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Blues are down at the Terriers for a midweek Premier League clash

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Live Blog

Fulltime - Everton have clung on to all three points in what will be a big boost for Marco Silva and all the Blues.
Trouble lies ahead though with Baines injured and Digne suspended for Saturday’s visit of the free-scoring Wolves.
Also don’t forget to go grade the players and manager, and read the instant reaction here.

Premier League

90+4’ - DCL gets a yellow card for not allowing a late freekick to be taken. Lossl takes, ref calls for a foul in the Everton box, against the hosts, phew. Blues hold on for the win.

90’ - Davies shows great strength in the middle, holds the ball killing critical seconds and then wins a foul too in the opposite half.
It’ll be four minutes of time added on.

85’ - Tempers are flaring here at the John Smith Stadium. Silva’s last sub is Dominic Calvert-Lewin, on for the exhausted Richarlison.

79’ - Kachunga skins Kenny, crosses it in and Mounie’s header is spot on in the lower corner.. and Pickford with a magical save!! One-handed, parries it out for a corner, Whew.

76’ - Huddersfield are understandably bossing it now, Mounie gets his head to a good cross into the box but it’s wide. Pickford livid at the defending.

71’ - Jonjoe Kenny is the sub Marco Silva decides to make, taking off Cenk Tosun who is unfortunate to be yanked. Coleman stays at right back now and Kenny on the left.
Everton are in a 4-4-1 formation, Bernard on the right wing and Sigurdsson out left.

67’ - DRAMA! Kachunga breaks the offside trap and is through on goal, hauled down by Digne and he’s sent off!
Mooy with a great freekick and Pickford with an even better save! Dipping shot punched away for a corner which is cleared.

66’ - Jason Puncheon gets a yellow card for tugging Richarlison back as he looked to break.

62’ - Still as scrappy as before, with both teams trading half-chances.

57’ - Sigurdsson wins a freekick from just over 25 yards out, and Richarlison wants this one!
Terrible freekick, high wide and all that. Digne and Sigurdsson deserve to be miffed.

54’ - Baines has been clattered into once too many times, and is hobbling now. Lucas Digne is warming up and now comes on for him.
Huddersfield’s talismanic Mooy is now on for Jonathan Hogg.

49’ - Richarlison in a dangerous area out on the left makes a bad pass to an open Sigurdsson, and it allows Huddersfield to counter at pace, but it comes to nothing.
Davies has a crack at goal from outside the box but it’s straight at Lossl, nice move.

46’ - No changes from either side.

Halftime - Blues lead 1-0, have had the better chances and shown more creativity passing it around. Tosun and Davies up for it today.

Premier League

45’ - It’ll be two minutes of time added on in the first half. Blues happy to pass it around and kill the clock.

43’ - Now a very emotional Tosun gets booked. He’s been throwing himself around for most of the game, and this was coming.

40’ - Huddersfield can certainly pass the ball around well, and have a physical edge to their game as well with some big boys on the pitch. Can’t clearly say Everton are the better side but have taken their chance better.

35’ - Tosun’s nifty backheel sends Coleman through on goal with one defender in front of him, but the Irishman neither shoots nor passes and it goes well wide.
We finally have video of the goal, scroll down ⬇️

31’ - Bernard the first in the book trying to pull down Terrence Kongolo who shrugs him off. Freekick is cleared by Everton’s high defensive line.
Blues trying hard to play out the back and almost ends in a fatal backpass from Coleman to Pickford who hoofs it clear. Nervous times here.

29’ - Jordan Pickford almost got his backline in trouble there. Half-called that he was coming for a cross, but then left Michael Keane against Steve Mounie who doesn’t make solid contact.

25’ - Davies has consistently been the furthest Evertonian forward - his energy has been sorely missed in this fatigued side.

21’ - Tosun has looked hungry, and has been getting his foot into a few meaty challenges. The home crowd are quite displeased by some of his actions, and are booing him lustily. Richarlison’s been clattered a few times too and the fans are restless.

18’ - Huddersfield have been putting some pressure on the Blues half, but it’s eventually cleared away.

