Lennon starts and experienced duo recalled: Everton best possible XI to face Chelsea
COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Aaron Lennon should return to the starting XI in place of Kevin Mirallas as Everton take on Chelsea in their Premier League clash this Saturday.
The forward must come in to the line-up to add extra pace to an Everton attack capable of caysing problems for Chelsea’s three-man defence.
Phil Jagielka and Tom Cleverley should also return to the starting XI too after they were came on as substitutes during last week’s 2-0 victory against West Ham.
Idrissa Gueye will serve a one-match ban after accumulating his fifth yellow card in the victory over West Ham so Cleverley would be the obvious replacement in midfield.
Leighton Baines and James McCarthy still remain sidelined with hamstring problems so Everton are in need of experience against a high-flying Chelsea side and Jagielka would bring that in defence.
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He should come in for Ramiro Funes Mori while Everton’s number one goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has recovered from a foot injury and would be the obvious first choice.
Seamus Coleman, Ashley Williams and Bryan Oviedo should all keep their places alongside Jagielka but Gareth Barry should sit slightly deeper in midfield to add further protection against an exciting Chelsea attack.
The former England international must act as a defensive barrier in an attempt to thwart the attacking talents of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.
Cleverley should sit alongside Barry in a deep-lying midfield role while Roos Barkley, who scored against West Ham, is allowed to push further up-field in the hope of breaking down the Chelsea defence on the counter-attack.
Romelu Lukaku is nailed on to start up front after adding his seven league goal of the season against West Ham, with only Chelsea forward Dieog Costa scoring more so far.
Yannick Bolasie should also keep his place in the starting XI as he can offer width on the right and his pace will be valuable for the Blues on the counter-attack alongside the threat of Lennon.
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