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Everton: Demarai Gray returns to action against Wolves in predicted XI

Everton will host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Goodison Park this afternoon, and Frank Lampard will be hoping his side can capitalise on Burnley’s defeat by picking up all three points from the game to gain some distance from the relegation zone.

Frank Lampard confirmed on Friday that both Ben Godfrey and Demarai Gray will be available for selection after returning to full fitness and training last week.

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The ex-Chelsea boss told the press:

“Ben Godfrey is a big player for us and so is Demarai Gray. They are both fit.

“I haven’t really been able to call on them but now I can, and we need our big players.”

With that being said, this is how Football FanCast expects Everton to line up against Wolverhampton Wanderers today…

Pickford, Coleman, Godfrey, Holgate, Kenny, Allan, Doucoure, Gray, Richarlison, Gordon, Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

We predict just two changes to the team that lost 5-0 to Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night, with Michael Keane and Donny Van de Beek dropped from the start line-up.

Godfrey steals the spot in the centre back pairing to replace Keane alongside Holgate, with the defender available for the first time since he sustained a hamstring tear at the beginning of February.

It would be likely that Lampard wants to freshen up his backline after a shocking defensive performance away from home, with Keane scoring his second own goal in two months, Godfrey has given Lampard a fresh perspective to inject into the team against Wolves.

The second change would see Lampard axe his Deadline day signing, Van de Beek, from the starting line-up in the game at Goodison Park.

The “dangerous” 24-year-old underperformed in the disappointing game against Spurs, and Lampard may decide that playing a different formation to reintroduce Gray back into the team to offer a more attacking threat in the game this afternoon.

Should Demarai Gray start vs Wolves?

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The £42k-per-week earner who was hailed a “talent” by Jamie Redknapp, is currently the second-highest goal scorer for Everton this season, so has proven he can be an attacking threat to his team when they need to tally up goals to secure points.

His addition in the team could make the difference in the side picking up their first win in three and stealing an important three points in the relegation challenge.

In other news: Lampard must drop Van de Beek against Wolves

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