Soooo…. off up to Goodison Park on Sunday. Historically we’ve not had much luck here – in fact we’ve never won a league game here, our only 2 victories being in the FA Cup many moons ago. My steadfast optimism means that I’m still hopeful that this will be Our Time but let’s be realistic; Everton are a good side, with good players and good support whilst we’re very tired and don’t have the greatest away form.
They have Tim Cahill who has featured in the club’s top 3 goalscorers every year since his arrival at the start of the 2004/05 season and who will be looking to mark his 200th appearance for Everton in style. Fulham old-boy Louis Saha has 15 goals in 29 appearances, and let’s not forget Pienaar and Arteta who have both scored some frankly beautiful goals this season – remember Pienaar’s chip at Arsenal at the start of the year? Schwarzer’s going to have his work cut out for him this weekend.
At the other end of the pitch it’s a bit different and I personally think they’ve been a bit leaky recently. Everton have given away 2 points from winning positions in 2 of their last 3 games. Careless perhaps? Or a lack of organisation? They’ve conceded quite a few goals at home compared to other teams around them in the league so it might even be plain and simple complacency. If we press hard and keep pressing until the final whistle we might even be able to sneak one in. Or two. Well, if West Ham can manage it….
Mark Lawrenson predicts a 2-0 home win. A few posters on the Everton messageboard I frequent (long story) predict a damn good spanking for us. They’re good….. but I’m not sure they’re THAT good. Let’s hope I’m not left eating my words on the M62 back home.