It's a bit of a strange one isn't it? Moyes is off, his bags are packed, and he is heading up the road to disliked rivals Manchester United, but he remains in charge of Everton for our game and the one that follows. Will the fans give him a great send off, or will dissenting voices make themselves heard?
The wisdom seems to be that the fans will express their love and gratitude to a man who has failed to deliver a single trophy in his entire time at the club, but should Everton start poorly, the worms may turn. The first 15 minutes will be absolutely crucial because no teams have conceded more goals in the first quarter of an hour of games than either Everton or West Ham - which is a strange stat given both Moyes and Allardyce insist on disciplined approaches from their teams.
Even if there is a positive party atmosphere, that may help. Take away the intensity, and Everton may prove as soft as their nickname suggests; and Allardyce would love nothing better than to put one over on the man who has, in his mind alone, unfairly got the Manchester United job ahead of him. Bloody hell, why else did Sam the Man delay signing that contract extension at West Ham? Fergie is a mate and so would have confided in him. Now there's only the Manchester City and Real Madrid jobs to tempt Allardyce away from the Boleyn!
There's little to speculate about in terms of team selection. Allardyce now knows his first team, and the only issues are probably whether Collison starts ahead of Vaz Te and if Noble may get the nod over O'Neil. I expect the same team that started against Newcastle, however.
We are, of course, absolutely safe now but the incentive of a top ten finish remains. Lose this one, and that's unlikely; win or draw and it's a real possibility. Everton, however, are a bogey team and we have a terrible habit of shooting ourselves in the arse at Goodison Park. Can we forget Mido's missed penalty or Piquionne's red card? Mind you, it's no better at Upton Park: the Green and Gabbidon mix up anybody?