This Sunday weâ€™re off to Goodison Park to face an Everton team whoâ€™ve been up against it since the opening weekend of the season. Long term injuries to key players, Jagielka, Yakubu, Osman, Neville and Arteta to name but a few, have exposed the Crouch like thinness of the squad at David Moyesâ€™ disposal. Youngsters have been pitched in before theyâ€™re ready and players such as Cahill & Hibbert have had to play out of position to help paper over the cracks. Even the much vaunted â€˜no stars weâ€™re all in this togetherâ€™ approach hasnâ€™t been enough this time around.
Their current run of one win in eight league games suggests that perhaps we wonâ€™t have to be at our best to ensure our recent record of only one loss in our last twelve visits is continued however given that our inept effort at Old Trafford on Tuesday was followed on Wednesday by an excellent & spirited Europa League win by Everton in Athens, then we will be in for an unpleasant surprise if weâ€™re at all complacent. Inevitably perhaps the Toffees managed to pick up more injuries in the Greek rain with all of Distin, Gosling and Jo limping off. Johnny Heitingaâ€™s suspended for this game just to help them along.
So if what team weâ€™ll face is anyoneâ€™s guess, the team that we put out should be entirely predictable. Unless there are injuries then itâ€™ll be surprising if something very similar to the starting eleven that impressed against Villa last week doesnâ€™t take the field.
The ref is scheduled to be Andre Marriner. The last three times heâ€™s been in charge, weâ€™ve lost so letâ€™s not look for any omens there.Â
Our three away wins this season have all been against teams in serious bother at the bottom. Everton are a cut above that so three points here would boost our credentials as one of the favourites for a top 6 place and given the problems our opponents are having sticking out a recognisable eleven we should justify that status.
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