Luke O'Farrell

Write about Everton for ESPN and EPL Index. Evertonian with a keen interest in the tactical and statistical. Twitter: @lukeofarrell

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Everton v Southampton: Match & Stats Preview

Everton v Southampton: Match & Stats Preview

After the dismal Elland Road showing, the visit of Southampton gives Everton the chance to return to winning ways. A home win would represent Everton's best start since 2004 / 2005 and Everton went on to qualify for the Champions League that season. Saturday's visitors are beginning to adjust to Premier League life and Southampton will arrive with bags of confidence and plenty of belief. With back-to-back wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa, Nigel Adkins' side are finding goals with ease. …
Swansea v Everton: Match & Stats Preview

Swansea v Everton: Match & Stats Preview

Everton, smarting from their controversial draw with Newcastle, travel to Swansea on Saturday for a lunchtime kick off. With both sides winless in their last two league games, each team is chasing a much-needed three points. Recent Form After convincing wins over QPR and West Ham, Swansea has stalled of late. A draw with Sunderland followed, although Swansea played a chunk of the game with 10 men. A trip to the Midlands proved even less rewarding as struggling Aston Villa …
Everton v Newcastle: Fellaini Needed in Midfield | Stats Preview

Everton v Newcastle: Fellaini Needed in Midfield | Stats Preview

Everton welcome Newcastle to Goodison Park as they look to bounce back from the dismal West Brom showing. Alan Pardew's Newcastle side are trying to contend with a raft of injuries following their home draw with Aston Villa. Goodison is a fortress with Everton winning 12 of their last 15 at home. In those 15 matches, Everton have scored 31 and conceded just five in the process. Everton's last nine home league games have returned eight wins and seven clean …
Everton v West Brom: Can The Baggies Stop Baines?

Everton v West Brom: Can The Baggies Stop Baines?

Saturday’s match sees Everton travel to West Brom in search of a club record. Avoid defeat and Everton create a new club record for unbeaten Premier League games; the convincing win at Villa Park tied the previous best (11). David Moyes’ men are in fine form with three defeats in 26 and just one defeat in ten on the road. To extend their good form, however, Everton will need to overcome an in-form West Brom side. With their opening day …
Everton v Aston Villa: Match & Stats Preview

Everton v Aston Villa: Match & Stats Preview

After a first opening day win in five years, Everton are in confident mood. Everton’s belief highlighted by Nikica Jelavic's post-match comments on Monday:
"Manchester United are strong but we killed them. David de Gea saved them. We could have really destroyed them".
Monday's win was Everton's first opening day win and clean sheet since August 1996. Recent Form Aston Villa succumbed to an opening day loss at newly promoted West Ham. Despite controlling the early stages, Villa faded and West Ham could …
Everton v Manchester United: Match and Stats Preview

Everton v Manchester United: Match and Stats Preview

Everton welcome Manchester United on Monday night, in front of the Sky cameras, with both sides sporting contrasting opening day records. The home side are without a win in four years with United unbeaten on the opening day since 2004. How the Sides Ended Last Season David Moyes’ side will look to kick on from last season. Ending the season with just three defeats in 23, Everton are unbeaten in nine league outings. Everton’s resurgent home form was vital to …
Jack Rodwell: Will He Be Missed? | Statistical Analysis

Jack Rodwell: Will He Be Missed? | Statistical Analysis

Everton signed Jack Rodwell at the age of seven and his potential was clear from the start. With an Under 18s début at 14, Rodwell surged through the ranks. A reserve début followed at 15 with a full début secured by 16. On a cold night in Alkmaar, Rodwell became Everton's youngest ever player in Europe at the age of 16 years and 284 days. The following season, the midfielder broke into the first team and scored his first Everton goal. Over …
Pienaar Returns | Statistical Look at His Importance to Everton

Pienaar Returns | Statistical Look at His Importance to Everton

Steven Pienaar is edging ever closer to a third stint at Everton. Sometimes, footballers find a club that allows them to express themselves. For Steven Pienaar, that club is Everton. Before he returned to Tottenham, the player spoke fondly of his second spell at Goodison, “I just want to say thanks for the support from day one. I really appreciate it”. He went on, “It means a lot to me, this club”, before dropping a hint about the future, “Let’s just …
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