Exactly 48 hours after Everton lined-up against Sheffield United, the Blues are back in action once again with Manchester City the visitors to Goodison Park.
However, after barely resting any players for the trip to Bramall Lane, Carlo Ancelotti has left himself some difficult decisions against a City side that’s starting to find its form.
There’s no known changes in availability for this tie, meaning Lucas Digne, Fabian Delph, Allan and James Rodriguez will all miss out, while Richarlison will also probably be ruled out due to a concussion picked up against United.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin is back in training, but Carlo has said he is going to ease him back in extremely cautiously.
Tactics and Formation
Will probably be a 4-2-3-1 again.
Starters (likelihood of starting rated out of 10)
Robin Olsen – 7/10
If the rotation continues, it’s Olsen’s turn.
Seamus Coleman – 8/10
Ben Godfrey – 7/10
If Nkounkou was going to provide Godfrey with a break, it would have surely been against the Blades. It seems unlikely he’ll be dropped into the deep end here.
Mason Holgate - 7/10
Given Yerry Mina’s injury record and City’s lack of height, Mason Holgate will probably be moved to centre-back for this one.
Michael Keane – 9/10
Abdoulaye Doucoure – 9/10
Another player that could do with a rest, but there’s just no real options to replace him.
Andre Gomes – 7/10
Been rotating with Tom Davies for the past few games, so it should be Gomes’ turn here.
Alex Iwobi – 8/10
Again, could do with a break, but not a lot of options, unless Carlo springs a surprise and keeps Gordon in the team.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 8/10
Same story. Needs a break, but no options to replace him.
Bernard – 9/10
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 6/10
See: Godfrey, Doucoure, Iwobi, Sigurdsson. Unless… Cenk Tosun!?
Jarrad Branthwaite – Could also be a chance for Ellis Simms considering the Blues will probably have three other defenders on the bench.