Koeman To Back Toffees’ Youth: Everton’s Predicted Line-up v Apollon Limassol

By timgarrett IN Europa League,Lineup - 12:30 Sep 28th 2017

Oumar Niasse may have saved Everton’s blushes with a timely brace at home to Bournemouth last Saturday, but questions still remain over the start Ronald Koeman’s expensively assembled squad have made to their campaign. Domestic defeats have caused unrest amongst the fans, while a 3-0 demolition at the hands of Atalanta left many furious. Improvements, then, are required tonight as they host Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park.

The Everton manager has defended his decision to leave last weekend’s match winner Niasse out of his Europa League squad, and despite the Senegal international’s return to form, the players at his disposal must certainly be considered capable of gaining results at this level.

With much resting on the outcome of tonight’s match, it’s vital Koeman gets his selection right. This is the XI we expect him to go with:

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EVERTON LINE-UP
v LIMASSOL - GOODISON PARK, 28 Sep 2017, 20:05
PLAYER% MINS PLDGLSAST.
Pickford
67%
000 / 0
Baines
78%
000 / 0
Williams
69%
002 / 0
Holgate
56%
000 / 0
Kenny
13%
000 / 0
Schneiderl
63%
003 / 1
Gueye
64%
002 / 0
Davies
46%
022 / 0
Gylfi Sigu
59%
001 / 0
Calvert-Le
62%
220 / 0
Rooney
70%
203 / 0
Totals4413 / 1

Everton’s back 4 tonight looks set to be a classic combination of youth and experience, with 20 year olds Mason Holgate and Jonjoe Kenny set to partner Leighton Baines, 32, and Ashley Williams, 33. It’s a quarter that has never appeared together previously, so it will be interesting to see how they cope.

The midfield trio of Tom Davies, Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye, on the other hand, has plenty of experience playing together, and Everton’s win percentage is well over 50% when the 3 start together.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks set to return to the fold, having earned much praise for his performances of late. With just 1 goal in 17 Everton appearances, however, he must now seek to become more clinical in order to establish himself as a regular first team starter.

Overall, it’s a strong, youthful and exciting Everton side, and one, which should be more than capable of overcoming Apollon Limassol this evening.

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