Everton have enjoyed a great turn around in form after the appointment of Sam Allardyce and have gone on to get 13 points in their last 5 matches after earning 12 in their first 13. They have kept 3 clean sheets too, as Sam looks to shape the ten in his image. He has added a sense of purpose to the players and they are now placed 9th despite flirting with relegation places prior to his appointment. There is a good potential quality in the squad at his disposal and European football could be a realistic target for him at the end of the season.
|Date||Gameweek Opponent||Gameweek||FDR (Fixture Difficulty Ranking)|
|23 Dec||Chelsea (H)||19||4|
|26 Dec||West Brom (A)||20||2|
|30 Dec||Bournemouth (A)||21||2|
|01 Jan||Man Utd (H)||22||4|
|13 Jan||Spurs (A)||23||4|
Everton have an FDR of 2 in 6 of their next 10 matches and these will be the matches that they should look to win to be in a position to fight for European places. Allardyce will look at the clashes against the top sides as an opportunity to nick some extra points and try to show off his abilities to coach and drill discipline and tactics in his players.
What to Expect
Sam Allardyce has a blueprint on how to keep his team from getting relegated and this has never failed him. Even though Everton are now safely clear of any relegation battle, it is a good way of putting points on the board. It consists of keeping a tight defence and having quality in the final third to put away the chances that do arise. They will be confident of putting away teams below and around them on the table with their quality and even the clashes against top sides will present a good chance for Rooney to be clinical with his finishing. Calvert Lewin’s pace is also a great asset to have on the counter. Sigurdsson has had a slow start to life at Goodison Park but his set pieces remain one of the best in the league and this makes Everton a threat from dead ball situations as well.
Players to look out for
He is showing the league that he’s not finished yet. After declining in the last couple of years at United, being utilised in a variety of positions, Rooney is now flourishing playing just behind the striker at Everton. He already has 10 goals and 3 assists this season. He has the quality to consistently make a difference in matches and has scored 5+ points in the 5 gameweeks since Allardyce’s appointment. He is in great form and one of the best value options in FPL right now.
He is being much more regularly used under Allardyce who uses him as a fast outlet out of the organised defensive structure. He has the ability to run at defenders as shown against Liverpool when he won a penalty against Lovren. Has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 2 matches and at his price, he is a very good option to be considered as he plays week in, week out now.
Players to avoid
He’s not the cheapest defender available and even though Everton do keep clean sheets nowadays, he’s not the most reliable defender and could be kept out of the side once Keane is back. He might also be rested as he is one of the older members of the squad and might not be able to play every match in the festive period.