Everton will look to bounce back from defeat when they head to Elland Road to face Leeds United in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side were beaten 2-0 at Goodison Park by Newcastle United on Saturday, a demoralising result for the Toffees but not one which derails their European aspirations.
The Merseysiders remain 6 points off the Premier League’s top 4 with two games in hand over the majority of the rest of the division.
Everton lost to Leeds earlier on this season but since that defeat they’ve returned 17 points from the 27 available and are still in with a shout of Champions League qualification.
Leeds meanwhile scored an excellent win over Leicester in their last game with Patrick Bamford the star of the show.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been lacklustre of late so a comfortable victory over the Foxes will boost the confidence of the mid-table Whites.
United will be hopeful of a first league double over Everton in 30 years when the sides meet at Elland Road midweek, but the Blues have won their last 4 away games and have the chance to make it 5 wins in a row on the road for the first time since 1985 if they can beat Leeds.
However, Elland Road has not harboured good fortune for Everton over the years, with their last win there in 2002 – courtesy of a Wayne Rooney goal – their only top flight victory at the ground in 37 attempts.
In terms of team news, Leeds are sweating on the fitness of Patrick Bamford after the striker picked up a dead leg in his man-of-the-match display against Leicester. The Whites are hopeful that Bamford will recover in time to face Everton.
Defenders Robin Koch and Diego Llorente remain absent for Marcelo Bielsa, whilst winger Raphinha and striker Rodrigo are serious doubts with muscle strains.
Everton moved to sign Josh King from AFC Bournemouth on transfer deadline day and the Norwegian international could make his club debut at Elland Road – but it is unlikely to be from the start if that is the case.
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been in the firing line this season after some shaky displays but the England man may miss out against Leeds after injuring his ribs in a collision with the post against Newcastle last time out.
Allan remains absent with a muscle injury but is nearing a return, much like Fabian Delph who has been in full training this week and may be a surprise inclusion.
Leeds v Everton kicks off at 7.30 on Wednesday 3rd February.