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Can Everton Improve On Its Defensive Problem

Posted: Apr 30, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Everton’s defensive problems are deep-rooted but in terms of this season’s campaign, its decline really began in the reverse fixture back in November. Sitting seventh in the table at the time and with a run of handy-looking fixtures coming up, they blew a two-goal lead on the south coast, regained the lead in injury time only to concede in the 98th minute. They’ve never really recovered – actually managing to repeat that trick at Chelsea in January. Given the problems they’ve had at the back since, it may not be actually be the worse news for their fans to know that Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori will all miss this clash, as well as Gareth Barry. Boss Roberto Martinez, who some supporters will protest against this weekend, says he’ll have to face “a little bit of a weak back four”, a comment which will have already spawned a few jokes. Youngsters look set to get their chance as Everton look to win for the first time in eight games. If they don’t, it will equal their worst run under Martinez. Another unwanted record the Spaniard has already led the Toffees to is their worst-ever Goodison Park season and so given everything you’d have thought Bournemouth, who have picked up the same number of points as their opponents, make some appeal at 3/1. However, their form has also been rotten of late with the allegation being made that they’ve eased up since securing their top-flight status. They’ve lost four of the last five, conceding four at home to both Manchester City and Chelsea, three at Spurs and two against Liverpool. I can trust neither of these sides at the prices available and so will leave this well alone.