Neal Maupay, Vitalii Mykolenko and Idrissa Gueye axed - Everton predicted XI v Arsenal
Sean Dyche could look to press reset on his Everton team when they head to the Emirates to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday night (1 March).
The Toffees have won two and lost two of the four matches Dyche has been the manager for, including a 1-0 win over Arsenal earlier this month in his first game in charge.
But the team are now back in the relegation zone after defeat to Aston Villa at the weekend, and the boss must look to find a way to score more goals with Everton having only netted 17 times in 24 games so far this season.
Between the sticks there are no question marks about Jordan Pickford’s commitment, with a new contract and a top performance against Villa most recently meaning he will definitely start if fit.
Defensively Dyche has been set on his back four, with the same set of players starting each game so far but that could change here.
Seamus Coleman will keep his place at right-back despite the return to fitness of Nathan Patterson, and Conor Coady and James Tarkowski’s partnership in the middle looks unlikely to be broken up any time soon.
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However Vitalii Mykolenko continues to struggle to find his previous good form at left-back, and that could open the door for Ben Godfrey to come into an unnatural positon but add some more height and physicality to the side.
In midfield Abdoulaye Doucoure and Amadou Onana have been the stand-out operators since his arrival at Goodison Park, but Idrissa Gueye has looked leggy recently and conceded a penalty against Villa.
That could see the Senegal international drop out of the side, allowing Alex Iwobi to move into a more central position where he has shone this season for the most part.
Dwight McNeil had one of his better showings since his summer arrival at the weekend and so should keep his place, but Dyche should look to move him to the right-wing so he has more of a goal threat when cutting in on his left foot.
That will also open up the left-wing position for the club’s top scorer so far this season Demarai Gray to finally get a start, having so far been restricted to substitute appearances under the new manager.
Up front Neal Maupay has started the last two games but has put in poor performances, and with Dominic Calvert-Lewin still missing with a hamstring problem it should allow Ellis Simms to get another run out from the start.
Everton predicted XI v Arsenal: Pickford; Coleman, Coady, Tarkowski, Godfrey; Doucoure, Onana, Iwobi; McNeil, Gray, Simms