Maybe a more appropriate title would be ‘Predicted XI’s’ as it’s a pre-season affair, which spells change across the board.
However, Marco Silva has suggested that it is now time to take the games a bit more seriously, meaning more intensity, fewer changes and more cohesion.
His comments suggest that we may see a stronger mix of first-team players rather than Nathan Broadhead dotted with Morgan Schneiderlin across the half.
Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anything wrong with using pre-season to test out some new options within the squad, but there comes a time when the first team must prepare for the season ahead, as it is edging ever closer.
There haven’t been many standout performers in pre-season so far. Broadhead and Bernard are the two who have impressed.
There has been more said about Everton’s slow start to the transfer window, however, most of the Premier League have been sparingly signing players so far, so I’m not worrying just yet.
We need four players though. A striker, right-back, central defender and attacking midfielder.
While we do still need some more additions, we have the best squad outside the top six undebatably.
Here’s what I expect to see from Silva on Friday:
Could get the nod from the start after Silva allowed Jonas Lossl to start against Sion.
The right-back looks set to be a key figure under Silva next season and should start on Friday.
Could start once again as he looks to make the centre-back position his own.
Started against Sion and could retain his place in the line-up on Friday.
Arguably Everton’s best signing in recent years, Digne will surely start if Silva goes full strength.
Will more than likely continue in the starting line-up as he looks to pick up some match sharpness.
Also in line for another start after a solid display against Sion.
Came on at half-time against Sion but may be given the nod from the off against Monaco.
Sat out against Sion so could make the starting line-up out wide.
Has impressed so far and will look to continue his good form.
Could be given the chance to lead the line once again by Silva after starting against Sion.
Broadhead, Schneiderlin, Baines, Mirallas, Loessl, Delph, J. Williams.