Up for the Cup – #FM20 OS9 C3 S1 – Part 87 – Everton – April 2027

Need to get past Man City…

Welcome back to Goodison Park for April 2027 – It should be an interesting month.

Tottenham first up in a battle of the new managers, with the Man City game the highlight as our League season is pretty-much done, playing for form and cohesion TBH.

Bournemouth see off Brighton to go 9th, 5 points back on Brighton themselves, keeping Brighton out of the European spots.

Most of the staff have now arrived – we now have the best Attacking, Mental and tactical coaching in the Premier league!

We are the last game on the Saturday 3rd versus Tottenham.

Expected teams winning apart from Man City, with Wolves getting a great draw.

3rd April 2027 – Tottenham (H) – English Premier League

Goodison Park – 39,572 capacity in-game in 2027.

FT Everton 2 (Harris 17, Dodo 40) Tottenham 1 (Parrott 23) Att 35,734 (3,000 Away)

We welcome a Tottenham side with Paulo Sousa as their new manager – 6th in the Premier league, well back on 5th. They’ve won their last 3 league games but went out of the Europa League 4-1 on aggregate to Milan in mid March. 33-yo Harry Kane is still their best player – still very good if not so Physically adept any more. Just looking for a continuation of the 2nd half of the FA Cup Quarter Final please. Kane’s playing wide-right today!! We start out with plenty of the ball. There’s still a hit of Mourinho-ball about them, 6 years later – Men behind the ball, try and Counter. It’s pretty open, some really long highlights, end to end. And we take the lead in the 17th minute. A Zinchenko free-kick met by De Jong on the half-volley, somehow saved by Posavec (IRL at Hajduk Split), cleared by Hamed Junior Traore (IRL at Sassuolo on loan from Empoli) straight at Matt Harris, who knows nothing about it but still gets his 10th of the season 🙂 All you need is a bit of luck. Almost the same again 2 minutes late, but CF Prescott was off. 1-1 in the 23rd – Troy Parrott with a far-post header after we failed to properly clear the ball a few times. Posavec making more good saves. Tottenham look dangerous going forward, but we go back into the lead, 2-1, 40th minute, that little-fella CWB Dodo with a little dribble through the middle, no tackles coming in, and a really nice stabbed finish. We’ve had plenty of chances in this first half to be more goals in front. 2-1 up at the break.

The rain is pouring down on Merseyside – as the crow flies we are only just under 150 miles from Dundalk so it makes sense, we’ve brought it with us. Posavec keeping Tottenham in this with some amazing saves. We’ve been on top most of the half as we approach the final 15. Our Keeper rogerio has had a really good game too, and has made so good close-in saves. We see the game out, a superb 2-1 win against a decent side. Arsenal should be the only game harder left this season in the league by position.

Up to 12th. Watford next in the headlights. 18th placed Southampton next up away in the League in 7 days.

We stay 12th as Norwich spank Leeds, a 33-yo Andy Robertson getting a double in injury time. Fulham now just 3 goals behind Spurs after beating bottom side Stoke. However the bottom 5 are just seperated by 3 points, so its going to be a very tight run-in.

The battle at the bottom sees West Brom move 3 points clear of the relegation zone – West Brom’s manager in-game is Chris Wilder, having a better time of it thatn he has IRL this year. He was sacked by Sheff Utd in 2023 in game.

Dodo made the EPL Team of the Week 🙂 As did the Spurs Keeper Josip Posavec!

Liverpool win to keep Wolves 3 points behind us in 14th/ Looking like a 3-horse race for the title now, possibly 4 with Chelsea’s 2 games-in-hand. Even Arsenal in 5th are there or thereabouts (And we play them on the final day of the season).

Our U23’s beat Walsall 1-0 – the goal from Yussuf Poulsen (32yo, IRL at RB Leipzig).

Three-days before we play Southampton they lose 2-0 to Arsenal. So tight at the top.

Derby move 4 points clear of relegation with a win versus bottom placed Stoke.

Our U18’s lose 2-0 to Burnley, but we have already qualified for the end of season playoffs.

We are the late game again this Saturday as we go to St. Mary’s to play 18th-placed Southampton.

