Six Changes For Lyon Tie

David Unsworth has made six changes from Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Leicester City with Everton looking to keep their Europa League hopes alive against Lyon this evening. 

Morgan Schneiderlin, Cuco Martina, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ademola Lookman, Mason Holgate and Beni Baningime come in, with Jordan Pickford, Ashley Williams, Jonjoe Kenny, Idrissa Gana Gueye and Aaron Lennon retained from the side that started at the King Power Stadium.  

Kevin Mirallas and Dominic Calvert-Lewin drop to the bench but there is no place in the matchday squad for Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Wayne Rooney or Tom Davies. 

As expected, 18-year-old defender Morgan Feeney is named on the bench for the first time, where he is joined by Mirallas, Calvert-Lewin, Joel Robles, Davy Klaassen, Muhamed Besic and Nikola Vlasic.  

Schneiderlin returns to the first XI having not featured in Everton's last three games, while it is a first start for Lookman since the Europa League trip to Hajduk Split on 24 August. 

“It’s a great opportunity for the lads who haven’t been playing and we took that decision collectively - we feel it’s the right one,” said Unsworth ahead of kick off.

“Every game that Everton play, our fans dictate that we try to win the game. We just wanted to freshen everything up and give a few players the opportunity that they’re craving and desperate for. We hope they perform and I hope they give me a decision to make for Sunday as well. 

“Every game that any Everton team come out to play in, we want to win, we want to perform and we want to do it for our fans, who are here in their thousands tonight.”

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