Stadium: Goodison Park (40,569)
Distance from OT: 34.8 miles
Position 07/08: 5th
Head-to-head 07/08: 2-1 (h) 1-0 (a)
When do we play them? 25/10 (a) 31/1 (h)
15/08/2008 08:34

Euro hopefuls: Everton

Moyes has improved the grades but aims to go one better

Headmaster When David Moyes took over at Goodison Park in 2001 his job was to keep Everton up. The fact they have spent two seasons challenging for fourth spot speaks volumes of the effect he has had in his seven-year tenure. If he was your boss you’d be terrified to lose, too!

Head boy Described as a ‘magician’ by Moyes following last season’s 7-1 drubbing of Sunderland, Mikel Arteta is Everton’s creative hub. He'll be pulling the strings this season.

Maths A title every 11 years on average since 1878, but the last was 22 years ago. Even Liverpool haven’t waited that long.

English When Everton played Fiorentina in the UEFA Cup last term they had five English players – such as Joleon Lescott – in the starting line-up and three more on the bench. Gold stars all round.

History Toffees are either experiencing euphoric highs – such as the 1985’s league and Cup double – or regular lows, like the battle with the drop near the end of the millennium.

Tuck shop item Flying Saucer: looks average, but that plain surface disguises a real kick.

Predicted grade B Moyes combines bargain buys with academy hopefuls to great effect; but a proven star would give Everton a shot on Merseyside's bragging rights.

Detention Goodison’s goody-two-shoes were runners-up for league discipline but Arteta, Neville and Hibbert all saw red.


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