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?
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