In recent games we have been playing teams which are quite frankly, crap. Tonight we go to a proper club looking to extend our unbeaten run; none of the Orc, snarling Mancs, dodgy Swiss or East Larnderners variety. Everton are proper Top Table diners.
Here are a few facts about Everton:
Goodison Park was the first dedicated football ground built in the world.
The longest run of seasons in the top division
They have scored and conceded most goals in the top div.
Drawn and lost more games than any other team in the top div.
Top scorer ever in a season. Dixie Dean 60. Yes, 60!!
It is fair to say, that Everton have history. They may not be the behemoth they were in other times but despite a small(ish) ground, noisy neighbours and not being an Oiler club, they have managed to be there or thereabouts. Bringing in Koeman is a step in the right direction, though the chances of his taking them into the Top 4 are unlikely, he may well (given time) improve them ….
But, Everton are on a poor run of results and the fans are questiong the big Dutchmen’s abilities.
Here’s a stat: Koeman is the highest scoring defender in World football history, having scored 193 goals in 553 games at club level (inc. 67 for Barca) and 14 for his country.
There is much to say about Arsenal. 12 goals in 3 games. 3 wins in 8 days. There is a need to rotate before going to the Ethihad on Sunday. Picking a team will be difficult. Does AW dare drop either Ozil or Sanchez? Does he play Gabriel or Holding at CB? Who will play in the centre? Will Giroud get his first start of the season? This is what AW earns the big bucks for.
This is my guess, for which I am not paid a single sous….
Bellerin Gabriel Koscielny Monreal
Ramsey Coquelin Iwobi
Walcott Sanchez Ozil
Pretty standard apart from dropping Ox and Granit, who will both be on the bench.
Why? Because if we can take 3 points at Goodison it will be a huge fillip ahead of a tough weekend, and as we all know, 3 points are 3 points 😀
Here’s another stat: In the PL years we have played Everton 48 times and lost just 6. A fine and surprising record.
At home, at night, after a roasting from both the fans and the management the Everton players will be looking to win in style tonight. We should expect a tough game.