Everton welcome Manchester City to Goodison Park on Wednesday evening for what could be a crucial game in the title race.
The Citizens currently sit just three points behind Liverpool after the Reds dropped points on Monday night. As City continue to chase the title, they will need to overcome a potentially sticky fixture in Everton, a side that have struggled for consistency all season long, but have the offensive armoury to cause Pep Guardiola’s side some problems.
Marco Silva possesses a team with some star players, but he has struggled to find the correct balance in order to get Everton progressing up the league table. However, with the pressure effectively off this Wednesday, we could see a free-flowing performance from the home side.
Here’s a look at how they could lineup.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Jordan Pickford (GK) – England’s number one hasn’t quite maintained the standards he set at the World Cup, with his mistake against Liverpool stealing the headlines a few months ago. In recent games though, Pickford has looked back to his best, making some fine stops during the win against Huddersfield.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – Still officially a Chelsea player, Zouma will turn 25 this year but hasn’t quite been able to reach the heights expected of him as a teenager. The Frenchman has appeared 21 times in the Premier League though as he steadily rebuilds his career following a horror knee injury suffered suffered in 2016.
Michael Keane (CB) – After his £30m move from Burnley, it took Keane a while to find his feet at Goodison Park. He is now getting regular game time under Marco Silva and has appeared in all but three of Everton’s Premier League fixtures so far.
Lucas Digne (LB) – Arguably the Toffees standout performer this season, Digne has showed his class following a £20m move from Barcelona. The Frenchman has chipped in with three goals, two of them direct from free-kicks.
Andre Gomes (CM) – Another recruit from Barcelona, Gomes was signed on an initial loan deal. Everton will want to make that deal permanent based on many an eye catching performance, although they will face stiff competition from some of Europe’s elite as the midfielder showcases his vast talent to the Premier League.
Idrissa Gueye (CM) – Linked with a move to French champions PSG in January, Silva will be delighted they were able to hold onto the Senegal international. Gueye is expected to return following a groin strain that has kept him out of Everton’s previous two games.
Ademola Lookman (RM) – Lookman has made 14 Premier League appearances this season, although just three of them from the first whistle. With many fans calling for the youngster to start ahead of Theo Walcott, he may be given a chance to impress against the champions.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (AM) – Sigurdsson is enjoying a fantastic campaign. Having appeared in all 25 of Everton’s Premier League fixtures, he has netted nine goals and provided three assists during a fruitful campaign for the Icelandic midfielder.
Richarlison (LM) – Another Everton player that has shone this season. Following a £40m move from Watford, big things were expected from the Brazilian and he has largely delivered. Ten goals makes him the club’s top scorer this campaign and Richarlison will be looking to add to his tally against Man City.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (ST) – A recurring issue with Silva’s side is the lack of a clinical striker. Calvert-Lewin, Cenk Tosun, Oumar Niasse and Richarlison have all been used up-front with varying degrees of success. After Tosun fired a blank against Wolves at the weekend, the young Englishman could be given the chance to add to his six goals this season.