Everton make the short trip across Stanley Park to Anfield on Sunday for the Merseyside Derby. Sam Allardyce warned fans planning on going to watch The Toffees in the Europa League on Thursday that he will be naming a young team. Everton head to Cyprus to take on Apollon and it is a meaningless match as they have no chance of qualifying. Premier League survival is the priority for Allardyce, and a win at Anfield would provide a massive boost.
Allardyce Focused On Anfield
Speaking to the media in midweek Allardyce left Everton fans in no doubt of his intentions. Regarding the Apollon match he said: “It is a dead rubber. I would suggest to the fans that if you are going to spend some money to go and watch them be mindful that I am going to send a team that is not going to be risking too many players who are playing vs Liverpool.
“It would be foolish of me to consider getting a player injured in that game and not have him available. I have too many injuries already.” Allardyce is not lying about Everton's injury list. They are missing six possible starters, including the likes of Bolasie, Baines, Coleman and Barkley. Any more injuries to first team players would leave The Toffees in a sticky situation.
Big Sam's has a proven track record in saving clubs from relegation trouble. Perhaps his best achievement in recent seasons was saving an atrocious Sunderland side. If Everton are to stay up, they need to continue in the same form that they showed vs Huddersfield.
Allardyce masterminded a 2-0 win in his first match and it was a very encouraging performance. Club record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a welcome goal and that should boost his confidence. He has struggled since arriving at Goodison, but if anyone can get the best out of him it is Big Sam Allardyce.