Everton return from the international break on Saturday with the visit of Cardiff City to Goodison Park, and the Blues will be hoping to the run of losing just once in the last sixty years.
Gordon Lee was the last manager to taste defeat at the hands of the Welshmen, and although Saturday’s visit is not televised, viewers outside of the UK can usually find an Everton live stream to watch, and hope for victory.
In fairness to the visitors, there have been just two meetings since less than 10,000 fans watched Everton lose at Ninian Park, with Cardiff holding Everton to a draw in the first Premier League meeting between the two in 2013.
Fifty years before that saw Everton’s biggest win over Cardiff, with Alex Young being among the scorers as the Blues ran out 8-3 winners with Roy Vernon scoring a hat trick, future manager Billy Bingham, Dennis Stevens, Jimmy Gabriel and Derek Temple getting on the scoresheet too.
The omens for a high scoring game bode well, too, with Everton last scoring seven goals on the date of this fixture in a 7-1 demolition of Sunderland in 2007.
Cardiff need to look back to 1956 for their last meaningful victory over Everton, as their 1-0 win in 1979 merely reduced the aggregate scoreline to 2-1 in an early round victory in the League Cup for Everton. (Brian Kidd scored both Everton goals in the first leg, for completeness!)
The Welshmen beat Everton on December 1st in a month the Blues will want to forget, going on to lose 6-0 away at Spurs on Christmas Day.
Bizarrely, the two sides met again on Boxing Day at Goodison Park where the scores we level! We wonder if they shared the train up from Euston to Lime Street?
It is over 90 years since the visitors saw their side win at Goodison Park, however, with the scoreline again 1-0 in December 1926.
Everton’s injury concerns this century will be Gylfi Sigurdsson, who suffered an ankle injury in the draw away at Chelsea before the international break, while Brazilian forward Richarlison will likely see the fitness coaches before being tested for Saturday’s game.
Cardiff fans will unite with Evertonians in their joint dismay that Ashley Williams still earns a living from football too. Evertonians because it’s our club that pay his wage, and Cardiff fans due to the Swansea connection, and that he was caught on camera referring to City fans as “mugs” earlier this week.
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