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Predicted Everton XI to face Southampton

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Predicted Everton XI to face Southampton

Premier League leaders Everton take on Southampton today and are hoping to keep their outstanding early season form going.

The Toffees dropped points for the first time last weekend with a 2-2 draw against Liverpool, but are still sitting pretty at the summit.

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Carlo Ancelotti’s team have the chance to restore a three-point gap between themselves and their bitter rivals by beating Southampton, who are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games, at St. Mary’s Stadium.

It’s going to be interesting to see how Ancelotti sets up.

The manager has said he hasn’t considered taking Jordan Pickford out of the team, with the England number one having regularly come under fire so far this term.

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In front of him, it’s likely to be a back four of Ben Godfrey at right-back, Yerry Mina, Michael Kean and Lucas Digne.

 

Seamus Coleman is unavailable through injury and the game may come too soon for Jonjoe Kenny, so £25 million summer signing Godfrey (BBC Sport) could be asked to operate out of position again.

In midfield, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure are surely nailed on, and Gylfi Sigurdsson has appeared to benefit from the better quality around him of late and could start as the attacking midfielder.

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James Rodriguez – will he or won’t he? Ancelotti said earlier this week that he’d be out for the game, but the Italian has since suggested he could be fit after all. Having partly participated in training on Friday, it’d be unsurprising to see the Colombian starting.

One man who is definitely out is Richarlison followed by his red card last weekend and so Bernard, 28, may get a chance on the left for his first Premier League minutes of the season, with in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin obviously through the middle.

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