Premiership Preview: Everton

August 8, 2007 at 11:35 am | Posted in Football, Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment

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Can the blue Scousers handle two fronts?

Interesting Wikipedia Fact: Everton’s most widely recognised nickname is “The Toffees” or “The Toffeemen”, which came about after Everton had moved to Goodison. There are several explanations for how this name came to be adopted, the most well known being that there was a business near the ground called Mother Noblett’s Toffee Shop which advertised and sold sweets, including the Everton Mint, on match days. This also led to the Toffee Lady tradition in which a girl walks around the perimeter of the pitch before the start of a game tossing free Everton Mints into the crowd. Another possible reason is that there was a house called Ye Anciente Everton Toffee House near the Queen’s Head hotel in which early club meetings took place.[12] The word “toffee” was also slang referring to Irishmen, of which there was a large population in the city at the turn of the century and who tended to support Everton rather than city rivals Liverpool.[13]

Jackie’s Club Knowledge: Everton under Walter Smith were always in and around the relegation zone. I knew Gascoigne before really watching much club football, but he was past it by the time he joined Everton. David Moyes took over three years later and although he did have one huge relegation fight, he’s mostly kept the Toffees in the top half, even finishing fourth three seasons ago.

Worst Kit:

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Fantasy: Mikel Arteta may just be the best player outside the top four. He’ll be taking penalties this season too and if he can avoid the yellows could be in for another top fantasy season. I don’t really like AJ, but he’s probably good for 10 goals or so. Anichebe could be a really cheap play when the match-ups are good. Howard was the best value last season, but he’s quite expensive now. I’d go with Baines and Jags when selecting Toffee defenders.

Best and Worst Possible Finish: 8th and 13th-Everton were pretty solid at the back last season and assuming they can avoid injuries to Lescott, Yobo, Baines, and Pele Neville they should continue to be formidable. That said, the Toffees are extremely reliant on the midfield to create and score. Arteta, Cahill, Osman, and Carsley might not be up for the grind of European football and if so Everton could just slip into mid table.

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