Inside Goodison Park

Friday 28 September 2018 10:00

Everton season ticket holder Jez Clein assesses the season so far, and how he expects Saturday's encounter with Fulham to play out.

What’s your assessment of Everton’s season six games in?

A work in progress. Last year was a major disappointment, and although we haven't been as good as we would have hoped so far, the Everton fans are actually looking forward to going to Goodison again. We've carried a lot of injuries and therefore Marco Silva hasn't been able to pick his own team yet. I firmly believe that the sending off of Richarlison at Bournemouth cost us seven points.

Who has been your standout performer?

Richarlison. It was a massive blow losing him for two league games as he currently looks on a different level to his teammates.

Where do the fans think Everton should be finishing?  

Despite the barren years, Everton are still a massive club with a massive following wherever they go, so we should be able to compete for a top-four place. This year we would expect to finish seventh or eighth, while a cup run would be nice!

What have you made of Fulham so far?

They've had a couple of tough away games but other than that they have been as competitive as I would have expected them to be. They would have been disappointed with the opening day defeat to Palace, but I think they had a good transfer window and will improve as the season goes on.

Which of our players do you think could cause you problems? 

Aleksandar Mitrović will cause us problems, especially from set-pieces as Silva operates zonal marking which the players don’t yet seem completely comfortable with.

How do you see Saturday going?

I think it will be an open game. I'd like to see Yerry Mina, if he’s fit, and Bernard starting for Everton. The betting man in me would suggest both teams to score with hopefully Everton edging a thriller.

Can you recommend somewhere for away fans to get a pre-match pint? 

There are plenty of pubs along County Road which is adjacent to the main stand where away fans are always welcome.

What’s the best and worst thing about a trip to Goodison?

It’s an old, traditional ground but with that comes the dreaded obstructed views that Everton fans are used to, but probably not so welcome to an away fan making their first journey to Goodison.

What score prediction are you going for?

As I said earlier, I’m expecting goals so I'm going for 3-2 Everton as both sides like to play open football. We can score goals but haven't yet kept a clean sheet.

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