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Everton line-ups as Richarlison and Yerry Mina decisions made for Norwich


Everton cavalry return and three start

Chris Beesley: Is this the day that the cavalry finally arrive en masse for Everton?

Rafa Benitez should hope so as he desperately needs to get the Blues back to winning ways against a Norwich City side who have lost their last six Premier League matches and failed to score in the competition for over two months.

If ever their was a golden opportunity to keep an elusive clean sheet.

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I’m tempted to hand Nathan Patterson a debut but will resist as so many others are potentially coming back in.

Big guns Yerry Mina, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all return to the starting line-up to hopefully kick-start Everton’s climb up the table after what proved to be a largely miserable first half of the campaign.

Failure at Carrow Road doesn’t bear thinking about for Benitez.

My team (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Mykolenko, Keane, Mina; Allan, Doucoure; Gordon, Gray, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.

No headache for Benitez with this selection

Connor O'Neill: For the first time in a number of weeks, this afternoon’s Everton team should essentially pick itself.

Some might say that Rafa Benitez faces a selection headache, but given recent performances he really shouldn’t.

Jordan Pickford will no doubt return to start in goal, with Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey and Vitalii Mykolenko making up the back four.

While Allan, Andre Gomes and Abdoulaye Doucoure should form a midfield three, with Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray out wide, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin up top.

The temptation could be to start Richarlison from the off, but given the recent form of Gray and Gordon, it would be incredibly harsh to drop either of them, and it is also vital that Benitez operates with a midfield three.

And given Nathan Patterson didn’t feature against Hull last weekend, it is hard to imagine him coming in for Coleman this afternoon.

My team (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Godfrey, Mykolenko; Allan, Gomes; Gordon, Doucoure, Gray; Calvert-Lewin.

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Big names return to squad as DCL starts

Sean Bradbury: Rafa Benitez has been adamant Everton's form will improve in the second half of the season.

Today should be an interesting acid test of whether that will hold up.

The Blues travel to the Premier League's bottom side who have lost 14 of their 20 games.

And, perhaps even more crucially, Benitez has some big names available again.

The back five surely gets ditched for this one, with a chance to return to the 4-2-3-1 that brought an opening weekend win over Southampton.

Defensive selection is fairly straightforward. Although Yerry Mina has trained, it may be too soon for him to start.

So Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey and Vitalii Mykolenko get the nod.

Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure form a midfield two with Anthony Gordon, Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend ahead.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin starts up front, with Richarlison ready to go from the bench to slot into the attack at some stage.

My team (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Godfrey, Mykolenko; Allan, Doucoure; Townsend, Gray, Gordon; Calvert-Lewin.

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