Everton expected 4-3-3 v Swansea: Six remain sidelined as Koeman draws on youth
By Will Butcher
Ronald Koeman is expected to field an unchanged side to face Swansea on Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Stadium, despite losing 3-0 to Chelsea.
The Toffees will be looking to bounce back against the Swans after a demoralising defeat at Goodison Park that saw them keep Antonio Conte’s side at bay until just after the hour mark.
Koeman has his work cut out in picking a side as the the treatment room at Goodison Park remains busy. Defenders Ramiro Funes Mori and Seamus Coleman remain sidelined.
They join midfielders James McCarthy and Morgan Schneiderlin in nursing injuries, while Yannick Bolasie remains sidelined after undergoing a second knee operation this year.
Aaron Lennon will also miss out, after it was revealed the former Leeds and Tottenham star was detained under the Mental Health Act after police were concerned for his welfare.
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The long list of absentees will see Koeman continue to rely on youth, including Tom Davies, Dom Calvert-Lewin and Mason Holgate in his side.
Stekelenburg is set to remain in the side after finally displacing Spanish goalkeeper Joel Robles, after the lofty stopper made a number of goalkeeping errors in recent matches.
Covering for Funes Mori and Coleman, Holgate is expected to start after breaking into the first team alongside experienced trio Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams.
Sitting in front of the back four is likely to be Idrissa Gueye, who has proved to be one of the bargains of the season after joining the Toffees for around £7million from Aston Villa.
Academy products Davies and Ross Barkley have shone in recent outings and they are expected to combine, if Koeman starts with the both of them as he did in the loss to Chelsea.
West Ham loanee Enner Valencia could be given another chance to show he deserves a permanent deal, while Calvert-Lewin will be in buoyant mood after signing a contract.
They are likely to start behind former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who remains at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts with 24 strikes.
Koeman will be hoping his side can go one better than the reverse fixture that took place on home turf, as a late goal from Coleman earned a point against the Swans.
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