Everton welcome Leeds United to Goodison Park in a tasty Saturday teatime clash from the Premier League.
With Chelsea, Leicester and Southampton not playing until Sunday, Everton could go third with victory, whereas Leeds know that a win could lift them as high as ninth depending on results in earlier fixtures this weekend.
Lucas Digne is ruled out for Everton with an ankle injury suffered during training this week.
Jean-Phillipe Gbamin (Achilles) and Seamus Coleman (hamstring) remain absent.
Leeds look set to remain without Pablo Hernandez and Jamie Shackleton who both are sidelined with muscle injuries, whilst Diego Llorente (groin) is also a doubt until next weekend.
Gaetano Berardi (knee) and Adam Forshaw (hip) remain long-term absentees.
- Everton are unbeaten in their last five league meetings against Leeds (W3, D2).
- Leeds have failed to win in any of their last 13 trips to Goodison Park (D7, L6).
- Either team are yet to be awarded a penalty in 24 previous Premier League meetings within this fixture.
- No other Premier League player this season has scored ten goals across the opening nine rounds apart from Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
- Leeds have produced a league-high 199 crosses in their opening nine matches.
Everton put in an impressive attacking performance at Fulham last Sunday but a large part of that improvement came from Lucas Digne’s work on the flank, which makes his absence a worry in terms of creativity, although Richarlison did also feature with proper impact on his return so he needs to step up and reduce the pain of not having Digne available from a creative perspective.
The Toffees’ defending however declined throughout the match which could well suit Leeds if they can continue their improvement which was on show against Arsenal in terms of strong attacking intent, even if the Whites do need to polish their finishing which cost them a win over the Gunners who defended well with ten players in the second-half.
I am therefore expecting an open game here because both teams are strong when on the attack but possess serious defensive issues which needs sorting but Leeds don’t have the strongest away record here, so am going for a narrow home win.
Prediction: Everton 2-1 Leeds
Result: Everton 0-1 Leeds