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Everton FC podcasts from the Liverpool ECHO, including our main Royal Blue show with Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice, Adam Jones, Sam Carroll, Chris Beesley, Paul Wheelock and Gavin Buckland, the Alan Myers Everton Podcast, and View from the Gwladys Street with Ian Croll.
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The View from the Gwladys Street podcast returns this week and so too did Everton’s winning form after a 3-2 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Host Ian Croll is joined by Connor Bennett and Ben Crawford for this week’s show. It’s a jam packed agenda as the lads look back at the Fulham victory, preview the up and coming Leeds game as well as touch upon individual performances of Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Rodriguez, Doucoure and Iwobi. There is lots to talk about as ever with additional discussion on Robin Olsen’s Pickford ‘mind games’ and the latest opinion on Everton’s potential business in the January transfer window.
Everton finally got back to winning ways on Sunday....just about. A Dominic Calvert-Lewin double and an Abdoulaye Doucoure header were enough to secure a 3-2 win over Fulham after what was an extremely nervy second half. There were a good number of positives to take from the match but still clear room for improvement, making for some interesting conversation. Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Gav Buckland and Connor O'Neill to discuss Everton's formation change, defensive issues, Richarlison's return and Dominic Calvert-Lewin's incredible scoring run. Lots for the lads to talk about as ever!
Finally we're ready to welcome Everton back this weekend! The final international break of 2020 is done with and the focus can be back on club football right up until March. For Carlo Ancelotti's side, that means a trip to face Fulham at Craven Cottage this weekend, with Richarlison back involved and some positive injury news elsewhere. Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones and Gav Buckland to discuss whether Everton can back to winning ways and if the potential of a five-substitute rule could benefit the Blues at all. And, of course, there's more chat about Isco after the manager's latest comments...
Everton news is right at the top of the agenda for our podcast panel even during the doldrums of another international break! Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Connor O'Neill and Gav Buckland to discuss all the latest updates around Goodison Park during what has already been an interesting week. The panel are on hand to answer fan-submitted questions on the need for the international break after a particular Everton injury, formation concerns for Carlo Ancelotti and who the club's main penalty taker should now be. It's an interesting listen as ever! Enjoy.
No win in four. Defeats in the last three. Nine goals conceded in four games. Key players injured or suspended. From first to seventh in less than a month. It’s been quite a painful few weeks. Host Ian Croll is joined by Mark Crotty and Neil Leahey for this week’s View from the Glwadys Street fan podcast to pick through the wreckage of the last four games. The Manchester United defeat is high on the agenda but the talk turns to more than that and how the Blues have ended up in this mini slump. Decisions from Ancelotti have come into question. With key players missing he’s unfortunately had to work with what he’s got, but could he have done more? The balance of the squad comes into question as the lads discuss and debate which formation currently suits the players Ancelotti has at his disposal. As with every fan podcast, the lads finish off with a positive despite what has been a torrid few weeks.
Everton unfortunately fell to their third straight defeat on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 loss to Manchester United. A Bruno Fernandes double and a late Edinson Cavani strike gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side all three points against a lacklustre Blues, who had initially taken the lead through Bernard. Carlo Ancelotti had key players back for the game, so what went wrong? Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Gav Buckland and Connor O'Neill to discuss defensive issues, a potential midfield dilemma, fitness concerns and another example of the treatment of Jordan Pickford. Enjoy.
James Rodriguez, Seamus Coleman, Lucas Digne and Mason Holgate... Everton will be boosted by the return of four key players for tomorrow's visit of Manchester United to Goodison Park. But with Carlo Ancelotti admitting at his pre-match press conference that Rodriguez is not fully fit, the Royal Blue podcast wonder whether that underlines just how important the Colombian has already become to Everton? And if he has, do the Blues need more players of Rodriguez's calibre? That leads host Phil Kirkbride and regular guests Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland to discussing the merits of a move for another Real Madrid midfielder, Isco. Talk then turns to United and their under-pressure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the podcast ends with a discussion about Ancelotti's decision to recall Jordan Pickford, plus the usual predicitions. Enjoy.
The Analysing Everton podcast is back to dissect the disappointing defeat at Newcastle United and ask whether it answered the question that, beyond Carlo Ancelotti’s exciting first-choice starting XI, has he got the strength in depth needed for a push for the top six? One player who Evertonians would have expected to be a regular in Ancelotti’s starting line-up is Andre Gomes. But the Portuguese’s struggles continued at St James’ Park leading our hosts David Hughes and Josh Williams to examine just exactly what he brings to the team and what his best role is. But while Gomes and his team-mates did not do themselves justice for the second match running, did Ancelotti make a rare misstep with his selection and formation? David and Josh talk that then focus on the performance of debutant goalkeeper Robin Olsen, before turning their attention to Saturday’s visit to Goodison Park of Manchester United, whose performance numbers should give the Blues encouragement that they can return to winning ways.
