Predicted Everton XI to face West Ham in the Premier League
Everton take on West Ham this weekend as they aim to get back to winning ways after two draws in their last two Premier League matches.
The Toffees are unbeaten so far this term and will fancy their chances against Manuel Pellegrini’s men. West Ham are without a single point in their first four matches and lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers at home before the international break.
Marco Silva has a depleted squad with many players ruled out. Seamus Coleman has suffered a stress fracture in his foot while Dominic Calvert-Lewin picked up an injury while on international duty. Theo Walcott is also likely to miss out against West Ham with a rib injury.
Idrissa Gueye is set to be out for a couple of weeks, while the West Ham game is likely to come too soon for Phil Jagielka. Also, Michael Keane will be sidelined for a month with a fractured skull.
Andre Gomes is out with a hamstring injury, but Bernard could be fit in time to face the Hammers. Meanwhile, Richarlison continues his three-game suspension.
Beni Baningime and James McCarthy are long-term casualties for the Toffees.
Probable Everton XI
Manager: Marco Silva
Jordan Pickford (GK)
Pickford has been excellent in goal for Everton and although he needs to work on some aspects of his game, he has a bright future ahead of him.
Jonjoe Kenny (RB)
Kenny stepped into Coleman’s shoes admirably last season and could get a chance on Sunday. He is an industrious, energetic and attacking full-back who is fantastic on the overlap.
Kurt Zouma (CB)
Strong and powerful, Zouma would be looking to keep the West Ham attackers at bay and guide his young defensive partner Mason Holgate in the game.
Mason Holgate (CB)
Injuries to Jagielka and Keane has presented Holgate with a chance in the first-team. Holgate should look to grab the opportunities with both hands and repay the manager’s faith.
Lucas Digne (LB)
Digne is an agile and pacey left-back who loves to maraud forward and provide width to the team.
Morgan Schneiderlin (CM)
Schneiderlin has played an important role under Marco Silva so far and looks set to be a key member of Everton’s starting line-up throughout the campaign.
Tom Davies (CM)
Partnering Schneiderlin in the middle of the park should be Davies, who should look to control the tempo of Everton’s play through his passing ability.
Ademola Lookman (RW)
Walcott is unlikely to feature against West Ham, meaning Lookman could get a start. The nippy forward will be looking to make the most of his chance on Sunday.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (CAM)
A technically gifted midfielder, Sigurdsson is an asset going forward and his creativity would be important in unlocking West Ham’s backline.
Bernard is very much capable of adding a little bit of magic in Everton’s final third. With Richarlison still suspended, now might be the perfect time for Silva to unleash the diminutive Brazilian.
Cenk Tosun (ST)
Tosun needs a goal or two to get back his confidence. Silva will want the Turkish star to showcase his undoubted natural ability against the Hammers on Sunday.