West Ham United vs Everton

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Yerry Mina has another knock that makes him doubtful for the game at the London Stadium

Everton make their first trip back to the Capital since the opening day of the season to take on West Ham at the London Stadium this weekend.

It's a fixture that pits the Blues against their ex-manager, David Moyes, once more, almost two years on from the Scot's only victory over his former club, shortly before he was unceremoniously dumped as the Hammers' boss and Sam Allardyce, his opposite number that day, was also jettisoned by Everton.

Moyes is, of course, back in charge at West Ham and looking for a second win after replacing Manuel Pellegrini and thrashing struggling Bournemouth in his first game at the helm. That was followed by injustice at Bramall Lane last time out where Robert Snodgrass's dramatic injury-time equaliser was wiped out by VAR and it's a smarting Hammers team that Toffees will be going up against.

Everton, meanwhile, returned to winning ways following the debacle at Anfield in the FA Cup with a narrow triumph over Brighton and, led by their own new gaffer, Carlo Ancelotti, they will travel south hoping to repeat their performance in this ground last season.

That 2-0 win over West Ham was, perhaps, their best away performance of Marco Silva's 18-month reign and it came amid an impressive run of form at the back end of last term that portended much better things than eventually unfolded under the Portuguese between August and December.

The victory over the East Londoners by the same scoreline at Goodison Park earlier this season was also one of the most complete performances under Silva and it hinted that he might finally have stumbled onto a winning attacking formula but things started to unravel again soon afterwards.

Nevertheless, it was a display that could provide a blueprint of sorts for Ancelotti to study as he prepares for this one, particularly given how impressive the Blues' two Brazilians were on the day. Bernard would suffer a knee injury at Brighton in the next game but he scored the opening goal against the Hammers and his showing against the Seagulls in the reverse fixture last weekend demonstrated that he is getting back into his stride.

Both he and Richarlison have the potential to be key figures for Everton but it is the ongoing lack of options in midfield that will continue to vex Ancelotti until one of Jean-Philippe Gbamin and André Gomes is fit enough to play. Both are back in training at Finch Farm undergoing individualised regimens to gradually bring them up to full fitness but, in the meantime, while Alex Iwobi is also sidelined and Mason Holgate is needed in defence, the Italian has to perm two from Tom Davies, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fabian Delph.

Davies and Sigurdsson started against Brighton and Delph came on as a second-half substitute and the same approach could be employed by Ancelotti this weekend as well, particularly given Delph's on and off injury issues.

In defence, Yerry Mina is a doubt with what appears to be a minor injury and that will preclude the manager from rotating Holgate out of the side like he had planned to last week. Ancelotti is hopeful, nevertheless, that the Colombian will make it.

Moyes will make late checks on Arthur Masuaku (knee) and Felipe Anderson (rib) but Michail Antonio and Ryan Fredericks are both ruled out with hamstring problems. Darren Randolph, the goalkeeper West Ham just re-signed from Middlesbrough, is expected to go straight into the team to replace Lukas Fabianski who suffered a recurrence of a hip injury.

This will be an interesting test for Everton under Ancelotti but one that offers an opportunity against a team that has exhibited something of a soft centre this season and who were easily brushed aside in the first meeting between the two sides in October.

A repeat of the performance and result at Newcastle at the end of last year would be a welcome one given that the Barcodes are next up on Tuesday meaning that the Blues could take two big steps towards the top six in the next few days if they can pull off a couple of victories.

Update Richarlison and Sigurdsson have been ruled out with injury.

Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday, 18 January, 2020
Referee: Andre Marriner
VAR: Simon Hooper
Last Time: West Ham United. 0 - 2 Everton

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Sidibé, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Davies, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Walcott, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin


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Jay Harris
1 Posted 17/01/2020 at 05:24:25
Determination will win this game so a"Duncan Ferguson" type of display is required.

We will have to be stronger in the middle of the park and hopefully the weeks rest after so many games together will have given the lads time to recharge their batteries. Plus Carlo has had more time to spend with them which it is hoped will bring further improvements.

Sidibe has been a bit off the last couple of games so I would go for Lyndons team with this change at RB.

John Pierce
2 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:06:47
This game screams Baines. The midfield is a black hole, creativity coming from the flanks. Bernard should thrive with Leighton in tow.

Personally I'd drop Siggy. Schniederlin and Davies, Bernard and Walcott as a diamond.

Bonnie and Clyde up front. It's West ham, we always win against them

Terry Farrell
3 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:24:30
Looking forward to this one and agree with Lyndons team selection. We need to win the next 2 games and move up the table.
Off topic but rumour has it that Antoinee Robinson is wanted by AC Milan. I love this kid and Mike Gaynes has been banging on about him also. I want him to go right to the top but hoped it would be with us. That said I'm a big fan of Digne and his form will return.
Duncan McDine
4 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:25:56
JP (2) - I'm not sure we'll always win against them if Schneiderlin plays... I can't imagine there will be many on here to second your thoughts, but good on you for sticking your neck out!!
Ryan Tyrrell
5 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:28:24
I think it should be:


Danny Broderick
6 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:41:14
Schneiderlin should never play for us again.
Tommy Surgenor
7 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:50:56
Only problem with Lyndon's line-up is that I believe Carlo has already said Mina will play?

