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After our two worst away performances of the season, at St James’ Park and then Old Trafford, we now travel to Goodison, hoping to avoid making it a hat-trick of disappointment, frustration, and angst as we take on relegation-threatened Everton.

Of course, Everton aren’t really a relegation-quality team, certainly not of late. Were it not for their 10-point penalty for financial fair play violations, they would actually be one-point ahead of us in tenth. After starting the season with just one point from their first five games, Sean Dyche has turned things around. They have won three of four and collected thirteen points in their last six games, including an impressive 3-0 win over Newcastle on Thursday. (We have seven points during that same span.)

That said, we’ve yet to lose back-to-back games this season (in the league, or in all competitions), despite our well-documented litany of familiar issues. Can we maintain and cultivate at least that sprig of hope?

Date / Time: Sunday, December 10, 2023, 14.00 GMT; 9am EST; 7:30pm IST
Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
Referee: Michael Oliver (on pitch); Stuart Attwell (VAR)
Forecast: might get a break from the rainstorm

On TV: none (UK); USA, Telemundo (USA); Star Sports Select HD2 (India); SuperSport MaXimo 1, Canal+ Sport 5 (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: none (UK); NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA); Hotstar (India); SuperSport GOtv (NGA)

Nottingham Forest v Everton FC - Premier League Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Everton team news: Sean Dyche was appointed to replace Frank Lampard at the start of the calendar year, and after managing to avoid relegation on the final day of the season, he now appears to have turned a corner in terms of results as well. Unsurprisingly, Everton have one of the meanest defenses in the league — the best outside of the top-seven — but also one of the worst attacks in the league — would be the worst in the top-half of the table along with Manchester United, who just ripped us apart.

Their prospects could be further improved by the return from injury of Amadou Onana, while James Garner, who missed midweek with illness, should be fit as well. Then again, in their absence, Gana Gueye and Abdoulaye Doucouré (who leads the team in goals as well) deputized quite capably in midfield against Newcastle. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford picked up a knock in that game, but should be okay to play. Seamus Coleman, André Gomes, and Dele Alli are out.

View from the enemy: Royal Blue Mersey

Chelsea Training Session And Press Conference Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Chelsea team news: Mauricio Pochettino appears to be under greater pressure than ever before, though most of it seems to be coming from the fans and media, rather than the ownership group. But that doesn’t mean he’s in any less need of a win here, or at the very least a coherent performance. The bar certainly isn’t set too high anymore.

We missed Conor Gallagher something fierce on Wednesday; he returns from suspension while Noni Madueke has come off the injury list (though his chances were few and far between even before then). There’s a small chance that Christopher Nkunku might be ready to at least sit on the bench, but Pochettino didn’t sound too confident about that on Friday.

This is our last game before the extreme congestion of the holiday period. Pochettino blamed our lack of energy for Wednesday’s dreadful performance at Old Trafford; better find some somewhere then!

Previously: Our recent record at Goodison is surprisingly not tragic, winning this fixture 1-0 last season and drawing it 1-1 the season before. Of course, Everton haven’t been great for a while, so perhaps that’s not all that comforting.

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