By Jonty Banks

21st Jan, 2023 | 2:03pm

Yerry Mina returns in defence - Everton confirmed starting XI v West Ham

Everton manager Frank Lampard has named his starting lineup for the crunch clash against West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday (21 January), the club confirmed.

The Toffees dropped level with Southampton at the foot of the Premier League table with a disappointing 2-1 to Nathan Jones’ side last time out at Goodison Park.

Reports have suggested that one of Lampard or Hammers boss David Moyes could face the sack depending on the result at the London Stadium. [Daily Mail, 17 January]

Via Twitter, Everton have shared their playing eleven for this game, with Lampard making one change from the side that lost to Southampton last week.

Yerry Mina returns to the heart of the Toffees’ defence in place of Ben Godfrey, while the rest of the team remains unchanged.

Season-defining

The pressure couldn’t be any greater on Toffees boss Frank Lampard ahead of this clash, so it could be a rather nervy start to affairs in East London.

It is not just on the pitch that Everton are spinning into turmoil as the toxic atmosphere around the club continues to grow.

The board of directors were warned to avoid travelling to the last match against Southampton because of safety concerns, and fans were seen chasing Anthony Gordon’s car down the streets outside the ground following the loss.

Even though a win could delay the inevitable-looking sacking of Lampard, it wouldn’t change the issues off the pitch, with owner Farhad Moshiri coming under fire in recent months.

An interesting footnote to the game is the potential return to Goodison Park of David Moyes, who is reportedly a game away from the sack at West Ham. For both managers, this game could decide whether they will still be in the job this time next week.