Everton edge past Rotherham United in FA Cup Third Round win

The Toffees have a dreadful FA Cup record in recent seasons and they can count themselves lucky to avoid a giant killing in this one.

Forgotten man Cenk Tosun got the ball rolling for Ancelotti inside the first ten minutes as he latched onto Anthony Gordon’s reverse pass to clip home.

However, the Premier League side failed to build on that before the break as Rotherham pair Matthew Olosunde and Daniel Barlaser tested Robin Olsen.

And with Everton unbale to carve out a second goal after the restart the visitors took full advantage as Olosunde slid home following Tom Davies error.

Tosun did have the ball in the net before the end of normal time but the Turkish international was left frustrated by a VAR offside call.

Ancelotti likely gave his players a rollocking ahead extra minutes as his side slowly wrestled back control before Abdoulaye Doucoure sealed the win.

Full Time from Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Rotherham United 1

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The Toffees have enjoyed a brilliant run of form so far in December with four successive wins going into this clash.

Carlo Ancelotti has opted to for an alternative defensive unit in recent weeks, and despite the return to fitness of captain Seamus Coleman, he’s set to stick with his current back four.

Allan, Lucas Digne and Richarlison will all miss visit of Pep Guardiola’s side with Bernard, Tom Davies and Andre Gomes in line to rotate in.

Guardiola’s visitors go to Goodison one the back of ten games unbeaten in all competitions, but the Spaniard is still likely to shuffle his pack.

Ruben Dias will continue to cover for Kyle Walker at right back, with Fernandinho replacing the injured Rodri in midfield, and Sergio Aguero returning for his first start since October.

And it’s a late start on Merseyside for this one with 8pm Kick Off at Goodison Park.

Everton deepen Arsenal’s Premier League woes with 2-1 Goodison Park win

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.

On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.

And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.

Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.

The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.

Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.

But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered
Everton ahead again before the break.

Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.

Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 1

The Gunners are facing the very real prospect of Christmas on the brink of the relegation zone as Yerry Mina header pushes the Blues up to second.
On a night of few chances at either end of Goodison Park, it was the hosts that hit their stride early on, as Michael Keane slammed a spectacular effort wide.
And with all the traffic heading in one direction in the opening half hour, it was Everton that edged in front on 28 minutes.
Former Gunner Alex Iwobi’s whipped cross caused problems in the Arsenal box and the unfortunate Rob Holding diverted home past Bernd Leno.
The visitors struggled to bounce back from that, but Arteta’s side were given a massive helping hand just after.
Everton failed to clear their lines at a corner and Tom Davies caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles in area, with Nicolas Pepe confidently tucking home from the spot.
But that proved to be merely a temporary reprieve for Arteta on his return to Goodison as Mina powered Everton ahead again before the break.
Arsenal did look to up the tempo and haul themselves into again after the restart as David Luiz skidded against the post and Joe Willock flashed on wide.
Bukayo Saka did carve out a chance in added time but Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford was equal to it as Arsenal boss Arteta faces a tense few weeks ahead.
Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 2 Arsenal 1

Southampton hunting for Hojbjerg replacement

Reports have emerged this week linking Ralph Hassenhuttl with Everton midfielder Tom Davies and Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham, with both rumoured to be happy to move on.

Davies has found himself out of Everton’s starting XI for both of their games this season, playing just one minute of league football against Spurs on the opening day. The Toffees’ new trio of Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure are all ahead of the youth graduate in the pecking order, leading to rumours of a loan move for the 22-year-old.

Since losing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Tottenham in the summer, Southampton haven’t yet replaced the Danish midfielder, and have also been linked with Celtic’s Ntcham, who could be allowed to leave after the Scottish champions were eliminated from the Champions League in the qualifying stages.

The 24-year-old is also attracting attention from France, with Marseille and Lyon keen on bringing Ntcham back to his homeland, and West Brom are also rumoured to be taking a look.

Celtic would want around £12m for the former French under-21 international who scored eight goals and registered four assists during Celtic’s title-winning 2019-20 season.