Everton vs Aston Villa

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After missing the last two games with a shin complaint, Mason Holgate is expected to be fit enough to play

Everton's penultimate home fixture of this disrupted 2019-20 season sees them take on Aston Villa in a game that will have significance for both sides but for different reasons.

Unlike their hosts, whose alarming form over the last three matches has ended their quest for Europe, Aston Villa come into the game with something genuine to fight for. The Villans are hoping to pull off an impressive Houdini act that would keep them in the Premier League this season but they are running out of fixtures.

Trailing Bournemouth by a point and both Watford and West Ham by four and with a worse goal difference than all of them, Dean Smith's side realistically need to win all three of their remaining games, starting with their trip to Goodison Park this evening.

On the basis of Sunday's game against Wolves, they couldn't have asked for better opponents than Everton, most of whose players appeared to have their summer flip-flops on and one foot on beach. It drew stinging condemnation from supporters and a rebuke from manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The hope — and, arguably, the only thing Villa need fear — is that that will be enough to spark a reaction from the Blues, many of whom are playing for their future at the club under the new boss. Whether there is a reaction remains to be seen but if Everton are to have any hope of finishing in the top half, they'll need to win all of the remaining matches as themselves.

“We expect a reaction from the bad game we played against Wolves,” Ancelotti said yesterday. “Different attitude, different mentality and different character.

“I understood in my period at Everton, a big part of the DNA of this club is everyone wants to see players fighting. This is the most important part.

“We have to fight, then try to play well and win games. If there is no fight, it is not in the DNA of this club.”

While he no doubt planned to make changes to his starting XI regardless, Ancelotti will be forced into at least one after Yerry Mina had to come off at Molineux with a thigh injury. Mason Holgate reportedly wasn't able to train fully this week with the shin injury he sustained against Tottenham but he is expected to be fit enough to start, as is André Gomes who had to be substituted against Southampton and missed the defeat to Wolves with a knock to the ankle.

Assuming Gomes is selected, he would, in all likelihood come in for Gylfi Sigurdsson or Tom Davies, neither of who covered themselves in glory at Wolves but the Icelander's experience might get him the nod.

In terms of unforced changes, the Italian has limited choices but, once again, he has the option of giving a rare start to Moise Kean, perhaps over the over-worked and service-starved Dominic Calvert-Lewin, moving Holgate into midfield and giving Jarrad Branthwaite his first start.

Kick-off: 6pm, Thursday 16 July, 2020
Referee: Anthony Taylor
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Last Time: Everton - Aston Villa

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Gordon, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin


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Mark Andersson
1 Posted 16/07/2020 at 00:13:59
Short and uninspired match preview Llyndon looks like you have your flip flops on too haha.

Or like me you just feel let down once again with this woeful Everton team..

Carlos rally call is falling on deaf ears. I expect a defeat...

Kase Chow
2 Posted 16/07/2020 at 00:14:22
I just don't have the faith or belief in this lot

They have no style or substance. I don't like many of them

They're spineless losers most of them. What a shame they represent us

Anthony Jones
3 Posted 16/07/2020 at 00:47:17
As a player, you look at your centre mids first when ranking how competitive you will be on the pitch.

It's easy to write off the whole team but I think several of our players would look a lot better if we had a better hold on the middle of the park.

The centre mids need to be involved in every phase of possession, either driving forward, picking passes, making angles or opening up space. And they are fundamental to winning the ball back from the opposition all over the park. They need to be constantly moving.

Our centre mids are shite right now and they are dragging the side down with them.

Minik Hansen
4 Posted 16/07/2020 at 01:02:13
Look at Sassuolo against Juventus, they looked comfortable, confident, and look what they got out of it, three points against current runner-ups and a point against no. 1 on the table. I wish Carlo would sort it out, now I see as Lyndon describes it, it needs to start in the middle. A good day for Gomes or any other midfielder would work wonders.
Jay Harris
5 Posted 16/07/2020 at 01:20:35
All I can say after reading ToffeeWeb for the last few days is we are lucky to be playing this game behind closed doors.

We know the players are struggling and center mid is a real problem but blame the people who let Gueye go and replaced him with a crock and then let scneiderlin go before the end of the season.

We don't have any grit or determination in MF so all we can hope for is beating them on the flanks through Gordon and Sidibe/ Walcott.