Scenes at Vicarage Road as Watford get a draw after being 2-0 behind in the 89th minute versus Liverpool, who will be massively kicking themselves as the Manchester Derby ended up as a draw, Man City getting a point with an 87th minute equaliser. Arsenal move 2nd with a win on the South Coast and Chelsea pull to within 2 points of 1st with a late win in the Midlands. Tottenham bounce back from losing to us with a good win versus Bournemouth, 10th, who we could move to within 3 points of with a win. And the top half of the table.

10th April 2027 – Southampton (A) – English Premier League

St Mary’s, Southampton, Capacity 40,480 (Increased in-Game in 2025)

FT Southampton 1 (Reeves 18) Everton 3 (Gomes 35, Harris 38, Prescott 89) Att 24,071 (3,000 Away)

We visit a Southampton side managed since November 2026 by Roberto Mancini, who in the Season Preview show as 15th (We show as 7th!!!) We should get a win, but Away games are always tricky, regardless, and Southampton are in a relegation battle. More 4-2-3-1 action (3 teams out of 3 faced), hoping we can continue our form against it. We go forward early, a couple of chances in the first few minutes. Lafont in the Southampton net making a few good saves. But we go 1-0 down in the 18th minute, a Reeves header from a Mazinho cross that we should have cleared. Annoying as we arethe better team. We keep pushing, and get back on level terms in the 35th minute – playmaker Claudio Gomes with a fine goal from just outside the area. And within 3 minutes we are in the lead – a Matt Harris header from an Errington inswinging corner. Better 🙂 2-1 Everton. Prescott on for Chong, who had a knock – having him on the left and Harris on the right as inside forwards cutting-in on their favoured feet. Errington looks like such a worker – as an F9 he tracked all the way back to dispossess their left-winger Reeves. Work Rate. We have the ball in the net in the 66th minute, but there was an offside in the build-up. 82nd minute – Penalty Everton – Errington pushed by Vina. Prescott to take… Saved by Lafont… 7 minutes of normal time left. Drop to Balanced. Prescott makes up for the Penalty though! 3-1, 89th minute, a nice half-volley from a gorgeous Dodo cross-over. Surely that’s that? Nearly caught on the break in the 1st minute of stoppages. But that’s that – 3 wins on the bounce lads!!!!

A point behind Watford, 3 behind Bournemouth but with a game-in-hand and only -1 GD on them. 4 points above Leeds in 13th now, but they have a game-in-hand on us. The biggie next Saturday – Man City in the FA Cup Semi – Man City have Real Madrid on Wednesday in the UCL QF 2nd leg, 1-0 up from the 1st. Extra Time there please 🙂

No relegation this season 🙂

Looking hard for Stoke and Millwall now – Leicester pulling further away from the relegation zone with a 92nd minute winner versus Millwall and Fulham keep pace with Spurs, that man Dom Calvert-Lewin with another goal in their win over Norwich, who will only be 1 point above us if we can win our game in hand (Versus Millwall). And then as we also have to play them we would have our top-half fate in our own hands.

Leeds and West Brom play out a 1-1 – Leeds stay 3 points behind us in 13th, West Brom now 4 points clear of the relegation zone.

Our U23’s beat Spurs 2-1, goals from 18yo DL Jason Purrington and 21yo AMC Nathan Smith.

Dodo made the EPL team of the week again 🙂 Might have a bit of a star (28yo, no Senior caps for Brazil, just very very solid). £18.25M well spent in 2024.

Interesting – 3rd in profits in the EPL – £28M! Watford and Spurs are 19th and 20th, Spurs almost £38M down.

Our U18’s beat Friar Lane and Epworth (Tier 11!!!!) 3-0 – goals from 15yo DL Andy McEvoy, 21yo STC Alan Short and 28yo AML Edon Zhegrova.

Our U18’s are the Champions of Division 1, beating Spurs 3-2, goals from MC Garreth Cross, AML Lloyd Mitchell & STC Gary Moss.

17th April 2027 – Man City (A) – FA Cup Semi Final

City of Manchester Stadium, Capacity 55,097 (IRL and In Game still)

We make the short trip to Manchester to play City in the FA Cup Semi. Extra Time & Pens are possible. Let’s go!

