Everton vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Facts and Key Men

Everton vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Facts and Key Men

Who'd have thought that Crystal Palace would head into this game as the in-form team of the fixture? Well you better believe it, because this Wednesday Palace will be quietly confident of giving Everton a real run for their money - despite fortress Goodison proving a difficult venue. Tony Pulis has worked wonders to guide Palace away from the tag of sure Premier League dropouts and towards a chance at survival but this will prove to be one of his …
Swansea vs Everton Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

Swansea vs Everton Preview | Team News, Facts & Key Men

These two teams head into this 3 o’clock kick off looking for three big points as the festive period starts to really kick into high gear. This is the start of what will prove a busy few weeks for these players and both teams will have clear objectives heading into the congestion. Swansea will be looking to consolidate their mid-table standing as they sit happily in tenth position with twenty points already on record. Swansea have often struggled after their …
Everton Stats Analysis | Assessing the Opening Months Under Martinez

Everton Stats Analysis | Assessing the Opening Months Under Martinez

With another mandatory international break now in full flow, every football fan across the country is enduring a painful couple of days without seeing their beloved side play regularly whilst the attention has been turned to England’s bid to reach the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer. During the agonising wait for league action to be resumed, supporters will spend this period thinking, analysing and discussing how the first two months and a bit have gone for their sides in …
The impact of Defensive Midfielders | Lucas, Carrick, Ramires & McCarthy

The impact of Defensive Midfielders | Lucas, Carrick, Ramires & McCarthy

The modern footballing world likes to follow the labelling trend of the "defensive midfielder". The importance of those who sit in front of the defence as a protection is becoming increasingly apparent. I take a look at some of the top examples who prove that midfielders are just as important to a team's defence as the back four (note this is not a comparison - more of a look at how they contribute to their teams). Michael Carrick has had …
Analyzing Marouane Fellaini and James McCarthy's Deadline Day Deals

Analyzing Marouane Fellaini and James McCarthy's Deadline Day Deals

Few clubs were as busy on transfer deadline day as Roberto Martinez’s Everton.  The Toffees spent all summer casting nervous glances at Old Trafford, where former Everton manager David Moyes held an open interest in Merseyside stars Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.  United’s somewhat bungled transfer window only saw Fellaini join and at the robust price tag of 27 million pounds. With that influx of cash, Martinez turned around and replaced the Belgian with his own former midfielder: James McCarthy …
Everton Transfer Report | Analysing Barry, McCarthy and Lukaku

Everton Transfer Report | Analysing Barry, McCarthy and Lukaku

Transfer deadline day hasn’t produced particularly good memories for Everton supporters to savour over the years. Finances are tight at the club but with the latest TV money deal, last season’s sixth-place finish bonus and a new manager in Roberto Martinez to back, Everton desperately needed to do some notable business and they positively delivered in the remaining few hours of transfer window with Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku joining on season-long loan deals from Manchester City and Chelsea respectively, …