Regardless of a poor begin to their Premier League marketing campaign, two convincing wins over Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers and a effective show regardless of the defeat to Manchester Metropolis underline the advance from Brendan Rodgers’ aspect.
Frank Lampard admitted in his pre-match press conference that this was arguably the cleanest invoice of well being the Toffees have boasted since his arrival on the membership in January, and he could have a near-full squad from which to pick for this sport below the Goodison Park floodlights.
With that in thoughts, the 44-year-old is unlikely make wholesale adjustments to the aspect which earned a draw at Fulham final weekend, with simply two alterations anticipated.
Jordan Pickford, who earned the highest SofaScore rating of anybody on the pitch that night, might be hoping to proceed his effective kind with the World Cup approaching.
While Vitaly Mykolenko will proceed at left-back, Lampard confirmed that Nathan Patterson is out there ought to he be deemed match. A 26-minute substitute appearance at Craven Cottage indicators the teenager’s probably availability to start out right this moment, and it will likely be a delight for Evertonians to see such an “amazing player”- as his worldwide team-mate Che Adams labelled him – return to the aspect.
Ought to James Garner be given a begin quickly?
Conor Coady and James Tarkowski shall stay on the coronary heart of the defence, propping up a workforce with the Premier League’s fourth-best defensive report going into this weekend’s fixtures.
Additionally unlikely to alter is the midfield trio, though James Garner is pushing for a begin given his stellar current cameos, incomes a 7.0 Sofascore ranking after approaching in opposition to Fulham final week.
Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gueye and Alex Iwobi will probably be essential to any success that Everton might need right this moment, particularly to neutralise the specter of James Maddison, who already has six league goals to his identify this time period.
Demarai Grey was the Toffees’ shiny spark in an in any other case boring offensive unit in opposition to the Cottagers, however Anthony Gordon might drop out for Dwight McNeil so as to freshen issues up. The 21-year-old accomplished simply 10 passes in 86 tepid minutes of motion within the draw at Fulham, so he might miss out right this moment.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin will once more lead the road as he battles to regain full health after recording more minutes below his belt over the previous couple of weeks.
Everton predicted XI: Pickford, Mykolenko, Coady, Tarkowski, Patterson, Onana, Gueye, Iwobi, Grey, McNeil, Calvert-Lewin.