Lets hope and pray because if we don't get 3 points there will be a bunch of suicidal and homicidal Blues to contend with.

Brian Murray
6 Posted 16/07/2020 at 01:57:14
If that predicted line up is right band we still have Pickford, Coleman, Gomes, Siggy and DCL then we deserve all we get. Be brave Carlo and phase these losers out quickly as possible or face consequences.
Bob Parrington
7 Posted 16/07/2020 at 02:33:43
I wish I could predict a home win in this fixture but it will depend which Everton turns up for the game. There's some deep-rooted bad egg(s) in the club and there's no sense in blaming Carlo. Time for home truths coming up soon!
Jim Harrison
8 Posted 16/07/2020 at 03:29:02
Wouldn't be surprised if Villa put in a performance here. They desperately need a win, and our players look like they are ready for the season to end. It's unsurprising really. Even though there was a slim chance going in to the last game of getting into Europe (which would have been dependant on City being banned anyway?) It was not likely to to happen. Its hardly unusual for this to happen even though it frustrates the hell out of the fans.

Just want to get these few games out of the way and let Carlo get to work on next season. I see he has made some comments about Pickford, pretty much bang on. He says he has quality but isn't showing it, and needs to be better. I think the same is true across the pitch but our keeper really needs to get back to his best.

Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 16/07/2020 at 04:22:36
I'm just very pleased I don't have to get up at 4am to watch.

Confident in a 2-0 win.

John Keating
10 Posted 16/07/2020 at 04:33:21
Any point to this?
My boy McGinn to run the show
Mark Murphy
11 Posted 16/07/2020 at 07:18:33
We all know the midfield is shite - I'm sure Carlo knows it now too. These games are pale imitations of “proper games” and I'm trying my best to stop caring until Carlo makes his moves in the transfer market.
I really really hope Carlo and the hierarchy at the club are actually aware (and give a toss) of our unease and pull out all the stops to rebuild the team.
David Midgley
12 Posted 16/07/2020 at 07:48:52
" Fight " Carlo already knows it's not in their DNA,
Mo Besic + a youngster. You'll never know until they're tested.

Jay Evans
13 Posted 16/07/2020 at 07:56:56
On Sunday while watching the Wolves game together, my daughter asked me who my favourite Everton player was. I couldn't answer her. How sad is that ?

I genuinely can't remember who my last Everton hero was.

Also, I just can't get into watching our games on TV. I know for some regular TW contributors it is the only way you can see us play and I totally respect that, but for me it's been like watching reserve matches or pre-season friendlies.

I'm not sure when I/we will be allowed back into Goodison but I will be first in the queue. I don't care if I have to wear a mask, scarf, hat, gloves, goggles, balaclava and wellies I will do it just to start loving our team again.

At the moment we are difficult just to like, never mind love.

Anyway. I fancy a nil nil tonight (sighs.)

Onward Evertonians.
Full support. 💙

Jerome Shields
14 Posted 16/07/2020 at 07:57:28
Aston Villa will have a Cup tie attitude in this game. Of course Everton will be committed and motivated for this game, which is more about pride than challenging for them. If they expect to just go through the motions in this game, they could be in for a shock. A poor performance could also be seen as a affront to Ancelottis authority, which they are not above doing. But it would be a brazen act, so early in Ancelottis tenure.

Brent Stephens
15 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:00:49
Difficult to get up any enthusiasm for anything efc-related this week. Can't even believe I'm posting about tonight's game. I guess when push comes to shove I'll be back on the Live Forum etc but I'm off to Tesco shortly and the excitement is palpable. Now then, 3 "bags-for-life" or 4?

Jim Bennings
16 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:05:48
This is basically Aston Villa's last chance saloon to survive in the Premier League.

They must win, so against an abject half interested Everton you would expect that they will get that win that keeps survival hopes alive.

Very rarely do we win a match when our opponent is hungry and shows desire.

It's a sign of the times at Everton but shocking to admit that I'd actually be surprised if we were to beat 18th placed Aston Villa at home.

Bill Watson
17 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:15:27
It's a measure of our ineptitude that we've lost, by a two goal margin, to each of the bottom three this season with one of those games providing Norwich with their ONLY away win.
Derek Thomas
18 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:20:11
In theory Villa must fancy their chances, but their GD and position show they are there for a reason.

