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Everton vs Fulham Predicted Line-Up: Defensive Formation Questions

How will Everton line up for this quarter-final clash?

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Everton are magic. And there’s silverware in sight…

You don’t normally want to change a winning team, but the Blues are playing (and winning) so much at the moment, some changes will be necessary.

So, how will Mr Dyche line up his Blues for this cup tie at home to Fulham?

Who’s Out?

The win over Burnley brought an additional injury doubt to the squad with Abdoulaye Doucoure being brought off at half-time as a precaution with a hamstring complaint. It seems a needless risk to start him at Fulham.

Vitaliy Mykolenko also missed out at Burnley and is unlikely to return here, while Ashley Young and Seamus Coleman are both doubts with knocks.

Dele is the only remaining long-term absentee, with Andre Gomes now set to return to the squad after a lengthy lay-off.

Idrissa Gueye and Jarrad Branthwaite return after serving one-match suspensions.

EVERTON SQUAD AVAILABLE VS BURNLEY

Goalkeepers: Pickford, Virginia, Lonergan,

Defenders: Keane, Godfrey, Branthwaite, Tarkowski, Mykolenko (DOUBT), Coleman (DOUBT), Patterson, Young (DOUBT)

Midfielders: Doucoure (DOUBT), Onana, Gueye, Garner, Onyango, Gomes, Dele (INJURED)

Wingers: McNeil, Danjuma, Dobbin, Harrison

Attackers: Calvert-Lewin, Beto, Chermiti

Tactics and Formation

Some big questions heading into this one.

Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey came into the line-up at the weekend, which brought about a change of shape. Neither put a foot wrong, with the former even scoring and picking up the Man of the Match award.

However, you can’t drop Jarrad Branthwaite at this point. Therefore, it seems likely that Dyche might stick with a back three. If it is a back three, Keane will likely start alongside Tarkowski and Branthwaite. But if it’s a back four, Godfrey could well line up at left-back – although I’d much rather see McNeil there.

In midfield, Doucoure will likely drop out, but Gana will take his place in a slight midfield shuffle that could see Onana a more advanced role.

If it’s a back four with McNeil at left-back, Lewis Dobbin may get an opportunity on the wing. However, if Godfrey goes to left back it will likely be McNeil and Harrison keeping their wing roles.

With so many games coming up, it would be good to see Beto get a rare start in order to provide DCL some rest – although that’s far from a certainly.

All in all, this isn’t an easy team to pick.

Starters (likelihood of starting rated out of 10)

Jordan Pickford – 10/10

Nathan Patterson – 8/10

Ben Godfrey – 6/10

James Tarkowski – 8/10

Jarrad Branthwaite – 8/10

Idrissa Gueye – 8/10

Amadou Onana - 9/10

James Garner – 9/10

Jack Harrison – 6/10

Dwight McNeil – 8/10

Beto – 6/10

Bench

Joao Virginia

Michael Keane

Mackenzie Hunt

Elijah Campbell

Andre Gomes

Arnaut Danjuma

Lewin Dobbin

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Youssef Chermiti