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Fabian Delph, Gylfi Sigurdsson and who makes Everton's best current starting XI

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Phil Kirkbride - Fabian Delph included

Given that Andre Gomes is closing in on a return, then the Portuguese midfielder goes straight into this team.

Gomes, alongside Fabian Delph, are the best central midfield partnership will be the best available to Ancelotti.

Elsewhere, there won't be too many surprises with Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina the two at the heart of the defence and Djibril Sidibe getting the nod at right-back. 

My team (4-4-2): Pickford, Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne, Walcott, Gomes, Delph, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison

Dave Prentice - Midfield dilemma

The key word in this brief is "currently".

Mason Holgate is "currently" blowing Michael Keane out of the water with his performances.

Dijbril Sidibe -  once he pulls his socks up - is "currently" more penetrative, more consistent and more creative than Seamus Coleman.

But the biggest selection dilemma is in midfield.

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I'm a Gylfi Sigurdsson fan. He's not had a good season, but his work ethic is voracious and he has the ability to conjure up chances others cannot.  But he's not a good fit in a 4-4-2.

Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph are, so they get the midfield nod, while the front two pick themselves.

Everton's wide men are horribly inconsistent - but "currently" Theo Walcott and Bernard are the main men.

So "currently" Everton's strongest starting XI is .....

My team (4-4-2): Pickford; Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne; Walcott, Delph, Gomes, Bernard; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

Chris Beesley - Gylfi Sigurdsson selected

Picking a definitive 'XI' right now is tricky because in some areas there are quality players who have to be left out while in others there are scant options available.

The berths where there are genuine dilemmas a primarily right-back and centre-back, the latter being ironic given that Everton have only had three senior bodies in the position all season.

Seamus Coleman's experience, solidity and all-round persona see him edge out on-loan Djibril Sidibe but it's a close call.

It's a similar situation in the heart of defence where Michael Keane is the unfortunate man to miss out.

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He can consider himself very unlucky in this respect and I still rate him as a hugely-talented centre-back but Mason Holgate has been in fine form in recent weeks.

In contrast it's slim pickings in both central midfield and on the right wing.

Although they're something of an untried proposition as a pair - Sigurdsson would typically operate further forward in a 4-2-3-1 - I've gone for the Iceland international alongside the hopefully soon-to-be-fit-again Ande Gomes in the centre of the park.

Morgan Schneiderlin turned in an impressive display against Crystal Palace last time out but overall he has flattered to deceive when it comes to maintaining the level of his early displays for the club.

You could probably say the same about Theo Walcott but he gets the nod to provide some balance on the ring flank with Alex Iwobi the odd man out when it comes to wide options as Bernard's extra flair ensures he's on the left.

My team (4-4-2): Pickford; Coleman, Digne, Holgate, Mina; Walcott, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

Sam Carroll - Alex Iwobi starts

The main sticking point is out on the wing.

Theo Walcott is undoubtedly in-form after a goal and an assist - as well as an unfortunately-timed injury - in his last two appearances but I feel Alex Iwobi adds more cutting in from the left.

Fabian Delph and Andre Gomes are so far untried together in a two-man central midfield partnership but they are given the nod while the rest of the XI is self-explanatory.

My team (4-4-2): Pickford, Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne, Walcott, Delph, Gomes, Iwobi, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

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Connor O'Neill - Morgan Schneiderlin decision

When it comes to the starting XI I think is best for Everton at this moment, the only difficult calls come in midfield.

Jordan Pickford is still the Blues’ best option between the sticks, despite his mistake against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Yerry Mina should partner Mason Holgate at the heart of the defence, with Lucas Digne and Djibril Sidibe making up the rest of the back four

Andre Gomes is of course a shoo-in in midfield, but alongside him I've gone for perhaps a wildcard inclusion.

Morgan Schneiderlin is someone who divides opinion among Everton supporters, but if he plays like he did against Palace on a weekly basis then he would be the perfect partner alongside Gomes.

Bernard and Theo Walcott should start on either flank, while Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin should lead the line up top.

My team (4-4-2): Pickford; Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne; Walcott, Schneiderlin, Gomes, Bernard; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin


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