By Daniel Feliciano

3rd Aug, 2022 | 7:10pm

Dominic Calvert-Lewin misses out, Dwight McNeil and James Tarkowski start - Everton predicted XI v Chelsea

Everton prepare to open up their Premier League campaign by welcoming Chelsea at Goodison Park this weekend, and Frank Lampard has decisions to make.

The boss has managed to bring in three signings so far this summer, with James Tarkowski being joined by Ruben Vinagre and Dwight McNeil in the last week while Idriss Gueye looks set to return soon too.

But whose ready to make a splash in the starting lineup this weekend in the Premier League opener? And what formation will Lampard opt for?

One thing for certain is that if available and fit as expected, then Jordan Pickford will start in goal. He is the undisputed number one and his performances at the back end of the season were a big factor in the team staying in the Premier League.

He could even get the captain’s armband for the game, with Nathan Patterson impressing so much in pre-season that he could be given the nod to start in a back-five formation.

The Scot has been excellent driving up and down the pitch and his youth and energy could be best suited to this side, and he could get the starting berth ahead of Seamus Coleman while Vitalii Mykolenko should start at left wing-back despite Vinagre’s arrival.

In the centre of defence Yerry Mina is likely to miss out as the Colombian is injured, but Tarkowski is fit and has been in good form since joining so should start in the centre. He’s likely to be flanked by Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate if Lampard opts for this system.

Midfield is still a little bit light right now but even if Gueye arrives in time for the game the likelihood of being thrown into the starting lineup immediately is unlikely.

Allan seems to have fallen out of favour while Andre Gomes has been told he is free to leave so he’s unlikely to be selected, meaning Lampard will opt for Abdoulaye Doucoure and Alex Iwobi as an energetic pairing in the middle ahead of Tom Davies.

In attack there is a severe lack of goal threat right now. After selling Richarlison to Tottenham for £60m the club have brought in McNeil from Burnley, but he failed to score or assist a single goal last year as they were relegated.

He should get the nod on the left wing though, and will hope to pick up where he left off in his debut with two goals against Dynamo Kyiv last week.

Anthony Gordon is staying at Goodison Park and has been given the number 10 shirt to show his importance to the side and will start on the right, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks likely to miss the game with an injury picked up in training.

Salomon Rondon is suspended after his red card last season against Brentford, which means there are no senior strikers available. That could give Dele Alli the chance to start for just the second time since joining Everton, albeit in a more unnatural role.

Predicted Everton XI: Pickford; Holgate, Tarkowski, Godfrey; Patterson, Doucoure, Iwobi, Mykolenko; Gordon, Dele, McNeil