With so many players away on international duty, this is about the best Carlo Ancelotti can come up with. Big opportunity for youngster Harry Tyrer in goal. Also should be interesting to see how Bernard does in the middle, while Anthony Gordon and Niels Nkounkou can start working on their partnership on the left. Alternatively, it’s Bernard out wide and Gordon in the middle, let’s see.
After waiting on tenterhooks all week for Everton to announce their three (potential?) new signings, now the fans will have to watch a squad shorn of about a dozen first teamers take on Preston North End at Goodison Park while the international break is on too.
Seriously though, when will Everton announce Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure? Or are they going to play this friendly as anonymous Trialist #1, Trialist #2 and Trialist #3?
Suppose we should just be grateful if the Blues are not down three goals after 11 minutes, and that would be a win.
Competition: 2020-21 Preseason Friendly #2
Date and start time: Saturday, September 5th at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m ET / 3:00 p.m. BST
Weather: 59°F/15°C, mostly cloudy, 17% chance of precipitation, 17 mph winds
How to Watch/Listen
TV: N/A - United States; N/A - United Kingdom; N/A - Canada
Live stream: Everton website
Gamethread: No live blog for this game
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Starting XI - Tyrer, Nkounkou, Gibson, Holgate, Kenny, Gordon, Bernard, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Subs - Hansen, Baningime, Bolasie, Adeniran, John, Simms
Preston North End
Starting XI - Ripley, FIsher, Earl, Bayliss, Harrop, Gallagher, Storey, Stockley, Huntington, Walker, Potts
Everton last played Preston in the Third Round of the League Cup in the 2004-05 season, winning 2-0 after goals from Lee Carsley and Marcus Bent. After that though the two sides have met in the preseason, when the two last met in a pre-season friendly at Deepdale ten years ago. Former North End manager David Moyes led the Blues to a 3-0 win thanks to a brace from future Preston player Jermaine Beckford and a Louis Saha strike.