This Saturday´s game marks the end of a kind run of games that’s been profitable for us, taking 14 points from a possible 18 so far.
Everton turned up against Wolves, despite you fearing otherwise for the first twenty minutes. Or perhaps it was some ingenious plan to draw Wolves´ sting before tanning their Scandia Green drinking arses.
The season started full of bright eyed optimism against Blackburn the August sunshine until Tim Howard reminded us that were Everton after all. Whilst we plodded on, Venkys seemingly made a fowl error of judgement replacing the concrete jawed headset wearer with Steve Kean. Christ knows what they thinking but they find themselves in some reet mither, without a win in their last nine.
They have some players we have to be wary of including that supergrock Samba on set pieces. David Dunn is their muse, and by muse I mean he looks like a wool lothario who pesters younger groups of girls in Playa de las Americas before having to settle for the chain smoking single mum from Rochdale at the end of the night.
We didn´t do too badly with the decimated team last time out so it will be interesting to see who is available for this one and if Moyes uses them. It will be a game too early for Arteta but Cahill, Rodwell and Coleman could all be in contention. Beckford´s wee spat with Moyes shouldn´t prevent him starting up front again, especially when the alternative is Anichebe. Osman has his critics but has been excellent for the past month or so; we´ve needed someone to step up with the injuries and he´s arguably playing his best football in a blue shirt. Gueye didn´t do really enough to keep his place so may be better utilised from the bench for the time being. The defence were too good for Wolves and should remain unchanged.
We´re pretty much safe from relegation now and so closely behind Liverpool that they can smell our cheap aftershave. We´ve got to play three of the top four in the few games left but it gives us a bit of a goal to maintain interest. Finishing above them wouldn´t compensate for a disappointing season but it would make the summer a bit more enjoyable. Come on Ebepton.