Everton don't have a plethora of injuries. We don't have a transfer drama that left our defense in disarray. There are no gaping holes in the squad. There is no lack of talent. There are no excuses for falling behind early, this season.
The Toffees play Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow at Goodison Park. Not getting points during winnable games have been a problem for Everton. A home match against Wolverhampton should definitely translate to three points. Don't get me wrong, Wolverhampton are a good squad, but Champions League caliber teams (our goal) should be able to beat them at home.
Wolverhampton defeated Stoke City 2-1 at Molineux Stadium for a surprising three points. Steven Fletcher who scored in their last match is doubtful with a bruised foot. Jelle Van Damme, Steven Mouyokolo, and Dave Edwards are also all injured. Last year's top scorer Kevin Doyle should be coming back from a calf injury. Hopefully, Everton will be able to contain him. For Everton, Phil Neville may not play due to a sore foot. Victor Anichebe is out.
I would prefer Moyes to start Bilyaletdinov over Osman. Osman seemed ineffective and would probably be better suited to come off the bench for now.
Another story that's not getting played out enough in the news is the US vs. US goalkeeper match up (not really that interesting, but it's all I got). Marcus Hahnemann is Wolverhampton's goalkeeper and will try to out duel the national team starter, Tim Howard. It will be interesting to see who will come out on top. If Howard stops his silly mistakes and gets his head on straight, we should get at least a point.
Join us for the Live Gamethread here at Royal Blue Mersey tomorrow!
Everton Possible Starting XI: Howard, Baines, Distin, Jagielka, Neville, Bilyaletdinov, Fellaini, Arteta, Pienaar, Cahill, Saha
Wolverhampton Possible Starting XI: Hahnemann, Foley, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Jarvis, Henry, Jones, Milijas, Ebanks-Blake, Doyle
Date: August 21, 2010
Time: 3PM local ; 10AM ET
Location: Goodison Park
TV Channels: BBC 1 MoTD (UK) and FSC (US)