The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are far from confident ahead of their Premier League clash against Manchester City at Goodison Park tomorrow, despite the fact their history suggests a positive result is likely to be on the cards.
Sam Allardyce welcomes Pep Guardiola’s champions-elect to Goodison tomorrow afternoon for the club’s first fixture since they finally ended their hoodoo on the road with a 2-1 victory over Stoke City prior to the international break – a result which took Everton to the magic 40-point mark and all but secured their place in the Premier League next season.
The Toffees face a much sterner test tomorrow against an outfit who will be looking to take a step closer to securing the Premier League title this season. However, one man in Everton blue will be particularly eager to halt City’s progress this season due to his rich history playing for their local-rival Manchester United, namely Wayne Rooney of course.
Rooney (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) will be aware that City could wrap up the title against United in the Manchester derby in April, and that prospect is bound to deeply concern him. With that to consider, Allardyce simply has to start Rooney against his old rivals tomorrow, as his personal desire to prevent City from consolidating their position at the summit of the table should enable him to produce a performance of the highest quality.
That crucial factor is one which should be at the forefront of Allardyce’s mind when he chooses his starting eleven, and the fact that Rooney simply loves scoring against City should also swing his decision. Rooney has netted 12 goals in 26 appearances against the club since he left Everton for Manchester United back in 2004, including the opener at The Etihad in the reverse fixture back in August 2017.
Essentially the game represents something of a dead-rubber as both sides have completed their objectives for the season, but Everton must build on their progress in recent weeks and aim to finish in 7th place and give themselves every chance of qualifying for The Europa League again. Everton will undoubtedly be in for a tough ride against one of the best side’s in world football tomorrow afternoon, but Allardyce must give his side every chance of claiming a positive result by including Rooney from the outset.
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