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Predicted Everton XI, team news and injury update vs Spurs

Everton head to north London to take on Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League clash this evening, and Frank Lampard will be hoping that his team can get back into form after losing to Manchester United last weekend.

The Toffees were on a six-game unbeaten run in the top flight when they hosted Erik ten Hag’s side at Goodison Park last Sunday, but fell to a 2-1 defeat in front of their home fans.

If Lampard can take all three points against Antonio Conte’s side today, they could even break into the top half of the table depending on the results around them, which would be a huge confidence boost for the team going into the upcoming fixtures ahead of the World Cup break next month.

In terms of injuries, the picture remains unchanged with Nathan Patterson, Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey and Andros Townsend all unavailable for selection going into the match this evening.

Anthony Gordon will be unavailable too following a one-match suspension for picking up five yellow cards.

With that in mind, this is how Football Fancast expects Everton to line-up against Spurs today.

We expect to see two changes to the team which lost to Man United last weekend, lining up in Lampard’s usual 4-3-3 formation.

The first change we predict is that Dwight McNeil will reprise his role on the right side of the forward line due to Gordon’s matchday suspension this weekend.

Although the 21-year-old winger – who was dubbed “fearless” by Alan Shearer – is suspended, we would have expected the Everton manager to bench Gordon anyway, as his performances have not been up to scratch as of late.

The Chelsea summer transfer target has been dropping stinker after stinker in the Premier League, losing 66% of his duels, failing in 78% of his dribble attempts and making just 0.7 key passes per game over his last nine outings, so his suspension is arguably a blessing in disguise for Lampard.

The second change that we expect to see would yield a first starting appearance of the season for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who will join McNeil and Demarai Gray in the front three against Spurs this afternoon.

The 25-year-old is finally back to full fitness and will surely replace Neal Maupay in the centre-forward role to give Everton the experience and the boost that they may need in order to gain an early lead on their high-flying opponents.

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