Predicted Everton XI to play Swansea City - Hibbert to return after knock

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Everton could make several changes to their team for the League Cup trip to Swansea City.

The League Cup presents Everton with one of the most difficult games on the fixture list; Swansea City away.

It’s not the most difficult game the Toffees will face this season but it stands out from the League Cup games considering the attacking talent on both teams and the likelihood of changes.

We’ve attempted to name the potential side Roberto Martinez could take into the fixture.

GK – Joel

Joel could step into the side to give Tim Howard the chance to rest. The American is one of the best goalkeepers around but Joel is a solid deputy.

RB – Tony Hibbert

Hibbert is expected to recover from a knock ahead of this game. He provides experience on the right hand side.

CB – John Stones

One of the most talented defenders currently playing in England. He should be fine slotting in on the right hand side of central defence.

CB – Antolin Alcaraz

The 30-year-old guarantees that the experience stays in the heart of the back four. It’s a good chance for him to express himself.

LB – Luke Garbutt

Garbutt is a youngster with a promising future and someone who can prove he’s been studying Leighton Baines closely in this game.

RM – Christian Atsu

Didn’t have the best of games against Crystal Palace but should be slightly fresher as he was taken off after just over an hour.

CM – Muhamed Besic

Besic can provide some protection to the defence. He’s a holding player and well suited to making it difficult for the Swans.

CM – Darron Gibson

Gibson could be the man that Martinez tasks with sitting in the middle and controlling the game. He can drop back if the side is under pressure.

CM – Leon Osman

Osman also provides experience and he could be the man who pushes furthest forward from midfield and sits in behind the main striker.

LM – Aiden McGeady

McGeady can inject a lot of pace into the team off of the left. He can also switch and play over on the right during the game if asked to.

ST – Kevin Mirallas

Mirallas is normally a wide player but he has played up front before and could do so again if Martinez wants to rest Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto’o.

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