By Will Butcher
Kevin Mirallas should be handed an Everton start to face Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Saturday after scoring for Belgium during the international break.
Mirallas, 29, scored from the penalty spot for his country during the 3-3 draw against Russia on Tuesday, and should be given a start in one of three changes made by Ronald Koeman.
Everton have suffered three injuries during the international break in Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Ramiro Funes Mori, with Morgan Schneiderlin also a doubt.
That will see Mason Holgate and Gareth Barry come into the side to replace Schneiderlin and Coleman, while Mirallas’ experience will serve him better over Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Youngster Calvert-Lewin scored last time out during the 4-0 win against Hull, but Mirallas must be preferred in a huge derby that will bring both pressure and expectation from fans.
Romelu Lukaku also scored for Belgium during the international break in a 1-1 draw against Greece, and he will be looking to add to his 21 Premier League goals.
He will be partnered by Belgium teammate Mirallas in attack, while Ross Barkley will be fresh after failing to make an appearance during the international break despite being called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Teenage star Tom Davies will be allowed to get forward from midfield, with Barry coming in alongside Idrissa Gueye with McCarthy and Schneiderlin both sidelined.
Young defender Holgate will come in to make just the seventh Premier League start of his career, in place of Ireland captain Coleman.
He joins veteran duo Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams in defence, while Leighton Baines will line-up on the left side of defence as they look to stop Liverpool’s free-flowing attack.
Ronald Koeman will be hoping his side, although depleted by injury, will finally end their dismal run of 18 years without a win at Anfield come Saturday lunchtime.
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