How Everton should line up against Chelsea – Marco Silva needs a Richarlison

‘Keep everything crossed that Richarlison is passed fit’

Phil Kirkbride: The only change Everton should make to their starting XI is an enforced one with Kurt Zouma ineligible to face his parent club.

Everyone is keeping everything crossed that Richarlison will be passed fit. Everton are not the same without him, for sure

Theo Walcott’s pace will be vital at Stamford Bridge as Everton try to hit Chelsea on the counter-attack.

There is a case for Ademola Lookman to play but he remains an option off the bench, with Bernard starting.

My team (4-2-3-1): Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Richarlison

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‘If Richarlison doesn’t make it then Marco Silva needs a contingency plan’

Joe Rimmer: It’s hard to disagree with Phil on this one.

There’s no need to make changes, but if Richarlison doesn’t make it then Marco Silva needs a contingency plan.

That will have to involve Cenk Tosun and perhaps a safer style of play.

But for now I’m working on the basis that Richarlison is fit, with Bernard and Theo Walcott in behind. Ademola Lookman is an option, but for me Walcott’s experience gives him the edge.

It’ll be interesting to see how Yerry Mina does up against an in-form Alvaro Morata at the other end of the pitch.

My team (4-2-3-1): Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Richarlison

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