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Iwobi To Start, Gordon On The Bench | 4-2-3-1 Everton Predicted Lineup Vs West Ham United

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Everton will entertain West Ham United at Goodison Park on Sunday evening as they look to return to winning ways in the Premier League. The Toffees played out a 1-1 stalemate against Manchester United before the international break, so they will be eager to pick up all three points versus the Hammers this weekend.

Rafael Benitez will set his side up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and could make one change to his starting XI for this game. However, the Spanish head coach has a number of injury concerns to cope with ahead of this exciting contest at Merseyside as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Seamus Coleman and Andre Gomes are all unlikely to recover in time for this weekend.

4-2-3-1 Everton Predicted Lineup To Face West Ham United


Jordan Pickford will continue to play in between the sticks for Everton after he helped his team earn a well-deserved draw away at Man United in his last league outing. Yerry Mina will function alongside Michael Keane in central defence as they try to keep West Ham’s Michail Antonio quiet throughout the 90 minutes.

Ben Godfrey will operate as a makeshift right-back in the injury absence of Seamus Coleman who suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty last month. Lucas Digne has a tight hamstring, so he will be in a race against time to be fit to start at left-back. Benitez will ask both his full-backs to pick and choose their moments to join in on the attack so that they can create enough chances from the wide areas.

Mason Holgate will offer cover for the defensive positions on the Toffees bench.

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Allan will anchor the Everton midfield along with Abdoulaye Doucoure as they try to establish their dominance over the opposition at the centre of the park. Andre Gomes is unlikely to be risked in this game but Ben Davies should be available for a place on the bench and might come on to add some energy in the second half if needed.

Alex Iwobi is a slight doubt but could get a chance to impress down the left flank while Andros Townsend hopes to build on his goal-scoring display versus the Red Devils by putting in another influential display on the right.

Demarai Gray will probably feature as a free-flowing attacking midfielder down the middle and could be asked to play on the shoulders of Salomón Rondón in the final third.


Salomon Rondon will spearhead Benitez’s attack up top. He failed to register a goal in his last outing, so this could be another chance for him to shine as Everton’s primary forward. Both Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are still recovering from their respective injuries. This home game might come too soon for them which could make things difficult for Everton this weekend.

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