They might be a poor team and in the relegation places. They might be off form and struggling but If they get about us, in our faces, work and harass us - on past form we will roll over.

Change the 'theys' for 'we' and '11th' for 'relegation places' (our form IS relegation form too) and you could say exactly the same about us.

Its that simple - as the guy in Shawshank never said - get busy fighting for it, or get busy losing.

Dave Williams
19 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:28:46
I think it was Tony Everan who proposed this team a few days ago:
Coleman Keane Branthwaite Digne
Davies Holgate Gordon
Richi DCL Kean

Young team, full of energy and ( hopefully) fight and will work hard. I'd go for it.

Jim Bennings
20 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:35:19

This is the first time since the formation of the Premier League the Everton have lost to all three relegated teams (providing Bournemouth and Villa join Norwich).

Another woeful stat and shows just how poor this team has been this season.

Darren Hind
21 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:38:52
Darren Hind
22 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:38:53
I'd like to see Beni, Branthwaite and Kean start. I would also see the fella who would have been operating the turn style be given a chance between the sticks.

Anthony Taylor The ref ?... Have we had him this season ? I don't recall him being murdered on here

Mal van Schaick
23 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:38:56
A home game against a team battling relegation who will fight for everything.

Another chance for our players to prove themselves before Ancelotti wields the axe for yet another rebuild. Given our latest performances I'm not convinced we will get a result.

In Ancelottis earlier games with our gritty high tempo performances this would be a definite win, but given recent performances, we just don't know who will turn up. Jekyll ot Hyde.

Kunal Desai
24 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:39:38
Positive is there is only 270 minutes of football left to see the majority of these loosers kick a ball. I hope the break is long an extended.
Rob Halligan
25 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:40:22
Darren, I played in goal for many years. Maybe I could get a game. 😁😁
Alex Carew
26 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:41:24
The final nail in the coffin as we lay down and allow Villa to control us?
Annika Herbert
27 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:47:11
Dave@19, I wouldn't be at all disappointed to see that line-up. Nor would I be disappointed to see either of Beningime and Adeniran included in the team.
I know some posters on here have given reasons why they feel both of those players should not be included but, in all honesty, can they possibly be any worse than the clowns currently masquerading as our midfield?
Really not looking forward to what could well become a humbling at the hands of relegation strugglers
Derek Knox
28 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:49:03
Jay@13, good point you make there about watching these games only via Media/TV, and there being little or no atmosphere.

Having said that, the players if selected, know they have to play, so why can't they apply themselves and at least try to entertain, and more importantly win? It's been a disgrace in the last 3 games the lack of anything to justify the astronomical salaries they will collect for doing nothing.

Hypothetical I know, but I do wonder if they would try harder if the fans were there, or are they just overpaid crap?

Mike Kehoe
29 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:54:53
With nothing to play for and avoiding injury seemingly the priority, this nothing game should be used to try some youngsters. Villa will be fighting for their lives and it is obvious to anyone with eyes to see that determination and fight is absent to some: Gylfi has been played out of position through necessity and his performances have suffered, but he cannot be played again in centre mid. Surely Carlo has flogged this dead horse enough. Iwobi May come good eventually but he is luxury player in a team awash with them: Gylfi, Walcott, Bernard, even Pickford seems intensely relaxed by his hilarious ineptitude; these are the types that can add a little frill on a solid set up: we are all hat and no cattle, littered with expensive decorative overpriced baubles while the roof has fallen in and the spine is neglected. We will never, ever see any of these transform a game through fighting spirit or determination.
Mark Dunford
30 Posted 16/07/2020 at 08:55:11
Really pleased that Holgate is likely to be back. Welcome news. Some of these players are quite possibly past playing for their Everton futures so they won't face the wrath of the Goodison crowd again.. For what it is worth, I'd probably swap Davies for Siggy in Lyndon's midfield, yet on the evidence of the last three games it really doesn't make that much difference which of the current crop play there, the absent defensive midfielder is still missing. Beni deserves to appear at the very least in the final fixtures
Christy Ring
31 Posted 16/07/2020 at 09:01:59
Dave@15 That's the team I'd pick, a bit of steel in midfield, with Holgate. After Carlo and Seamus questioned the players attitude and professionalism after the performance against Wolves and Spurs, if he picks Sigurdsson, and if Neville and Carragher can see him hiding and pulling out of tackles, what's Carlo watching, and Grealish and McGinn will have a field day.
Tony Everan
33 Posted 16/07/2020 at 09:21:49
I don't think it was a case of flip flops at Wolves, saying that is papering over the structural cracks.

