A tough game up next away to David ‘Crazy Eyes’ Moyes’s Everton side. The Merseyside outfit will always present a tough challenge for any team, solid defensively with an extremely high work ethic they will force us to play our quick passing game to ensure we retain possession as much as possible.
The Boss will pick his team from the same pool of players which won so dramatically against The Pigeons in the last game. Diaby featured and scored for the reserves away to Liverpool today but it is too soon to expect him to play against the Toffees. Santos is fit to start again but I doubt he will start ahead of Gibbs who has done well since his return to fitness from his last injury lay-off.
Wilshere is making progress and is now only match fitness away from a return to the squad. Lets hope we get a chance to see the young midfielder in an Arsenal jersey before he goes to the Euros and misses another season with a seemingly innocuous injury.
Don’t expect too much change from the last game since it has been 9 days since we played and all players carrying any little niggles should be healed and raring to go. With all our injuries this season, a chance to play a settled team can only be a good thing. The constant chopping and changing of personnel throughout the team we witnessed earlier in the season obviously wasn’t helping and our recent run of good results has co-incided with a consistent starting 11.
Since the re-addition of the talented Pienisjar , Everton have looked a more potent attacking force in recent weeks. The South African provides their midfield with the creative spark they sometimes lack and our own Boss has previously spoken of his admiration for the player.
Everton will be without 3 of their main midfielders as Gibson, Rodwell & Coleman are all unlikely to feature. Rodwell & Coleman in particular will be big misses for a team which sometimes struggle to retain control of the ball. Our recently resurgent and highly effective midfield should be able to control the middle of the pitch and use it as a platform for victory. As long as we can provide RVP with a chance our two we should manage to take 3 points from the game.
Following on from Arteta’s recent comments about his return to Goodison, Steve Round was talking to the media with regards to the Spaniards impact in his time at the club. Let’s hope Mikel can continue his recent vein of form and help condemn his old club to defeat.
Here’s to 3 points and the leapfrogging of the Spuds into third.
In happier Muamba news, the midfielder has regained consciousness and is talking to family and friends. Lets hope he continues his recovery and is healthy heading into the future.