It's going to be a Keane and Mina pairing this week as he will continue to rotate the centre-backs.

Kris Boner
8 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:52:02
I'd rather second Danny's post.
Phil Sammon
9 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:52:52
John 2

I've just been googling what happens when two black holes collide. I was hoping that it was going to throw up some kind of double negative situation that would end up reducing the overall size of the black hole.

Apparently not.

Let's just stick with Sigurdsson.

Jim Harrison
10 Posted 17/01/2020 at 08:01:05
That midfield selection looks so weak. We can't get through this window without getting some reinforcements in.

West Ham are hardly free scoring and, with that new keeper coming in, we should be aiming to put him under pressure from the off.

Jay Evans
11 Posted 17/01/2020 at 08:37:20
Schneiderlin no, no, no.

Hope Carlo gets his substitutions right this week. Again.

Did I mention Schneiderlin ? No, no, no.

Full support.
Onward Evertonians 💙

Schneiderlin - no.

Rob Dolby
12 Posted 17/01/2020 at 08:42:08


Chocolate tea pot
Ash tray on a motorbike
Chocolate fireguard


Mike Keating
13 Posted 17/01/2020 at 08:53:28
I hope you meant Wednesday for the Barcodes NOT Tuesday otherwise I'm fooked
Martin Berry
14 Posted 17/01/2020 at 08:55:33
I think we will have to much upfront for West Ham.
As for the midfield you have to have Tom Davies in there with his energy, he tries to play the forward pass and totally outshone Declan Rice in the home fixture,
Philip McKeown
15 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:01:23
It astounds me that anyone would want Michael Keane in our team, He has zero attributes that I would regards as a strength. Lack of mobility and pace, technically woeful, outmuscled by smaller men, not great in the air, positionally poor, ball watches. He gets exposed far too many times especially when pulled even slightly out of the middle.
If Yerry Mina doesn't make it then options are clearly limited, but if we have a choice then he doesn't even make the bench if we get another centre back in.
Finally Southgate has realised too, although how he has so many caps is unbelievable
Jim Bennings
16 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:02:44
I do feel Baines has been underused over the last few months.

I thought he was past his best, which of course his best years now are in the past, he's still got a lot to offer with that left foot and football brain.

Digne could have some games to recharge himself and get himself in a better place, I'd more than happily see Baines start tomorrow or on Tuesday night, he's capable of doing it.

John Hammond
17 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:06:46
Excellent record against WH in the Prem so let's hope it continues.

I'm with Lyndon's lineup.

Tony Ateman
18 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:13:36
Mike (13), Sorry, you're fooked! https://www.evertonfc.com/fixtures
Mal van Schaick
19 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:17:27
Whereas the football might not have been pretty lately, at least we ground out a result against Brighton.

Ancellotti appears to want the ball played forward more, so let's hope the players follow his tactical instructions.

We have enough quality to beat them, but it will be an arm wrestle. 2-0 Everton.

Nick Swallow
20 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:44:17
I'm with Danny & Kris, Schneiderlin should never play for us again, EVER
Alan J Thompson
21 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:55:52
If Mr Ancellotti is true to form then he will rest to the bench two players from last week and for no other reason than to rest them but those who were substituted for other than injury will be in the starting side. Also, it will be unlikely that there will be any juniors that have not already started this season nor any "covering veterans" unless injury demands. So, possibly full back, central defender with Holgate moving into midfield and may be Kean as the only likely changes. However, he probably didn't get to be a successful Manager by being obvious at the start of his time at any previous club, did he?
Carl Manning
22 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:57:59
I think it will be a close game. West ham when they click up front are dangerous and have results in them, however they're shocking defensively, let's hope Moyes hasn't got much into them yet. Let's hope it's the Spanish keeper that plays for them. I think I could score against him.
The key for me is shutting noble down. I would go back to the system Carlo useS that switches to a three at the back when we attack. Would allow Bernard very central and digne to push on when attacking.
Steve Ferns
23 Posted 17/01/2020 at 10:03:16
Mike, it is definitely this Tuesday for Newcastle. 7.30pm kick-off which is unusual.
Derek Knox
24 Posted 17/01/2020 at 10:19:56
Danny @ 6, has he ever played for us? Should be nowhere near the bench even!

Rob @ 12, too much chocolate there in midfield, not enough Crunchie in tackles, Twirl in tricks or Lion in courage.

Seriously though, I obviously want us to win, and think that can be possible but only with a fully spirited Duncan's first game style of approach. The Hammers seem to have improved slightly under Moyes, now that he is ' back home ' but they can be hit and miss!

Michael McCarthy
25 Posted 17/01/2020 at 10:23:44
Baines has shown that he still has it in him to start. Digne needs a breather, collect himself together then go again. If Mina is fit, move Holgate into mid-field with Davies. Bernard and Walcott either side. DCL and Richarlison.
It could be a bit of a needle match, 110% needed to fend off Moyes who will have a point to prove!
Sam Hoare
26 Posted 17/01/2020 at 10:26:39
Shame they signed Randolph in time. He's a very useful, quite underrated keeper.