As many a journalist has said Everton's performance against Wolves was one of the worst performances by any PL team this season.

It reminded me of some of the terminally insipid performances that Sunderland put in prior to their demise. That kind of attitude has to be stamped on before it takes root. Starting now.

I would like to see a 433 and inject some attack ( remember that) into the team.

Seamus Keane Branthwaite Digne
Davies Holgate Gordon
Richarlison Keane. DCL

7 lads under 23, maybe one of our youngest ever teams?

Trevor Peers
34 Posted 16/07/2020 at 09:26:37
The predicted line up is what I'd expect from Anceolliti, it's about the best we can muster at this moment in time. Putting too many kids in will just add to the pressure, especially if Villa score early on, it could get embarrassing like it did against Wolves.

I think we'll win this provided the attitude is spot on, there's bound to be a big reaction after the huge amount of deserved criticism from recent performances.
The future rests with Anceolliti and who he can persuade to join us in the transfer window, I hope he has full control and Brands is left to just tie up the deals and do the paperwork.

Darren Hind
35 Posted 16/07/2020 at 09:30:09

If you promise not to stick your tongue out every ten minutes, I think you would be a big step in the right direction

Christopher Timmins
36 Posted 16/07/2020 at 09:37:22
Meaningless game really, if Carlo needs the last three games to make his mind up about what's needed by way of transfers in and out before the new season starts then we are in big trouble!

Andrew Clare
37 Posted 16/07/2020 at 09:43:35
We can't qualify for Europe so the game is completely meaningless for us but crucial for Villa one the great clubs of English football.
They too had a great team in the early eighties but since then not a lot has gone right for them, much like us- the difference being they have been relegated and we haven't.
When nothing is at stake for us we normally win but maybe this game will be the exception.
67 years an Evertonian and I have never felt so disillusioned. How many times have I said that over the past 30 years?
Clive Rogers
38 Posted 16/07/2020 at 09:44:54
I think we need to see Kean get a start as a decision needs to be made about his future. The reverse is true about Walcott, who offers so little. Branthwaite won't start as the Wolves game showed he is not ready yet. One for the future though. DCL looks really jaded while Richie showed signs of frustration of the lack of service. If this is not sorted for next season, he will be off.
Dan Nulty
39 Posted 16/07/2020 at 09:47:39
I agree with a few above. Time to see if Kean has what it takes. Move Richarlison back out to the wing, he will attract defenders ou there and hopefully make more space in the middle.

Midfield will be the issue again though.

Brian Harrison
40 Posted 16/07/2020 at 09:49:50
I am sure Carlo knows exactly who he wants and who he doesnt want, but thats the easy bit. Trying to move players on who have got years left on their contract, and on money that only top 6 teams can afford will be near impossible. When you look at the players that have no future here Sandro,Tosun,Bolasie,Besic, they are all surplus to requirements but try getting a Premier league club to bid any decent money for any of these players is very doubtful. Then to add to that most fans would sell at least 3/4 first team players.

So how do Everton finance new purchases and stay within the FFP must be a major headache. Carlo has already said that the club have told him money is available for new players, but without being able to sell off someof these players how much of a transfer kitty will Carlo get.

Paul Tran
41 Posted 16/07/2020 at 09:52:19
I'd drop Pickford, permanently.

If Kean can't get a start now, when can he?

My instinct tells me if Beni was good enough, he'd have got games at Wigan, but I'd have him in the last chance saloon for two games.

Jerome Shields
42 Posted 16/07/2020 at 10:00:51
I would prefer Kean, Braithwaite , Gordon and even Baningine given optimum time, rather than watch Walcott, Sigurdsson and Delph putting in a shift avoiding injury.
John Kavanagh
43 Posted 16/07/2020 at 10:05:52
Our pack of grossly overpaid failures will likely be rewarded yet again with selection and the umpteenth chance to turn things round. The problem is there's no incentive to put in any effort at all. Even the dreaded prospect of having to do a Walk of Shame and have their 'efforts' acknowledged by 30,000+ season ticket holders after the Bournemouth match no longer exists.

