STARTING XIs: Two changes for City against Everton

Published:
13:45 15 January 2022



Update:
2:16 PM January 15, 2022

Kenny McLean is missing through illness as Norwich City make two changes to their starting XI for this afternoon’s Carrow Road clash with Everton.

Jacob Sorensen enters central midfield and Josh Sargent also returns, on the right wing, as Przemyslaw Placheta drops to the bench.

Todd Cantwell also returns as a substitute for the Canaries after his recent withdrawal from the squad, credited by Dean Smith as due to illness, with Josh Sargent missing midweek action due to his wife giving birth.

The Canaries are desperate for points after six successive defeats in the top flight without scoring, losing 3-0 at West Ham on Wednesday.

Everton have also been in torrid form, winning just one of their last 12 games and needing extra time to win 3-2 at Hull in the FA Cup last weekend.

Their midweek match at Leicester was postponed due to Covid-19 concerns in the opposing team, leaving them 15th and eight points clear of the relegation zone under Rafael Benitez.

The visitors make three changes, with former Canaries defender Ben Godfrey returning to Carrow Road for the first time, retaining his place in central defense on his 24th birthday.

They are changing to a 4-4-2 form, with the £17million January signing Vitali Mykolenko, a Ukraine international, coming on at left-back.

Allan is out so Andre Gomes enters midfield and Solomon Rondon starts up front, with Jonjoe Kenny and Mason Holgate falling to the bench.

Canaries centre-backs Andrew Omobamidele (back) and Christoph Zimmermann (ankle) are still on their way back to fitness, as are midfielders Mathias Normann (pelvis), Lukas Rupp (hamstring) and Billy Gilmour ( ankle), with the FA Cup trip to Wolves early next month a possible return date for those players.

The Toffees are only missing midfielder Tom Davies (hamstring) through injury but sold left-back Lucas Digne to Aston Villa for around £25million this week.

They did, however, sign Dutch international winger Anwar El Ghazi on loan from Villa, having also signed Scotland right-back Nathan Patterson from Rangers for £10m and Ukraine left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko for £17m. earlier this month.

Colombian defender Yerry Mina and forwards Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison returned to training after injuries.

– You can watch the live reaction to team news in the video above and this story will be updated with all the details soon

NORWICH (4-4-2): Krul; Aarons, Hanley (C), Gibson, Williams; Sargent, Lees-Melou, Sorensen, Rashica; Idah, Pukki. Subtitles: Gunn (C), Kabak, Giannoulis, Byram, Cantwell, Placheta, Dowell, Tzolis, Rowe

EVERTON (4-4-2): Pickford; Coleman (C), Keane, Godfrey, Mykolenko; Gordon, Gomes, Doucoure, Gray; Calvert-Lewin, Rondon. Subtitles: Begovic (GK), Kenny, Mina, Gbamin, Holgate, Patterson, Townsend, El Ghazi, Richarlison

ARBITRATOR: Andy Madley

OR: John Brooks

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