Everton will play hosts to Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Friday night, hoping to pick up a win on their home turf. The Toffees will be heading into the contest on the back of a 0-0 draw versus Brighton, whereas the Lilywhites recorded a disappointing 3-1 loss to Manchester United.
Carlo Ancelotti will probably opt for a 5-3-2 formation with several tweaks from the last game. James Rodriguez might get the nod over Gylfi Sigurdsson, whereas Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks likely to make his way back into the starting eleven.
5-3-2 Everton Predicted Lineup To Face Tottenham Hotspur
Jordan Pickford is expected to start in goal for the upcoming home encounter. The English shot-stopper would hope to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on his return from injury.
Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey might form the customary centre-half partnership with Mason Holgate at the heart of Everton’s backline as they look to prevent Mourinho’s men from finding the back of the net throughout the 90 minutes.
Yerry Mina is expected to remain unavailable for the weekend clash.
“Yerry Mina had a muscle problem on his abductor. I think he will not be available for a few weeks.” – Carlo Ancelotti revealed.
“The others I hope to recover for sure. Pickford will be available, I hope Allan and Gomes will be available, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Joshua King.”
Full-backs Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne will continue to operate down the right and left-hand side respectively.
Andre Gomes and Allan will slot in as the holding midfielders; however, the former could be assigned more of a central role as his ball distribution could be decisive if the Toffees wish to dominate things at the centre of the park.
James Rodriguez will slot into the attacking midfield role. The Colombian international will be determined to engineer some clear-cut goal-scoring chances for the men up front.
Tom Davies will have to settle for a place on the bench but might be called on in the latter stages of the game if needed.
Richarlison should be fit to take up the left-striker spot on Friday night as he seems set to create menace for the Spurs defenders in the wide areas.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin will spearhead Everton’s attack up top. The Englishman will fancy his chances of finding the back of the net when he faces off against the Tottenham defence that has conceded ten goals in their last five matches across all competitions.