Everton predicted lineup vs Newcastle: Two changes as Lampard sets up his side in 4-2-3-1

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Everton, Andre Gomes
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Andre Gomes should retain his place in the Everton midfield


Central midfield: Allan

Allan crafted an exceptional through ball, a perfectly weighted pass over the head of the Brentford defenders that was exquisitely finished by Richarlison but the assist was more beautiful than the goal itself. The Brazilian operated as a ball winner and a guardian against the press of Brentford.

Allan might not face too much pressure in the middle of the park given Newcastle’s conservative approach. He will still be tasked with winning the ball in midfield and spraying it to better ball handlers like Andre Gomes and Dele Alli.

Central midfield: Andre Gomes

Gomes was spectacular in the FA Cup tie, making a strong case for himself to be included in the team despite intense competition in the midfield. Lampard should reward the Portuguese for his exhilarating performance and should hand him another start.

He coordinated well with Allan and was omnipresent everywhere. He is the bridge between Everton defending and starting the attack, making him an important component in the system.

Attacking midfield: Dele Alli

Dele Alli should be in line for his first start in Everton colours. After all the unwanted criticism Alli has faced for his attire and his way of life, supporters will be gunning for him to put up a splendid performance and shut down his haters.

Lampard was puzzled to be asked this question regarding Alli’s dress during his unveiling in front of Goodison Park.

"I’ve heard some of the reaction and I’ve got a lot of respect for everyone who’s spoken. But when you’re working with Dele, I don’t care what car he drives or what clothes he wears… It doesn’t bother me as long as they produce on the pitch. (via Richard Buxton)"

It might be a fluid attack with Alli and Richarlison swapping positions and Dominic Calvert-Lewin up top. Alli does have a point to prove after a stagnating season at Spurs. He can be a beast on the ball and can add much needed goals from midfield, something that Everton have craved for.