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Gordon to start? - How Everton could line-up against Rotherham United

Academy graduate Gordon could be one of many changes to Carlo Ancelotti's side as the Toffees look to claim their first piece of silverware since 1995.

11:32am on Friday 8th January 2021
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Everton host Rotherham United in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, as Carlo Ancelotti attempts to guide the Toffees to their first piece of silverware in over 25 years.

The Italian manager won the trophy back in 2010, when he was in charge of Chelsea, and would love to repeat the trick at Goodison Park.

A 1-0 loss on home soil to West Ham last time out was a disappointing result for the Merseyside club and one that saw them slip to seventh in the Premier League table.

Although challenging for the top six will remain Everton's priority this season, getting their hands on a major trophy would be deemed a huge success.

Therefore, Ancelotti is likely to select a starting XI with a mix of experience and youth to see his side comfortably bypass the visit of the Championship strugglers.

Robin Olsen is expected to replace Jordan Pickford between the sticks, as the Swedish keeper did for their EFL Cup tie with Manchester United last month.

A back four of Jonjoe Kenny, Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and 20-year-old summer signing Niels Nkounkou could start in front of Olsen as Ancelotti continues to find a way of coping with the absence of Lucas Digne.

Former Napoli man Allan is still unavailable with injury, so Tom Davies is likely to anchor a midfield made up of Andre Gomes and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The big question is over which trio will line up at the top of the pitch. James Rodriguez is unlikely to start, given his injury record and importance to the side, which could give an opportunity to academy graduate Anthony Gordon.

Bernard may replace his compatriot Richarlison on the left-hand side, and the lack of quality replacements could see Dominic Calvert-Lewin take up his usual spot in attack.

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