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Everton: Predicted XI, team and injury news vs Bournemouth

After facing them in midweek, Everton will make their second trip down south to play AFC Bournemouth once again, but this time in the Premier League.

The midweek fixture provided a low point in Frank Lampard’s season with the Toffees, as he made 11 changes to his side in the hopes that it would be enough to see them through.

However, trusting a group of players who nearly relegated the club last season unsurprisingly proved a foolish decision, as they were thrashed 4-1 against a similarly second-string Cherries side.

With this being the final game before the World Cup, to alleviate some of the pressure being mounted on him, the 44-year-old requires nothing less than a win.

He is therefore expected to make wholesale changes from Tuesday’s game, replacing eight players and returning to the preferred 4-3-3.

The first change will be returning Jordan Pickford to the lineup, who was one of four players from the Merseyside outfit selected to represent their country for the upcoming break.

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He will sit behind a back four which sees only Nathan Patterson survive as he continues his return from injury.

James Tarkowski and Conor Coady will be welcome recalls, with their absence proving just how important they are to this Everton side. Michael Keane and Yerry Mina will both be deservedly ditched, with rumours surrounding the former’s future emerging too.

Vitaliy Mykolenko will replace Ruben Vinagre, who failed on his big chance to prove his worth to the manager.

Despite injury concerns for Idrissa Gana Gueye and Amadou Onana following last weekend’s defeat to Leicester City, journalist Patrick Boyland tweeted an update that they were both “back in training”.

Despite this, we predict only the Belgian will return today, as James Garner was one of the few bright sparks during their abysmal midweek showing. He will retain his spot, earning his first Premier League start for the club.

The man who Bruno Fernandes dubbed “aggressive” will more than make up for the Senegalese sensation’s absence and might provide an added touch of class that has often been lacking in the engine room.

Alex Iwobi will also be added back into the starting side.

Anthony Gordon put in another invisible performance too and will be replaced by Dwight McNeil who will partner with Demarai Gray.

Lampard also confirmed the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who should relish this break as an opportunity to fix his numerous injury woes.

Despite the awesome form of youngster Tom Cannon, it is expected that Neal Maupay will retain his spot up front as the manager opts for experience over form.

Predicted Everton XI, 4-3-3: Pickford; Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko; Onana, Garner, Iwobi; Gray, Maupay, McNeil.