FT Man City 2 (Luis 15, Alli 105+1) Everton 3 (Nketiah 76, Errington 98, Renault 105+2) Att 54,585 (2,754 Away)

Man City currently sit 4th in the EPL in a very tight race, 2 points separating the top 5, and have beaten Real Madrid 4-2 on aggregate in the UCL Quarters – 3-2 at home 3 in-game days ago. Looking for my fabulous front 3 (Prescott, Errington & Harris) to get in amongst them. I’m playing Prescott & Harris on opposite sides, out of position but allowing them to cut inside. We are up against a 4-4-2 for the first time. A pretty quiet start, but Man City take the lead in the 15th minute, a speculative curler from Luis sneaking inside the left post. The Man City players are just first to everything. 1-0 at the break. We’ve not shown anything. The second half is dead, no highlights before 70 minute. Going Positive. ANd then proof that I may well be the best manager in the World 🙂 🙂 🙂 1-1, 76th minute, Eddie Nketiah (First time I’ve played him) brought on for Prescott a few minutes before gets on the end of a lovely Harris cross (Went 4-4-2 at half time, Harris playing as a normal ML Winger. That’s Nketiah’s debut for Everton as well!!! He came to Everton from West Ham for £32M last summer but fractured his arm in a friendly 4 days after joining, and seemingly has never got into the team. Time flying away, last 5… Stoppages… Done. Extra Time it is.

I think the Wednesday UCL Quarter Final is impacting Man City now. We have a highlight, Can’s shot turned behind for a corner. GOAL EVERTON!!! James Errington thundering home a half-volley from close range straight from a Matt Harris corner!!! 2-1 Everton! The marking was shot to bits! But just before the break it’s 2-2, man City Break, Dele Alli on hand to head home. That’s what happens when you come off of Positive! This game has turned into a bit of a madness!! 3-2 EVERTON!!!! Kick off highlight, we end up on a quick break, Matt Harris in the thick of it, his shot saved, and his subsequent cross finds Mathieu Renault who fires home beautifully. Staying positive now! 3-2 Everton at Half time in Extra Time. Man City pushing, and they have the ball in the net! 115th minute, Esposito with the finish. BUT IT’S OFFSIDE!!! Thank fuck!!! Can we see the last 5 minutes out… YES! IT’S OVER!! EVERTON 3 MAN CITY 2. WE’RE GOING TO WEMBLEY LADS!!!!!!

And we will be playing Arsenal, who demolished Derby, Meaning our last 2 games of the season will be against them. Back to reality, Millwall in 3 days, we want to keep this going! We get £2.14M for the win!!!

Winning over the lads already – not even been a month 🙂

Liverpool with points in the bag go top by 2 points with 3 games left versus West Brom, and both Millwall and Stoke lose – Good that Millwall don’t have the benefit of more rest before our game on Tuesday.

We could potentially go 10th with a 2 goal win versus Millwall as Watford get a good point versus Fulham. The bottom 3 haven’t got much time to get out of trouble now, Southampton losing to an early Norwich Penalty.

A massive result – Chelsea beaten by Bournemouth late on – they would have gone 2nd with 2 games in-hand over Liverpool!!!

20th April 2027 – Millwall (A) – English Premier League

The Den, Bermondsey, Capacity 20,146 IRL and In Game

We make the trip down to London on a high from our FA Cup Semi Final triumph. The lads have been rested, let’s have at it.

FT Millwall 0 Everton 0 Att 19,558 (1,973 Away)

Millwall have 2 wins and 13 losses in the last 15 games – we need to be winning these games handsomely. A slow start, but we look good in highlights. But we get to the break at 0-0, with a Red injury to Zinchenko just before the break (Looks like a Hamstring). The second half goes in exactly the same vein – Millwall killing the game wherever possible. A 0-0 bore-draw.

A shame that we couldn’t leapfrog Watford – Looking like 11th or 12th will be our most probable finish. 11th = £22.83M, 12th = £20.55M – Each place is worth between £2 & £3M. Leeds next up – 12th v 14th – in 7 days, our last of the month.

Zinchenko out for a month – might be back for the FA Cup Final.

Man City fail to take the opportunity to go 2nd as Brighton get a brilliant win, A 25yo Mason Greenwood with the equaliser before a 92nd minute winner for Brighton by Andre Anderson (27yo Brazilian, at Lazio IRL).