Phil@15 i'm not a big fan of Keane (never was) but you can't say he's 'not great in the air'. He wins more headers per match than most CBs in the league, beaten only by Tarkowski, Maguire and Van Dijk I believe.

Think I'd probably start the same team as played Brighton given the lack of alternatives. Hope Gordon and Kean get some minutes and maybe a goal.

Tony Everan
27 Posted 17/01/2020 at 10:54:15
Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Digne,
Sidibie , Davies, Sigurdsson, Bernard,
Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

Should be a feisty game, we will need to battle it out head to head. The boys in the middle of the park will have to match Rice etc. for aggression to win the match.

The way our boys are creating some good chances I fancy DC-L and Richie to bag one or two between them. Antonio is injured for West Ham and he one of their biggest threats so I am hopeful of a narrow hard earned win.

West Ham 1 Everton 2

Dave Abrahams
28 Posted 17/01/2020 at 12:39:03
Is it true that Alan Stubbs has joined Moyes at WHU as a coach?

As for Everton, I wouldn't attempt to predict any result until the midfield is sorted out, very, very weak at the moment and not sure it will be improved when the injuries clear up, or at least to see how the injuries have affected those coming back.

Steve Ferns
29 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:01:04
Dave it was reported that Moyes wanted him, but nothing to say it has happened.
Derek Thomas
30 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:14:02
Dave @ 28; Spot on Re. The Mid Field...present and future.
The game is both won and lost in the Mid Field...always was.
Nobody here today - fit or injured, is good enough for where we need to be in 2 yrs time.
Tony J Williams
31 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:25:11
I don't know why but I'm actually dreading this game
Jamie Crowley
32 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:27:04
We're so short in central midfield. Were I Carlo (I know, I know), I'd have been working Baines in midfield for the last two weeks.

Coleman Keane Holgate Digne
Bernard Davies Baines Rich
DCL Kean

Won't happen, but hey-ho, that's what I'd love to see.

One thing is for certain - we can not lose to Moyes. Jesus, please no.

Jamie Crowley
33 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:31:22
Phillip @ 15 -

I like Michael Keane. Keane's problem is he was put in a Silva system that plays a higher line. When poor Michael is back-tracking and turning like the QE2, he's comedically ugly and ineffective.

When Keane is played to his strengths, playing deep and just defending, he's a more than capable, dare I say damn good CB.

Play him deep. Keep everything in front of him. Old fashioned CB. He's fine.

Jay Wood

34 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:38:18
Live Carlo Ancelotti presser:


Not good news. Yerry Mina is available, but both Richarlison and Siggy out. Could be available Tuesday.

Jamie Crowley
35 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:40:10
Oh fuck. Rich is out? Oh dear Lord.

He really is the one player who has real, top class talent. That's trouble.

Jamie Crowley
36 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:43:19
Slapping lipstick on the pig, this will improve our midfield.

Holgate will move into midfield with Siggy out, and pair with Davies. Holgate was excellent with Davies the last time they paired up.

Derek Knox
37 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:45:24
Dave A, good point regarding our weakened midfield, but injuries apart, we have no-one really who can dictate the game from the middle.

Like I said before I hope we do win, and believe even with what we have got available, we can do it, but will have to be on the top of our game.

The added spice of having Moyes in the dug-out should be the spur for most of the ones that remember him, although there are not many left that do.

Jay Wood

38 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:53:51
On transfers in and out, he says Niasse and Martina are excellent professionals, training well, but there have been no offers. Oumar will be on the bench tomorrow.

On transfer speculation, very specifically the Everton Soares rumour, he was quite curt. "Just to be clear I am not going to talk about players that are not here."

When pressed again, he replied: "We are looking at a lot of players and there are a lot of good players around the world."

No hints as to who is being drafted in for the injured players.

Mike Gaynes
39 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:04:51
With Rich out, could be young Kean's chance to start against a slower WHU backline. Or, if not the kid, Walcott can play up front with DCL -- start Seamus at RB and push Sidibe up to RM. He had a good game there against City.

Gotta go with Holgate in for Siggy in front of the back four -- Mina's return makes that an obvious move.

And yes, definitely Baines in this game. Give Digne a bit of a break.



Not much firepower in that lineup. Tough game.

Mike Gaynes
41 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:13:04
DK #37, nah, no Moyes spur anymore. It's almost seven years since he left, so just Baines and Coleman played under him, and they've played against him many times since.

I think that glorious win at OT in December 2013 (I will love Oviedo forever) was the last real Moyes "revenge" game. Since then he's just been another opposing manager.

Paul Birmingham
42 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:14:11
This will be a really tough game as WestHam, have struggled all season, and on speaking with some West Ham, friends who are STs, they are desperate for a victory, as they sense, they are sliding into the relegation crunch.

I'd plat Baines for his tactical nous, and delivery, as Digne, as effectively lost his delivery skills he showed so well, last season.

But the forwards will get opportunities and they must take them.

I'm sensing a few goals tomorrow so Ill settle for a 1-3, victory and no doubt Ginger Gollum, will have his plan, but also Duncan, will be key in his nous to counteract this plan.

