Everton line ups vs Salford – Rodriguez starts in changed team

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Starting line up predictions from our writers for Everton vs Salford City in the Carabao Cup this evening

Carlo Ancelotti will see this as a chance to give game-time to players not currently in his starting line-up for the league.

But he must guard against making too many changes given the importance of the competition to the club.

Jordan Pickford should remain in goal for this one and given Michael Keane and Yerry Mina played little or not in pre-season, Ancelotti should resist breaking their partnership up.

Jonjoe Kenny deserves a chance at right-back and Niels Nkounkou has shown enough so far for him to warrant a first shot at senior football.

Allan looked tired after his brilliant performance on Sunday, so can be rested, but Abdoulaye Doucoure needs to start, as should Andre Gomes, who is working his way back to full fitness.

Gylfi Sigurdsson can come in to replace Allan in a rejigged three-man midfield with Doucoure sitting deeper.

James Rodriguez is not fully match fit either and so should start, as should Richarlison but Moise Kean needs a chance, in place of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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Now, usually, the feeling would be centred around not making too many changes for a cup game immediately following a strong victory.

You don’t want to upset the flow of the team, you don’t want any sense of complacency – that sort of thing.

However in this case, in the first week of a new campaign with not much pre-season under the belt of the squad, Carlo Ancelotti needs to make a few switches here.

In central defence his hands may be tied somewhat thanks to injury, but elsewhere there’s a lot of players who will be relishing the opportunity to prove themselves for the first time in 2020/21.

Keeping the same formation as the weekend, Moise Kean should some into the side up front flanked by both Bernard and Anthony Gordon.

In midfield, Abdoulaye Doucoure should keep his place alongside Gylfi Sigurdsson and Tom Davies – with the former perhaps taking up the deeper role this time around.

Both full backs should also switch out for this one with Jonjoe Kenny and Niels Nkounkou given their opportunities to show what they can do.

There’s just no sense in risking injuries for this match, and playing a full strength side would certainly do that.

Everyone at Everton wants to end the longest trophy drought in the club’s history with the Blues having gone 25 years without major silverware.

Carlo Ancelotti now possesses the kind of players who can deliver a domestic honour and what’s more, they need game time to improve their match-sharpness right now.

Everton are not in Europe this season so both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup should be treated with the utmost respect and that means full strength line-ups – regardless of the opposition – and I certainly don’t want to see any messing about with ‘resting’ the goalkeeper so Jordan Pickford must play.

In fact the only change I’d make at all would be to give a breather to veteran captain Seamus Coleman to keep him fresh for the visit of West Bromwich Albion.

Get this tie won in the first hour and then ‘The Professor’ can start thinking about giving some of his other options a run-out.

Carlo Ancelotti said the « most important message » Everton sent out against Spurs was that they can compete with anyone.

But what about competing and going all the way in one of the cups? Silverware should surely be the next big target for the project building at Goodison Park right now.

That means this tie, despite it being at home and seemingly winnable, must be taken very seriously.

Jordan Pickford starts in goal. Jonjoe Kenny and Niels Nkounkou get their chances at full-back, with the senior duo of Michael Keane and Yerry Mina in between them.

Allan was irresistible on Sunday. I’d start him again here – but would look to switch him out on 60 for Abdoulaye Doucoure if all is going to plan.

Then up top, Moise Kean gets a go in the middle, flanked by Richarlison and James Rodriguez.

Source: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/everton-lineup-team-news-salford-18937058

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