Davies And Bolasie Start As Toffees Make Two Changes

Yannick Bolasie and Tom Davies both return to Everton’s team as manager Sam Allardyce makes two changes for this evening’s encounter with Southampton.

Teenager Davies, who appeared as a substitute in last week’s success at Huddersfield Town, lines up in a midfield trio also featuring Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gana Gueye.

Cenk Tosun starts at the tip of Everton’s attack, with Nikola Vlasic retaining his place on the flank and joined by the recalled Bolasie in a three-pronged forward line.

Jordan Pickford continues his Premier League ever-present record in the Toffees goal and will play behind the recently established back four of Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, skipper Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines.

Theo Walcott misses out against his former club, while Wayne Rooney is also absent from the matchday squad.

Oumar Niasse, Davy Klaassen and Ramiro Funes Mori are among the Everton substitutes. Goalkeeper Joel Robles is also on the bench, alongside Cuco Martina, Jonjoe Kenny and Beni Baningime, who this week penned a fresh contract to keep him at the Club until summer 2022.

“We want to try to keep the home record going,” said Allardyce, whose side have amassed 27 points from the past 39 available at Goodison Park.

“Our problem this week is injuries. Gylfi Sigurdsson has not made it back, which we thought he might do. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has a problem with his back… Wayne with his knee and Theo with his calf. It has left us a little light at the front end today.

“The lads stepping up need to make their mark on this game and play as well as those lads who are missing, so we do not miss them and go and try to win the game.

“We have to contain Southampton and want to be the team to score the first goal which will put them under enormous pressure.

“They will take chances – maybe more than usual. It is a little different from a normal game because of the situation Southampton are in. We have to manage that.

"And they have a different system to us, so our system has to function better than theirs. It will be interesting how that pans out.”


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