Howard/Donovan: Everton - Chelsea / 02.10.10 / 3pm ET

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad Gameday' started by Crimen y Castigo, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. Crimen y Castigo

    May 18, 2004
    OakTown
    Club:
    Los Angeles
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Starting this thread to see if there's any TV, which I doubt.

    But let's just say Chelsea are playing quite well at the moment, while the Toffies need to get offie their collective arse after that last performance.

    Fellaini's status is listed from "major doubt" to "unknown" which bodes from ill to fatal for Everton. The most hopeful thing I can say at this point is that the match is at Goodison Park.

    Yet while I think Ashley Cole is quite a good player, and a very fast player, I also happen to think he's a major tool. So, let's see LD finally have one of "those" matches for his adopted club and really make things happen. Here's to the upset.
     
  2. paks

    paks Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Eugene, Or
    It is on Setanta. Not sure what time but it is not live. Set my dvr yesterday. :)
     
  3. SoccerKowboy

    SoccerKowboy BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 13, 2007
    Virginia, USA
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think even many Chelsea fans secretly loathe Cole. That being said, can anyone name five better leftbacks on the planet right now?
     
  4. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    I haven't really paid any attention to non-premiership football this year, so I'll just stick that for now...

    Patrice Evra
    Patrice Evra clone #1
    Patrice Evra clone #2
    Patrice Evra clone #3
    Patrice Evra clone #4

    Oh and I still think Leighton Baines could give him a run - same with Clichy. Gareth Bale also has his moments.
     
  5. Kazuma

    Kazuma Member+

    Chelsea
    Jul 30, 2007
    Detroit
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    This is really funny.
     
  6. Kazuma

    Kazuma Member+

    Chelsea
    Jul 30, 2007
    Detroit
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Setanta Sports at 5 PM on a replay. Only TV there is for the US for this one.
     
  7. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    Funny as in I'm clever, or funny as in I'm a dumbass? Or possibly both. Can one be a clever dumbass?
     
  8. Kazuma

    Kazuma Member+

    Chelsea
    Jul 30, 2007
    Detroit
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    I was going to be sarcastic but the last part made me chuckle.

    Find me a fullback other than Ashley Cole that would make Fergie switch Ronaldo to the opposite side in a CL final.

    Clichy is a pace merchant playing in defense and looked awful especially against United, Evra while good hasn't had the same form he was having in 07/08, Bale is meh, Baines is above average but like Bridge will be behind Ashley Cole until he retires.

    Only one worth mentioning would be Chivu but he's made of glass.
     
  9. schrutebuck

    schrutebuck Member+

    Jul 26, 2007
    There's no consensus on the lineup most Evertonians are expecting from Moyes, but many are predicting a conservative lineup like this.

    --------------Howard--------------

    Neville---Senderos---Distin---Baines

    Donovan---Osman---Heitinga---Bily

    ----------Cahill---Yakubu----------

    Another popular choice is to keep Senderos on the bench, Heitinga at centerback, shift Neville to central midfield and play Coleman at rightback. That would have interesting implications for Donovan.
     
  10. Crimen y Castigo

    May 18, 2004
    OakTown
    Club:
    Los Angeles
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In the name of all things decent and good, please, No.
     
  11. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    Ronaldo was playing forward/attacking mid in the Champion's League final against Chelsea - as he had been doing for much of that season.

    That said I fully admit to being biased for Utd and Evra, so perhaps you're right. However, if put at gunpoint, I'd take Evra before Cole.
     
  12. jcsd

    jcsd Member+

    Jan 27, 2006
    I would've thoguht Heitinga would play.

    It's a tough came for Everton, if it was at Stamford Bridge I wouldn't have given them much of a chance with the way Chelsea are playing right now. As it stands they're still very much the underdogs despite their improved form.
     
  13. mikeivan

    mikeivan Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yep, set to record. I must stay away from BS tomorrow so I can pretend its live. Chance to watch Landon and Tim against the very best in the EPL.
     
  14. TheJester525

    TheJester525 Member

    Nov 28, 2008
    Bay Area
    Patrice Evra and Phillippe Lahm are on his level imo.

    One level down you get Clichy, Abidal, Zhirkov, Capdevila, and the like
     
  15. Bisonr

    Bisonr Member

    Jan 20, 2008
    Napoli, Italia
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Best LB in the World IMO
     
  16. obewan

    obewan New Member

    Jul 24, 2005
    NC
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Ferguson played a 4-3-3 against Chelsea in the CL finals...Ronaldo often switched sides to try to expose the other teams weakness.
     
  17. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    It's difficult to plug that team into a system formation of any kind. You had roles more than position from the midfield going forward. While Vidic, Rio, Gary Neville, and Evra definitely has positions along the back line - it was all mixed up afterwards. You had Carrick and Scholes being the passing/holding mids centrally, Owen Hargraeves was your wing for that match (I think, and I think on the right), Tevez was your stay at home finisher in the box - a classic #9 position, while Rooney and Ronaldo basically did whatever the hell they wanted. You could call that a 4-4-2. a 4-3-1, or a 4-5-1. Those were the roles though. Two central midfielders, two free wheeling attacking midfielders, a finisher in the box, and a single winger on whatever side you wanted, but not both.

    Sorry for taking this off topic, but I guess we're just killing time till the match starts.

    To make up for it, here's a random interview from Everton's website with a pair of Radio 1 announcers, regarding the upcoming match.

    http://www.evertonfc.com/news/archive/41209/battle-of-the-blues.html
     
  18. ussoccerFan12358

    Mar 11, 2006
    Central NY
    Or get away from a strength
     
  19. Arteta's Girl

    Arteta's Girl Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Liverpool, UK
    Club:
    Everton FC
    To be fair to him, he's ok in midfield.
     
  20. StarvingGator

    StarvingGator Member

    Jun 22, 2007
    The Hospital Bar
    Keeping Senderos on the bench...

    [​IMG]
     
  21. iCEMANGSCCC

    iCEMANGSCCC Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    Winston-Salem
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    in the name of everything holy, please keep clichy out of any discussions like this. he's been bad to horrible for the past 2 seasons, and downright disgusting the past 3-4 games for them.
     
  22. Kazuma

    Kazuma Member+

    Chelsea
    Jul 30, 2007
    Detroit
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    From a Chelsea perspective I would love it if Senderos started. He is Drogba's bitch and then some.
     
  23. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    Lots pf people are Drogba's bitch. He's a world class striker.
     
  24. SoccerKowboy

    SoccerKowboy BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 13, 2007
    Virginia, USA
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Is this a serious post? Gareth Bale? Leighton Baines???
     
  25. SoccerKowboy

    SoccerKowboy BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 13, 2007
    Virginia, USA
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I agree. If I had to choose, I would take Cole over Evra, and Lahm over Cole.
     

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