Everton lost back to back Premier League matches for the first time under Carlo Ancelotti after being beated 2-1 by Newcastle on Sunday. The Blues were looking for a quick bounce back after their loss to Southampton however it wasn’t to be as a second half double from Callum Wilson was enough to secure the win for Steve Bruce’s side. Joining host Ian Croll to talk through the monstrosity that was Sunday afternoon is Rob Astell, John Howard and Matthew Barry. The lads discuss the Pickford omission, the Andre Gomes problem and try to figure out how Carlo Ancelotti got it so wrong against the Magpies. Despite defeat the lads look at the positives with key personnel yet to return and a big game against Manchester United up next to get the ball rolling again.
Everton suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time under Carlo Ancelotti with a 2-1 loss at Newcastle United on Sunday. A much-changed Blues line-up caught the eye of many before the match, but couldn't produce the necessary performance on the pitch. A double from Callum Wilson was enough to cancel out Dominic Calvert-Lewin's late strike, with Ancelotti's side struggling to create throughout. That left a lot for our panel to discuss. Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Gav Buckland and Chris Beesley to talk over Everton's formation change, how Robin Olsen's debut affects Jordan Pickford and the defensive frailties on display for the Blues. Enjoy.
Following on from the launch of his book: A Grand Old Team To Report, Dave Prentice sits down with Phil Kirkbride and Adam Jones for a special offering from the Royal Blue podcast. The guys look through some of the highlights of the book, including the controversial sale of star striker Duncan Ferguson to Newcastle United under the nose of Walter Smith, plus Prenno's rapport with David Moyes and a number of other high profile characters during his time reporting on the Blues. The guys talk through Prenno's career covering Everton, the access to players and being involved in pre-season tours - as well as a couple of tales having gone out socialising with the players during the 90s.For 40% off and to get your copy of A Grand Old Team To Report, head to the Reach Sport bookshop by following this link: https://reachsportshop.com/book/a-grand-old-team-to-report-45-years-following-everton-football-club/
Ahead of Everton's visit to Newcastle United we talk team news, formations and fringe players looking to impress for Carlo Ancelotti. Prior to Sunday's game, Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice and Adam Jones to react to Carlo Ancelotti's press conference, preview the game with the Magpies and discuss Everton Women's FA Cup Final with Manchester City, which also takes place on Sunday. With James Rodriguez ruled out of contention for Sunday's visit to St. James' Park, the panel look at what options are open to Ancelotti, including a change of formation which may suit Niels Nkounkou with the Frenchman set to start in place of Lucas Digne. Plus, with the Women's Cup final set to take place on Sunday, the guys also look at Alisher Usmanov's latest sponsorship involvement. Enjoy.
After the Blues suffered their first defeat of the season, Analysing Everton is back to look over the result against Southampton, why things went as they did before getting onto the weekend's visit to Newcastle United. Join David Hughes and Josh Williams as they look into Carlo Ancelotti's Alex Iwobi 'test', why he may be better suited elsewhere in the Everton system and how much Richarlison was missed. Moving on, Dave explores the underlying numbers after the first six games of the new season to get a grasp of where the Blues' season is heading. Plus the guys preview the weekend's game with Newcastle and look into why they over-perform their xG and why Everton must be wary. Enjoy.
In this week’s View from the Gwladys Street podcast, Ian Croll is joined by Tom Clarke from the Toffee Blues and Graham Callaghan. The Toffees' unbeaten start to the season came to a crushing end at the hands of Southampton with a 2-0 defeat. Disappointing to say the least but we must remember Carlo Ancelotti’s men sit top of the table after a strong start to the campaign. Everton not only had to contend with defeat but yet another straight red card was handed out to Lucas Digne – a decision which caused plenty of debate. James Rodriguez, who didn’t have his best game for the Blues, was seen clutching his hamstring as well. Certainly not how Everton wanted to spend their Sunday afternoon down South, but with Newcastle up next, the players must now regain their focus.
