Everton expected 4-2-3-1 v Crystal Palace: Star man axed
By Amir Mir
Ross Barkley could be axed when Everton take on Crystal Palace on Friday night at Goodison Park.
Ronald Koeman could make one change to the side that lost 1-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, with Enner Valencia replacing England international Barkley.
Romelu Lukaku is likely to lead the Toffees line having scored four goals in five Premier League appearances this term.
The Belgian will be hoping to add to that tally, with wide players Yannick Bolasie and Kevin Mirallas likely to provide the service for their star striker.
As a result Valencia could start in behind Lukaku, with the West Ham loanee in line to make his first start in the league for the Merseyside club.
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Barkley could pay the price for some indifferent showings that resulted in criticism from manager Ronald Koeman.
Midfield duo Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye are likely to keep their place in the starting fold, after their impressive start to the campaign.
The defensive duo could line in front of centre-backs Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams, with the defensive line only conceding four league goals out of their opening six games this term.
Experienced left-back Leighton Baines could miss his second consecutive league game, as he recovers with injury, as Bryan Oviedo and Seamus Coleman the possibilities to line-up at full-back.
The Toffees suffered their first league defeat of the season in their previous encounter, but have still started the season in impressive fashion by picking up 13 points from their opening six games.
In contrast Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace are two places and three points behind Koeman’s side in seventh place.
Palace striker Christian Benteke scored a 94th minute winner away at Sunderland last Saturday to help the London club pick up their third win of the season.
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