Trio Return To Starting XI For The Visit Of Watford

Michael Keane, Theo Walcott and Bernard return to the Everton starting line-up as Marco Silva makes three changes for Monday’s Goodison Park meeting with Watford.

The trio replace Kurt Zouma, Ademola Lookman and Cenk Tosun from the side that drew 1-1 with Newcastle United last Wednesday as Silva reverts to the XI he selected for three straight outings prior to the visit of the Magpies. 

Walcott’s inclusion means he racks up a 300th Premier League appearance, while there is also a top-flight milestone for Keane, who reaches three figures in the competition. 

Keane will take his place in defence alongside Yerry Mina, Lucas Digne and stand-in skipper Seamus Coleman, a back five completed by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and once again protected by the pairing of Andre Gomes and Idrissa Gana Gueye in midfield. 

Walcott and Bernard adopt their familiar positions on either wing, with Gylfi Sigurdsson set to make his 50th Everton appearance in behind Brazil international Richarlison.  

Zouma, Lookman and Tosun all take their place on the bench, where they are joined by Maarten Stekelenburg, Leighton Baines, Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

"This is the best 11 to start the match,” said Silva ahead of kick off. “Of course it was a headache to decide but I feel we came up with a good solution. 

“The players who have come out played really well [against Newcastle]. [Kurt] Zouma had a fantastic game again and it wasn’t easy to change him.

“But it is a part of my job to make these decisions. 

“What is important for me is that these players are now ready to help the team if they are needed."




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