Kean and Gordon both get a start

Phil Kirkbride: Moise Kean should come in to start for only the sixth time in the league this season - but Carlo Ancelotti still has to keep top scorers Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the team.

Anthony Gordon also needs to start the game after his positive performance as a second-half substitute at Spurs.

Mason Holgate's absence through injury means Yerry Mina will be in the starting XI for the first time the Premier League resumed while Djibril Sidibe should start to freshen up Everton's options on that side.

In midfield....it's a tough one after Monday night's showing, but options are thin on the ground.

Andre Gomes and Gylfi Sigurdsson to start but it could so easily be any combination.

My team (4-4-2): Pickford; Sidibe, Mina, Keane, Digne; Richarlison, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Gordon; Kean, Calvert-Lewin.

Changes made after Spurs

Chris Beesley: There should be wholesale changes following the limp display at Tottenham Hotspur but Ancelotti simply does not have the options available to him to make such drastic gestures.

Also, as predictable as it was that Everton would fail to rise to the occasion as soon as they faced half-decent opposition in a 'must win' game (a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in December under caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson is the Blues solitary point away from home against top half opposition this season), that same bunch of players who again let down their frustrated fans back home are still eminently capable of beating Southampton.

That's the rub. For years now Everton players have been getting away with being flat-track bullies and picking up the requisite number of points against the Premier League's lesser lights to stay out of trouble while flaking in flimsy fashion against anyone with a bit of quality.

Savaged by Gary Neville for seemingly ducking out of a tackle at Spurs, Sigurdsson, who struggles to find a role he can excel in within this system anyway, is dropped.

Gomes is lucky to retain his place but as said previously, there simply aren't any other alternatives. Meanwhile, home-grown hero Anthony Gordon gets a chance to impress ahead of Alex Iwobi, who like Sigurdsson is flattering to deceive.

My team (4-4-2): Pickford; Coleman, Digne, Mina, Keane; Gordon, Davies, Gomes, Bernard; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

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Digne and Sidibe flank them at full-back.

Midfield is the real dilemma after the showing at Spurs.

I would go again with Gomes and Davies in the centre, hoping they can impose themselves more back at home and react to a poor display in London.

Out wide it is the returning Theo Walcott with youngster Gordon.

And while it is tempting to start Kean in attack, it has to be Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin from the outset.

My team (4-4-2): Pickford; Sidibe, Mina, Keane, Digne; Walcott, Gomes, Davies, Gordon; Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.

Blues to fight fire with fire against in-form Saints

Dan Kay: Monday's defeat at Tottenham was one of the most disappointing performances of the Carlo Ancelotti era to date and the boss must be tempted to shake things up significantly for the visit of the in-form Saints.

Injuries mean the Italian's options are somewhat limited but Yerry Mina's return to fitness means he can at least slot in back alongside Michael Keane in place on the injured Mason Holgate, with captain Seamus Coleman keeping his place despite the availability of Djibril Sidibe.

None of the midfield did themselves any favours at the Tottenham Stadium but allowances can be made for young Anthony Gordon and Andre Gomes who is still striving for fitness and form after his long injury lay-off as well the enforced break due to the pandemic.

They keep their places with Tom Davies continuing in the centre and, with the Blues in need of a good win after the dispiriting events of Monday, I'm going for the leftfield choice of Moise Kean from the left to supplement the regular strike force of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin as Everton look to fight fire with fire against a Saints side who, buoyed by their impressive win over Manchester City at the weekend, will likely arrive at Goodison ready to have a go themselves.

My team (4-4-2): Pickford ; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne ; Gordon, Davies, Gomes, Kean ; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin