Everton: 3 formations Ancelotti could use against Leeds United

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Alex Iwobi sparkled in a right wing back role against Fulham.

3-4-3: Fluid wingbacks with a solid back three

Carlo Ancelotti played with a 4-4-2 for most of last season but during the current campaign, he has experimented with several different set ups for his Everton side. The Toffees are playing Leeds United at home this weekend. With Marcelo Bielsa’s side being one of the most attacking in the league, selecting the right formation for Saturday is crucial.

The obvious choice would be 3-4-3 which brought Everton an away win at Fulham last week. Football managers are reluctant to change a winning team. The same logic could be applied to sticking with a formation that is getting results.

The obvious positives of 3-4-3 are that it allowed Alex Iwobi to play right wing-back where he produced his best performance for the club, creating countless chances. The formation also allowed James Rodriguez to play more centrally. Meaning the Colombian had less to do defensively and could focus on creating and scoring goals.

With the recent development of Digne’s ankle injury, Niels Nkounkou would be an ideal replacement at left wingback. Overall, the 3-4-3 looks like a solid option and with the option to switch to five at the back when defending, it could be the perfect formation to stop Leeds attack.

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