The Groundhog Day that is Everton Football Club continues. And now our “easy start” turns into a nasty festive fixture list that sees us take on the likes of Spurs, City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea before Christmas.
But before all that is a tricky trip to a Wolverhampton Wanderers side that seem to be finding their feet under Bruno Lage.
So how will Rafa look to stop the rot on Monday night?
Well, there’s no new injury news ahead of this one, although Rafa did hint that a couple of players are nearing a return, with Yerry Mina seeming a likely candidate to fall into that camp after missing last week with a tight hamstring.
But don’t get your hopes up too much: Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure look set to miss the majority of November at least.
The only bit of good news to come out of last week was seeing Richarlison return and get straight on the scoresheet. He will surely start this one, but there might be considerable fume if Salomon Rondon also manages to keep his place despite contributing absolutely nothing in his six appearances to date.
Tactics and Formation
Having gone with a 4-2-3-1 for much of the season so far, there’s a possibility that Rafa may look to switch things up this week.
That could come in the form of a back three (although those experiments have been woeful so far), or possibly a more direct 4-4-2 setup.
The merits of either change are hard to see, so hopefully he’ll stick with a 4-2-3-1 with Richarlison leading the line. If we’re to see Rondon keep his place and Iwobi get a start, then the Everton fume might get very real.
Starters (likelihood of starting rated out of 10)
Jordan Pickford – 10/10
Seamus Coleman – 8/10
Lucas Digne – 10/10
Ben Godfrey – 8/10
An argument could be made to get the youngster out of the firing line after he’s had a couple of awful showings.
Yerry Mina – 6/10
Allan – 10/10
Tom Davies – 8/10
The Academy graduate was both good and bad last weekend, will he retain his spot or will we see Jean-Philippe Gbamin get the start instead?
Andros Townsend – 8/10
If Everton are to switch to a back three, he could be the one to miss out.
Demarai Gray – 9/10
Anthony Gordon – 6/10
Gone with my heart over my head here – good chance Iwobi or Rondon inexplicably get a start ahead of him.
Richarlison – 9/10
Surely starts. But will that be on the left wing, as a lone striker or paired with Rondon?
Tyler Onyango – May return to Everton’s threadbare squad after getting three matches under his belt for the under-23s following an ankle break earlier this year.