View: Rare start for Olsen, 2 changes: Predicted Everton starting XI vs Leeds
Everton will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Newcastle when they travel to Leeds on Wednesday.
Carlo Ancelotti blamed the mentality of the players for Saturday’s defeat and that could lead him to make some changes.
Leeds are a tough opponent and should be high on confidence after their dismantling of Leicester on Sunday.
They beat us in the home game this season too, proving tough to break down in what has become a bit of a familiar scene at Goodison Park this term.
We have been better away from home and are unbeaten on the road in five matches so it promises to be a close encounter.
Ancelotti will be forced into one change due to an injury to Jordan Pickford, so deputy Robin Olsen is in line to make his third league start of the season.
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He may have a lot of work to do since Leeds managed seven shots on target last time out, with the likes of Patrick Bamford and Raphinha scoring three goals between them in their last two games.
It is important not to make changes to the backline, therefore, even though we conceded twice against a struggling Newcastle style.
Familiarity is important for success and though there were a few underwhelming performances on Saturday, those same players should be determined to turn things around.
As such, this is how we predict Everton to line-up tonight…
James Rodriguez and Gylfi Sigurdsson recorded WhoScored ratings of 5.9 and 6.2 respectively, with the latter receiving a huge amount of criticism from fans for his display.
The Iceland international has an average WhoScored rating of just 6.6, and cannot influence the game as he might wish from a deeper midfield role.
Andre Gomes is the sensible replacement for Sigurdsson, and he showed against Wolves that he can be a positive influence on the attack with a perfect cross for Michael Keane’s headed winner.
Fabian Delph is also likely to available but we think he is best suited to a place on the bench due to his lack of game time.
Ancelotti will be expecting more of his players and will particularly hope for a reaction from his attack.
There may also be a place on the bench for new signing Josh King, and he could add a different dimension to our attack with his direct running style.
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