Everton travel to already relegated Watford in the Premier League on Wednesday night hoping to further ease their own survival concerns by recording a third consecutive win following huge recent results against Chelsea and Leicester.
After months of struggling in variants of 4-3-3 and 4-2-2, Frank Lampard has switched things up to a 3-4-3 system for those two wins and something is clearly working.
Here’s a look at the starting XI Lampard could pick…
GK: Jordan Pickford – His last two Premier League clean sheets have come against Chelsea and Manchester United. He has six in the league for the season overall.
CB: Seamus Coleman – Moved infield to an auxiliary centre-back role as part of this recent tactical shift and it has made Everton more resilient.
CB: Michael Keane – Being part of a three at the back gives him extra protection, having been left exposed far too often this season.
CB: Mason Holgate – Scored against Leicester last time out and looks set to start his fourth consecutive game, with Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey unavailable.
RWB: Alex Iwobi – Not his natural role but it is where he has played for the last two wins and also yielded an assist against Leicester.
CM: Fabian Delph – Getting the nod over Allan at the moment, although he was replaced by the Brazilian in the latter stages on Sunday.
CM: Abdoulaye Doucoure – His energy and ball-carrying ability will be a huge asset in this game against his former club.
LWB: Vitaliy Mykolenko – Withdrawn against Leicester last time out, but it was put down to cramp and nothing more serious.
RF: Anthony Gordon – Has earned his place as a regular starter this season and will see this as an opportunity to add more goals to his tally.
ST: Richarlison – Continues to be favoured as the lone striker ahead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who hasn’t been the same player since fracturing his toe in the early weeks of the season.
LF: Demarai Gray – Hasn’t been anywhere near as impactful in the second half of the campaign but the game-winning assist against Chelsea was a step back in the right direction.