Saturday, 14 January 2017

Rested and returning players for our trip…

…to Goodison Park; a ground with a troubled history for us results-wise (why couldn’t they have moved by now?).

Improving picture

Actually - and in fairness to our football club and record at The Toffees’ ground - it’s an ‘improving picture’ for us. In fact, the last 6 league visits to their ground reads: L L L W D W. May that trend continue tomorrow and beyond…

v Everton

Goodison Park

Predicted line-up, subs and outcome.

Fluid 4-5-1 come 4-1-4-1 come 4-3-3 come 4-2-4…


__De Bruyne___________________________Sterling__



___________(Outfield player with gloves on)_________

Usual suspect ‘in & around’ the goal area.

All fit & available…so it really is a guess who might make up the defence. I’m going for Pep to select Gael, Nicholas, sure-to-be-booed John and Pablo.

This next one could well be a rarity! 

Having made a surprise, 'pop-up' appearance with ’12 to go’ of 'the 90' at West Ham in the F.A. Cup and with no Fernando or Fernandinho today – and-having also had an 8-day break following that brief comeback role; Fabian could find himself starting as our defensive midfielder to face Ronald Koeman’s men. If I’m right, then ahead of the energetic England man should be an attacking quartet of Yaya, David and Kevin sure-to-be-booed also Raheem.

All of those in support of Sergio.

Willy the keeper insurance (performed well enough to retain the gloves in my opinion); Aleks, Bacary & the returning (again) Vinny make up our defensive cover. It’s all attacking replacement options from there, in the form of Left-sided winger / forward Nolito, (mostly) right-sided winger / forward Leroy and striker Kelechi.

Notable absences: Fernandinho (suspended: 2nd of 3), Fernando (in training / on way back from a niggle but not quite ready), Ilkay Gundogan (injured for rest of season), Jesus Navas (not selected) and Gabriel Jesus (now-apparently awaiting paperwork clearance before he can ‘get going’).

Do I agree with Pep’s (predicted) line-up?

Looks good to me!

Result? Tough one but well do-able. If we’re ‘on it’, this is ours for the taking. I’m going for that to be the case (1:30pm KO GMT); bringing 3-points home from Merseyside.

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