I was looking forward to seeing Mina in his wheelchair, Walcott shuffling in his zimmer frame, Delph paraded in his iron lung and Sigurdsson doing his first sprint of the season to get off the pitch at the final whistle.

For Grealish, tonight will be an early Christmas. Free reign to stroll around and pick his passes at leisure and have a dozen shots on goal. He might even get a couple of assists from the only ADHD goalie in world football.

If we win or draw tonight it will be one of the shock results of the season. No harm, therefore, in giving the kids a go as the damage has already been done.

Andrew Hight
44 Posted 16/07/2020 at 10:10:20
Agreed we were very poor at Wolves with no midfield or attacking intent. But it was never a pen, nor was it a free kick that young Branthwaite gave away early in the second. I also don't see why he was at fault for the header. Inexperienced yes but wouldn't pin too much on him. Drop Pickford. Start Branthwaite in defence, Holgate in midfield and Richie and Gordon in midfield also. Give Kean a game. Remaining spot in midfield could go to anyone. I'd go with ten men over Siggy/Davies or Iwobi.
Christian Konttorp
46 Posted 16/07/2020 at 10:18:53
Pickford -
Coleman, Keane, Brait., Digne -
Richarlison, Holgate (DM), Bernard(creative off.mid), Gordon -
DCL, Moise/Iwobi.

If Bernard don't work in that role, try Gomez, I have a sence he will make it good in a free off.mid where he can use his physical attributes with his passes. Eventually Davies instead of Bernard/Gomez as a runner-box-to-box as a tactical change if it dosent work.

Fran Mitchell
47 Posted 16/07/2020 at 10:35:15
I'd go with Braithweight in defence, Holgate and Davies in midfield. Gordon and Sidibe on the flanks with Kean up top alongside Richy. Gotta find out one day if the lad has a future
Ajay Gopal
48 Posted 16/07/2020 at 11:01:51
If Carlo is really pissed off with the team's performance last game and wants to send out a message to the lazy non-performers, he should go 4-2-3-1:

Coleman Keane Branthwaite Digne
Holgate Baningime
Richarlison Iwobi Gordon

Davies, Walcott, Kean, Siggy, Gomes, Sidibe, Bernard on the bench.

Iwobi, Baningime, Pickford in their last-chance saloons.

Martin Berry
49 Posted 16/07/2020 at 11:26:17
I thing if Sigurdsson gets a run out in midfield again fans will be taking a pill !
We young energetic legs in the centre and now is the time for Carlo to shake things up as best he can but then again there aren't too many options.
How would Bernard play as a number 10 behind DCL with Richy/Gordon and Kean vying for the flanks with Holgate and Davies/Gomes in the centre ?.
Bernard can make things happen with his quick feet and thought for a pass just thinking.
Fran Mitchell
50 Posted 16/07/2020 at 11:38:29
Bernard has been awful since the restart, just as bad as any of the above.

If Holgate does play as a centre mid (can't see it happening mind), I'd play Davies as the more attacking option. He's better when attacking than when he's deeper. As a defensive mid, Davies is useless.

Jim Bennings
51 Posted 16/07/2020 at 11:46:44
There's shite all to choose from really.

We are talking about the likes of Davies as attacking midfielder despite not possessing an ounce of shooting ability, an ounce of creativity, can't carry the ball and isn't strong or quick enough.

I'd just start Branthwaite next to Keane and push Holgate in the holding midfield role, give Iwobi one last chance in the number ten and if he can't perform tonight just bomb him out.

Stick Bernard on the left in front of Digne and tell the two of them to start doing something or just read Iwobi, bomb them out.

The options are piss weak so whatever team we put out it's still gonna look shit let's be truthful.

We need four or five better attacking options starting in midfield and working through to the front.

One thing they have got to do tonight though is perform.

Any team can play shit but looking not arsed is unforgivable.

Colin Glassar
53 Posted 16/07/2020 at 12:10:44
I imagine we'll see some sort of reaction but the sad truth is Jack Grealish (alone) is better than all our MF combined.

Without a legitimate MF we have no chance.

