Having lost their opening two games of the season and with their own players yet to score, Frank Lampard will be keen to get things right today at Goodison Park.
Last week’s defeat to Aston Villa will sting given the chances they spurned as the match drew to its conclusion. The Toffees are still lacking a reliable starting striker, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin still out, and it is showing.
The 44-year-old may spring a surprise or two going into this fixture, but he will largely be forced to keep the spine of the team similar due to injury enforcements.
The question remains, will he persist without a recognised striker? And will we see their big-money signing handed his full debut?
Here’s how we think Everton might line up against Nottingham Forest today…
Jordan Pickford remains in goal, having been one of Everton’s best-performing players in the last couple of games (as per WhoScored) despite conceding three goals.
The back three is also unlikely to be altered, with Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey both ruled out for the foreseeable future.
Conor Coady is set to make his home debut in front of the Goodison Park crowd and will be flanked by James Tarkowski and Mason Holgate.
Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson are also expected to continue at wing-back as they look to impress down the flanks. However, many will be hoping for better offensive output for them, given Everton’s toothless start to the season.
In midfield, we can expect to see a full debut for Amadou Onana as he displaces the injured Abdoulaye Doucoure. The summer signing impressed last week in his cameo off the bench, especially with his powerful run and wonderful cutback to force the own goal. He will partner Alex Iwobi, ever-present so far this season.
We also expect the front three to remain the same as Salomon Rondon is clearly not favoured up front – not even Calvert-Lewin’s injury and the absence of any centre-forward alternative has enabled the Venezuelan to play more than 26 minutes over the last two games.
Anthony Gordon will therefore continue to deputise in the number nine role in place of the £20k-per-week dud, with Dwight McNeil and Demarai Gray flanking the Everton academy graduate up top.