Carlo Ancelotti faces Gylfi Sigurdsson’s decision as Everton answers in search of Richarlison.


The Blues suffered their first campaign defeat last time around and, thanks to goals from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams, were defeated 2-0 in the first half by Southampton.

Everton will return to the winning ways this weekend when they face Newcastle United on Sunday.

Adam Jones estimates the number of changes Everton could make to its starting lineup to get back on the winning track at Newcastle United.

Who could keep their place

Everton is next up before Newcastle and could make a number of changes in his lineup to change his fate.

Despite the defeat they remained at the top of the Premier League due to goal difference, ahead of Liverpool in second place.

The central defensive pairing of Yerry Mina and Michael Keane was particularly important in the absence of Mason Holgate and will remain so in the next few games.

If injuries permit, one would expect the majority of the team to retain their place in the next away game despite a disappointing result on the south coast.

Jordan Pickford had a rather quiet day against Southampton after being in the spotlight the week before, but managed to score some strong saves in the 90 minutes.

James Rodriguez, if he was fit, would also keep his place – but he seemed to be struggling at the end of the defeat to Southampton, so an update on his condition might be necessary.

In midfield, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure are expected to keep their places in the squad, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin will have a chance to get back on the scoresheet.

Who could drop out

One of them will be enforced, at least for the time being.

Apart from the possibility that the Colombian international will be eliminated from the team if he is found unfit, Ancelotti faces a number of other changes for this weekend’s game.

Lucas Digne received a red card after a clash with Kyle Walker-Peters against Southampton and will miss the next three games, although Ancelotti revealed after the game that the Blues would appeal the decision.

Alex Iwobi had the chance to impress in the absence of Richarlison by a suspension last weekend, but failed to make his mark on the proceedings.

Elsewhere, however, there could still be players who drop out of the team.

In the meantime, Ben Godfrey, who has been given the rather thankless task of filling in as a legal defender, which is not his natural position, could also leave the team to take on someone more experienced in that role.

Similarly, Gylfi Sigurdsson, who had fought his way up to midfield after a string of good performances, did not reach the heights his manager would have expected.


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