DISCLAIMER: In the interests of fairness, by mutual consent the combined XI has a minimum of five players from each side.
Everton host West Ham United at Goodison Park on Sunday. Royal Blue Mersey joined forces with Hammers blogger and old friend Stu from Iron Views to create a combined XI that should give you plenty to rave and rant about as you count down the hours to the game. Our thanks to Stu for his time and effort on this, and we welcome all Irons fans who would like to comment on the side and any changes they would make.
Dimitri Payet - Ross Barkley - Michail Antonio
This team is not built to press or anything like that. These forwards are built to score tonnes of goals, period. Payet and Barkley can pull the strings, getting Antonio and Lukaku into open spaces.
Mark Noble - Idrissa Gueye
We debated getting Noble and Gareth Barry as the two pivots, but a slower pair in the middle of the park has never been seen since the last Ice Age. So instead, to support Noble in his testimonial season (?) we instead are going to use Gueye to snap and chase in midfield.
Defence & Goalie:
Aaron Cresswell - Ashley Williams - Winston Reid - Seamus Coleman
Cresswell is arguably one of the best left backs in the Premier League right now, while Coleman on his day can be pretty lethal bombing forward.
Which leaves Williams and Reid to make the most fearsome aerial defence pair we have ever seen. Two big, tough-tackling boys as center halves should take care of business, leaving Adrian to mop up anything else that makes it through.
Thanks once again to Stu. So let’s hear it folks, who would you have instead in your combined eleven? Go on to Lineup Builder, make your own side and formation, and share it in the comments below.