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Everton prepare to welcome Brentford to Goodison Park on Sunday [May 15] for the Blues’ crunch Premier League relegation clash.
A win is imperative with the Toffees’ topflight status still not certain as they sit only two points ahead of Burnley and Leeds in 16th.
Frank Lampard will go full strength against the Bees as they look to put as many points between them Burnley and Leeds in the final three games of the season.
Jordan Pickford will start in goal for the Blues. The former Sunderland man has been their standout performer for quite some time now earning them a plethora of points with so many top-class saves.
The 5-4-1 formation has worked wonders over the last few games but much like the Watford game, the wingbacks will be afforded the opportunity to attack the opposition.
Michael Keane holds down the centre of defence in Yerry Mina’s absence – the England international will have Seamus Coleman [right] and Mason Holgate [left] alongside.
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Alex Iwobi has taken excellently to his new role at wing-back, the 26-year-old will once again be deputised on the right side of the defence with the chance to get forward.
The left-wing back role will be filled by Vitaliy Mykolenko. After a difficult start to life in England, the youngster has really found his feet of late with his stunner in the win against Leicester serving as proof.
An injury at the worst time possible for Fabian Delph sees Allan come back into the fold. The Brazilian will play in the heart of midfield alongside Abdoulaye Doucoure who has been a stalwart since returning from injury.
Despite favourably playing upfront and doing rather well there recently – Richarlison will be deputised on the left-wing. The forward’s energy and aggression will be crucial in counteracting Brentford’s free-flowing football.
Unsurprisingly, Anthony Gordon will be tasked with playing on the right-wing. He has been incredible since Lampard’s arrival and the former Chelsea boss will want to see the same tenacity on the weekend.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin returns for his first start since April. The former Sheffield United striker has been protected of late as he works his way back to his best and with a cameo against Watford last time out, he will be ready to start up top.
In other Everton news, Martin Keown says that Everton must respond to a “tremendous body blow” in their “phenomenal” relegation war.
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