A considerable positive about this game is that it’s one game closer to the end of the season and the departure of Sam Allardyce.

That’s about it really. It’s Roy Hodgson versus Bombastic Samuel in a cold February at Goodison. There are very, very few things to look forward to in this one besides the full time whistle and the ensuing sausage dinner or Chinese. It’s going to be another dire game in which we’ll probably see glimpses of Walcott and his ever-lit spark of creativity, and with any luck, we’ll see some players who haven’t been in and around the first team as of late.

Of course that would be the sensible plan, seeing as the so-called ‘first team’ is the most disappointing Everton side in the Premier League era.

Anyway, I want to see a lot of rotation as, even according to Samuel, the season is a ‘write-off’ now, so there’s absolutely no point in carrying on with broken players, is there?

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