Tottenham Hotspur defeated Brighton and Hove Albion last week with a 3-5-2 formation, which saw Antonio Conte sacrifice Richarlison for Yves Bissouma.
The change in formation worked and made Spurs look more solid, but at home, with the attacking players that Conte has at his disposal, the Italian could be tempted to switch back.
A 3-4-3 formation would see Richarlison face his former side. The Brazilian came to North London from Everton for around £60m in the summer and is already a fans’ favourite.
Everton will have to find a way to break down Spurs’ defence without the attacking threat of Anthony Gordon, who misses out through suspension.
Dwight McNeil, Alex Iwobi and Amadou Onana can cause problems, as striker Neal Maupay, but Gordon will be sorely missed.
Frank Lampard has the option of starting or bringing on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who’s back from injury and gives the Toffees a target man to seek out upfront.
No team has lost more away Premier League games against London sides than Everton (84, level with Newcastle). The Toffees have lost five of their last seven visits to the capital (D2), since a 1-0 win at West Ham in May 2021.