Hopefully a good game tomorrow and victory for EFZc.

Philip McKeown
43 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:18:44
All about opinions gents 👍

Sam - 26
Interesting stat but I had a look and Keane wasn't near the top ten for headers won for what I could find. In fact Zouma and DCL have both won more than him this season

Jamie - 33
I completely hear what you are saying and I think when he played for Burnley he looked better due to the reasons you mention. However, we want to play a higher pressing game and it appears to be the most effective philosophy in the league at present.
Therefore, I think it only substantiates why he isn't suited for us

Derek Knox
44 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:19:03
Jay @ 38, with all due respect Jay, Brands got two Clubs who were willing to take Oumar Niasse, okay they were Championship Clubs, but he refused to go to them believing he is still good enough for the Premiership, believe it or not!

He knows he's on a decent contract and will milk it like many others until it runs out!

As for that other waste of space Cuckoo Martina, that was another Koeman getting mates in on the Gravy Train, with little concern that he would not improve Everton one iota!

Tony Hill
45 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:27:22
I am afraid I expect us to lose this game; we simply have too many injuries. As Mike says, there is no threat in the team.
Raymond Fox
46 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:35:55
Richarlison and Siggy out really puts the cat among the pigeons.
Last time I looked at the betting we were still 6/4 favs, I don't think they have factored in our injury news yet.
I was just about favouring us to get a result, but now I would take a draw all day long.

Can we give the 'I hate Scheiderlin' fest a rest please, its become boring.

Mike Gaynes
47 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:40:10
Derek #44, give Cuco his due, he was a free transfer and he played his heart out during those 21 games in 2017, when we had no other choices. He is on one of the lower salaries at the club at £35,000/week, much of which was defrayed on his loans to Feyenoord and Stoke.

And Niasse has every right to reject Championship loans if what he wants is to be sold. Meanwhile, according to Unsworth, he's working with young Ellis Simms as he did before with DCL on work rate and movement.

Sam and Philip, not sure about overall headers won but Keane is currently 18th in the Prem in headed clearances with 44.

John Hammond
48 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:51:40
Richarlison bound to suffer an injury sooner or later. Mina passed fit so Holgate moves into midfield alongside Davies and Kean upfront, no sweat. West Ham also suffering with a few injuries but nothing on our scale.

Just to wind people up, if things go well I'm sure we'll see Schniederlin come on midway through the second half to shore things up...

Jay Wood

49 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:57:16
I wouldn't be so quick to play all three centre backs as some propose, Mina and Keane at the back, Holgate moved into midfield.

Carlo is clearly mindful of playing players with knocks. That's why he has managed Mina's game time as he has.

They are clearly our three best centre backs at the club. A big step up for the likes of Feeney and Gibson (himself just returning from injury).

Constantly playing all three together, if one or more gets injured it leaves us seriously depleted at the heart of our defence.

Christy Ring
50 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:03:27
Richarlison is a huge loss, could be a chance to play Kean upfront beside Calvert-Lewin.
Jay Harris
51 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:17:49
I see Keane as the weakest link especially against pacy West Ham forwards.

He has some serious issues upstairs with his confidence and lack of awareness.

Concentration throughout the game is key to CBs and he just doesnt have it.

With Mina carrying an injury it would be dangerous to play them both together but we may have no choice if Holgate has to play MF.

With our 2 best goalscorers out I feel far less optimistic than I did last night but hopefully with the rest they've had the lads can put some energy into this one. I see a low scoring game with us winning by the odd goal (hopefully).

Arent we unbeaten against Moyes since he left. Perhaps one of the stattos can confirm this?

John Pierce
52 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:19:20
This is Kean's big chance, Carlo will have him sorted for this game for sure.

Some tittering about selecting Schniederlin early in thread for my team.

You are all right, he should never play again for Everton. However, we have two games in 4 days and Ancelotti will pick him for one of those games. It's more likely the away fixture rather than at home, we're we are less likely to have the ball.

Ancelotti to date has picked a team with balance and selected players in their given position. The idea of Holgate playing CM is unlikely simply because we lose more from him not being at centre back than we gain him being in centre midfield imo. Moreover, mix in Mina's fragile fitness, you want a centre back on the bench, like for like, rather than moving the team around if Holgate is in midfield.

Revised after injury news 4-💎-2

Sidibé, Mina, Holgate, Baines
Walcott Bernard
DCL Kean.

Annika Herbert
53 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:19:41
Derek @30, I don't really see how you can claim Gbamin isn't good enough when the lad has hardly kicked a ball for us? In time you may well be proved right but it's a bit premature to write a player off before he has really had a chance to show what he can do.
Richi will undoubtably be a big miss though. Surely our luck, with injuries has to turn soon?
John Pierce
54 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:28:24
Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Lukasz Fabianski, Antonio and Anderson all out.

Chin up guys this ones there for the taking.

Daniel A Johnson
55 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:35:53
Schneids is a £28M player, commands a huge wage and if he's fit he has to be utilised.

To just abandon him is a joke, especially as bare bones as we are in midfield.

We all need scapegoats and Siggy and Schneids seems to be our double act at the moment.

