Everton predicted lineup vs Watford: One forced change as Lampard sticks to 5-4-1

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Vitaliy Mykolenko has stepped up for Everton in recent games


Right wing back: Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi has not mellowed down under Lampard. The Nigerian has brought his A-game at almost every opportunity Lampard has given and has fit into the role of a right wing back like a glove fits the hand. He has been running and committing 100% in every game which is why he is getting the applause of the Everton faithful who have always been skeptical of his signing.

Centre back: Seamus Coleman

Seamus Coleman will reprise the centre back role again in the three man defence system. He has had solid performances and has not shied away from making those lung bursting runs forward.

Centre back: Michael Keane

With Mina and Godfrey out, Michael Keane will return to the starting lineup and should partner Coleman and Mason Holgate in central defence. The former Burnley man has been out of favour since the return of Mina but the Colombian’s calf injury provides Keane with a chance to redeem himself and win the trust of Lampard.

Centre back: Mason Holgate

Holgate has been silently racking up powerful displays. He scored the winner at King Power stadium and remained defensively sound. The Englishman has developed his game under Lampard and doesn’t look as nervy and susceptible as he used to look during the reign of Rafa Benitez.

Left wing back: Vitaliy Mykolenko

Game after game, Vitaliy Mykolenko is proving to be a shrewd signing for Everton. The people who wrote him off after early impressions are now scrambling to delete their comments. The Ukrainian is mixing up in the Everton culture and seems a lot more confident with each passing game. Against Watford, he should enjoy width and space to make runs forward and involve himself in the attack as he did against Leicester and was rewarded with an opportunistic goal.

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