COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Everton are expected to make two changes for their Premier League clash against Southampton on Sunday afternoon at St Mary’s Stadium.
Ronald Koeman will return to his former home on the south coast and could welcome back Gareth Barry and Gerard Deulofeu to his starting eleven.
This will likely see James McCarthy and attacking midfielder Aaron Lennon drop out of the lineup following the 1-1 draw against Swansea last Saturday.
The experienced Barry missed the Swans clash through suspension, but has built up a formidable partnership with summer signing Idrissa Gueye in the middle.
The Toffees welcomed back Leighton Baines from a two-month injury against Swansea and he is likely to keep his place in the left-back position.
He is expected the join the back four alongside Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams and Seamus Coleman.
Behind them will see goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who will be keen to impress after struggling with Southampton last season.
The attack is likely to feature forward trio Deulofeu, Ross Barkley and Yannick Bolasie.
Each have struggled to hit consistent form this season, but they all bring the ability to create a chance out of nothing and will cause problems to the Saints’ defence.
A further problem to Claude Puel’s back four will be in the form of striker Romelu Lukaku.
The 23-year-old has been in great form so far this season, scoring seven goals in 12 appearances and he bagged two in the same fixture last season.
The Merseyside club are currently seventh in the league table with 19 points from 12 fixtures, while their opponents are five points behind in 11th.
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