Peter Gorman
56 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:38:11
Daniel, not sure if that's a wind up but have you seen Schneids play of late? It's been covered quite a bit on this site but, no matter his level of perceived 'effort' he constantly slows the pace of the game to a near standstill. We simply need more zip. And he is a prick,obvs.
Richard Farrington
57 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:39:28
Daniel, why don't we see if Andy Van Der Meyde is still available as well.
Joe McMahon
58 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:39:48
John P @54, as the Liverpool B team showed us our highly paid midfield currently has the backbone of a jellyfish. Its not that simple.
Daniel A Johnson
59 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:42:08
From what I remember Schneids played a blinder under Dunc against Chelsea before coming off injured.

If fit we have to use him. Plus you cant compare Schneids to Shandy Andy.

Cant comment on Schneids being a prick don't really know the lad.

Tom Bowers
60 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:45:56
Word of caution, when players are missing from opposing teams the stand-ins usually respond with good performances especially when they want to impress the home crowd.
However it doesn't happen against RS where Kane missed last week and Rashford may miss the Sunday game so that makes it even easier for the likes of Dick Van Dyke.
With the inconsistent squad Everton have at the moment they are not to be trusted.
Jamie Crowley
61 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:03:24
I said this before, there's 5 winnable games in a row starting just after the New Year. I honestly believe we should take maximum points - 15. Right now we're 6 of 6, so a good start.

Most people seem guardedly optimistic. And that's good. It seems every single time we think Everton can bank 3 points before a ball is kicked, we shit the bed.

Here's hoping they are confident and hungry.

Three points, climb the table, nothing less please.

Tony Everan
62 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:11:19
It will be interesting to see if he gives Kean a chance now Richie is out. Not sure that he is disciplined enough yet and Carlo may adopt caution. Saying that I am always looking forward to seeing Kean play and willing him to play well and score ,bagging some priceless confidence as well as a goal. He will kick on for it.

Agree Holgate comes into the centre mid position.

Think he may give Richie's role to the more experienced Walcott, initially.

Coleman Keane Mina Digne
Sidibie Holgate Davies Bernard
Walcott / DC-L

Kean on for the last 30mins and scores the winner

John Pierce
63 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:12:52
Joe, I get it. He's had a shocker or 80 playing for Everton. He makes Nyarko look like the epitome of hard work!

The thing is, Ancelotti's pragmatism will see him pick Schniederlin. One of the key reasons we won both the Newcastle and Burnley games in short order was utilizing the squad even if several of them are not up to snuff.

This double header is no different. It is also very likely he'll have a couple more players to choose from come Newcastle.

Let's also remember he paired him with Siggy v the RS. For me that had so much down side, I was surprised he did so. That's a very valid point you make.

Right now he is the only genuine holding midfielder we have available. He'll deffo get picked, regardless of how bad he has been. Asking others to play there is not a good idea, play players in their preferred position. Occasionally a guy can pull a performance out of the bag playing out of position, but it's a big ask.

Who is the alternative without taking away the balance from the team?

John McFarlane Snr
64 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:16:03
Hi all, I have never indulged in forecasting team selection or results, and I have learned that every football game is a one-off event – never played before and never to be repeated.

I attend every football match with an open mind, hoping that the Gods are on our side. Of course, I'm disappointed when things go against us, but accept that this is the way of football. At the age of 81, I have come to terms with the vagaries of the game, and enjoy or suffer whatever comes my way.

John Pierce
65 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:17:22
Tony, what's the plan if a barely fit Mina, who hasn't trained all week, pulls up early doors? He does have form for this.

A game next Tuesday coming quickly, why risk having a rookie centre back on the bench and a centre back in midfield?

Surely it's more likely to pick Holgate and Keane, with Mina benched and give him the time to heal properly? Play him Tuesday, when Ancelotti will have more players to pick from?

Carl Manning
66 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:25:18
Tomorrow in midfield we will probably be up against rice and noble. I may be in the minority of 1 but I don't see what the hype is around rice? He seems very limited. Like I said I may be the only one.
Any combination of midfielders we out out tomorrow are a match for them. The player of theirs I really rate and fortunately isn't playing tomorrow is Antonio. I think the key will be down our right side. Sidibe and Coleman will need to keep an eye on creswell when he raids forward.
We will get several chances against them due to their defensive issues. If we can score twice we win I think.
Bill Gall
67 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:25:32
I think he will go with:

Coleman, Keane Mina. Digne
Davies Holgate Delph
Walcott Calvert-Lewin Bernard

I think the manager will play safe to get points and have Sidibe,Kean Baines on the bench for cover.

Tony Everan
68 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:30:27
John, It will depend on the extent of Mina's niggle, he maybe fine the medical team will advise Carlo on it.

With regards Holgate playing at CM ahead of MS, my heart just sinks when I see Morgan's name on the teamsheet. I would feel more confident of a result with Holgate. As you say though, Mina's situation will determine it.

Mike Gaynes
69 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:35:57
Hammers without Yarmolenko, Anderson and Antonio are as punchless as we are. Haller is a good finisher, but doesn't have the pace to trouble Keane that much.

Key defensive matchup will be Digne versus Lanzini, who has caused us problems in the past. Keep him quiet and we should be able to keep a clean sheet.

