Everton will be raring to go on Sunday as they face local rivals Liverpool in what is certain to be a cracking game on Merseyside.
The Toffees will be desperate to beat the Reds. A win could well delay their rivals’ title celebrations and, crucially, if Arsenal beat Man City, stops Liverpool sealing the deal against their bitter city rivals.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has turned things around at Goodison Park. However, he’ll be looking for massive improvement based on the team’s last Premier League performance.
That outing saw them hammered 4-0 by Chelsea. A miserable way to sign off pre-lockdown football if there ever was one.
However, with a fully-fit Andre Gomes raring to go and a number of other players available, Ancelotti will be hopeful of pulling off the upset this coming weekend.
Everton’s recent record against Liverpool is a miserable one. The Italian, then, will be desperate to put that right.
Theo Walcott is one definite absentee for Everton. Ancelotti confirming this to Sky Sports this week.
With that, we’ve looked at how the Toffees could line up. With a few nagging injury doubts, we believe Ancelotti will opt for two changes.
Yerry Mina could come back in for Mason Holgate or Michael Keane. Meanwhile, £34m man, Alex Iwobi might well get the nod ahead of Bernard, who went off injured at Stamford Bridge in March.
Here’s our predicted XI for the Everton v Liverpool fixture this weekend, in what will likely be a fluid 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 formation.