Everton expected 4-2-3-1 line-up v Watford: Midfielder axed
By Matt Farr
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is expected to make two changes to his side when they face Watford on Saturday.
Yannick Bolasie’s season-ending injury means Ross Barkley is set to return to the starting XI, while tricky winger Gerard Deulofeu is expected to come in for midfielder Tom Cleverley.
Seamus Coleman has overcome a minor head injury suffered against Manchester United on Sunday, and will retain his place on the right side of defence.
A late Leighton Baines penalty rescued a much-needed point for Everton against United last time out, but Koeman is keen for his side to come away with all three points this weekend.
Everton have won just one Premier League game in ten games, and have not kept a clean sheet since the win over West Ham on October 30.
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Ross Barkley was dropped to the bench to face United, and did not feature as one of Koeman’s three substitutes. However, Bolasie’s injury means a place in Everton’s attack has re-opened, and offers the 23-year-old a chance to win back the fans.
The England international has come under fire from the Everton faithful for his below-par performances this season. He was one of the nation’s most exciting talents last season, but his contribution of just three goals and one assist from 14 games in all competitions has not been deemed good enough.
Striker Romelu Lukaku has also been hit by criticism, with the Belgium star having failed to hit the back of the net since the end of October.
He will relish the chance to end his goal drought against a Watford side that have conceded 11 goals in their last four outings.
Both teams can move into sixth place with a win at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
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