Everton will be hoping to capitalise on their fantastic performance in the Premier League last weekend, by taking all three points from Southampton when they travel to the south coast this afternoon.
Frank Lampard has a number of players to choose from in the midfield and forward roles, despite suffering a variety of injuries to players since he arrived at the club.
The side have suffered a setback with Demarai Gray still out of the squad recovering from a hip injury, but were also handed a boost this week with the return of left back Vitaliy Mykolenko, who is now available for selection for the clash at St Mary’s.
With that being said, this is how we expect Lampard to set up his Everton side against Southampton today…
We expect the Toffees manager to make two changes to his starting side against the Saints, despite winning comfortably against Leeds United at Goodison Park last weekend.
Our first change is Vitaliy Mykolenko replacing Jonjoe Kenny in the left back position, Lampard will be wanting his best players in every position, and the Ukrainian 22-year-old who was hailed “quality” by his former coach Myron Markevych, is much more of a natural left sided defender than Kenny, who is predominantly a right back.
Our second change is one that may be unexpected, but we think that Lampard will be wanting to give Dele Alli a chance to make his mark on the team, with the player failing to make a start so far since he signed on Deadline Day.
Consequently the Everton manager could axe Alex Iwobi from the side to allow Alli to chalk up a starting appearance.
We predict that the ex-Chelsea boss will go with a 4-3-3 formation after playing a 4-4-2 in their most recent victory, pushing Richarlison to the left wing and moving Anthony Gordon over to the right wing, in a plot to counter Southampton’s usual set up and hopefully pull off an attacking masterclass by scoring early and dominating the game with an experienced midfield.
Everton could pull even further away from a relegation battle this afternoon if they can collect all three points from the game, despite only winning one game away from home this season.
Lampard’s side could climb as high as 14th in the Premier League table if results go their way and they can secure their second consecutive league win.
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