Everton away preview: Three points or have The Toffees woken up

One thing you can be fairly sure of with Everton is it will start to work for Moyes sooner than later, so the big question is; will it be this weekend in front of their desperate home fans?

I say desperate because they have only won three games all season, two at home and they have taken a beating recently. They also only picked up points against Wolves and Stoke at home, so their loyal fans are going to be desperate for all three on Saturday.


They will be desperate and while you know I'm going to say away win, I see draw written all over this fixture and I suspect it will be a tough game. One thing is for sure however; it doesn't matter who wins as it won't be an upset. Everton are possibly the team in the league that we will be fighting with for that extra place come the end of the season.

Everton don't have the new billionaire owner but they got the right manager at the right time who has been supported when he really needed it and has truly brought players through the ranks and they are actually the best of the rest and also better than some with the new owners and new hype.

You have to wonder where Everton could go with some proper money and while I have my doubts about managers like Moyes and O'Neill, we'll never know until they get some proper money. Any manager, look at Mark Hughes, will be considered a threat given so much money, but Moyes has something about him and he tries to play good football too.

They had Joseph Yobo, Phil Neville, Phil Jagielka, Mikel Arteta, Steven Pienaar, Diniyar Bilyaltedinov, Victor Anichebe, Leon Osman and Leighton Baines all missing for the Spurs game this week and while they expect a couple of them to be back for Saturday, could you imagine what would happen if we lost nine players that were considered first team players?

But, we seem to like playing Everton regardless of who is playing. {rokbox title=|Aston Villa beat Everton :: Winning goal from Ashley Young| text=|Anyone remember this game?|size=|840 505| album=|demo|}http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYUetD6idcs&hl=en&fs=true{/rokbox}

It's going to be a tough game and Moyes will know how to approach this game but our team is going to work and work and run and run and while I fancy if there was a favourite it will be us, like I've said above, I see a draw even if three points would be fantastic, especially with our game in hand coming up next Wednesday. Win them both and we could, in all reality, be sitting comfortably in the top four.

But it is Everton we have to worry about first and well, this is just my preview and mostly to point out that both teams will be tired, both teams will be making changes from the Carling Cup and both teams will want to win but will accept that a point is better than nothing.

My prediction; Guzan to be rested and Sidwell to start. I'd love it if Reo-Coker started too but I can't see it. I'd also love it if O'Neill played 451 or 433 or 4231 or something that really isn't 442, but we will find out on Saturday with the live post I'll be starting about two hours before the game.

That is it for now, no rumours today and nothing of any substance coming from the club and our new head of media, but surely that has to come soon?