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Everton at West Ham: Predicted Lineup | Doucoure back, James out

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How will Carlo setup the Blues with European hopes hanging by a thread?

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Everton, urgh.

Another defeat and the season is over. But, then again, a win could bring us right back into Europa League contention.

So how will Carlo Ancelotti line-up against David Moyes’ high-flying West Ham United?

Who’s Out?

Good news and bad news here. One in, one out.

Abdoulaye Doucoure is back in the mix after a couple of months out, which is a very, very welcome addition to the team.

Unfortunately, James Rodriguez is back on the sidelines with a calf injury. This seems as though it could be the theme of his Everton career, unfortunately.

The only other absentee is Jean-Philippe Gbamin, so the Blues are at near full-strength.

Tactics and Formation

Hard to say how Everton will line-up for this one.

West Ham tend to set up in a 4-2-3-1, and Michael Antonio bagged a brace last week, so he’ll surely start again up top.

That means Carlo will likely turn to the brute force of Yerry Mina and/or Michael Keane at the back.

What’s more, with James Rodriguez out and Alex Iwobi anonymous, it would not surprise me to see Carlo spring for a 5-3-2 setup, enabling the wing-backs to provide Everton’s width.

Starters (likelihood of starting rated out of 10)

Jordan Pickford – 10/10

Seamus Coleman – 8/10

Might be Holgate or even Iwobi, but Coleman has been the most solid performer lately.

Lucas Digne – 10/10

Yerry Mina – 8/10

Ben Godfrey – 9/10

Michael Keane – 8/10

Allan – 10/10

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 7/10

If he’s fit enough, he will start.

Gylfi Sigurdsson 7/10

Will likely the get the nod to perform as Everton’s playmaker ahead of the misfiring Andre Gomes.

Richarlison – 10/10

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 10/10

Bench

Robin Olsen

Joao Virginia

Mason Holgate

Niels Nkounkou

Fabian Delph

Tom Davies

Bernard

Alex Iwobi

Joshua King