

AND what he says about Seamus Coleman, and all the players really.


"Seamus Coleman is an incredible human being. We all look to Seamus Coleman for leadership. I look to Seamus Coleman for inspiration. Seamus Coleman wants me to be a better Evertonian."

And people were outraged by his treatment of Kean on Sunday and alleged poor man management?

If these videos are anything to go by, he is the exact opposite. He is talking them up and giving them spades of confidence.

Jimmy Hogan
40 Posted 18/12/2019 at 13:24:27
COYB. Let's win this fucking trophy. It's embarrassing that we haven't to date.
Minik Hansen
41 Posted 18/12/2019 at 13:25:55
Colin #4 - It's rather 66,67 %. So, seven being a good number on that account?
Derek Knox
42 Posted 18/12/2019 at 13:26:45
To all our American Blues, I think I can get ESPN+ but mine is listed on IPTV as going from 01-19, any 'heads up' on which one will have the game on?

It is also on beIN Sports 13HD, so if I can't get the ESPN, I can fall back on that!

Jerome Shields
43 Posted 18/12/2019 at 13:43:45
I would play Sidibe in front of Coleman. Baines in for Digne. Keep Holgate as the holding midfielder with Davies. Sigurdsson held things up the last time and became anonymous in the second half. Duncan won't want that.

The tactics employed will be to break down Leicester's setting up shop and then bottle them up in the second half. I have more confidence in Duncan than I would have had in Silva, in achieving this objective.

Leicester will find a lot more crosses coming in on them, and a lot of attacking pressure on their central defence, than the last game.

Peter Fearon
44 Posted 18/12/2019 at 13:53:43
That's right, Chris James (9), why on earth would we want the world's best and most successful coach managing Everton? It just doesn't make any sense. Why would we want someone who is used to winning trophies at other clubs coming to Everton and... er... winning trophies?
Francis van Lierop
45 Posted 18/12/2019 at 13:57:02
If we show the same passion as we did against Chelsea, then we stand a very good chance of beating Leicester, who won't be for the taking.

Unfortunately it'll be a stream for me once again, as the Manc sides take the preference on my cable channel, really Colchester...

Luckily, this'll be more of the past as we progress with Carlo.

Christy Ring
46 Posted 18/12/2019 at 13:58:28
Jay@39, Read it myself, he talks about Coleman taking injections to play, how he's an inspiration. Doesn't that tell you Duncan's mindset, he wants, and respects players putting their body on the line, for Everton, not players jogging around, not giving their all??

I hope he plays Holgate in midfield again tonight, he really showed his presence there against Man Utd. Delph will hardly be back. If he is, he'll be gone again shortly.

John Reynolds
48 Posted 18/12/2019 at 15:21:08
I'm not getting into team selection, just hoping for more of what we've seen in the past two games. In Dunc I trust.

The last time I tried to get over for a December game I spent 5 hours sitting in a fogbound airport and didn't make it. At least we've made it onto the plane today though it's blowing a gale here.

Looking forward to a bearpit Goodison under lights. It's been a while. Leicester are likely to make changes and with City coming up they might not fancy it. On the face of it, things are on the turn for Everton. Let's keep that going tonight.

Jay Harris
49 Posted 18/12/2019 at 15:26:42
This will be a totally different game to Utd.

Leicester have a really strong MF and plenty of pace throughout the team with finishing Utd can only dream about.

We have to limit space between the lines and not let Chilwell, Maddison or Tielemans get on the ball too much.

This will be difficult given our paucity in MF but I would like to see Beni or Adeniran given some time if only to sit as rearguard.

Anthony Gordon to come on and get the winner.

In both Duncs games we have got an early lead, lets hope we get the same tonight because I cant see us keeping Leicester out for 90 minutes.

Everton to win by the odd goal.


Alan J Thompson
50 Posted 18/12/2019 at 15:32:02
Any word on how bad Davies ankle injury is and if he might miss this game to be in shape for the weekend.
Derek Knox
51 Posted 18/12/2019 at 15:35:24
John @ 48, where are you travelling from? Hope it all goes well for you, should be a special atmosphere tonight, let's hope it's enough to get us across the line.
Mike Veitch
52 Posted 18/12/2019 at 16:21:25
I agree totally with Chris @ 9. Carlo has a very impressive managerial record at big clubs, but how would he go with Everton?

Tom Bowers
53 Posted 18/12/2019 at 16:29:08
Well boys I really hope the new year sees a change in our fortunes.
Despite the 2 most recent results it has been a miserable season so far and with RS seemingly playing with the hand of God guiding them it has been even more miserable.
Whilst I don't give any credence to the Mickey Mouse cup It would be nice to see Big Dunc. steer us through to the semi-final today.
It would also be nice to see all the injured players return soon.
The Foxes snatched the game from us the other week so it would be nice to get some revenge although I am right behind them in the Prem.
Simon Dalzell
54 Posted 18/12/2019 at 16:31:33
Jay # 39. I'm sure Big Dunc is a great man manager
99.9999999999 % of the time. NOT this time. People are right to feel outraged about THIS, hopefully isolated incident.
Jonathan Tasker
55 Posted 18/12/2019 at 16:34:33
Annoying that this isn't on the telly yet they showed villa reserves v LFC kids.
Brian Williams
56 Posted 18/12/2019 at 16:42:46
Nah, they're not.
John Reynolds
57 Posted 18/12/2019 at 16:52:11
Cheers Derek, not too far, West of Ireland - Sligo. Safely landed. Looking forward to it and expecting a win!
Mark Frere
58 Posted 18/12/2019 at 17:00:35
Is this game on any channels or streams?
Jay Wood

59 Posted 18/12/2019 at 17:08:15
Brian @ 56.

A Meat Loaf moment.

