1. Everton currently find themselves right on the verge of a European bid. How realistic do you think a European campagin in 2013 will be Everton? What kinds of reinforcements will you need to be bring in to avoid a (oh, I don't know....) "Newcastle Style" drop?
Reinforcements are mandatory especially right now. There is very little depth in the squad and the bench is very raw. A quality defender would be great, either a fullback or a centerback who is ready to start immediately would help. More depth in the midfield would be useful too, the drop-off in performance when Darron Gibson is not playing is very stark. The right wing position is another place where Everton could use a quality backup that can do some of what Kevin Mirallas does. And a striker that is Premiership-quality and can challenge Nikica Jelavic would be great too.
2. Everton has been consistently good for a very long time, but never great (see: City, Stoke or even Athletic, Wigan for further reference). Any hypothesis as to what makes this season different?
3. You crashed out of the Capitol One Cup against Leeds (the ghost of sexy Alan Smith is a very formidable thing, we at CHN understand this). Any thoughts as to your tactics in the FA Cup? Do you think you've got a better chance of qualifying through the table or the Cup?
4. I hate to bring it up, but Marouane Fellaini is really, really good. Do you think he'll continue to wear Everton colors in 2013? What would his departure do for the club?
5. I think most SBNation's readership is American. What do you think of Everton's status as "America's Team?" Does it make you physically ill to be described in the same status as the Dallas Cowboys? Has Tim Howard has a pulse since 2010?
6. David Moyes is awesome. Do you think he'll be at Everton for the long haul, Fergie-style, or can you foresee your ownership pulling a Newcastle and saying you want a manager to "bring you to the next level?"
7. PREDICTIONS! NEW YEAR! WHOOOOO!
This game would be so much more exciting if both teams were not devastated by injuries! There's a lot resting on Cisse's shoulders with Ba not playing today, while Fellaini will be returning from suspension today and could give the Toon defence all sorts of nightmares. 2-1 to Everton, in a scrappy affair.