Going into their last four matches of the season, Everton will still hold faint hopes of European football next season. Ronald Koeman’s team take on Chelsea on Sunday and go into the game six points behind Manchester United in fifth.
Not the greatest form, but the results at Goodison Park have been very strong, with just one defeat in 17 games.
“You want your home form to be good, to be intimidating and for the whole experience for opposition teams to be intimidating,” Koeman told said ahead of the weekend.
“We have good momentum at home right now, the team is confident, we are playing aggressively with a good press, good tempo and good quality.”
“Opposition teams have more doubts these days when they come to Goodison, and that’s a good thing.”
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During Friday’s press conference, Koeman admitted he had no new injury problems to cope with, so there could be very few changes to the team that gained a point away at the Hammers.
However, there was good news regarding the Ireland international, as he made his return to Finch Farm to continue his rehabilitation:
“It’s great to be back, nice to see everyone again – it’s like my first day all over again,’ the right-back told Everton TV.
“Obviously, I’d rather be fit and well but I’ve had a good month at home in Ireland to get my head around everything and now I’m ready to get back to work.”
Koeman played 4-3-3 against the Hammers, with Kévin Mirallas and Ross Barkley either side of Romelu Lukaku. There could be one change in the midfield if the Dutch coach decides to go with the experience of Gareth Barry in place of Tom Davies.
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