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Match Preview: Win at Goodison is a must have!

Sid Thursday, October 27, 2011


It’s been 4 days since the derby defeat at the hands of Manchester City, meanwhile we beat Aldershot comfortably with a 2nd string side that featured none of the players who started on Sunday. And come Saturday, we play probably one of our biggest games of the season as a consequence, Everton vs Manchester United will be the match that all eyes will be on.


Though the Aldershot game was the next fixture following the City game, the real challenge will be to beat Everton and to do that convincingly. This task is a lot of more difficult than it seems, especially since they have been our bogey team for the past few seasons and facing them at Goodison is always a challenge for any visiting team.

Here’s a summary of our results at Goodison in the past few seasons:

Season:
2010/11
2009/10
2008/09
Result (Everton vs Man Utd)
3-3
3-1
1-1

So far we’ve been able to get just 2 points out of the last 3 fixtures at Goodison, and this season should be no different either. Going by home form, Everton have struggled so far this season; they have just 1 win from 4 games, but underestimating them would be a huge mistake.

On Saturday, Sir Alex has some big decisions to make about the starting XI. While Owen, Berbatov and Valencia scored and also impressed in the midweek fixture, the game also saw the return of Tom Cleverley and also Nemanja Vidic. The team should see some major changes from the one that started on Sunday against Manchester City, while speculation in the media points towards the likes of Evra, Ferdinand, Nani, Anderson and Fletcher being dropped for the game.

While some of the names being mentioned make sense, I can’t see so many people being dropped for such an important fixture. Two certainties to start the game for me are Vidic and Cleverley, While Vidic should come in for Evans, who is suspended, and Cleverley should be taking Anderson’s spot in the starting XI. Another player who deserves a chance to start is Michael Carrick, with Fletcher being dropped to the bench. Berbatov also made a quite a case for himself to start at Goodison after a very impressive performance against Aldershot but I don’t think we’ll see him start at the weekend, the Galati game being the fixture where he’ll get his chance.

Sir Alex and the fans alike are expecting a reaction from the team and it’s up to the players to prove that the thrashing at the hands of City is just a blip, and against Everton we all see a performance that’s to be expected from Champions of England. Even though it's a tough game, the only acceptable result here is a win and that's the only way to ensure the media shuts up, any other result and the 'unbiased' English media will show their classy journalism skills with long articles on how we're on the decline!

So 3 points against Everton is a must and we have a team that are more than capable of this, it's just a matter of whether they can handle the pressure and scrutiny that they'll be under at Goodison park on Saturday. A convincing win will go a long way in proving that last week's result was nothing more than a bad day on the pitch for us.

Predicted Starting XI:

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