Jay Wood

70 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:36:15
Agree with Carl @ 66 about Declan Rice.

In the home v Der Hammers, our midfield of Davies-Gomes-Iwobi ran them ragged. Rice didn't get a sniff all game. We coasted to a 2-0 win.

We have shortcomings in midfield. So do they. That's why they are still in the sticky smelly stuff.

Eddie Dunn
71 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:39:06
I think we will see Schnieds in the team especially away from the Goodison haters. This kind of game will suit his minimalism.
I would have preferred to see young Holgate playing the defensive midfield role but Carlo seems determined to rest one centreback each game. Pragmatic and sensible as we have the geordies midweek.
It will be interesting to see if Moise gets a start up top with DCL or if Walcott gets the nod out wide.
We will miss Sigurdsson. He has often been harshly criticised by those that fail to spot the numerous well timed passes which present chances to our front men.
He isn't blessed with the speed of a young box-to-box midfielder and he thrives when some of those menial tasks are taken by other willing workers.
Siggy and Richie were out top scorers last season, and now we have to hope that Domenic can continue his scoring form.
Terry Downes
72 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:39:41
Carlo on Sky just now — looking a ringer for Luca Bratzi off The Godfather film... lol!
Michael Lynch
73 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:53:30
RIcharlison is a huge miss - not just because of his obvious attacking and scoring skills, but because he tracks back like a demon. If Kean replaces him, I can't see him doing much of that, so our midfield might get overrun. So I reckon Bill @67 has got it right as far as the line up goes.
Danny Broderick
74 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:54:29
Sigurdsson is going to be missing in midfield. The reason this week is that he is injured...

My team would be:

Sidibe Kean Holgate Digne
Walcott Davies Delph Bernard
DCL Kean

Mina seems to be a doubt. We should consider bringing in Baines at left back and pushing Digne to left midfield if we need to shuffle things around. I'd be interested to see him on the left side of midfield, I'm sure he could do a job there, a bit like Sidibe has done on the right.

What I don't want to see is Schneiderlin, either from the start or as sub. He has let us down too many times. I'd literally play anyone at the club there ahead of him. Sigurdsson is on borrowed time also unless he miraculously picks up. Let's hope Kean can get a goal, there's not many goals in this team so we could do with him breaking his duck...

Annika Herbert
75 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:55:53
I am one of those people who you think don't see the well timed passes Sigurdsson makes Eddie @71. That's because they are so few and far between for a player meant to be our creative genius!
Jamie Crowley
76 Posted 17/01/2020 at 17:02:03
Michael Lynch @ 73 -

That's an excellent point. Rich's backtracking will be sorely missed.

Steve Ferns
77 Posted 17/01/2020 at 17:31:43
Jay Harris, I know what you meant, but Sigurdsson is not in our top two goal-scorers of the last 18 months, that's Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin. DCL is really stepping up and I fancy him and Kean up top and Kean to break his duck.
Tony Abrahams
78 Posted 17/01/2020 at 17:37:34
So Morgan Schneiderlin has to be utilised because he's on a big contract? To abandon him would be a joke? Surely he's earned the role of the scapegoat for a fucking reason Daniel A?
Jay Harris
79 Posted 17/01/2020 at 18:12:10
I always look season on season and I know Siggy hasnt been on fire this season and DCL has started to knock some in but I still consider Siggy more likely to score than DCL.

I agree Kean has to break his duck soon and cant wait for it to happen especially given the opportunity of a less than capable west Ham defence.

My concern for some time has been our MF even before the injuries. I would have hoped Gordon or Adeniran would have warranted some first team game time.

Steve Ferns
80 Posted 17/01/2020 at 18:27:46
Jay, I consider Calvert-Lewin more likely to score because he is the one getting chances, whereas Sigurdsson looks unlikely to score as the chances he has had, like the goal in the West Ham game have been less frequent this season than last and so he looks less likely to score. Calvert-Lewin seems to be growing before my eyes.

Jay, have you seen Adeniran play much? I don't think there is anything he does very well, and if you consider him to be an elite Premier League player, then I'm afraid he's not good enough. He's a kid and he can get better, for sure, but better players for the u23s than him have failed. It says a lot that he remains with the first team, but it also says a lot that he's failed to make the bench even once this season.

If Richarlison and Tosun are not available for West Ham, then surely that's Niasse and Gordon coming onto the bench. Can't see room for anyone else. It'd be great to see Simms in contention though.

Mick Roberts
81 Posted 17/01/2020 at 18:42:27
I look at this as a Moyes v ancelloti even though we are without ricky and siggy we are a better team than these on paper considering the majority on this site don't think siggy should be in the team anyway so it comes down to the management I hpoe I am wrong but I did say ancelloti has only had success with already high flying teams I seriously hope I am wrong and please don't come with the he has had no time because Moyes has had less and I hope ancelloti sticks it up him come on you toffees
Steve Ferns
82 Posted 17/01/2020 at 18:50:49
West Ham are likely to have a front three of Sebastian Haller, Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini. However, Anderson is a doubt. That's a decent front three and Rice is an England international. We need to stop them getting the Ball to the front 3, and use the West Ham fans' animosity towards the owners to create a toxic atmosphere. This game is a tough one, but Ancelotti should outthink Moyes (for the first time!)
Jay Harris
83 Posted 17/01/2020 at 19:08:14
I have watched Adeniran in quite a few U23 games and what I like about him is he is safe with the ball and has good short range passing ability> I don't know whether he is ready for the Prem, very few U23s are, but I do see him as a better alternative than Schneiderlin.
Paul Birmingham
84 Posted 17/01/2020 at 19:16:43
Midfield is key tomorrow, and which team wants it most.

