Saturday 23rd August 2014 5:30 PM
(All Ticket Sell Out - Live On TV)
Referee: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 39490
Goal Scorers: Coleman(19m), Naismith(45m)
Everton Team: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas (Atsu), Naismith, Pienaar (Osman), Lukaku (McGeady)
Subs: Alcaraz, Besic, Osman(10m), Atsu(85m), McGeady(75m)
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Let's get ready to rumble.

You can't beat the first game of the season at Goodison Park. I'll be in the boozer early doors so me and the lads will be raring to go by the time kick off time arrives.

What a first game it is. We absolutely battered Arsenal last season and there is no reason why we can't repeat that performance.

We have long term injuries with Traffic, Ross and Oviedo will be missing. On the good new front we have Seamus and Gibbo both fit to join the squad.

I think Seamus is a cert to come in for Stonsey and Super Kev will come in for Aiden.

Everton from: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Osman, Pienaar, Lukaku, Robles, Hibbert, Stones, Alcaraz, Gibson, Besic, McGeady, Naismith, Mirallas, Atsu.

Who would be your starting XI?

Roberto said: "You need to face this sort of opposition.

"What we saw last weekend is that we are really fluid in possession. The thing we need to change is that mentality to keep going forward and keep scoring goals. We didn't get that cushion that could have given us three points.

"But if you look at the positives of the first half - I am really excited looking at this game.

"It is true that until you play against sides like Arsenal and Chelsea you don't have the answers on the pitch.

"As a team we are ready. I feel pre-season was perfect, a real success.


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Got to agree with Gav, Wales#3. Besic is the sort of player who is going to knock a 'ticky-tacky' team like Arse off their stride from the outset. I must admit that my nerves are jangling, but they always are on a match day.
John T, Bristol, 9:47 AM 23/08/2014
Besic for Barry for me ... Coz he was shocking last week
Gav, Wales, 6:25 AM 23/08/2014
My starting 11 would be: Tim, Seamus, Jagz, Buzz, Baines, Mac, Baz, Peanuts, Besic, Super kev, Rom
TrisEverton, Oxford, 12:55 AM 23/08/2014
I think a couple of changes from last week: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Naismith, Pienaar, Lukaku.
Dan, Wrexham, 5:05 PM 22/08/2014
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