Everton lineups vs Leeds United as Mason Holgate starts and formation change for new Digne role – Liverpool Echo

Everton lineups vs Leeds United as Mason Holgate starts and formation change for new Digne role – Liverpool Echo

‘Everton changes needed after Newcastle defeat’

Adam Jones: It’s quite clear Everton need changes after that result against Newcastle.

Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that both Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate would be back in the line-up for this which is good news in my book, as they were conspicuous in their absence at the weekend.

But, I wouldn’t want to change the system too much, so that would mean Yerry Mina misses out for me. He played all three games last week, so perhaps could do with a rest.

In front of them I would switch to a pretty flat midfield three of Tom Davies, Andre Gomes and Abdoulaye Doucoure to try and give Everton as much structure as possible against a Leeds team with a lot of attacking talent.

The expected front three of Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez should start and should give the Blues more than enough creativity when they need it.

My team (4-3-3): Olsen; Godfrey, Holgate, Keane, Digne; Davies, Doucoure, Gomes; James, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.

‘Back to 4-4-2 with Lucas Digne further forward’

Chris Beesley: After the abject display that made a struggling Newcastle United side look like a slick outfit at Goodison Park on Saturday, you would imagine that Carlo Ancelotti will shuffle his pack for the trip to Elland Road.

The Blues boss has already indicated that goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will miss the game through injury while Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey – who both missed the 2-0 defeat to the Magpies – will return.

Given this knowledge, the question remains how Ancelotti will deploy the pair.

A return to the 4-4-2 system used in the previous game, a 1-1 draw with Leicester City looks like a possibility and an option to try and rid the side of the stench left from their last outing.

The aforementioned Holgate comes in for Coleman at right-back to give a mid-week breather for the 32-year-old captain while on the opposite flank, Godfrey’s restoration ensures Lucas Digne pushes further forward to a left wing role.

My team (4-4-2): Olsen; Holgate, Godfrey, Mina, Keane; Doucoure, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Digne; James, Calvert-Lewin.

Bernard of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park

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‘Mason Holgate in midfield’

Connor O’Neill: After Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Newcastle United, it is safe to say that Carlo Ancelotti will look to freshen things up tonight.

Robin Olsen will no doubt replace the injured Jordan Pickford in goal, while at the back, Michael Keane and Yerry Mina should continue at the heart of the defence.

However, Ben Godfrey should come in for Seamus Coleman at right-back, with Lucas Digne once again starting at left-back.

While in midfield, there simply has to be changes. Mason Holgate should be given the nod to come in and sit in front of the back four in the holding role position.

Then Tom Davies should also return to the starting line-up and partner Abdoulaye Doucoure just in front of the former Barnsley man.

Out wide, it has to be James Rodriguez on the right, Richarlison on the left, and Dominc Calvert-Lewin up top.

My team (4-1-4-1): Olsen; Godfrey, Keane, Mina, Digne; Holgate; Rodriguez, Davies, Doucoure, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.

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