Dunc an£ his insight of working with Moyes is also key, but I still expect EFC, to win.

Jordan Pickford and the defence won't be playing any kamikaze back or side pass's in or across the box, and I'd start Baines for his guile, experience and deadball prowess.

A tougher game but still winnable. Win this one with such a depleted squad, the confidence and belief will set us up nicely for the Barcodes.

Tomorrow first and Moise to break his duck.

Dave Abrahams
85 Posted 17/01/2020 at 19:23:10
Jay (83) and Steve(80), Adeniran and Simms areboth playing at Southport tonight, Gibson and Gordon are not.
Darren Hind
86 Posted 17/01/2020 at 21:32:02
I know its a bit dockers club, but a lost of wise words were spoken there. We cant moan about who is unavailable.

We go with what we got

Brent Stephens
87 Posted 17/01/2020 at 21:35:55
So Gibson and Gordon on the bench tomoz?!
Dave Lynch
88 Posted 17/01/2020 at 21:45:16
Schneiderlins minimalism?

You mean...He does fuck all.

Mark Andersson
89 Posted 17/01/2020 at 22:58:22
Good luck to our fantastic traveling fans you do us proud.

As John senior says it's hard to predict games but I'm hoping we win.

The Frenchman must play and play well to get his move away.

Carlo I trust... it's the players I doubt!

Jay Harris
90 Posted 17/01/2020 at 23:18:42
That's interesting that Dave. Gibson was supposed to be off if he didn't get some game time or see an opportunity but Gordon for me is the closest to being ready for the step up and he does have goals in him – something which Theo seems to have lost the art of.
Jerome Shields
91 Posted 17/01/2020 at 23:26:55
I expect this to be a difficult away fixture, compounded by injuries. I would prefer Holgate as the defending midfielder, rather than Schneiderlin. Up front, we have no Tosun to replace Richarlison, so it will be interesting to see what Ancelotti does. I expect Kean to play.

Everton have to get a grip on midfield and high press, because Moyes is going to try to push up and compress midfield.

Derek Knox
92 Posted 17/01/2020 at 23:59:53
I know if I mention Schneiderlin I will be accused of being a hatefest leader, but I can endure that. He was a massive mistake by the man who has done more harm to Everton than anyone - Koeman, and he got amply rewarded for it, rather than being crucified for the disgrace of a Manager he was!

Playing Schneiderlin tomorrow will only signal one thing to me, defeat!

I would rather play the tea-lady, who can boot a mean muffin across the floor to it's target, with more accuracy and purpose than that overpaid piece of detritus.

Simon Harrison
93 Posted 17/01/2020 at 00:10:06
I don't think that this game will be as easy as some on here think. However, I am hopeful of the win.

I also apologise for starting a running theme now, but try and lay off knocking the players on here. i'm sure they get to know what the fans think anyway. Give them your opinion but try not to denigrate them; we just don't know their personal situation either, never mind their apparent footballing skill level.

The reason being, this is the squad Carletto has to work with. (For now) We have injury problems for tomorrow/today. This is the last double header with a four day turn around for a while, so Carletto will have to utilise his remaining squad members the best way HE sees fit. In order to try and win the game for EFC and the Fans! Then he can properly rest and coach/train the squad.

Try and get behind the squad, the whole squad, and cheer the lads on!

Confidence, as we know, is low and very fragile, just try and get behind whomever gets picked. If a mistake is made don't boo the player, urge them to try again and rectify it. If a player does some good work, applaud it. If we score, or win, go nuts!

As John McFarlane Snr. said @64 (With a little editing, and no permission to repeat.)

"Attend every football match with an open mind, hoping that the (Football) God's are on our side. Of course be disappointed when things go against us, but accept that this is the way of football. At any age come to terms with the vagaries of the game, and enjoy or suffer whatever comes my way."

May the best team win, which of course is EFC :D

Good luck and good wishes, Simon

Brian Williams
94 Posted 18/01/2020 at 00:18:28
Derek #92. Derek you're a hatefest leader! Can I join your cult?
Eddie Dunn
95 Posted 18/01/2020 at 00:24:53
Dave @88, hahah! Lovely.

Steve@80. Tosun???? Isn't he at Palace now?

Annika @75 , I have noted your views on Sigurdsson but I am of the opinion that the lad is very talented but needs the right set-up. I fear we may rue him missing tomorrow. I hope Bernard can get on the ball in that No 10 position. It's a big pitch out there in Stratford.

Ed Prytherch
96 Posted 18/01/2020 at 02:03:13
If Felipe Anderson does not play then we can thank our old friend Mo Besic who truly wiped him out last weekend.

