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Everton vs Southampton: Predicted Line-Up | Return to 4-3-3?

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How will the Blues line-up at home against another struggling side?

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Everton beat Liverpool at Anfield.

So, based on how this season’s panning out, that means we should expect us to lose at home to a flailing Southampton side.

But how will King Carlo try to stop a run of horrible home form?

Who’s Out?

Well, the injury load has lightened significantly, with only Yerry Mina (2 weeks) and Jean-Philippe Gbamin (eternity) unavailable.

Carlo has said Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan are available to start, so it’s probably time to see them return to the team.

Tactics and Formation

Everton played a fluid 4-4-2/5-3-2 set up against Liverpool in order to stifle their attacking threats down the right. But this could be the moment to see Everton return to the 4-3-3 seen at the start of the season.

Allan will likely anchor the midfield if he’s deemed fully fit, and he should be assisted by willing runners in Tom Davies and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

The only other real question comes at right-back, with Mason Holgate seeming to have nudged ahead of Seamus Coleman in the pecking order in recent weeks. That said, I expect the Irishman to start in order to provide more attacking impetus.

Starters (likelihood of starting rated out of 10)

Jordan Pickford – 7/10

Carlo has said he will continue rotating goalkeepers for the rest of the season, but surely Pickford starts again following his superb Anfield performance.

Seamus Coleman – 7/10

Michael Keane – 9/10

Ben Godfrey – 8/10

Lucas Digne – 9/10

Allan – 7/10

Tom Davies – 8/10

Provides more legs and defensive cover than Gylfi Sigurdss or Andre Gomes.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 10/10

James Rodriguez – 8/10

Richarlison – 10/10

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 9/10

Bench

Robin Olsen

Mason Holgate

Niels Nkounkou

Tyler Onyango

Andre Gomes

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Bernard

Alex Iwobi

Joshua King