Following on very quickly from the disappointing away loss at Spurs is a chance to quickly get back on track at home against a struggling Hull team.
We spoke in our match review of the Spurs game about a lack of balance, and for this game I expect some of the team that played against Wolfsberg to be recalled, as well as some of the players from Sunday rotated.
Samual Eto’o has had a decent start to the season but looked a little jaded vs. Spurs. He is not the youngest of players and seems to have played in most of the recent games. I would expect McGeady to come in for Eto’o and Barkley to resume his partnership with Lukaku (who looked much better in the past two games).
Signs are that this game could come a little early for McCarthey and Naismith but players that should be included on the bench are Kone and Ovideo. Both players scored on Monday night in an U21s game and are pushing to be involved with the first team.
Edit: Martinez says Naismith and McCarthey have outside chances of playing. Gibson definitely misses out.
Expected Everton team:
Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Barry, Besic, McGeady, Mirallas, Barkley, Lukaku
Robles, Browning, Garbutt, Ovideo, Pienaar, Kone, McCarthey, Naismith, Eto’o, Ledson, Hibbert
Hull meanwhile have not won a game since October and with striker Gaston Ramirez suspended face a difficult task. Manager Steve Bruce has been talking about his squad possibly lacking a little confidence due to their poor run of form:
“Confidence is an easy word but they have to roll their sleeves up and get stuck into it. You need to battle through it because that’s what Premier League players do.
“We’ve still got a long, long way to go. We’ve made four or five changes in the summer and that will improve us, I’m convinced of that.
“It’s my job, you have to keep believing. I still believe we’re a better team than we were last year. We have to find a formula of winning games but I’m convinced we will.”
What is your match prediction Blues?