'You took the words right out of my mouth.'

David Pearl
60 Posted 18/12/2019 at 17:19:46
Well l hope this game will be worth the risk. I will be sitting on a rock while continuously glancing around for stray dogs, hyenas and wolves. A semi final would be nice. We didn't play too badly against them a few weeks ago, and you never know what the future holds for Holgate. Interesting and good to see the improving younger players.
Jay Wood

61 Posted 18/12/2019 at 17:23:04
David @ 60.

"I will be sitting on a rock while continuously glancing around for stray dogs, hyenas and wolves."

Watching the game with RS supporters, David?

David Pearl
62 Posted 18/12/2019 at 17:27:42
Jay, l would never do that.
It's the closest place l have a connection away from my mobile home in the Negev desert. No idea why I'm here but had a feeling we'd start to win some games after l left.

James Hughes
63 Posted 18/12/2019 at 17:35:13
David that is one rough bar you are goimg to mate, is it in Croxteth

Hoping for a good night and Colchester in the semi-finals. Also if Dunc has to give another player the hook after bringing them on. Then far from being outraged I will again applaud the man. He is not the first manager to use that tactic and he won't be the last.

He has shown pride, passion and fight for the club and it is only right the players do the same on the pitch.

If Moise Kean has not got the message that the game is about effort and application, then it will be a worry.
Just look at Balotelli, a man with massive talent but an attitude that stunk so badly, that even skunks held their noses.

Brian Wilkinson
64 Posted 18/12/2019 at 17:49:15
To be fair a Dunc has given every striker some game time in the three games so far, so maybe Gordon will get a run out at some point tonight.
Brian Wilkinson
65 Posted 18/12/2019 at 17:51:42
Baines 20/1 for first goal, could get a penalty or free kick, you never know.
Gerry Ring
66 Posted 18/12/2019 at 17:56:44
Is there any reliable link for live streaming?

It's a game I'd love to be at & hats off to Big Dunc for steadying the ship. I'd say Silva would have give Man U a “walk over” last week when presented with the squad available. Fingers crossed 🤞🏻

David Stranack
67 Posted 18/12/2019 at 17:58:58
#RANDOM - Just watching Red $hite Vs Monterrey (in the who gives a flying fcuk cup) and heard the name Funes Mori & I was like que!? Is that our old piss pour argie centre half, googled it nada. Next thing he scored (nice) and he got a close up & I'm like WTH it is him, then the commentator said he'd scored 14 in 21 games now I'm totes confused, he then clarifies he's got an identical twin brother, lo & behold we obvs got the shit 1 it seems lolol thats us all over no? Seriously hope we're on the cusp of NOT getting wank players in the vain of either funes mori in future, we shall see I guess. Good luck tonight Big Man & Co... Hope its another excellent blood & guts performance by each & every blue boy. COYB
Duncan McDine
69 Posted 18/12/2019 at 18:11:01
David (67) LOL
David Pearl
70 Posted 18/12/2019 at 18:15:24
Koeman tried that a couple times in vain. Didn't he bring of James Macca against Leicester after 22 minutes? Can't remember who else.
Iain Johnston
71 Posted 18/12/2019 at 18:16:27
Gerry 66# If you have Mobdro on your tablet or through the Blustacks emulator on your laptop/desktop it's on BEIN 13, Supersport 5 or Portuguese TV4.
Duncan McDine
72 Posted 18/12/2019 at 18:22:07
David, your location (wot I just googled) got me thinking about some of the weird locations people have been while attempting to find out the score of an Everton game. Not so hard these days (even in the desert it seems), but before we all had smartphones, it could get a bit desperate. The one I remember most was back in September 2006 trying to get the result for the derby while I was in San Francisco. Ended up bartering with some crack head at 4am to try and get some coins so I could ring my brother on a pay phone! That was the start of a great holiday... battered them 3-0 (AJ, Cahill). There's gotta be some good stories TW'ers... let's hear some
David Pearl
73 Posted 18/12/2019 at 18:29:21
Yes Duncan, this is some place I'm at. Volunteering at a goat farm in a place called Ezuz on the border of Israel and Egypt. Only 17 families live here. Think Bedrock and you'll be close. I've not found a Wilma yet. Although I'm working on it... not with a goat.
Duncan McDine
74 Posted 18/12/2019 at 18:36:38
Sounds like an adventure David. Good luck in finding a Wilma, but if you fail... feed the goat and you will score
Derek Knox
75 Posted 18/12/2019 at 18:40:21
Yabba Dabba Doo David, glad to hear you're okay, have sent a message on Tablet but never heard anything back, a lot has happened just recently.

Guess you won't have access to the Match then, unless the goats have IPTV or a decent link. Give my regards to Billy and Nanny! 💙😋

David Pearl
76 Posted 18/12/2019 at 18:49:20

It's ٧ a pint here. Nice girl at the bar, loving the accent... obviously. 20 years younger than me... but that's not illegal! I've fed the goats, all 69 of them, so l'm due a goal.

Derek, sorry l've not received any message. It's hit and miss Wi-Fi. I either have to go the coffee bar which shuts at 8:30 or sit literally on a rock while keeping a look-out for critters. The goats were attacked last week. 5 dead. Either a wolf or a hyena.

David Pearl
77 Posted 18/12/2019 at 18:50:56
Who would've thought Niasse would still be with us... funny old game.
Jay Wood

78 Posted 18/12/2019 at 18:57:10
Giving Sigurdsson and Sidibe more time to recover from their weekend sickness, it appears.

Nice to see Gordon and Adeniran on the bench. Expected for me given our injuries and how many regular U23s were rested v Wolves on Monday.

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