Everton will head down to London today in hope that they can pick up their second Premier League win away from home this season against an inconsistent Spurs side.
Tottenham have lost three out of their last five Premier League games, so Frank Lampard will be hoping that his Everton team can capitalise on their weaknesses and pick up some important points in their challenge to escape the relegation battle they have currently found themselves in.
On Friday, the ex-Chelsea boss gave an update on some of the injury situations at the club, telling the press he was “hopeful” that Dominic Calvert Lewin would travel to London with them this evening and could be in contention for a start alongside a returning Demarai Gray.
However, Ben Godfrey won’t be available for selection against Spurs as he is not expected to return to first-team training until later this week.
With that being said, here is how Football FanCast expects Lampard to set up his Everton team against Spurs this evening…
We expect to see six changes in the team that the Everton boss selected for the FA Cup clash with Boreham Wood, with a change in formation too, back to 4-3-3 for the Premier League fixture.
In the backline, we expect to see Jordan Pickford return to his first choice keeper role against Tottenham Hotspur, with Jonjoe Kenny, Mason Holgate, Michael Keane and Seamus Coleman just in front.
Kenny put on a fantastic display in the right back role during his performance in the FA Cup last week, so we expect that the manager will want to reward the 24-year-old with another start but on the left side, which is the position he has been working on in training with coaches Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines.
In midfield, we expect to see Donny Van de Beek to return after being cup tied against Boreham Wood, as he joins Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan in the centre of the pitch.
Last but not least, we predict that Demarai Gray and Richarlison will accompany Anthony Gordon in the attacking line against Conte’s Spurs defence this evening, adding more experience and reliability to the goal threatening positions.
Gray who was once hailed “electric” by Garth Crooks, has been mostly absent from the team since Lampard was appointed at the end of January, with the 25-year-old picking up a hip injury against Newcastle United last month. He has since made a 13-minute appearance against Manchester City, but today’s game could be a real opportunity for the winger to get back to form and prove his worth in the forward line.
Calvert-Lewin could be available for selection, but it will be surprising to see Lampard risk the star striker’s fitness by throwing him straight back into the starting line-up, so he could make an impact appearance as a substitute towards the end of the game.
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