Leeds United travel to Goodison Park for a relegation six-pointer at the bottom of the Premier League, with a win for either side lifting them clear of the relegation zone at the expense of the other.
The Elland Road outfit, currently managerless, sit just above the Toffees in 17th place, a point above their opponents on Saturday. However, new boss Sean Dyche pulled off an impressive win over Arsenal in his first game in charge of Everton, 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, it is set to be a scrappy affair, but one that could have major ramifications on the relegation battle this season.
Speaking ahead of the game, interim boss Michael Skubala revealed that he still had issues across his squad, and that while a trio of players were improving, they were not going to take any risks on their fitness.
‘We’ve still got the long-term injuries, who we are looking to get back fit. Pascal [Struijk] is back in training after concussion’, he explained ‘Liam Cooper and Marc Roca are touch and go. We could see them on Saturday but we don’t want to take any risks’.
“There has been nothing major since the last game.”
It means that the Yorkshire side will still be without Adam Forshaw in midfield, defender Stuart Dallas, top goalscorer Rodrigo and youngster Sonny Perkins.
Meanwhile, Colombian winger Luis Sinisterra is “progressing nicely” but not yet ready to return to first-team action following a thigh injury, leaving a likely return date the home clash with Southampton, which is also a relegation six-pointer at Elland Road in a week’s time.