On Sunday, Sean Dyche earned his first points away from home since becoming Everton’s coach, as they drew 2-2 against Nottingham Forest. Although they gained a valuable point, many fans thought Everton could have done better, feeling they lacked ruthlessness in the final third.
As writes the LiverpoolEcho, the result means Everton’s position in the Premier League is uncertain, as Southampton won their match against Leicester City, leaving Bournemouth at the bottom of the table with 21 points, just behind Southampton on goal difference.
Everton is only one point ahead of these two teams, with only one win in their last five games. Next, they will face Brentford, who are currently managed by Danish head coach Thomas Frank, sit in ninth place, and have had some impressive victories this season, including over Liverpool and Manchester City.
Brentford, in just their second season in the top flight, are aiming high and eyeing a spot in Europe, with the presence of striker Ivan Toney a potential threat to Everton’s defenders. Manager Sean Dyche made a change to the line-up in the last game, with Ben Godfrey taking over at left-back due to Vitalii Mykolenko’s illness.
While Godfrey was solid, he has a tendency to give away fouls and receive needless bookings, as seen in his foul on Brennan Johnson. The return of Mykolenko to the starting 11 is uncertain, and Everton’s defensive issues extend beyond this, as there is a question of whether Conor Coady, who has had a mixed performance in recent games, should be brought back for an important match, with the opinions of the Everton fan base divided.