Young Boys vs Everton | Europa League Preview

Young Boys vs Everton | Europa League Preview

Everton will continue their Europa League campaign when they play against Swiss side Young Boys on Thursday evening. The last 32 tie will be a tough test for Roberto Martinez's side, especially as Young Boys have won their last seven home matches in European competition. In their five European matches so far this season, they have conceded only once, and racked up thirteen goals of their own, beating Italian giants Napoli in the process. Everton's form has been inconsistent to …
Kevin Mirallas - Why Everton Must Keep The Greedy Belgian

Kevin Mirallas - Why Everton Must Keep The Greedy Belgian

Sylvester Stallone was famously in attendance at Goodison on Monday night for filming of the new Rocky film, but an event during the match somehow manage to overawe such an occasion. Kevin Mirallas seemingly went against team-orders in their 0-0 draw with West Brom after he took (and missed) a penalty that would have sent them into a much-needed half time lead. Once referee Michael Oliver had pointed to the spot for a correct hand-ball decision against former Toffee, Joleon …
Full-Back Index - Baines vs Azpilicueta vs Clyne

Full-Back Index - Baines vs Azpilicueta vs Clyne

"A fullback is either a failed centre-back or a failed winger", said Jamie Carragher on a strange Monday Night Football episode in a bid to get one over his arch nemesis and fellow pundit Gary Neville. Though Gary Neville laughed it off in a very dismissive way only he can do, what Carragher said that day could actually be true in the sense that very few players actually want to grow into a full-back and nail down a regular place …
Player Analysis: Everton Full-Backs vs VfL Wolfsburg

Player Analysis: Everton Full-Backs vs VfL Wolfsburg

It has been 4 very, very long years but Everton have finally returned to Europe, and what a way to start. The Toffees began there campaign against German side VfL Wolfsburg, trashing them 4-1 with a incredible display from Everton, passing, possession, defending, the lot! VfL Wolfsburg, however, did give Everton a very hard game. After Everton had scored their third, they invited pressure but the Toffees defending was solid. Two players where outstanding for Everton, one was Seamus Coleman …
Is Current England Side Over-Rated? A Comparison With Italy

Is Current England Side Over-Rated? A Comparison With Italy

Over-rated, over-valued or magnified, no matter how you rate this English team they have gone into this tournament with no expectations at all from inside, or from outside their country. Before his opening match with England, Pirlo exclaimed that the English are over-rated as always. In a view that has also been expressed by the current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, English players have always been under scrutiny in big tournaments. As the current English side draws no comparison with …
Wayne Rooney | Why He Shouldn't Start For England

Wayne Rooney | Why He Shouldn't Start For England

England 3 Peru 0 | Match Report & Tactical Analysis

England 3 Peru 0 | Match Report & Tactical Analysis

In a game when Hodgson would be free to experiment, England’s ‘safest’ team started the game. The youngest in the XI was Welbeck (23) who already had 21 caps to his name prior to kick-off. The expected 4-2-3-1 was used, with Gerrard dropping the deepest to build up from the back, but despite easily keeping possession, penetration was very limited. Using one inverted winger was expected, but frequently England played both wide players inside, relying on both full-backs to provide …
EPL in Brazil: England | Liverpool, Everton & Manchester dominate

EPL in Brazil: England | Liverpool, Everton & Manchester dominate

It’s officially World Cup season. If you’ve been living under a rock or been binge-watching Breaking Bad on Netflix for the past week, then you’ll need a quick handy guide to what’s what in terms of the Premier League’s contingent going to Brazil. EPLIndex is here to help with a team-by-team breakdown of the league’s best players making the trip to South America this June, starting with the most obvious: England. Everton duo provide solid base for the Three Lions …
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