Saturday 16th August 2014 3:00 PM
Referee: Mike Jones
Attendance: 31,603
Goal Scorers: McGeady(16m), Naismith(41m)
Everton Team: Howard, Stones, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, McGeady (Coleman), Naismith, Pienaar (Mirallas), Lukaku
Subs: Robles, Coleman(82m), Alcaraz, Besic, Osman, Atsu, Mirallas(75m)
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Pick Your Everton XI
Pick Your Everton XI

So here we go! First game of the season when every football fan thinks their team are going to do great this season.

We are no different. We start with the same squad which finished fifth in the Premier League last season minus Deulofeu and Vellios. We've added Long and 2 World Cup stars Mo Besic and Christian Atsu to the group.

On top of that we have secured Romelu Lukaku and Garth Barry on permanent deals. Together with youngsters Barkley, Coleman and Stones on long contracts. On top of that Bainesy, Tim Howard, Hibbo and Ossie are all here for a while longer. If there is such a thing as a squad which looks to be secure in staying together for a few seasons then this is it.

If we want to get into the top 4, games like this need to be won. Even if some of the World Cup stars don't make the starting line up, we should have enough to beat a newly promoted Leicester.

Roberto has a few decisions to make. The talk maybe about which World Cup players will be fit enough to start, but we think the likes of Pienaar, Barry, McCarthy and McGeady will chomping at the bit to get out there and do the business after their rest in the Summer.

We think Coleman will be ready to start, but we will have a star studded bench ready to come on if needed in the second half.

Yesterday Roberto said: "This pre-season has allowed the players from the World Cup to come back fully refreshed and regenerated because it was a real concern to get players back too quickly and make it a too long of a season without a break.

"We couldn't afford to do that because of the demands of the Europa League this season. It is going to be a demanding period at certain stages of the campaign.

"But every player at the World Cup was desperate to come back and desperate to start working.

"Seamus has been working well but it is a little too early to know if he will be available for Saturday.

"And the same has to be said of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas because they arrived a little later than the rest of the squad because of the World Cup.

"But over the next two days we have a few decisions to make but we are all in a very healthy way and there is a real excitement for the start of the new season." 

Everton squad: Howard, Robles, Hibbert, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Stones, Alcaraz, Garbutt, Baines, Atsu, McGeady, Besic, Gibson, McCarthy, Barry, Pienaar, Barkley, Osman, Naismith, Lukaku, Long, McAleny.

Kipper's Starting XI: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McGeady, McCarthy, Barry, Pienaar, Barkley, Naismith.

What Would Be Your Starting XI? Comment Below. 

Comments about Team News
Howard, coleman, jags, stones, baines, mccarthy, barry, besic, pienaar, atsu, lukaku.
The Dude, Bootle, 11:27 AM 16/08/2014
Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jags, Baines, Barry, mcarthy, Atsu, Mirallas, Barkley, Rom. Get 1 nil up and rest the world cup boys.
tony croft, stoneycroft, 1:38 PM 15/08/2014
Howard, Stones, Jagielka, Distan, Baines, Besic, McCarthy, Barry, Pienaar, Barkley, Naismith
Raymond Halsall, Liverpool, 12:12 PM 15/08/2014
Only one change I think he would make. It would be Besic for Barkely. Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McGeady, McCarthy, Barry, Pienaar, Besic, Naismith
John Kelly, Limerick,Ireland, 10:37 AM 15/08/2014
Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Besic, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley, Naismith, Lukaku.
Kev GB, Wrexham, 9:26 AM 15/08/2014
Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines, McGeady, McCarthy, Barry, Pienaar, Barkley, Rom .
Tommy Jones, Canada, 9:17 AM 15/08/2014
Howard, Coleman,Jagielka, Stones,Baines, McCarthy,Besic,Barry, Barkely Lukaku, Naismith
Ken, Ireland, 9:11 AM 15/08/2014
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