Everton vs Southampton rosters as James Rodriguez calls amid Carlo Ancelotti’s mind games

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Gordon has a point to prove with Richarlison absent Phil Kirkbride: Richarlison’s suspension means Ancelotti has a decision to make on the left wig.

He said Bernard was an option, but looked more comfortable playing further this season, so it looks like a straight race between Alex Iwobi and Anthony Gordon.

Iwobi did well when he came against Brighton and had a good game in the cup against Fleetwood and you could see why Ancelotti, against a busy Southampton defense, would rebound him.

But Gordon has a point to prove and his cameo against Fleetwood has been one of the most impressive off-bench performances seen in some time. A player with a bit between his teeth like Gordon can be dangerous.

In midfield, and given what Ancelotti has said about ‘compact’ Southampton, it may be time for Gylfi Sigurdsson to be reinstated in the starting XI.

My team (4-3-3): Pickford, Godfrey, Keane, Mina, Digne, Allan, Doucoure, Sigurdsson, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Gordon



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Rodriguez is too influential

Adam Jones: Will he play? Won’t he play?

The big question at Everton this weekend is of course centered on James Rodriguez.

If he’s fit, then he has to start. You could argue that he may not yet have been in great shape throughout his time at the club, but he has proven to be too influential to be left out.

Apart from that, there should still be a few changes from Carlo Ancelotti, one imposed and the other not.

Alex Iwobi is expected to be the man called up to replace Richarlison, having looked very good against Brighton especially in this role earlier this season. Anthony Gordon will have to wait for the moment.

Meanwhile, the addition of Gylfi Sigurdsson in midfield could really help Everton in terms of dismantling what will be a compact and difficult Southampton side to face.

He scored an incredible goal in a game we would all rather forget a few years ago at St Mary’s, hopefully he can produce the merchandise in a winning encounter for the Blues this time around.

My team (4-3-3): Pickford; Godfrey, Mina, Keane, Digne; Allan, Doucoure, Sigurdsson; Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi

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Godfrey will make his full debut

Connor O’Neill: The same should be true for Carlo Ancelotti when he picks his Everton side for this afternoon’s clash with Southampton.

It’s hard to see the Blues boss making too many unforced changes to what has become the norm so far this season for today’s clash on the South Coast.

Jordan Pickford will undoubtedly start in the goal, while Ben Godfrey will replace Seamus Coleman, with Michael Keane, Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne in the final four.

Then it will be a midfielder three of Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Andre Gomes, with James Rodriguez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alex Iwobi in front of them.

However, if Rodriguez does not do so, there is hope that Anthony Gordon will replace the former Real Madrid player.

My team (4-3-3): Pickford, Godfrey, Keane, Mina, Digne, Allan, Doucoure, Gomes, Rodriguez, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin.

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