Fulltime Thoughts - Everton round off an impressive performance today at Goodison Park against another top six opponent banging in four goals against Manchester United. A very happy Easter to all you Blues!
FT: #EFC 4 (1.7 xG)#MUFC 0 (0.34)— Infogol (@InfoGolApp) April 21, 2019
United receive a blow in their quest for top four after losing resoundingly to Everton. Though four slightly flattered the hosts, United were never in this one.#EVEMNU shot map https://t.co/LUt33aXhxl pic.twitter.com/53doSNN7xs
90’ - United have had a few chances as the Blues have basically battened down the hatches. We’ll have four minutes added on.
Now Walcott is fouled wide out on the right, Sigurdsson’s low freekick is cleared by Lukaku.
87’ - The visitors finally register a shot on target as Martial’s effort is saved by Pickford low to his right.
83’ - Pogba stomps on Digne and he goes down, the home fans are quite enraged. Digne hobbles off and Phil Jagielka comes on, Coleman comes over to give him the captain’s armband. Expect Zouma to go out wide now.
81’ - Coleman the latest to take a crack at goal - left-footed volley straight at De Gea who gets down smartly and saves, doesn’t let it wriggle away like he did against Messi midweek.
76’ - James McCarthy comes on now for Gueye, both get a big round of applause. The Irishman hasn’t played a competitive game for over fifteen months since his horrific legbreak.
73’ - Keane gives Lukaku the runaround in the middle of the park to a chorus of ‘Ole’s ringing out from the home support, which continues as the Blues are passing the ball around.
70’ - Martial cuts in like he did in the first leg of this game, but his shot is wide. Rashford then gets a sight of goal but hoofs it well over.
67’ - There is that Martial-Coleman duel again. The Frenchman has the ball and cuts into the box, shepherded off it by the captain and he goes down claiming a penalty. Coleman is livid, screaming at him to get up and the ref agrees with the Everton player.
63’ - Walcott on the break.. Walcott scores!! Wow! 4-0 Everton and bedlam at Goodison Park right now!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL Walcott— viagoalstv3 (@viagoalstv32) April 21, 2019
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59’ - Oooh another chance for the Blues! Another corner and Sigurdsson’s attempt almost gets in directly but De Gea kicks it off the line! Goodison Park is absolutely rocking right now!!
55’ - Quick change of feet for Sigurdsson outside the box and his shot with his left foot goes out for a corner. He takes it himself, and it’s cleared.. but here’s Digne outside the box and WHAT A SHOT! 3-0 Everton!
Goal Lucas Digne ! 3/0 #EVEMUN pic.twitter.com/PqPoDUBUbe— Point Fooballistique ⭐️⭐️ (@ParisienxZaarox) April 21, 2019
Lucas Digne gives @Everton a 3-0 lead! pic.twitter.com/zTxio2ZY2W— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) April 21, 2019
53’ - Bernard embarrasses Young with a turn and run, but Digne’s cross is somehow threaded between three Everton players in the box.
Martial and Coleman appear to get into some sort of a spat, keep an eye out for that one.
49’ - United now controlling the ball as the Blues are feeling out the visitors’ changes at the break.
Richarlison is down again with his rib issue, and Theo Walcott is warming up. That should be it for the Brazilian today. Fans will be disappointed it’s not Ademola Lookman coming on as the goalscorer leaves the game to warm applause.
46’ - Everton unchanged, two for the Red Devils - Ashley Young replaces Phil Jones who was injured, assuming Lindelof goes into the middle. Scott McTominay replaces the woeful Fred in the other change.
Halftime Thoughts - Everton have looked more like the side that took on Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal at home than whoever that team away at Fulham last week was. The early goal certainly helped and the fans have been up for it despite the early kickoff.
HT: #EFC 2 (1.22 xG)#MUFC 0 (0.12)— Infogol (@InfoGolApp) April 21, 2019
Everton deservedly lead and dominated that half. United have lacked ideas and are yet to have a significant effort.#EVEMNU shot map https://t.co/LUt33aXhxl pic.twitter.com/7X0ykF753R
45’ - We’ll have two minutes added on before the break. Richarlison has been clutching his ribs for a few minutes, and he’s down now. Up again, walks away gingerly. Ref adds on another minute before blowing for halftime.
43’ - Everton stroking the ball around happily now, and this time Richarlison is caught by Dalot just outside the box on the right. Sigurdsson’s low freekick is cleared easily.
41’ - Richarlison creates a chance for himself on the right from a giveaway but his shot is straight at the goalie.
Everton happy to sit back and defend, and bite the visitors on the counter.. and on that note Gueye almost finds Richarlison streaking away again.
