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Silva likely to name a strong lineup for Everton vs Southampton

Manager is looking for consistency even for Carabao Cup fixtures

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Don’t expect to see too many changes in the starting lineup tomorrow as Everton take on Southampton in a rescheduled Carabao Cup Third Round fixture.

In lieu of a pre-match press conference, the manager Marco Silva spoke to the Liverpool Echo and it sounds like we’ll be seeing close to a full-strength side tomorrow.

“I don’t see these types of games as a game to change everything,” he said. “Since the first Premier League match, I have said that it is not good for us to be always changing something in our squad.

”In the last two or three games we have repeated our backline - in the seven games we played we have only been able to do that two times because of red cards, injuries and my decisions in some moments.

”It’s important we start to have some consistency in our starting XI.”

With a number of defenders (Mason Holgate, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka) now chomping at the bit to play, will he consider resting some players tomorrow?

“It’s not because I don’t believe in them as everyone is working hard to achieve what they want to which is to play in our team. I want to have these problems, to decide what will be our best solutions.

”We respect the competition and have ambitions in the competition. It’s never good when you change many players from one match to another.

”We will see what will be my decision. Of course, some of the players are working hard and showing me they want to play.”

Silva teased again that Bernard could be ready to start, but he remains undecided.

“It’s possible tomorrow, we’ll see. Always when we have one more game it is possible he could start. Since he arrived I’ve said he is a player that is different to others.

”I’m sure in the present and in the future he will do fantastic things for us and the squad. Not just because of his qualities but because he fits well into our club and he is a fighter as well.

”He works hard without the ball and with it he can do very good things for the team. He makes good decisions when we are on the attack and in those moments that is important. He has the capacity as well to add calm to our game in certain moments and can help keep the ball.

“I have no doubts that he will be an important player and he showed that against Fulham when he came on. He will be vital for us in the future, I’m sure.