After the win in midweek at crisis club Portsmouth – we return to St Andrews to face an Everton side who appear to be improving week by week.
With key players like Arteta returning, Everton have gone on a decent run. Landon Donovan has been another player who has made a big impact. He is on loan from David Beckham’s previous USA club – LA Galaxy. Galaxy have insisted that his loan won’t be extended and so he is due to return to the States after our game. David Moyes has said he would like the player to stay, and there is a slight chance, as the American players are threatening strike action meaning Donovan could stay.
The Blues once again have pretty much a full strength side available with Parnaby and Phillips the only non long term injured to be doubtful.
On the forum we have been saying the last few games that Benitez needed to start, and there is no doubt that Jerome looks a better player alongside Chucho, so after our confident win in midweek, I’m hopeful that McLeish will start with the same forward line. Bowyer and Larsson are also available again.
This of course will be the 3rd time we have played the Blues from Liverpool this season. Earlier in the season we ran away giggling like school kids from Goodison Park, when we had one shot on goal and stole a point from Everton.
Our next visit however was more convincing. We knocked them out of the FA cup with a 1st half performance that was probably one of our best of the season.
As I have said, since then Everton have improved and are now only two points behind us. They have won 7 of their last 10 PL games. However, we have only lost 3 in our last 19 PL matches and are unbeaten in 10 home games.
I think it is fair to say that Everton are a stronger side, and will be confident after their thrashing of Hull last week, however I think this contest will be a tight one but I do think that Everton will shade it. I just think they have the momentum and although we have won the last two league games, we will be narrowly beaten by the other Blues.
Prediction Blues 1 v 2 Blues