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Everton vs Sheffield United: Predicted Line-Up | King to Finally Start?

How will Carlo set up an Everton side looking to break a bad home habit?

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The games are coming thick and fast as the season comes to a close.

72 hours after Everton kicked-off at Aston Villa, already relegated Sheffield United will look to become the latest lowly side to walk away with the points at Goodison Park.

But with so many games close together, will Carlo look to shuffle his deck?

Who’s Out?

There’s no new team news ahead of this one, so we can assume that Yerry Mina will remain out along with Jean-Philippe Gbamin. The big question is how much Carlo will rotate his side.

The manager had insisted that James Rodriguez would be fit for this one, but we’ve heard that before. Dominic Calvert-Lewin had some hamstring issues after an intensive period of matches earlier in the season, while Abdoulaye Doucoure made his first appearance in over two months last time out – and so both should be prime contenders for a rest.

Tactics and Formation

Although the 5-3-2 setup has kept Everton solid in the past few games, it seems likely that Carlo could return to a more progressive 4-3-3 setup in order to break down the Blades.

If Joshua King is ever going to start a game for Everton, it will surely be here. And if Carlo is still unsure whether he wants to keep the powerful frontman at the club, this will be ideal opportunity to run a closer eye on him.

Doucoure will probably be returned to the bench in order to regain his fitness after a layoff, and so Tom Davies and/or Andre Gomes could come into the side.

Starters (likelihood of starting rated out of 10)

Jordan Pickford – 8/10

Seamus Coleman – 8/10

Mason Holgate may also get the nod at right-back in order to keep an in-form Seamus fresh.

Lucas Digne – 10/10

Ben Godfrey – 9/10

Michael Keane – 8/10

Allan – 8/10

Another player that could be rested, with Fabian Delph or Tom Davies holding options.

Tom Davies – 8/10

Should get a run out.

Andre Gomes - 8/10

Could be Everton’s playmaker if Gylfi is rested.

Alex Iwobi – 7/10

If Everton return to a 4-3-3 and DCL is rested, Iwobi is the only obvious right-wing option.

Richarlison – 7/10

Joshua King – 7/10

Gotta give him a chance at some point, right?


Robin Olsen

Mason Holgate

Niels Nkounkou

Fabian Delph

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Abdoulaye Doucoure


James Rodriguez - Could be called upon if needed here following his return from injury.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin