A slight change around for Everton here. Sigurdsson in for Gomes and wears the captain’s armband, while Ben Godfrey makes his first start as a replacement for Seamus Coleman. Alex Iwobi starts instead of Richarlison too, who is suspended after being sent off in his last game.
This is what Ancelotti said ahead of the game:
“The spirit and the atmosphere in the training ground has totally changed compared to last season.
“Last season was really difficult for everyone – they didn’t start well, they changed the manager and I arrived, then there was lockdown, so the season was really complicated. The players were able to switch and to prepare the new season with a different spirit, that was the key.
“[Our goal] doesn’t change. We started well, we want to reach the European positions, we want to play in Europe next season and so there are two possibilities – the Europa League or the Champions League.
“We hope to reach this goal that is really important for us, and for the club.”
Southampton are lined up in what I think is a 4-2-2-2 formation, with Ings partnered by Adams upfront. Expect lots of work off the ball, a high press, and for this to be a fairly end to end match.
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