Everton host Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday at Goodison Park in the first Premier League game of 2023 for both clubs.
There was temporary respite for Frank Lampard as his Everton side claimed an unlikely draw at the Etihad on New Year’s Eve.
Everton will be without midfielder Amadou Onana after the Belgian picked up his fifth booking of the season at Man City.
Abdoulaye Doucoure or Tom Davies will be vying to take his place in the side here at Goodison, while Anthony Gordon may struggle to get back into the starting XI after missing the New Year’s Eve draw with illness.
Lampard has a decision to make about whether to stick with the 5-3-2 formation which worked so well at the Etihad or revert to a more offensive 4-5-1 against weaker opponents.
All five defenders were solid and it will be difficult to drop any of them, especially with limited, in-form attacking options.
Danny Welbeck and Adam Webster missed Brighton’s game with Arsenal, and while the former is closer to a return, both are big doubts.
Mac Allister is back in Brighton following World Cup success and could be involved, given many of his fellow teammates have returned to action in the past week.
Moises Caicedo will return in midfield for the visitors after serving a one-game suspension on New Year’s Eve.
Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Patterson, Godfrey, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko; Doucoure, Gueye, Iwobi; Gray, Calvert-Lewin
Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:
Sanchez; Lamptey, Dunk, Colwill, Estupinan; Caicedo, Gross; March, Lallana, Mitoma; Trossard
We say: Everton 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion