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Why is this match kicking off at 7pm on a Sunday? It’s all to do with the fact that it was initially slated for a Saturday lunchtime televised kick-off, but then the Europa League got in the way, and the powers-that-be at the TV companies didn’t want it to clash with today’s earlier matches. Or something along those lines.
Arsenal are beating Liverpool 3-2 with about four minutes of stoppage time to play. Rob Smyth has the story:
The England forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, after a seemingly interminable injury lay-off, takes his place on the bench for Everton, the first time he’s been in a match day squad this season. Anthony Gordon comes back in to the side with Dwight McNeil dropping to the bench – the only change to the team made by Lampard from the win against Southampton.
For the visitors, Casemiro makes his first Premier League start, so it will be fascinating to see how he gets on. Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford come into the starting side for Tyrell Malacia, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, who were in the XI for the win over Omonia.
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Onana, Gueye, Iwobi, Gray, Maupay, Gordon. Substitutes: Keane, McNeil, Calvert-Lewin, Begovic, Davies, Ruben Vinagre, Rondon, Garner, John.
Man Utd: de Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Shaw, Casemiro, Eriksen, Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford, Martial. Substitutes: Ronaldo, Malacia, Fred, Varane, Heaton, Sancho, Pellistri, Elanga, McTominay.
Things are going rather nicely at Everton lately. Last weekend’s 2-1 comeback victory at Southampton backed up a gritty 1-0 home win against Everton a couple of weeks ago. A third successive Premier League victory would see Everton move above today’s opponents, Manchester United, and into seventh place in the Premier League.
Frank Lampard seems to be gradually imbuing his squad with the same work ethic and will to win that he brought to his own playing career. His Goodison Park ‘project’ is progressing, and three points against Manchester United would be significant and very welcome step in the right direction.
On the other hand today’s visitors were not the first, and certainly won’t be the last, team to be torn apart by Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne. Erik ten Hag’s side managed a 3-2 comeback win against Omonia in midweek, and it remains to be seen if that 6-3 derby drubbing will usher in a downturn in their domestic form. Can they Get Back To Winning Ways™ in the league? There remain no guarantees in life – aside of course from Haaland scoring – and this one could go either way.