Everton predicted XI: 'Extraordinary' ace returns as star retains place following Aston Villa comeback

With Champions League football now a long-gone dream, Everton will be looking to maintain some semblance of form in order to push for European football.

The Blues has won two, lost one and drawn one across their last five Premier League games as they go into their encounter against Sheffield United this Sunday. Carlo Ancelotti’s men were held to a 0-0 draw by Aston Villa last weekend, damaging their hope of European football for next year.

However, it should prove a relatively simple game for Carlo Ancelotti’s men with the Blades bottom of the league and with just one win across their last nine games across all competitions. However, the Merseysiders have a horrible home record this campaign and have lost eight of their 18 games.

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In terms of team news, the side are in good shape and welcome back James Rodriguez after his spell out with a minor calf injury. However, Yerry Mina is still out with an adductor issue whilst Jean-Phillipe Gambin remains a long-term absentee.

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The defence should feature the same quartet which started the game against Aston Villa last time out with Mason Holgate, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey and Lucas Digne sitting in front of Jordon Pickford.

Meanwhile, Abdoulaye Doucoure returned for the clash against the Villains after fears he could be out for the season, and should partner Allan in the centre of midfield.

Further forward, Seamus Coleman has enjoyed more freedom in a more right-midfield role and has started each of the last four league games. However, he is likely to make way for the ‘extraordinary’ Rodriguez, who should start on the right with Gylfi Sigurdsson playing on the left in a more 4-2-3-1 formation as opposed to the 4-4-2 used to compensate for the lack of a more attacking right sided option.

Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are the preferred attacking duo and have started 30 and 29 games respectively this term.

Everton predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Digne; Doucoure, Allan; Rodriguez, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin

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