Dream start to season – 7 wins in 7! Without derby win in exactly 10 years! Holgate amongst sidelined players. Coleman, Digne and Mina passed late fitness tests + Richarlison, Allan and Gomes fully fit.
The last time Everton started season with 7 consecutive wins the year was 1894! Rightfully Toffees full of confidence after this perfect start to new campaign.
James shining bright in his first few weeks in Premier League – 3 goals and 2 assists in opening 4 rounds – but true star so far striker Calvert-Lewin. Young forward in sizzling form right now – 6 goals in 4 rounds; 3 more goals in 2 League Cup appearances and also scored on his England debut.
Main issues up to now had been in defence and this addressed on deadline day with signing of new goalie (Olsen) and new centre-back (Godfrey).
Coach Ancelotti confirmed hurt in last game Coleman was able to recover on time, with inner midfielders Richarlison, Allan and Gomes also over minor problems and in line to start.
Holgate and 4 others continue rehabilitation, while none of 2 deadline day signings expected to be considered from the off straight away.
Mina has picked up injury while playing for Colombia but it proved nothing serious and he's available. Digne also suffered knock on Wednesday night while on international duty but he too is fit and available for derby.
Last win over Liverpool recorded exactly on 17th October 2010! Since then (D11 L11).
"Every team had players involved during the international break but the important thing for us is our players came back without problems and in good condition. Maybe they are a little bit tired which could be a consideration to choose the line-up and also to see what happens during the game."
"Yerry Mina is okay. He trained today [Friday] without a problem and is fit for tomorrow."