West Ham are a crap team who may well be relegated. We should beat them tomorrow.

Derek Knox
97 Posted 18/01/2020 at 03:42:19
Brian @94, of course you can Malcolm! It lasts longer than 24 hours! 😈
Darren Hind
98 Posted 18/01/2020 at 07:02:52
Schneiderlin's "minimalism"... Ouch

Derek and Brian.

You can beat him up all you want, but if you really want him taken out, you need to hire the services of a proper assassin.

Derek Knox
99 Posted 18/01/2020 at 07:15:29
Okay Darren, how much?? :-)
Brian Williams
100 Posted 18/01/2020 at 07:20:23
I'll do that one for nothing, as a favour!
David Greenwood
101 Posted 18/01/2020 at 07:45:02
Another reason not to play Schniederlin is his unerring ability to give away cheap stupid free kicks in dangerous areas.

Snodgrass is fantastic at set pieces and will cause our defence all sorts of problems.

You've also got the othet reasons not to play him, he's a non trying, couldn't care less, deliberately hides from receiving the ball, waste of space.

We'd be better starting with ten rather than him.

2-1 win, DCL and Keane.

Enjoy the day blues.

Steve Brown
102 Posted 18/01/2020 at 08:23:54
Not need to trouble Schneiderlin with actually playing, just select a hologram. Same effect on the game.
Steve Brown
103 Posted 18/01/2020 at 08:27:54
As for Sigurdsson, our special teams No 10, his absence on the game will be an imperceptible as his presence.
Derek Knox
104 Posted 18/01/2020 at 09:41:03
Don't know if anyone has mentioned about Moyes blurting that he had talks with Everton about the Manager's job before Carlo Ancelotti was appointed.

I have no doubt he was telling the truth, but what is more worrying to me that there could only have been one person, who initiated that interview. It is highly unlikely that Marcel Brands or even Moshiri would have had any part in it.

The sooner Kenwright is booted off the Board with his poodle DBB, the better. Okay DBB has done well with EITC but did that merit a place on the Board?

Brian Williams
105 Posted 18/01/2020 at 09:44:33
Derek, was thinking exactly the same thing re Moyes interview.
I can imagine Brands sitting there during it thinking "Hmmm wonder what's for dinner tonight" and "Why am I having to sit through this shite, next!"

And just to put things into context Brands told me my interview was the best that day.

Mind you he may have said that to stop me stalking him around WK marine lake. 🤪

Tony Abrahams
106 Posted 18/01/2020 at 10:30:50
A lot of wise words spoken at the dockers club and the fact that I don't think Schniederlin would have lasted more than ten minutes playing in a hard Sunday league game tells me everything I need to know about the footballer!

On the train looking at the beautiful English countryside, and although I haven't been for years nothing's changed because it's still full of familiar faces everywhere, drinking beer when Saturday comes, so let's hope we see a good performance full of spirit, which will only happen if certain players get nowhere near the pitch.

That's not a criticism, we all know that's a fact, and although we will all get behind anyone who is wearing our blue shirt, it's also a fact that this only happens when the players have a proper go. If they can't do it for us, I hope they can at least do it for themselves, because nobody really wants to give the players stick, it's much better when we're all on the same page!

Colin Glassar
107 Posted 18/01/2020 at 10:42:03
Derek, it's obvious that billy liar was trying to get his darling David back. The man is obsessed with him and can't seem to live without him. I can't wait to see the back of this fat sod and his luvvy duvvy sycophants.
Paul Smith
108 Posted 18/01/2020 at 10:46:45
Ed @96, West Ham will not be relegated infact I would say there's a fag paper between us and them and has been for awhile now. Today will be tough a draw will do me.
Richard Farrington
109 Posted 18/01/2020 at 10:51:16
Not a lot of love for BKon here but I think things are worse at West Ham.

Speaking to a Hammers mate this morning and apparently a protest is planned around 1215 outside the stadium against Gold and Sullivan, so things could get interesting if its a repeat of last season.

I'm going as its like a home game for me, 25 minutes to Stratford. COYB.

Mike Keating
110 Posted 18/01/2020 at 11:04:54
Tony @ 18 and Steve @ 23
Thanks for the info
Someone better let the webmaster at EFC know as they still have the Newcastle game on Wednesday 22nd KO 8.30 !!!
Christopher Timmins
111 Posted 18/01/2020 at 12:22:54
A difficult game today, we need to play a lot better than last weekend to get anything from the game.
Carl Manning
112 Posted 18/01/2020 at 13:02:19
Spurs fans singing it's not football anyway during game with Watford! Mourinho already under pressure! Who would want to follow poch, pep or Klopp?
Carl Manning
113 Posted 18/01/2020 at 13:02:52
Anymore sorry not anyway
Derek Knox
115 Posted 18/01/2020 at 14:14:34
Talking about the bench, what was the point in getting Jonas Lossl, when he picks Stek every week?

Gordon apparently stalling/refusing to sign a new contract which expires in July, wonder if today's inclusion on the bench is to persuade him he is in the future plans?

Not a bad side with what we have available, just hope we get all 3 points again.

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