Our U18’s beat Blackburn U23’s 4-0 – Goals from club captain Leonardo Forcato, Andy McEvoy and a brace from Yussuf Poulsen.

A big afternoon in the EPL – Man Utd go top with a fine away-win at Arsenal, Man City 3rd arresting their slide with a 1-0 away win at Leeds, who we play in 3 days. Chelsea have their fate in their own hands – 4th now, 2 points behind Man Utd with a game in hand after a superb 3-0 win at Tottenham and Watford move 4 points ahead us now with a 3-0 win over West Brom. A big last 3 games coming up.

Our U23’s drew 0-0 with Norwich.

Our U18’s beat Tottenham 2-0 in the FA Youth Cup Final 1st Leg, goals from 17yo MC Stephen Garner and 16yo STC Gary Moss.

27th April 2027 – Leeds (A) – English Premier League

Elland Road, Leeds, Capacity 37,890 (37,792 IRL)

We make the short trip across the M62 to a leeds side currently 14th. It would be nice to keep the momentum up with a win.

FT Leeds 3 (Alessio 38, Nilo 73, 90) Everton 5 (Harris 8, Lacoste 22, 83, Nketiah 28, Errington 52) Att 32,885 (3,000 Away)

A big game today – we need to capitalise on the cohesion gotten in these past few games but we need to do far better than we did against a stolid Millwall side. Leeds go 4-3-3, we go 4-4-2 Wide to counter it. We take the lead in the 8th minute – Nice movement and a pass from Lacoste top Renault, who’s cross finds Nketiah. A bit of a scramble at the near post, Renault gets the ball, dinks to the far post and Matt Harris finishes well. 1-0 Everton early doors. Everton very much on top in the first 15, we’ve hit the post, plus had a header go inches wide. We get the 2nd in the 22nd minute – it all stemmed from Gomes tracking back and making a tackle, then the quick break and pass finds Dodo out wide – pass to renault, his pass gathered by Nketiah, his deflected shot finds Lacoste, who taps in. Very nice lads. And we make it 3 not long after – again tackling back by Lacoste gets us the ball, Errington comes back and runs it up the left, his near-post cross is thundered home on the volley from close range by Eddie Nketiah. 3-0, lovely job. Leeds always look good going forward, but they tend to end up giving us the ball. They do get a goal back in the 38th minute, Alessio with the header after Matt Harris misses a tackle. Should have been 4-1 just before the break – a gorgeous counter, Gomes’s shot saved brilliantly. 3-1 at the break. We come out strongly in the second half, 4-1, 52nd minute, James Errington with the final finish after Leeds are unable to clear. Lacoste with the assist, Errington played on by a Leeds centre back. Leeds get another back, 4-2, 73rd minute, Nilo bundling the ball over the line, not very good defending going on allowing Dujon Sterling a free cross. We make it 5-2, 83rd minute, a fine team goal and a banger from Lacoste to finish. It’s 5-3 in the 90th minute – Nilo with another, another cross from the left (Lewis is struggling with abruised shin apparently). Leeds have the ball in the net again soon after, but Alessio was offside in the build-up. It finishes 5-3 – we need to defend better out wide, but the attacking prowess was amazing 🙂

Chelsea go top and the title is in their hands with 3 games left. We are now 7 points clear of Wolves in 13th with 9 points to play for – Hoping for potential slip-ups from Watford and Bournemouth to allow us to get towards 10th. That’s that for the month (Next game is in 4 days versus 9th-placed Norwich, who we would draw level on points with if we can beat them at Goodison Park).

Just the 4 games left this season, 3 in the League finished by a trip to Wembley and potential Europa League football next season if we can win (I Think)

Lets check in on Dundalk.

First loss in a while versus Shamrock – Hopefully this isn’t a normal thing going forward, I didn’t put 4 years in for it to be ruined in half a season!

Man Utd go top with 2 to play – a late winner from 29yo Ruben Dias (IRL with Man City!)

Lastly just had a Millionaire’s Club Steam Achievement (Career Earnings over £1M) – Just under 9 years 🙂

See you next time for a walk down Wembley Way 🙂 See you soon.

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