Clive Rogers
54 Posted 16/07/2020 at 12:18:16
There's no way Branthwaite will be picked. He is only just turned 18 and looked very raw against Wolves. His time will come. Bernard also has been very poor in his sub appearances recently and DCL looks jaded and lacking in confidence. None of them should start.
Mark Murphy
56 Posted 16/07/2020 at 12:26:14
Darron Hind @ #21
I'm sure no-one on here can disagree with that
But I wouldn't bet on it... 🤣
Jonathan Tasker
59 Posted 16/07/2020 at 12:56:44
The Italian Walter Smith -and I have referred to him as this from the off -may as well go now. An absolutely pointless appointment presiding over what will be our worst season since 2003/04 when we finished 17th.

He is a disgrace

Kim Vivian
61 Posted 16/07/2020 at 13:03:47
I am just going to watch the game tonight and see what happens. If we put on a show it will just hi-light the failings of the last couple of games - if we are abject again it will just confirm the level of Carlo's task. However I'm going for a 2-1 win

Moise needs to be given a full 90mins. See what he's got in him. He'll either sink or swim.

Tony Shelby
62 Posted 16/07/2020 at 13:03:47
My 'Couldn't Give A Fuck-O-Meter' is going to be on full display this evening.

Craig Walker
63 Posted 16/07/2020 at 13:07:21
Got my home shirt delivered today. I never learn.

I wonder if we lose tonight whether we will change the tag line for the home kit marketing to be 'more than eleventh'.

Jonathan Tasker
64 Posted 16/07/2020 at 13:17:27
This ought to be an interesting match given that one team will be killing themselves to try and stay in the league. On that basis alone I expect Villa will win but you never know
Derek Knox
65 Posted 16/07/2020 at 13:26:57
Craig@63, the longer this behind closed doors continues, it really will be a home shirt. 😜
Tony McNulty
66 Posted 16/07/2020 at 13:36:10
I am sure our results are worse given the lack of a home crowd.

Some of our players might have received a little more "encouragement" given their recent performances.

Funnily enough, when a player puts in a genuine shift and has a go, Goodison must be one of the most supportive sets of fans anywhere.

The players know this and I have heard former players talking about it. Everton fans can immediately spot what our fellow blues from the US used to call "goldbricking" (not sure they still use that expression).

Robert Tressell
67 Posted 16/07/2020 at 13:37:43
I agree the Wolves game possibly included the weirdest team selection since Walter Smith. I'll reserve judgement for the time being though. These are not his players. I suspect Pep would be scratching his head at this lot. However he is accountable for the tactics, formation, team selection and team spirit. Before the break - all heading in the right direction. Since the restart, not good at all. Something wrong in the camp.
Derek Taylor
68 Posted 16/07/2020 at 13:38:09
Confusing that recent results have been, I think we can expect a win tonight with Davies and Siggy holding on to their midfield slots - just to spite us !

Villa have been useless all season and are almost certain to go down. I hear that Terry can't wait to move on from his coaching role unless he gets the top gig when the sack race starts!

Gary Carter
69 Posted 16/07/2020 at 13:46:10
The really hilarious thing is that our midfield looks so bad without Schneiderlin in it !! That's how low we have sunk
For what's it's worth I would go

Coleman, Keane Holgate Digne
Davies, Gordon, gomes(shit but not as shit as the others)
Kean, DCL, Richarlison

Jamie Crowley
70 Posted 16/07/2020 at 13:46:43
I think Carlo might, just might do the following based upon the last three games, and the ones remaining this season.

Instead of demanding for a player in, he will demand 2-3 are sold. There's a cancer in that locker room that needs a good carving.

If the players don't understand they are playing for their places, I'm praying they are offloaded.

Craig Walker
71 Posted 16/07/2020 at 14:08:41
Before the restart, we got hammered by Chelsea 4-0 which was as bad as any away performance I've ever witnessed. Before that, we lost embarrassingly to the RS's kids in January. We've been putting in dreadful performances away from home for decades now. The only seasons where we get a respectable league position is based on our home showing.

The lack of an intimidating atmosphere, you would have thought, would have helped us in away games. At Goodison, we have done alright on the whole for a few seasons. When Silva started dropping points to the likes of Norwich at home, we were done for because our away form will never be good enough to get us up the table. What cost Silva was that we'd played the easy teams so it was only going to get harder.

