Sigurdsson Skippers Everton As Silva Makes Three Changes

Gylfi Sigurdsson returns to Everton's starting XI and will captain the team as Marco Silva makes three changes for the Blues' New Year's Day clash with Leicester City.

Jonjoe Kenny starts for the first time since Everton won the reverse fixture with the Foxes back in October, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin will spearhead the Blues' attack.

Sigurdsson, who has eight Premier League goals this term and two in his past two starts, was rested for the majority of Saturday's trip to Brighton & Hove Albion, the Icelander appearing from the bench for the final 25 minutes having started all 19 of his side's previous league games.

He is set to play behind Calvert-Lewin – starting for the fourth time in five games – with Theo Walcott and nine-goal Richarlison operating on the flanks.

Kenny plays at right-back, with Lucas Digne on the opposite side of the back four and Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma deployed together in the middle of defence.

Andre Gomes and Idrissa Gana Gueye continue in the middle of the park, while Jordan Pickford plays his 59th top-flight game on the bounce following his summer 2017 arrival from Sunderland.

Yerry Mina, Bernard and Seamus Coleman are all among manager Silva's substitutes.

There are places on the bench, too, for Cenk Tosun, Tom Davies, Leighton Baines and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.





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