April 18, 2024

Everton are back in action again after last Sunday’s disappointment, and will be hoping to return to winning ways at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.

Having showcased their solidarity following their ten-point deduction with a strong showing from the fanbase, Manchester United crashed the party and ran out 3-0 winners, stunning the home support.

And yet, Goodison Park maintained a full voice, with today’s travelling fans set to maintain that emphatic backing.

However, if the Toffees are to claim a result against the resolute Tricky Trees, who are notoriously imperious at home, Sean Dyche will surely have to make a few key tactical decisions.

Here’s our predicted XI for Everton’s game vs Crystal Palace… 

Jordan Pickford, as always, will star in between the sticks, and is expected to play a huge role if they are to claim a victory.

He will sit behind a back four largely unchanged, although Ashley Young’s continued underperformance could see him finally replaced.

With Vitaliy Mykolenko at left-back, and Jarrad Branthwaite and James Tarkowski occupying the central defender roles, Seamus Coleman will hopefully start if deemed fit enough.

The Irishman could be one of three changes expected.

Given Amadou Onana has already been ruled out, Idrissa Gana Gueye marks the natural replacement to continue occupying his vacancy. He will partner James Garner, with the two providing a fine foundation for Abdoulaye Doucoure to bomb forward.

Out wide is another position which could see a shakeup, with Dwight McNeil and Jack Harrison continuing to underperform. If Dyche is truly seeking to take the game to Forest, perhaps the former could drop out for Arnaut Danjuma, who did score on one of his three Premier League starts.

Meanwhile, the former Burnley man is yet to find the net this campaign.

However, the man they are set to aim for up front could also be absent, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin having trained alone in the run-up to today’s clash.

As such, their new £26m forward in Beto will have to deputise, if in fact he is also fit.

Having been branded a ‘monster’ by Lewis Dobbin upon signing, his hulking presence is expected to more than make up for the vacancy their 6 foot 2 finisher will leave.

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