Williams Returns To Blues XI


Ashley Williams returns from suspension as Ronald Koeman makes just one change for the visit of Burnley to Goodison Park. 

The Welshman comes back in after one game on the sidelines, with youngster Matthew Pennington dropping to the bench. 

Williams joins a back four also comprising Mason Holgate, Leighton Baines and skipper Phil Jagielka, with Joel Robles between the sticks. 

In front of them, Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gana Gueye will hold the midfield, while Tom Davies, Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku form the Blues' attack. 

"Ashley is one of the key players in our team, with a lot of experience," said Koeman. "It was a straightforward decision [to bring him back in].  

“We need to play out at a high tempo. I think that’s one of the key points, along with attacking movement. It will be difficult, they will drop back, they will try to close the gaps but it’s all about the offensive style of football that we like to show today. 

“If everybody expects an easy win, it can sometimes be the most difficult thing. But, again, it’s all about us today, how we start, how concentrated we are from the start of the game and, because we will create chances, how clinical we are.”

Everton are looking to record eight straight home wins for the first time in the Premier League era against the Clarets, while Lukaku is aiming to become the first Toffees player to score in nine successive home games since Dixie Dean in 1934.

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