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Predicted Everton XI tonight: Eight changes, £34m man starts

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Predicted Everton XI tonight: Eight changes, £34m man starts

The Toffees take on Fleetwood Town in the League Cup this evening.

Everton take on Fleetwood Town in the Carabao Cup tonight with Carlo Ancelotti hoping to oversee a straightforward passage into round four of the competition.

The Cod Army have started their season in decent fashion with one win and a defeat in the league and a victories over Wigan and Port Vale in the cup.

Everton have raced out of the blocks this season beating Tottenham 1-0 on the opening day of the 2020/21 campaign, before thrashing West Brom 5-2 at the weekend.

Ahead of tonight’s game, we looked at how Ancelotti might line his team up.

In goal and back four

Joao Virginia recently penned a new deal and he looks set to continue in goal, with regular stopper Jordan Pickford on the bench.

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Yerry Mina and Michael Keane might get the chance to continue their good form by playing alongside each other at centre-back.

Jarrad Branthwaite is also in contention for a starting berth.

It might be all change at full-back, with Jonjoe Kenny and Niels Nkounkou getting another chance to impress.

Midfield

During the last Carabao Cup game against Salford, Ancelotti opted for a 4-2-3-1 setup and that could remain here.

Tom Davies played that night but there is talk of him heading to Southampton on loan.

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With that in mind, Andre Gomes might get the chance to build up some more fitness.

 

The Portuguese star could start alongside Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

In attack

On the flanks, Anthony Gordon and Alex Iwobi could get chances to get themselves some game time.

Gordon burst onto the scene last season and will hope to make an even bigger impact this season.

Iwobi has flattered to deceive since his £34 million move from Arsenal during August 2019.

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He will hope to prove to the Everton faithful that he can still do a job for the club.

The striking role for the evening at Fleetwood will probably go to Moise Kean.

Signed from Juventus in 2019, the £53,000-a-week player scored against Salford in the previous round.

Behind him the No.10 role Bernard should probably get the chance, after his solid showing in the previous round.

Here is how Ancelotti’s team might look this evening:

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