CLUB COLOURS: Blue
STADIUM: Goodison Park
PREMIER LEAGUE POSITION 2012/13: 6th
LAST FIVE LEAGUE RESULTS: Norwich City (a) drew 2-2, West Brom (h) drew 0-0, Cardiff City (a) drew 0-0, Chelsea (h) won 1-0, West Ham United (a) won 3-2
THE GAFFER: Roberto Martinez is a popular figure amongst most of the footballing world, and the Spaniard has started his reign at Goodison Park rather brightly. Undefeated in the League (two wins and three draws), having led Wigan to FA Cup success last season and renowned for making his teams play attractive football, there are few managers on English soil who are enjoying the success that Martinez can currently boast.
THE TACTICS: Short, passing football is the order of the day with this current Everton side. Gareth Barry will attempt to dictate the play and control the tempo from the middle of the pitch, and Steven Pienaar and Leighton Baines will try to whip in lots of crosses and make the most of their link up play down the left hand side. Possession football and playing out right from the back is what to expect from The Toffees in tonight’s match – but with the deadline day signing of Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, there is the option of pumping in long balls to the powerful striker, should they find themselves needing a goal late on.
LEIGHTON BAINES (pictured): It’s not very often that a left-back can be considered a team’s star player, but Baines comfortably bucks that trend. Manchester United reportedly tried and failed to sign him in the summer, but the grounded Liverpudlian opted to stay and has had a great season so far. At the weekend he joined the esteemed group of players who have scored two free-kicks in one game in the 3-2 win over West Ham, and many feel he should be England’s first choice left-back over Ashley Cole.
ROMELU LUKAKU: A deadline day loan signing from Chelsea, few would believe at first glance that this Belgian man mountain of a striker is only 20 years old. But not only does his size defy his age, so does his footballing brain. The powerful striker offers Everton an outlet at the business end of the pitch and will never stop hassling defenders. And then there’s his ability in front of goal: whilst on loan at West Brom last season he bagged an incredible 17 goals in 35 games.
ROSS BARKLEY: A product of the Everton academy and recently earned his first England cap in a World Cup qualifier against Moldova last month; he is one of the most exciting prospects in English football right now. Only 19, it is this season which looks to be the one where Barkley introduces himself on the main stage. Scored a 25-yard screamer on the opening day of this season in the 2-2 draw against Norwich, he was also named man of the match, and was involved in all three of Everton’s goals against West Ham at the weekend.
55 - Premier League goals scored last season
9 - League titles (last in 1987)
60 - Consecutive top-flight seasons (1954-present)
349 - Number of league goals scored by Dixie Dean (1925-1937)
5 - Times FA Cup winners (last in 1995)
39,571 - Capacity of Goodison Park