Everton cavalry return and three start
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Rafa Benitez should be hoping for that as he desperately needs to get the Blues back on winning ways against a Norwich City side who have lost their last six Premier League games and failed to score in the competition for more than two months.
If there is a golden opportunity to keep a clean sheet out of reach.
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I’m inclined to hand Nathan Patterson for the first time but will fight back as many more will likely come back.
Top defenders Yerry Mina, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are all returning to the starting line-up, with the hope that Everton can begin to climb up to the table after what proved to be a largely miserable first half of the season.
Failure at Carrow Road is not what Benitez thinks of.
My team (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Mikolenko; Kane, Mina; Allan, Ducor; Gordon, Gray, Richarlison; Calvert Lewin.
No headache for Benitez with this choice
Conor O’Neill: For the first time in several weeks, this afternoon’s Everton squad must essentially pick themselves up.
Some would say Rafa Benitez is having a headache choosing, but given recent performances, he really shouldn’t.
Jordan Pickford will undoubtedly return to start in goal, and Seamus Coleman, Michael Caine, Ben Godfrey and Vitaly Mikolenko will form the fourth line of defense.
While Alan, Andre Gomez and Abdoulaye Duqueuri should form a midfield three, with Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray wide out, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the lead.
The temptation might be to start Richarlison from the start, but given the recent form of Gray and Gordon, it would be extremely difficult to bring either of them down, and it is also necessary for Benitez to play with three midfields.
And given that Nathan Patterson didn’t appear against Hull last weekend, it’s hard to imagine him coming in with Coleman this afternoon.
My team (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Ken; Godfrey, Mikulenko; Allan, Gomez; Gordon, Duquery, Gray; Calvert Lewin.
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The big names are returning to the group with the start of DCL
Sean Bradbury: Rafa Benitez was adamant that Everton’s level would improve in the second half of the season.
Today should be an interesting test to see if that will hold up.
The Blues travel to the bottom of the Premier League, who have lost 14 of their 20 matches.
And perhaps most importantly, Benitez has some big names available again.
The five defenders are sure to give up this game, with a chance to return to the 4-2-3-1 that brought in the opening weekend win over Southampton.
Defensive selection is fairly simple. Although Yerry Mina has trained, it may be too early to start.
So Seamus Coleman, Michael Caine, Ben Godfrey, and Vitaly Mikolenko got the nod.
Allan and Abdoulaye Ducor form a midfield duo led by Anthony Gordon, Demarie Gray and Andrews Townsend.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin starts up front, with Richarlison ready to go off the bench to go into attack at some point.
My team (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Ken; Godfrey, Mikulenko; Allan, Ducor; Townsend, Gray, Gordon; Calvert Lewin.