Four wins from four. Everton, is that really you?
But with no new injury issues, Carlo Ancelotti will surely stick to his winning Premier League lineup.
The biggest question is will Everton debut their retro yellow or mint-choc-chip green kit?
Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that centre-backs Mason Holgate and Jarrod Branthwaite remain out, as do long-term absentees Cenk Tosun and Jean-Philippe Gbamin. He also revealed that Fabian Delph won’t be part of the squad, despite playing 62 minutes on Wednesday, with the Italian aiming to cautiously rebuild the fitness of the injury-prone midfielder.
Tactics and Formation
It’ll be 4-3-3. Allan sitting, Rodriguez pulling strings off the right flank. You know the drill.
Starters (likelihood of starting rated out of 10)
Jordan Pickford – 9/10
Despite two big errors in midweek, the England man will surely start again. But he can’t afford more high-profile errors with Jonas Lössl waiting in the wings and Carlo Ancelotti contemplating (or not) further reinforcements.
Seamus Coleman – 10/10
Yerry Mina - 10/10
Michael Keane – 10/10
Lucas Digne – 10/10
Abdoulaye Doucoure – 10/10
Allan – 10/10
Andre Gomes – 8/10
Both Bernard and Alex Iwobi were excellent in midweek and are close to deserving a Premier League start, but Carlo will likely stick with a winning team.
Richarlison – 10/10
James Rodriguez – 10/10
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 10/10
Niels Nkounkou – Following two sterling performances, and with Lucas Digne now considered a back-up centre-back, Nkounkou could replace Kenny on the bench to provide cover in case of injury to Keane, Mina or Digne.
Anthony Gordon – Like Nkounkou, definitely deserves to be closer to first-team action after some sterling EFL Cup performances.