Three reasons why Everton can beat Liverpool and Manchester United and hit the PL top four
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Everton face two tricky away ties against both Liverpool and Manchester United over the course of the next week.
Ronald Koeman and his side travel to Anfield for a huge Merseyside derby on Saturday before they take the short trip down the M62 to Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Six points could mean that the Toffees would find themselves in the top four of the Premier League if other results were to go their way and here, Football Insider takes a look at three reasons why Koeman can guide his side to maximum points in the two games:
Everton will be without Coleman for what looks like a lengthy period of time after the full-back suffered a horrific leg break while playing for the Republic of Ireland against Wales during the international break. Without a proper right-back to fill the void, Everton could really struggle if Philippe Coutinho can pick up his form up. However, the players need to rally around and give Coleman a performance that can ease his suffering slightly as he recovers from surgery in Dublin. Phil Jagielka was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying that his side want to win the game for him, so this could give them the motivation they need ahead of the derby.
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Romelu Lukaku – of course
Who else but Lukaku? The Belgian striker is the Premier League’s top goalscorer at the moment with 21 goals to his name and he has found the net on nine occasions in his last six outings in the league. Liverpool and Man United defenders will be quaking in their boots over the prospect of facing the in-form 23-year-old. Klopp’s defence isn’t great at the best of times and Jose Mourinho is facing potential injuries in Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. Irrespective, Lukaku won’t be scared of any defence at the moment. His confidence is absolutely sky-high and he’s potentially playing for a mega-money summer transfer. What better way to announce that he’s ready for the elite than banging in goals against the Premier League big boys?
Jose Mourinho’s side will go into the Everton game off the back of a home tie with West Brom. The Baggies are high on confidence after a brilliant season and a recent 3-1 win over Arsenal, so who knows what could happen in the game? Especially when you consider West Brom have history of upsetting the apple cart at Old Trafford. Manchester United are also going to be without some key figures for the Everton game. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are doubts, while Paul Pogba could miss out too. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera could return from suspension, but this could mean wholesale changes to the United squad – and that could work in Everton’s favour.