38’ - Paul Pogba wins a cheap freekick off Schneiderlin just outside the box, and Everton clear it away.
35’ - Everton are continuing to hold firm in the back and looking a real threat every time they attack at pace.
28’ - The visitors win their first corner on the Blues right, cleared away and the Blues are on the break.. and Sigurdsson scores!! What a counter!!
Matic gives Sigurdsson too much room and he cuts into the left channel, swivels and fires into De Gea’s near side catching him off guard.
Get in Sigurdsson! @Everton with a 2-0 advantage. pic.twitter.com/WQB82tzj4R— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) April 21, 2019
25’ - United have worked themselves back into the game after that goal and spell from the Blues.
23’ - Idrissa Gueye is the first into the book, clatters Fred in the middle a bit late.
Rashford goes for goal from about 30 yards out but it’s well over.
20’ - Everton lead early at a warm and sunny Goodison Park with the crowd loud and quite into it. Can the Blues keep up the pressure?
Martial tries to dink one over Jordan Pickford but it’s over, and then Richarlison shoots from distance with his left but it’s well-wide.
17’ - Another corner on the left, won by Digne. He takes, it bounces off DCL and then cleared away. Blues creating plenty of issues in the box, and now Digne wins the sixth corner of the game! Deeper corner is cleared away.
15’ - Everton keep up the pressure, winning another corner on the right and then another long throw from the left with Digne attempting to reprise his previous attempt but it goes out off Kurt Zouma.
13’ - Blues lead!! Deep throw from Lucas Digne is headed on by DCL and Richarlison with a spectacular volley, almost an overhead kick, scores!! DDG was rooted to the spot, and what a finish!
GOAL @Everton! An acrobatic finish from Richarlison! pic.twitter.com/B190MyW0ke— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) April 21, 2019
10’ - Gylfi Sigurdsson draws a foul off Fred with a neat little dink. The Icelander looks up for it today. Nemanja Matic deflects that for a corner on the left now.
Digne’s cross cleared, but swung back into the box and Richarlison gets off a snapshot that De Gea parries away, rebound falls to the Brazilian and he hits it wide. First quality chance that.
8’ - United are focusing on the long ball up, either trying to find Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in space, or else Romelu Lukaku to hold up the ball.
3’ - Early corner down the right for the Blues, no solid contact and David De Gea collects. Dominic Calvert-Lewin pressure then wins another, cleared away.
1’ - And we’re off, Everton in their customary blue-white-white and the visitors in their pink away kit.
Starting Lineups - Michael Keane returns while Morgan Schneiderlin is back with André Gomes suspended. No rest for most of United's stars after their mid-week exertions.
| Team news is in at Goodison Park!— Everton (@Everton) April 21, 2019
COYB! #EFCMatchday pic.twitter.com/z0cNsDEBfr
Everton continued their Jekyll-and-Hyde season last weekend failing to show up against an already-relegated Fulham and falling to a 2-0 defeat in London. This weekend they play host to Manchester United side who are in a bit of a slump of their own after getting dumped out of the Champions League last week.
The Blues have been in decent form recently, especially at home where they have claimed two straight top six scalps beating Chelsea and Arsenal. The supporters have been in fine voice at Goodison Park and this has played a big part in the side implementing a high press that has overwhelmed visiting sides.
With Watford FC, Wolverhampton and Leicester City all picking up points this weekend, the Blues find themselves in a must-win situation here if they are still looking to have a shot at a possible Europa League spot through finishing seventh.
Date and start time: Sunday, April 21st at 5:30 a.m. PT / 8:30 a.m ET / 1:30 p.m. BST
Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Weather: 64°F/18°C, sunny, 1% chance of precipitation, 11 kmph winds
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Information from LiveSoccerTV.com
Starting XI: Pickford; Digne, Zouma, Keane, Coleman; Gueye, Schneiderlin; Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin
Subs: , Stekelenburg; Jagielka, Walcott, Tosun, Lookman, McCarthy, Davies
Starting XI: De Gea; Lindelof, Smalling, Jones, Dalot; Matic, Fred, Pogba; Martial, Lukaku, Rashford
Subs: Romero, Young, Andreas, Lingard, Mata, McTominay, Alexis
Everton took the fight to Manchester United in the Old Trafford leg of this matchup, but it took a dodgy penalty for the hosts to go ahead, and as the Blues pushed for the equalizer a worldie from Anthony Martial put the game beyond their reach, despite Gylfi Sigurdsson pulling one back from the penalty spot after Richarlison was hauled down late.
The Blues last beat the Red Devils in the 2014-15 season when David Moyes was in charge at United, winning comfortably 3-0 at home as the vultures circled for the Scotsman’s job.