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Everton v Leeds: Premier League – live! | Football

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14 min Phillips’ deflected long-range shot is comfortably held by Pickford. Leeds are playing some really good stuff, with Raphinha particularly influential.

13 min After a strong run from Allan, Richarlison’s tame shot is easily saved by Meslier.

11 min “Leeds concentrating on Everton’s left,” says Stephen Carr, “exploiting Rodriguez’s reluctance to track back and the gap between Iwobi and the centre backs.”

You’re right, although that’s Richarlison’s side rather than Rodriguez’s.

10 min: Harrison misses a great chance! This is great fun, as it usually is when Leeds play. Raphinha runs 60 yards and angles a through ball towards Harrison, who slides the ball just wide on the stretch. The pass from Raphinha might have been slightly heavy, but Harrison should have scored.

Updated at 12.44pm EST

8 min Bamford has a shot blocked by Holgate. It’s been a cracking start to the game.

7 min: Fine save from Meslier! Everton almost took the lead after a mistake from Cooper. He allowed the ball to run through to Davies, who fizzed a low cross into the middle from the right. Doucoure met it with a crisp first-time shot on the run, and Meslier got down really smartly to his right to push it away. He’s got superb reactions, this kid.

5 min There’s a break in play while Ayling receives treatment. It looks like a problem with his side, but he’s going to continue for now.

3 min Bamford’s shot deflects a few yards wide, though he was subsequently flagged offside. This time it was his whole body, not just his arm.

59 seconds Leeds almost take the lead straight away! Bamford chests the ball off to Raphinha, who surges into the area and flicks the ball past the outrushing Pickford. It’s a tame shot, though, and Holgate has plenty of time to boot the ball clear.

Updated at 12.35pm EST

1 min Peep peep! Leeds, in their maroon third kit, kick off from left to right. Everton are in blue.

The match is preceded by a minute’s applause in memory of Diego Maradona. The Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti just about held back the tears, but you could see the moisture in his eyes.

Updated at 12.40pm EST

“Hi Rob,” says Matt Burtz. “The absences of Digne and Coleman do not help Everton here. The absence of Nkounkou from the squad entirely is puzzling. I don’t love Davies in a wingback role, and Iwobi needs to be as effective as he was at Fulham, not his usual inconsistent self. That being said, anytime Richarlison and DCL are involved I like their chances to score. A clean sheet would be absolutely shocking, however. So I suppose another 3-2 victory?”

I assumed Nkounkou was injured, but apparently not. I’m surprised he’s not in the team, never mind on the bench.

Team news

Everton (3-4-2-1) Pickford; Godfrey, Holgate, Keane; Davies, Doucoure, Allan, Iwobi; James, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.
Substitutes: Lossl, Mina, Delph, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Tosun, Bernard.

Leeds (4-1-4-1) Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Alioski; Phillips; Raphinha, Klich, Dallas, Harrison; Bamford.
Substitutes: Casilla, Struijk, Davis, Poveda-Ocampo, Roberts, Costa, Rodrigo.

Referee Chris Kavanagh.

Preamble

Hello, good evening and welcome to live coverage of Everton v Leeds from Goodison Park. Both teams made rousing starts to the season before suffering a bit of a reality check: Everton with three straight defeats, Leeds with consecutive 4-1 defeats. But both restored a bit of order last Sunday, when Everton won at Fulham and Leeds had the better of a goalless draw against Arsenal.

Everton are without both their first-choice full-backs, Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne, while Leeds are missing Pablo Hernandez, Diego Llorente and Jamie Shackleton. Still, there’s more than enough talent and intent on both sides to make this a vivacious affair. It’s the first meeting between Carlo Ancelotti and Marcelo Bielsa; anything less than the best would be a felony.

Kick off 5.30pm.

Updated at 11.25am EST

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