Everton lineups vs Southampton as James Rodriguez call made amid Carlo Ancelotti mind games – Liverpool Echo

Gordon has a point to prove with Richarlison out

Phil Kirkbride: Richarlison’s suspension means Ancelotti has a decision to make on the left wig.

He said Bernard is an option but he has looked more comfortable playing further back this season so it appears to be a straight race between Alex Iwobi and Anthony Gordon.

Iwobi did well when he came on against Brighton and had a good game in the cup against Fleetwood and you could understand why Ancelotti, against a packed Southampton defence, would plump for him. 

But Gordon has a point to prove and his cameo against Fleetwood was once of the most impressive off-the-bench performances seen in some time. A player with the bit between his teeth like Gordon can be dangerous.

In midfield, and given what Ancelotti has said about facing the “compact” Southampton, perhaps it’s time Gylfi Sigurdsson was restored to the starting XI.

My team (4-3-3):   Pickford, Godfrey, Keane, Mina, Digne, Allan, Doucoure, Sigurdsson, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Gordon

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Rodriguez is too influential

Adam Jones: Will he play? Won’t he play?

The big question facing Everton this weekend of course, centres around James Rodriguez.

If he’s fit, then he has to start. You could argue that he might not have been fully fit yet throughout his time with the club, but he’s proven too influential to leave out of the side.

Aside from that there still should be a couple of changes from Carlo Ancelotti, one enforced and one not.

Alex Iwobi should be the man called upon to replace Richarlison, having looked very good against Brighton in particular in that role earlier this season. Anthony Gordon will have to wait for the time-being.

Meanwhile, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s addition in midfield could really help Everton in terms of breaking down what will be a compact and difficult Southampton side to play against.

He bagged an incredible goal in a game we’d rather all forget a few years ago at St Mary’s, let’s hope he can produce the goods in a winning encounter for the Blues this time around though.

My team (4-3-3): Pickford; Godfrey, Mina, Keane, Digne; Allan, Doucoure, Sigurdsson; Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi

*How would you line up against Southampton? Have your say in the comments section.

 

Godfrey to be handed full debut

Connor O’Neill:  It should just be a case of more of the same for Carlo Ancelotti when he picks his Everton side for this afternoon’s clash with Southampton.

It is hard to see the Blues boss making too many unforced changes to what has become the norm so far this season for today’s clash on the south coast.

Jordan Pickford will no doubt start in goal, while Ben Godfrey will replace Seamus Coleman, with Michael Keane, Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne making up the back four.

Then it will be a midfield three of Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Andre Gomes, with James Rodriguez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alex Iwobi in front of them. 

However, should Rodriguez not make it, then one hopes to see Anthony Gordon come in for the former Real Madrid man.

My team(4-3-3): Pickford, Godfrey, Keane, Mina, Digne, Allan, Doucoure, Gomes, Rodriguez, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin.