A quick turnaround to face The Toffees on Tuesday as Alan Pardew completes his 3 match stadium ban. John Carver gets another go at being the main man as we look to make amends for the 3-2 defeat at Goodison Park in September.
Everton have had a very decent season and currently sit in 6th place which, after Man City’s League Cup win will mean they’re on course to bag a Europa League spot. Manager, Roberto Martinez is proving a popular figure on Merseyside and he has a very talented side at his disposal this season.
Their away form is nothing special mind, with just 4 wins, earned at West ham (3-2), Aston Villa (2-0), Man Utd (1-0) and Swansea (2-1). They’ve drawn 6, at Cardiff (0-0), Crystal Palace (0-0), Arsenal (1-1), Stoke (1-1), WBA (1-1) and Norwich (2-2). They’ve lost just 4 times on the road, at Fulham (2-1), Man City (3-1), Liverpool (4-0) and Spurs (1-0).
On loan striker Romelu Lukaku is their leading scorer with 12 goals, whilst full back, Seamus Coleman has 7.
Their injury concerns involve, Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone, Lacina Troare, Phil Jagielka, Bryan Oviedo and Stephen Pienaar. They have no suspensions.
They’re likely to rely on a solid midfield platform of Barry and McCarthy, with Barkley, Miralles and McGeady supplying Lukaku. Howard will be protected by a back 4 with Baines, Distin and Coleman joined by Stones if Jagielka doesn’t make it.
It was great to see Papiss Cisse net the winner on Saturday, after that Yanga-Mbiwa cross had ran past his feet I thought that our best chance had disappeared, but then Ben Arfa shifted through the gears and found our striker with the goal at his mercy, and he didn’t disappoint again.
With Debuchy still out, it’s unlikely there’ll be any changes to the defence, I expect this will a tough fixture for Paul Dummett. Coleman and Mirallas have pace to burn and love to attack.
We’re likely to stick to the same midfield with Ben Arfa likely to start on the bench again. Sissoko seems to be a favourite of the manager even though he rarely shows the attributes of a wide player.
Up front, let’s hope Cisse is off and running, meanwhile De Jong continues to struggle to adapt to our game.
R Taylor – Knee – out for the season
Santon – illness
Elliot – Knee
Remy – Ankle
Debuchy – Groin
Obertan – Knee
Possible Team (4-4-2)
1.Krul: 2. Yanga-Mbiwa, 5. Williamson, 6. Coloccini, 3. Dummett: 7. Sissoko, 4. Tiote 8. Anita 11. Gouffran: 10. De Jong, 9. Cisse:
Elliot, Haidara, Steven Taylor, Marveaux, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Ben Arfa
Referee: Mike Jones… aka Mr Magoo
History vs Everton at SJP
1984/85: Lost 2-3. United made a flying start to life in Division One but, the wheels had come off following tough trips to Arsenal and Liverpool. Everton would romp the league, Pedro and Waddle caused the Blues a few headaches. But Everton pinched it and ran out winners after twice coming from behind. Attendance, 29,452
1985/86: Drew 2-2. United would be inconsistent without Waddle, but Beardsley and the emerging Gazza were our stars and both scored in this one, but Trevor Steven and Graeme Sharp earned the visitors a draw. Attendance, 28,031
1986/87: Lost 0-4 Christmas ruined with a Boxing Day hiding and Trevor Steven, now proving some sort of jinx. Attendance, 35,079
1987/88: Drew 1-1 Things weren’t exactly going as planned, with poor league form…. The Boy from Brazil was brought in to lift the gloom…. It worked… all beit for only one season. Mira banging in our equaliser! Attendance, 20,266
1988/89: Having been creamed at Goodison Park in the opening game, our season never really recovered, there was however, a tidy win over the Blues. Mirandinha and Liam O’Brien on the mark. Attendance, 21,012.
1993/94 Won 1-0 Our first win in the Premier League, courtesy of Malcolm Allen’s cracker. Attendance, 34,833
1994/95 Won 2-0 We’d sink the Toffees at SJP thanks to Ruel Fox and Peter Beardsley, but they’d knock us out of the FA cup at the Quarter Final stage at their place. Attendance, 34,465
1995/96 Won 1-0 A Les Ferdinand winner got us back on track after a little bit of a blip. If only we’d won the league this season!!! Attendance, 36,557
1996/97 Won 4-1 We’d fall behind to an early Gary Speed but we’d recover with a late flurry of goals. Les Ferdinand, Robert Lee, an Alan Shearer penalty and a Robbie Elliott goal did the trick. Attendance, 36,143
1997/98 Won 1-0 Rob Lee’s late winner a week after we’d put Barcelona to the sword in the Champion’s League. Attendance, 36,705
1998/99 Lost 1-3 A day to forget. Shay Given let in some of the softest goals you’ll ever see whilst Alan Shearer misseda penalty which would have levelled us up at 1-1. As it was 2 for Kevinj Campbell, 1 for Scott Gemmill meant Shearer’s consolation penalty mattered not. Attendance, 36.775
1999/00 Drew 1-1 We were making good progress in the UEFA cup under Bobby Robson, but our league form was in a stage of recovery. Another Shearer penalty cancelled out Kevin Campbell’s opener. Attendance, 36,164
2000/01 Lost 0-1 The irritant, Kevin Campbell with another goal at SJP. Attendance, 51,625
2001/02 Won 6-2 Fun in the Sun as we blasted Everton on Good Friday. Drunken Ferguson’s celebration of an early goal for the visitors left a sour taste, but it didn’t last, Shearer, Cort, O’Brien, Solano x 2 and Bernard dusted the fuckes. Attendance, 51,921
2002/03 Won 2-1 The day Alan Shearer hit that meteorite into the Gallowgate net….. and Craig Bellamy poked in a winner. Guess who scored for them! Attendance, 51,607
2003/04 Won 4-2 It was up and into the top 4 after this win, sadly, we’d fall just short in the end and Didier Drogba’s Marsielle would end our UEFA cup campaign at the semi final stage. 2 more for Shearer plus goals for Bellamy and Dyer. Attendance, 52,155
2004/05: Drew 1-1. Bellamy for us, Lee Carsley for them. The season would end with 2 cup heartbreaks in 4 days. Attendance, 51,247
2005/06 Won 2-0 Nobby Solano bagged 2 and Roeder would eventually guide to us to the promised land of the Intertoto Cup. Attendance, 51,916
2006/07 Drew 1-1 This one ended up 10 a side after Bramble and Hibbert were sent off. Shola Ameobi had put us in front but Tim Cahill would equalised. Attendance, 51,107
2007/08 Won 3-2 A good win for Fat Sam’s side. Nicky Butt, Emre and Michael Owen for us, with Andy Johnson and an OG for them. Attendance, 50,152
2008/09 Drew 0-0 Nolan dismissed, block this season from your mind!! Attendance, 47,683
2010/11 Lost 1-2 1-0 up through Leon Best, Everton hit back with goals from Osman and Jagielka. Attendance, 50,128
2011/12 Won 2-1 Ryan Taylor scored a cracker and Heitinga scored an OG, Rodwell got their goal. Attendance, 50,671
2012/13 Lost 1-2 Cisse nudged is in front early on, the fun didn’t last, with a Baines rocket nearly ripping the net off before Amichibe poked in a predictable winner. Attendance, 49,351
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The 2 full backs, the 2 wingers, their striker, their attacking midfielder! Even Gareth Barry scores against us man