13’ - Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a freekick from a decent position, but cleared away by the wall.

10’ - It’s been mostly Huddersfield since the opening exchanges. The hosts are passing the ball around well, Everton not quite defensively ‘all there’ yet.

3’ - More shambles in the Huddersfield box and Richarlison slams home! 1-0! Davies making an immediate impression, being a complete nuisance in the opposing half and the Blues take advantage.

Bernard found Davies in space by the touchline, and his cutback falls to the Brazilian who fires in on goal, shot parried away by Lossl but straight back at Richarlison who scores.

1’ - The hosts get us started in their white and blue striped kit, Everton are in their smart black and pink kit.
Right away the Blues are on the attack and the Terriers are forced to clear for a corner. Taken short, and cleared away.

We will have a minute’s silence to remember Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson whose plan went missing over the Channel.

Lineups - Idrissa Gueye is not in the lineup and not on the bench either... cue the PSG rumours!

That aside.. five changes! Marco Silva really does want to shake things up. Kurt Zouma in makes sense with Yerry Mina injured. Leighton Baines is captain today as Lucas Digne is on the bench. Tom Davies should be a shot of energy in the middle while Cenk Tosun returns to the starting lineup. Bernard also comes in, but on the right side instead.

For the hosts, Isaac Mbenza, Danny Williams and Phillip Billing are all out and Aaron Mooy is on the bench, still on his injury comeback.


Everton are back in action already after their disappointing defeat at Millwall over the weekend saw the Blues crash out of the FA Cup.

Marco Silva’s seat is certainly starting to get warm and there are plenty of articles everywhere on why we should or should not get rid of him. For the manager, nothing will relieve that pressure quicker than a good performance and an away win, especially against the Premier League’s bottom club.

Will he ring in the changes to spark the side and jolt the regular starters? Or will he continue to push his regular XI to play themselves out of this slump?

Huddersfield Town meanwhile are not a rudderless ship anymore after Jan Siewert has taken over and is looking to play a different brand of attacking football from what David Wagner had settled into in the last few weeks of his tenure.

The Terriers remain rooted to the foot of the table though, ten points adrift of Newcastle in 17th place and Siewert will have his work cut out for the remainder of the season in trying to save his side.

Match Details

Date and start time: Tuesday, January 29th at 11:45 a.m. PT / 2:45 p.m ET / 7:45 p.m. BST

Stadium: The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom

Capacity: 24,121

Weather: 36°F/2°C, chance of snow showers, 30% chance of precipitation, 14 kmph winds

How to Watch/Listen

TV: N/A - United States; N/A - United Kingdom, TSN 3 - Canada, SL2G, beIN Sports HD 7,

Radio: Everton Match Centre, TalkSport Radio World

Live stream: NBC Sports Gold, fuboTV, TSN GO, beIN Sports Connect, Flow Sports App, Optus Sport

Gamethread: Liveblog will be updated above from one hour before kickoff

Information from LiveSoccerTV.com

Lineups

Everton

Starting XI: Pickford, Coleman, Zouma, Keane, Baines, Gomes, Davies, Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Tosun

Subs: Stekelenburg, Walcott, Digne, McCarthy, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Kenny

Huddersfield Town

Starting XI: Lossl, Kongolo, Hogg, Bacuna, Kachunga, Diakhaby, Mounie, Zanka, Schindler, Hadergjonaj, Puncheon

Subs: Hamer, Smith, Mooy, Lowe, Depoitre, Pritchard, Durm

Last Meeting

Everton struggled to a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield at Goodison Park earlier in the season, going ahead through Dominic Calvert-Lewin before conceding from a corner (of course!) late in the game. The Blues were quite wasteful in that game and the home form woes hadn’t quite started that the time yet.

The last time the Toffees went to Huddersfield was right at the end of the 2017-18 season, goals from Cenk Tosun and Idrissa Gueye leading to a 2-0 win.

Speaking of Gueye, will today be his last game in the royal blue? It appears Paris St. Germain’s chase for him will go right down to the wire.