Everton team news and predicted XI vs Leeds United

Sean Dyche’s side welcome Leeds United to Merseyside on Saturday afternoon

Everton host Leeds United in a relegation six-pointer on Saturday, with the winner moving clear of the relegation zone and to Premier League safety, albeit perhaps briefly.

The travelling Leeds outfit, currently managerless, sit just above the Toffees in 17th place, a point above the relegation zone and Everton. However, new boss Sean Dyche pulled off an impressive win over Arsenal in his first game in charge, and returns to Goodison Park after defeat in the Merseyside derby desperate to continue their strong home form with another three points.

With neither side in particularly great form, mustering just a single win in their last 10 games combined in the top flight, it is set to be a scrappy affair, but one that could have major ramifications on the relegation battle this season.

Given Everton’s dreadful record away from home, however, they will be desperate to take all three points in front of their home crowds, and continue to inspire confidence that they can indeed avoid the drop this season.

Predicted XI

Team News

Ahead of the game, Sean Dyche confirmed that he will be without main striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the massive clash, with the England international still sidelined with a thigh injury.

“Facts are facts, Dom’s not available. Until he is, my focus will be on the players we have got available”, the Everton boss told the media.

Meanwhile, he confirmed that injured duo James Garner and Nathan Patterson will play with the u21s this week as they look to step up their recovery for the remainder of the season.

Andros Townsend remains sidelined with a knee injury for the forseeable future, leaving Dyche with few options should he wish to make wholesale changes following the defeat at Anfield, and handing him a side that largely selects itself.

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