Predicted Everton XI to play Liverpool - Mirallas back in?

Match to be played on Saturday 27th September 2014 at 12:45. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.

Everton’s defensive problems persisted in the League Cup against Swansea during the week despite the boost of Bryan Oviedo returning to the side.

Roberto Martinez will be fully aware of the need for defensive improvements heading into the game against Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow, wary of his side being exposed by a talented and quick attack.

We’ve attempted to name the side Martinez could go with for the game.

GK – Tim Howard

The American has been a reliable player for Everton in a variety of situations. He starts.

RB – John Stones

Stones is under a little bit of pressure after the form, which saw him break into the England team. He needs to control that right hand side.

CB – Phil Jagielka

Jagielka didn’t play during mid-week so he’ll be fresh. He has to ensure the defensive line maintains the right position against Liverpool’s pace.

CB – Sylvain Distin

Still has a decent burst of pace over a short distance but can’t allow himself to be exposed.

LB – Leighton Baines

If Everton take a lot of pressure in this game then Baines could be the difference. He’ll be important in terms of set pieces.

RM – Christian Atsu

Atsu is getting fitter and he’ll improve with the more game time he receives, especially against the supposed better sides in the Premier League.

CM – Gareth Barry

Barry needs to work hard to cut off the angles and make it difficult for Liverpool to move the ball around.

CM – James McCarthy

McCarthy’s job in the middle of the team will be to get about, snap at the heels of players and make it difficult for the Reds to settle down.

CM – Leon Osman

Osman’s experience could be vital in keeping everyone settled, especially if the game doesn’t start as the away side will be hoping for.

LM – Kevin Mirallas

Mirallas could be a better option than Samuel Eto’o towards the left hand side. He’ll work harder defensively and can also drift into central positions.

ST – Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku may not have much to feed on initially, but he has to work hard and hold the ball up, bring others into play and also creating space.

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