Everton look to avoid a second consecutive league defeat as they welcome winless Norwich City to Goodison Park.
Should Manchester City fail to beat Chelsea in the lunchtime kick-off, Everton could go fourth with a win with Brighton not in action until Monday evening.
Lucas Digne and Andre Gomes are doubts for Everton after suffering calf injuries in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup exit away at QPR.
Jordan Pickford, Fabian Delph (both shoulder), Richarlison (knee), Seamus Coleman (hamstring) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (muscle) remain ruled out.
Norwich manager, Daniel Farke could recall Todd Cantwell after he missed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup exit to Liverpool in midweek for personal reasons.
Przemyslaw Placheta (fitness), Christoph Zimmerman (ankle) and Sam Byram (thigh) remain absent.
- Everton have lost just one of their last six meetings against Norwich (W3, D2, L1).
- Norwich have won just one of their last five league visits to Goodison Park (W1, D2, L2).
- Both teams have scored in just one of their last five matches in all competitions at Goodison Park (D1), with both teams winning two of the four other matches apiece without conceding in their wins.
- No Premier League player has made more interceptions in the opening five rounds this season than Everton’s Michael Keane, who has produced 16 interceptions in five appearances.
- Norwich’s Tim Krul has conceded more goals than any other top flight goalkeeper this season with 14 conceded goals in five appearances.
Having been dumped out of the Carabao Cup in midweek at QPR on penalties despite forcing a 2-2 draw without several key players, Everton need a reaction here if they’re to get their season back on track after a toothless effort at Aston Villa last weekend in the league despite stubborn defensive efforts.
Norwich meanwhile will be disappointed with the manner in which they crashed out of the Carabao Cup to a weakened Liverpool team, although their biggest issues seems to be in defence which cannot stop leaking goals despite their attack showing considerable improvement in recent matches.
The first goal though feels crucial because of how recent results in this fixture at Goodison Park has gone, although I am expecting Everton to bounce back here because they do seem to still have enough quality in them to defeat Norwich’s leaky defence but this could be a scrappy contest if Norwich go on the attack.
Prediction: Everton 1-0 Norwich
Result: Everton 2-0 Norwich