Everton away was always a hard sell for a win before the season even started. We managed to beat them 1-0 at home and end their unbeaten start to the season.
Back then Everton were seventh in the league and we were 13th. We had managed one win and one draw in five games, even Hull were above us. So, it seems circumstances haven’t changed a great deal.
Many will be thinking we have lost before we even step out on the pitch. “If we play like we did against Palace we ain’t gonna get anything”. If we do play like we did against Palace we might not get anything, but then Everton, might play like they did against us at home and we might get something.
Every team has a lull in results and confidence, if we didn’t we’d be a top 6 side, and realistically that is never going to happen. We are not playing well, so the obvious thing to say is let’s get back to basics. We say let’s get back to the team that lined up against Everton at home. We didn’t concede a goal and scored one.
Who played that day? Boruc, A.Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Surman, Arter, Stanislas, Wilshire, Ibe and Wilson. Pretty much the same team that will be playing again (according to us).
We think Howe will make changes, but not many. It will be back to the usual back four, a return for Harry Arter, Jordon Ibe and a swap around in positions. This is the team we would like to see line-up against Everton.
It’s no guarantee of a win, but a good performance is essential. If we can’t put one of those together then we could be in trouble.
Chin up, this is the Premier League and it was never gonna be easy.