Everton will entertain Chelsea at Goodison Park in the Premier League’s lunchtime kick-off on Saturday hoping to bounce back from their dismal 5-2 derby defeat at the hands of Liverpool. The Toffees are currently languishing in the relegation zone and are in dire need of the three points from this clash at home versus the Pensioners.
The Merseysiders could set-up in a 3-4-3 formation and are unlikely to make any changes for this encounter.
3-4-3 Everton Predicted Lineup To Face Chelsea
Jordan Pickford will keep his place in goal for the Merseyside outfit despite conceding five goals against the Reds in the local derby. The Toffees might lineup with the same back three that started against Liverpool in midweek. Mason Holgate will play alongside Yerry Mina and Michael Keane as the defensive trio look to keep things solid at the back versus the Pensioners this weekend.
Everton has a poor defensive record in the Premier League this season after shipping in 27 goals in 15 league matches so far. They have to find a way to turn things around when Chelsea come to visit Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson will operate as the anchormen in midfield as they focus on winning the 50-50 battles at the centre of the park. Both Djibril Sidibe and Lucas Digne will look to put in a tireless shift out on the flanks as the wing-backs. The former will have his hands full while up against the American trickster, Christian Pulisic while the latter will be expected to keep tabs on Willian and create some decent openings down the left flank.
Fabian Delph is a major doubt for this game and is unlikely to be risked this weekend.
The Blues of Merseyside will need to win the midfield battles if they are to stand any chance of securing a positive result versus Frank Lampard’s high-flying Chelsea side.
Alex Iwobi will get the nod to start as the right-winger as he has been one of Everton’s better players over the past few weeks. Richarlison will look to threaten the Pensioners defence after netting a goal in the Merseyside derby. Dominic Calvert-Lewin will continue to play as a centre-forward up top.