Everton’s stuttering form needs a kick start

Everton have continued their stuttering start to the current campaign. Following the opening 13 matches, they are sitting down in 16th and are already 12 points outside of the top four.

This gives a clear indication of the poor form that Everton have been in for the opening period of the season, as pre-season they had been supported at as potential outsiders for a top four finish. This has failed to materialise, so the main aim will now be to improve and push back into the top half of the table.

Everton have picked up 14 points from a possible 39, winning four, drawing two and losing seven. This is a very disappointing return from a squad as good as Everton’s, as the other side of Merseyside continue to flourish. 

Following Brighton taking the three points in the last kick of the game in the 3-2 defeat, Everton did find some sort of winning form. This started with a league cup round of 16 victory over Watford. The game finished 2-0 at Goodison Park, in a very one-sided affair. Holgate and Richarlison netted the goals, as they also held Watford to just one shot on target over the 90 minutes.

Everton then rescued a late point at Goodison against Tottenham, with the match finishing 1-1. It was a fairly even game, marred by the injury of Gomes, with a draw being the fair result. Spurs have also been in poor form this season, which has now led to manager Mauricio Pochettino being sacked and Jose Mourinho taking over at the club. Spurs are just one position above Everton in the table, so it will be interesting to see the impact Mourinho can have on the side.

Everton then followed this draw with an impressive victory away at Southampton. The game finished 2-1, but it was a very one-sided match, with the score not doing the performance justice. Tom Davies put Everton ahead after just four minutes, before Ings drew the home side level early in the second half. However, Richarlison then netted the winner in the 75th for a deserved three points. Everton produced 24 shots in the game, so will feel they really should have added to the two goals scored.

Everton then disappointingly followed this up with a 2-0 home defeat against Norwich, in what was a close affair. They now enter a very difficult run of fixtures against Leicester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and then Arsenal. They will also play Leicester City in the quarter-finals of the league up in this period. This is a daunting run of fixtures and will most likely define the clubs season, so they will need to be taking points from a number of these matches.

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