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Everton team news: Predicted 3-4-1-2 line-up vs Newcastle – Richarlison decison


Everton come into the clash off the back of a 1-0 win over Burnley last Thursday, while Newcastle United suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat to Manchester United, and with such a short turnaround during the hectic festive fixtures Ancelotti has hinted that he will be making several changes to his starting line-up in order to protect his players from injuries.

“Of course, I have to change players and try to put more players fresh if possible,” said Ancelotti.

“We are an energetic team. Physically, we are in really good condition, so we look forward to the next game.

“We don’t have really time to recover but we are going to check the players that were not able to play [on Boxing Day] – maybe they have more possibility to play against Newcastle.

“We have to see how the players recover. I am going to decide on the line-up on the day of the game.”

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Both wide players are also expected to be swapped out, with Lucas Digne replaced by Leighton Baines on the left and as Djibril Sidibe heads to the bench, Theo Walcott will be expected to start on the right.

Gylfi Sigurdsson will likely be moved further up the field as Bernard could lose his place to Tom Davies, who will then partner Fabian Delph in the middle of the park.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected to keep his place after scoring against Burnley while Richarlison could be rested and Moise Kean is likely to be handed a rare start.

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Ancelotti appears to have a fight on his hands to keep Richarlison at Goddison Park as the Brazilian’s performances has attracted the attention of Manchester United.

And while the 60-year-old Italian will be looking at strengthening his side during the January transfer window he has insisted he won’t be looking at bringing in a striker.

“For sure, I am not asking for a striker because up front we are really good,” he said.

“Anyway, we don’t talk about this until January 5.

“After that we can talk if we need something or not.”

And ahead of the game against Newcastle Ancelotti has called on his players to build on their new found momentum.

“Everton is a family,” he said. “I saw the spirit of the players in the game against Burnley and in the training sessions.

“We have to keep the same spirit [against Newcastle].

“[In future games] We want to be more efficient, to give good passes, to make good choices.

“We missed some counter-attacks where we could be more dangerous, but they were the only details where we have to improve.

“For everyone it was important to win, for the Club, the players for the supporters. We want the points to move up the table.”

Everton predicted line-up vs Newcastle – Premier League

Everton (3-4-1-2): Pickford; Keane, Mina, Coleman; Baines, Davies, Delph, Walcott; Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin, Kean



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