The survival mission that began with a home win against Newcastle United is now nearing its culmination. Frank Lampard’s side have picked up 11 points out of the last six games which has driven them out of the relegation zone and placed them comfortably above Burnley and Leeds United. Everton could potentially ensure Premier League safety for next season if Leeds United fails to win their game against Brighton and Everton pick up at least a draw against the Bees.
Lampard has infused fighting spirit and instilled belief among Everton players that looked ridiculously under confident. Senior players such as Seamus Coleman and Fabian Delph have stepped up and shouldered the responsibilities. Richarlison, Jordan Pickford, Alex Iwobi and Vitaliy Mykolenko have started delivering every game which has aided Everton’s cause.
Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford
One of the sole reasons why Everton have managed to dig them out of the deep hole is because of the spectacular goalkeeping of Jordan Pickford in the recent phase. The Englishman has been spotless, producing unreal saves after saves to keep Everton alive in games. The player is at the zenith of his confidence and will hardly put a foot wrong.
Right wing back: Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi has also been one of the stars of this relegation fight as he continues to impress in every game with his commitment and clarity, even while playing as a right wing back. Lampard has unlocked the best version of Iwobi and he will be hoping that the Nigerian will continue racking up such high level performances in the remaining games of the season.
Centre back: Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman has led a spirited Everton and continues to be an influential figure on and off the pitch. Coleman will have an interesting battle with Yoane Wissa who has netted six goals this season.
Centre back: Michael Keane
With Yerry Mina injured and running the risk of missing the remaining three games, Michael Keane will partner Mason Holgate and Seamus Coleman in central defence. The Englishman was cool headed and sound against Watford while also offering aerial threat in the attack through set-pieces. Keane should build upon his strong showing at Vicarage Road. A tough test waits against Ivan Toney.
Centre back: Mason Holgate
With Godfrey still unavailable, Holgate will retain his spot in the starting lineup. The former Barnsley man has hit a purple patch in his season after a series of nervy and unreliable performances. Holgate has performed well when he sticks to the basics instead of overcomplicating his job. The recent run of good form will give him a confidence boost to face the likes of Toney and Bryan Mbuemo.
Left wing back: Vitaliy Mykolenko
Vitaliy Mykolenko is a rising star of this Everton side. The Ukrainian is putting in brilliant shift every game and is quickly becoming a fan favourite. Mykolenko is enjoying the freedom of joining the attack while his athleticism allows him to cover a lot of ground and take care of his defensive chores too.