Probable Lineups

4-4-1-1
4-4-2
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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(53) 42 Goals 22 (41)
(40) 34 Assists 14 (28)
(6.8) 7.1 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.6)
29.9 Average Age 29.6
181.6 Average Height (cm) 181.5
(1.3) 1.6 Shots pg 0.8 (0.8)
(52%) 57% Aerial Duel Success 43% (42%)
(0.5) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.3 (0.4)
(1.7) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.2 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Tony Hibbert Out 6.72
Marouane Fellaini Doubtful 7.59
Victor Anichebe Doubtful 6.82
Player Reason Status Rating
Jason Roberts Out 6.42
Alex McCarthy Out 7.16
Pavel Pogrebnyak Out 6.42

Team News

  • Both Marouane Fellaini and Victor Anichebe missed the FA Cup replay with Oldham in midweek through injury but are likely to be available for the weekend.
  • Tony Hibbert is the only certain absentee due to a longstanding calf problem, with Seamus Coleman likely to continue at right-back.
  • Barring injuries the Toffees fielded a full-strength team to ensure qualification in the cup on Tuesday but came through the game unscathed and should be able to name their strongest XI this weekend.
  • Brian McDermott will have to rethink his team's playing style due to the suspension of Pavel Pogrebnyak, whose straight red against Wigan will mean he misses the next three games.
  • Adam Le Fondre will start up front but may need support from the likes of Noel Hunt or Hal Robson-Kanu.
  • In turn, either Hope Akpan or Jem Karacan is likely to drop out of the midfield in what could be a pretty straightforward 4-4-2 formation.

Prediction

  • David Moyes was angered last week after what he believed was an unnecessary amount extra saw Norwich grab all three points and the Scot will be desperate to get back to winning ways at home.
  • Everton have only failed to score in one of 13 home games this season, while Reading are the only Premier League team yet to have kept a clean sheet away from home, and the hosts will be strong favourites.
  • The Toffees have, however, dropped 19 points from winning positions this season and McDermott's side have gained 8 points from goals scored in the final 10 minutes of matches, so Everton will need to focus for the full 90 minutes.
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