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Everton: Allan axed in predicted XI for Chelsea clash

Everton’s bid for Premier League survival continues this weekend, as they take on Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday, with the hosts in desperate need of a positive result following Burnley’s comeback win over Watford on Saturday.

That stunning victory for the Turf Moor outfit has left the Toffees five points from safety and with games quickly running out to try and drag themselves away from danger, with a first relegation since 1951 very much on the horizon.

The Merseysiders do, however, have two games in hand on both the Clarets and fellow strugglers Leeds United, with the visit of Thomas Tuchel’s side offering the chance to try and reduce the gap, in what will be an emotional day for Blues legend, Frank Lampard.

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Ahead of that clash, here’s how the Football FanCast think the Englishman will set his team up…

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Lampard revealed in his pre-match press conference that January arrival Donny van de Beek remains absent, as too does Ben Godfrey – who could well miss the rest of the season – although centre-back star Yerry Mina is back in contention. The game could well come too soon for the Colombian, however, as we predict the only change from the derby defeat at Anfield will be a tactical one.

Having made just one successful pass against Liverpool, Brazilian midfielder Allan should well give way against the Blues, with the £70k-per-week star – who Harry Redknapp previously suggested “can’t run” – set to be replaced by Fabian Delph.

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The former Manchester City man impressed in the win over Manchester United a few weeks ago and offers a reliable, trustworthy presence in the centre of the park, with Pep Guardiola having previously dubbed him a “banker” for his consistent displays during his time at the Etihad.

Elsewhere, it is all set to be the same as last weekend – following what the Toffees boss described as a “good performance” from his side in defeat – with Jordan Pickford, Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Mason Holgate and Vitaliy Mykolenko making up the defensive unit.

In midfield, Alex Iwobi and Abdoulaye Doucoure should retain their places alongside the incoming Delph, while in attack Lampard should deploy the youthful trio of Richarlison, Demarai Gray and Anthony Gordon, with the latter man having been dubbed a “revelation” by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher for his recent form.

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