Predicted Everton line-up to play Young Boys: Strongest side or hold back?

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Here is the potential Everton side to take on Young Boys with a 4-1 lead.

Everton were the best performers out of the British sides as the Europa League returned last week.

The Toffees were comfortable winners against Young Boys, building a 4-1 first leg advantage, which gives Roberto Martinez extra options heading into the second match this week.

On the one hand, he could go for the kill and give Everton fans what they want to see at Goodison Park.

He could name his strongest possible side and then pull players off ahead of the weekend trip to Arsenal if he’s confident his side can see out the game.

On the other hand, he may already be confident and that could prompt him into several changes as he looks to hold players back and keep them fresh.

If he goes down that route, it’s dangerous because of the chances of Young Boys striking first and coming back into the game.

However, the Toffees looked extremely confident and comfortable during the first game and superior to the Swiss side in all of the key areas around the pitch.

Here’s the team he could go with.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Alcaraz, Jagielka, Garbutt, Besic, McCarthy, Mirallas, Naismith, Atsu, Kone

The red card shown to John Stones in the first game has left Martinez with a difficult decision with regards to who comes into the side to fill in defensively, while he may also use this game as a chance to rest Leighton Baines.

A duo of Besic and McCarthy can provide the cover with Mirallas playing further forward, with an opportunity out wide for Christian Atsu while Romelu Lukaku could be rested after piling on the misery during the first game with a hat-trick.

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