Everton expected 4-2-3-1 v Hull: 23-year-old returns to starting XI
By Emma Sanders
Ronald Koeman is expected to make just one change to the side which recorded a 2-0 victory over Leicester when they take on Hull in Thursday evening’s Premier League clash.
Ross Barkley is expected to replace Mason Holgate as Koeman should return to a more familiar starting line-up with a 4-2-3-1 formation.
The 23-year-old is expected to be handed another start after coming on as a substitute in the 2-0 victory and could take up an attacking role in midfield.
Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye are likely to line-up in the holding roles where they have been very impressive as part of Everton’s midfield this season.
Romelu Lukaku is the obvious choice up front and after scoring against Leicester he will be hoping to extend his goal tally to 10 in the league.
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Kevin Mirallas also netted against the champions so he is expected to retain his place in attack, alongside Aaron Lennon who has fought his way back into the first team as a regular in recent weeks.
Koeman is expected to return to his trusted back four and should name centre-backs Ashley Williams and Ramiro Funes Mori as the preferred pairing.
Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman are likely to line-up at left-back and right-back respectively and with Maarten Stekelenburg still sidelined, Joel Robles should be handed another start in goal.
In other Everton news, Robles revealed his role in their victory against Leicester.