Just quick one today because work and tings.
5 things I want to see tonight.
Attack the backline
Everton are starting to look dull under Ronald Koeman, dull and shaky. Their defence isn’t that strong at the moment, conceding 19 so far and their form is shaky at best. I hope Arsene blitzes their ageing back four with power and pace this evening. I’d expect Chamberlain and Theo to be flanking Sanchez, but maybe we could see Lucas Perez given a run out on the left? Doesn’t seem to get too much game time, does he?
Either way, we should be testing Ashley Williams and Phil J, who look terrible so far this season. S. Coleman ain’t no spring chicken these days. Hopefully our exceptional form, combined with their 1 win in 10 should see us prevail, however, this is no time for complacency… we suffered a bout of that last season in December against Koeman’s Southampton. Also worth noting, this is our second game against a top half team away from home so far (United), so this is a massive test.
Wouldn’t it be lovely to keep a clean sheet? Everton moving forward have a number of players who can cause damage. Ross Barkley, a player who is as disappointing as Aaron Ramsey for talent / delivery ratios, is a beast. Lukaku, Meirelles and Aaron Lennon have also caused us problems in the past. We need a strong performance from Gabriel tonight, because I’m slightly worried about how he’ll do against the intensity of a Pep front line at the weekend. This is a good chance to boost the confidence.
Rest if destroying
In an ideal world, we’ll head up there, kill them by half time and then we can save our big names legs for the game at the weekend. The nightmare would be a hard slog and being run ragged by an Everton side with something to prove. Hopefully the slump continues and we can go into energy conservation mode in the second half. I’d take 3 points from the next 2 games. If we can rack up all three tonight, we’re in a very good place.
We’re winning at the moment and that can sometimes mean that as fans we ignore worrying things that happen as we’re dishing out spankings. We let a very poor Stoke team walk through our midfield a few times a the weekend and carve our some pretty good chances a better team might have taken. We might not get so lucky if we do that against Everton. We’ll certainly not get that lucky if we present an easy path to goal to Pep and his attacking talent at the weekend. It’d be nice if we could keep it tight in midfield tonight and gear up for the 2ominute onslaught city will give us, before we take them apart.
… in my dreams.
ENJOY THE GAME!