KICK off: 25 September 17:00
Team news: New manager Benítez have enjoyed a good start to the season. They beat Southampton 3-1 on the opening day of the campaign with goals from Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucouré and Dominic Calvert-Lewin and then, following a draw with Leeds United, they beat Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley to go joint top of the table. Injuries have hit them since then though, with Calvert-Lewin (quadriceps), Richarlison (knee) and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford (shoulder) all out of Saturday’s tie with the Canaries. Without those players, Everton lost their last Premier League encounter 3-0 to Aston Villa and then were knocked out of the Carabao Cup in midweek in a penalty shootout defeat to Queens Park Rangers. Everton boss Benitez expects Richarlison, Pickford and Calvert-Lewin to remain out for at least another two weeks, while Seamus Coleman is also unlikely to feature before the end of the month. Lucas Digne and Andre Gomes both sustained calf tweaks against QPR, but both will aim to shake off the issue in time to feature here, while Fabian Delph is definitely out and Jean-Philippe Gbamin is touch and go with a quadricep issue. Allan, Gray, Michael Keane and Abdoulaye Doucoure are all set for recalls after making the bench in midweek, while James Rodriguez has completed a move to Qatari outfit Al-Rayyan. Norwich may be able to welcome Todd Cantwell back after he missed out against Liverpool for personal reasons, but Przemyslaw Placheta (COVID-19), Sam Byram (thigh) and Christoph Zimmermann (ankle) remain out. Angus Gunn had an evening to forget in between the sticks against Liverpool and will make way for Tim Krul here, while Ozan Kabak and Brandon Williams could earn recalls to the defence alongside Max Aarons. Pukki will return to lead the line alongside Milot Rashica, while Josh Sargent should also return to the attack after being left out of the squad in midweek.
Prediction: Everton to win
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