Unfortunately, Everton were dealt their first defeat of the season this weekend. Southampton came away with a 2-0 win from the Blues' latest match, with things compounded in the second half by Lucas Digne's controversial red card. But, our Royal Blue podcast panel weren't about to let one bad day at the office get them down about Everton's beginning to the season. Adam Jones was joined by Sam Carroll, Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland to discuss the defeat to Southampton, Carlo Ancelotti's problems in replacing both Richarlison and Seamus Coleman, and why Digne shouldn't have been sent off. And, the lads end on a positive, upbeat note - which is worth sticking around for! Enjoy.
David Hughes and Josh Williams return for the latest instalment of their Analysing Everton tactics podcast – and they start by taking a deep dive into the 2-2 Merseyside derby draw with Liverpool at Goodison Park last weekend. Steering clear of the controversy surrounding you know what, our hosts analyse the performances in particular of Jordan Pickford, James Rodriguez and Andre Gomes, while paying aCristiano Ronaldo-sized compliment to the on-fire Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Talk then turns to Sunday’s trip to Southampton where Everton will be without Seamus Coleman, Richarlison and possibly Rodriguez, too, although the latter’s chances of playing have improved since this podcast was recorded on Friday morning. Shorn of at least two of his key men, should Carlo Ancelotti stick with the formation that has taken the Blues to the top of the Premier League or should he mix it up? And who will come in for Richarlison and – hopefully not – Rodriguez? That’s all discussed in an Everton must-listen.
Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland for the Friday edition of the Royal Blue podcast and they start by discussing the big news from Carlo Ancelotti’s press conference that James Rodriguez could actually be fit for Sunday’s trip to Southampton after all. Earlier in the week Everton boss Ancelotti had cast doubt on the Colombian’s chances of featuring at St Mary’s. So in retrospect was it all a clever ploy from the wily Italian to take some of the spotlight away from Jordan Pickford? The Blues goalkeeper has come in for all sorts of criticism following his challenge on Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby. But has the reaction, both on social media and in the mainstream media, gone way over the top? The panel discuss that as well as Ancelotti’s decision to keep faith with his under-fire number one for the clash with Southampton. There’s also talk and condemnation of plans for a European Premier League and praise for the incredible work Manchester Untied striker Marcus Rashford is doing to ensure children have access to free school meals over half-term. Plus there’s a quick plug for Prenno’s brilliant new Everton book, which you can order by clicking on the link below, and which we’ll soon be focusing on in a special podcast. Have a good weekend, Blues! https://reachsportshop.com/book/a-grand-old-team-to-report-45-years-following-everton-football-club/
So... another eventual Merseyside derby, then. But before getting stuck into the subject that has dominated the agenda in the 48 hours since the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, Adam Jones, Dave Prentice, Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland kick off the latest Royal Blue podcast by actually discussing Everton's performance. Talk then, inevitably, turns to Jordan Pickford's challenge on Virgil van Dijk, and the reaction to it in the traditional media and on social media. The other flashpoints of the game are also examined, including Richarlison's sending-off, while there is praise for debutant Ben Godfrey, and particularly for Lucas Digne, whose pinpoint cross was headed in by the on-fire Dominic Calvert-Lewin to ensure the Blues of the point that kept them top of the Premier League table. Enjoy.
It’s a special joint edition of the Liverpool ECHO’s Analysing Everton and Analysing Anfield podcasts as we preview Saturday’s Everton v Liverpool Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. In the blue corner we have David Hughes, and in the red corner we have Josh Williams, but despite their allegiances, they remain as objective as ever as they pick apart what could be the most intriguing derby in years. Everton will go into the 12.30pm kick-off riding high at the top of the Premier League while Liverpool will make the short trip across Stanley Park with tails between their legs after the heavy defeat at Aston Villa before the international break. Surely, then, Carlo Ancelotti will instruct his side to take the game to the defending champions? David and Josh discuss that, and use the underlying statistics to explain why this is a true battle of the best two teams in the country on form at the moment, before turning their thoughts to which areas both the Blues and the Reds will look to exploit. There’s a special look at the respective under-fire goalkeepers, Jordan Pickford and Adrian, and why their performances could be the deciding factors in the game, and there’s also analysis of James Rodriguez’s influence and why Jurgen Klopp should throw Thiago Alcantara straight in at the deep end.
It's the night before the Merseyside derby between Premier League leaders Everton and defending champions Liverpool at Goodison Park - and the Royal Blue podcast, hosted by Phil Kirkbride and featuring Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland, is here to discuss all the big pre-match talking points. From the feelings in the fan base to Jordan Pickford, and Carlo Ancelotti's approach and mentality to just what a long-awaited victory would do for the whole club, it's a must-listen. Prenno even promises Adam a bottle of bubbly if his score prediction comes in. We'll drink to that!
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