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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti facing one tough selection in particular this weekend



Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti facing one tough selection in particular this weekend

Everton are looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the 2020/21 season when they face Newcastle United on Sunday.

The Toffees are currently licking their wounds after losing 2-0 to Southampton, ending their remarkable unbeaten start.

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James Ward-Prowes and Che Adams got the goals to condemn Everton to defeat, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side remain top of the pile in the Premier League on goal difference.

The manager will have some thinking to do ahead of the game with Newcastle, and he’ll have to take some extra time to determine who is going to operate at right-back.

Newcastle are more than likely to deploy Allan Saint-Maximin on the left wing, and the Frenchman is very much the Magpies’ danger man.

Ancelotti won’t have Seamus Coleman to call on thanks to injury, but 23-year-old Jonjoe Kenny should be available again having returned to training recently.


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Ben Godfrey played at right-back against the Saints and struggled.

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The £25 million signing from Norwich City (BBC Sport) has a big future ahead of him, but he is obviously a central defender.

Ancelotti would be doing the 22-year-old no favours at all putting him in against Saint-Maximin, who has a scary turn of pace and many tricks up his sleeve.

That said, on the other hand, Kenny’s match fitness may be lacking after his spell on the sidelines.

It will be very interesting how the Italian sets up – Saint-Maximin is likely to fancy his chances regardless of who’s in front of him.

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