Everton Vs Birmingham City – Match Preview

Posted on November 3, 2007 
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Opposition: Everton
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Goodison Park

Stats: Our record against Everton is far from impressive. In 116 meetings, Blues have managed just 25 victories with Everton taking 59 with 32 ending in draws.

Blues haven’t won at Goodison for nearly fifty years – this is our 25th attempt since we won 2-0 on the 16th November 1957.

Last time out: 22/04/2006 – We drew 0-0. Thriller, eh?

Current form: Blues got back to winning ways against Wigan Athletic last week after a spell which saw us not win in five previously. Our away form doesn’t look too clever with just four points from six played but we’ve already done some tough trips – Chelsea, Liverpool, Blackburn, Man City – and our three away games, against Liverpool, Blackburn and City, have given us justifiable reason for optimism tomorrow.

Everton currently sit four places and five points ahead of us in 9th position. The league table perhaps shows that Everton have a lack of consistency with them having already lost two in the league at home – also won two – and three on the road – also won three! But the home defeats were to Liverpool and Manchester United respectively and in both games, the Toffees can perhaps justifiably feel aggrieved to have lost.

Goodison is a tough place to go and Everton have got some top class players in their squad – few as important as Tim Cahill who has come back from injury with a bang, netting twice in three games.

The Toffees will be a tough proposition at home and we’ll need to be at the top of our game – and hope for a little bit of luck – to nick something.

Memories: You know that question that football fans always ask: If your club didn’t exist or went bankrupt, who would you support or who would you follow? I always think to myself that I’d follow Everton. I’ve always liked Everton. I’ve had a soft spot for them since I was a kid, since I first saw Goodison Park on the TV and saw that they play in blue. There’s something decidedly un-Billy-Big-Spuds about them and that makes them far more likeable than their near neighbours.

I have four memories that stick out from games versus Everton… in no particular order:

The first is ‘that’ goal from Stan Lazaridis from our second Premiership season. You know the one where he seemed to beat about eighteen players and then fire home from an angle of about half a degree? Scandalously, no-one’s illegally uploaded the footage to YouTube. And if there’s ever been a goal that deserves to be shown time and time again, Stan’s was it.

The second memory is of Wayne Rooney and his two footed assault on Steve Vickers resulting in his first ever red card. At the time he was still Everton’s golden child and a Toffees fan tried to convince me that Rooney had the best of intentions when jumping in! Whenever we talk of the incident now, he admits that he might’ve been wrong at the time. We drew the game 1-1.

The third memory is from a cup game in early 2000. We were back in the First Division (Championship) at the time whilst Everton were obviously in the Premiership. We lost 2-0 up at Goodison thanks to two David Unsworth penalties in the final fifteen minutes. I remember listening to the game and then watching the highlights on MotD. Us being a featured game on MotD was a real novelty for me then since I’m not old enough to remember our stints in the top league before then. We played really well and proceeded to miss a hat full of chances before being picked off in the last 15… at the time, it was heart-breaking. One of those ‘plucky but not ultimately good enough’ FA Cup performances that seem to pop up every season.

The last – and probably most gutting one – was the game that saw us gain our first ever Premiership point and score our first ever Premiership goal. Stubbs brought down John in the fiftieth minute and John got up and slotted home the penalty himself. In off the post! We all went absolutely wild. This was the life! Stubbs was sent off and I honestly thought our first Premiership victory would come at a top class club like Everton. I was in dream land. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out as a home player took a shot and watched it take about seventeen deflections on its way to the back of the net in the 92nd minute… Heartbreak again. Thankfully we picked up our first win just a few days later at home to Leeds United… I know, Leeds were in the Premiership. Hysterical, isn’t it?

Team news: Mikael Forssell and Johan Djourou are back in contention. Djourou might well come back in for Schmitz with the Forss likely to start from the bench. Wilson Palacios has travelled with the squad and Steve Bruce will make a late decision on him. I personally wouldn’t expect him to play and with no obvious replacements – save perhaps, Neil Danns, Bruce might opt to go for 4-4-2 with Larsson and De Ridder out wide, pushing Kapo up front with Nafti partnering Muamba in the middle.

Of course, Bruce might have other ideas in mind with Nafti and Muamba playing from the middle alongside Larsson with Kapo and De Ridder going out wide. Alternatively, Kapo could play in behind Jerome with McSheffrey on the left. Options, Steve Bruce now has options.

Opposition team news: You can get team news from the Everton Vital site and David Moyes’ views on the game via the official Everton site.

Pre-match chit-chat: A few pre-match stories knocking around:

What’s going to happen? I’d love to predict a Blues win, or even a draw. Like last week, I’m really up for this but I learnt my lesson about predicting wins just because I’m looking forward to the game!

Everton 1-0 Blues, another decent away performance though.

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One Response to “Everton Vs Birmingham City – Match Preview”

  1. justwondering on November 3rd, 2007 12:19 pm

    I think we’ll be full of confidence going into this game after the Wigan win I predict we’ll go on a storming run now through November beating Villa on the way. 2-1 Blues v Everton.

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