Since the restart, we held the RS in the first game back where the Goodison bearpit atmosphere is the only leveller we have. We got a good win against Leicester who are top 3 after a decent first half performance. We were woeful against Southampton but sneaked a draw. If anything, I would think the likes of Tom Davies and Sigurdsson would do better without having 30,000+ fans criticising. Fact is, I don't think the crowd, or lack of crowd has influenced our results. We are just not very good and have too many players who aren't of the quality we need. I don't blame Ancelotti. He can't polish turds. As I keep saying, only Richarlison out of the whole squad is good enough and of the calibre we need before we start talking about regularly competing for trophies and European places.

Rennie Smith
72 Posted 16/07/2020 at 14:26:47
Not particularly looking forward to this one but it will be at least interesting to see who's dropped and whether there's a reaction. From the tone of Carlo's comments since Wolves (including on Pickford) he's kicked-off on them this week, so hoping they respond.
Sam Hoare
73 Posted 16/07/2020 at 14:37:51
We seem to be relatively solid defensively (untill the implosion against Wolves) and are playing one of the most pourous defenses in the league whilst having a 12 match unbeaten run in the league.

On paper we look a decent bet.

But we all know Everton don't work that way. Mcginn and Grealish will likely run the show in the middle and at the very least we need to try and hold the ball better whilst moving the ball forwards. More bravery all round. Fingers crossed.

Paul Jones
74 Posted 16/07/2020 at 14:44:07
This time of season results tend to go to the teams with something left to play for. I would be inclined to pick players that will/may be part of our future. There are some already resting up for next season where ever it may be, so best to play those who want to play for us next season.
Michael Mcloughlin
75 Posted 16/07/2020 at 15:00:38
Does anyone have a link or a code for tonight pleaser
Mark Rankin
76 Posted 16/07/2020 at 15:01:55
After the restart we had a few good results and it was DCL for England, Carlo on the right course and Everton for Europe, a week later it's DCL is crap, Carlo hasn't a clue and Everton should ditch the whole squad except Richarlison. Over the season we're a mid table club and have been for the past couple of years, we can't keep changing managers and radically changing playing staff. Carlo needs to stay bring in 1 or 2 quality additions, improve what we've got and continue to move out the deadwood and the fans have to get behind it and not keep losing our melon when we have a bad run of results.
Francis van Lierop
77 Posted 16/07/2020 at 15:06:32
I wonder if I'll see this one out.
On Sunday I only saw the first half, and knowing we were down, I couldn't see us improving on the poor display we had to endure thus far.

Are we Evertonians masochistic?
I sincerely hope we can improve.

Bill Gall
79 Posted 16/07/2020 at 15:17:38
After the comments from S.Coleman and Ancelotti about the attitude and commitments of the Everton team against Wolves there may be 1or 2 surprise changes. The first team squad overall if you discount the injuries there is not a lot to choose from and I suspect the manager will play 4/4/2.
It is not who he chooses to play what matters is how they play as a team, and I believe Ancelotti knows who the players of his team will be for next season, with 2/3 major signings
Joe McMahon
80 Posted 16/07/2020 at 15:20:31
Mark, I'm not sure anyone has said DCL is crap? His form is very disappointing and he does need to end this goal drought. I'm hoping to see DCL and Kean upfront from the start tonight.

RE Carlo, I think we do have to wait for some new midfield additions, not even Pep, Klopp, SAF or yes Ancelotti would get a tune out of the current midfield set up, who seemed to have given up.

Eddie Dunn
81 Posted 16/07/2020 at 15:28:39
Aston Villa are fighting for survival, have some good attacking players but tend to concede too. I can't see us blowing them away as we simply don't create enough chances. I expect a better showing from our boys but fancy Villa to win it 1-2. They are desperate and our softies will buckle once the snarling starts.
John Reynolds
82 Posted 16/07/2020 at 16:31:50
If I were Carlo


Henry Jones
83 Posted 16/07/2020 at 16:35:36
Any codes available for NowTV please?
David Currie
85 Posted 16/07/2020 at 17:10:15
John 82, You would rather pick Walcott and Simms above Richarlison???
John Reynolds
86 Posted 16/07/2020 at 17:15:01
David 85 - not dropping Richarlison as punishment unlike the others. He just looks wrecked and has been kicked around the park in a couple of recent games. Just a rest.

Have just seen the real side. 5 changes but none of them dramatic. No youngsters, not even Kean. That's disappointing.

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