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Everton: Lampard faces blow to selection as Godfrey is still out

Everton will travel to London today to take on Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side, and will be hoping that they can cause an upset away from home by stealing all three points to put themselves in a safer position in the Premier League table.

Lampard’s side are in desperate need to win some points in their league campaign, as they currently find themselves just one point off the relegation zone, and with the Toffees clash with Spurs the last fixture of the game week, their position in the table has luckily remained unchanged, giving them the opportunity to put a bigger gap between themselves and the drop zone this evening.

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With that being said, the ex-Chelsea boss will be hoping his team can rise to the occasion despite a number of inconsistencies and injury concerns, however one player’s absence could be frustrating for the manager ahead of the challenging game.

Ben Godfrey will be unavailable for the Premier League fixture tonight but is expected to be back in training the day after the game, which will surely be gutting for Lampard, who confirmed the availability of the defender in his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“Ben Godfrey won’t make Monday’s match but should be ready to train with us in the middle of next week, which is great.

“We’ve lost two big centre-backs [Godfrey and Yerry Mina] from pretty much the moment I came in.”

The 24-year old-central defender sustained a hamstring tear during the FA Cup victory over Brentford just over a month ago and has been unavailable for selection ever since, but there is no doubt his presence would’ve been a huge boost against Spurs this evening.

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Godfrey has been one of the better defenders in the team this season, proving to be reliable in his position time and time again.

He’s made 2.1 tackles and 3.5 clearances on average per game in the Premier League, while winning the majority of his ground duels (60%) and is successful in the majority (70%) of his dribbles according to SofaScore, so there is no doubt his defensive attributes will be missed in the team, especially against the likes of Harry Kane.

The 43-year-old coach will need to work with what he has defensively, however Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Demarai Gray will potentially be returning to the side this evening, so Lampard can focus on freshening up Everton’s attacking threat against Spurs.

In other news: Andros Townsend must start against Spurs

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