first_img1 1 Everton face Young Boys at Goodison Park GoalkeeperTim Howard’s dip in form has seen a number of observers to call of him to be dropped, but it looks as though Martinez will stand by his under-fire star.DefenceWhile Martinez might be tempted to rest some of his first choice players, it seems as though he will opt for a strong backline. Despite conceding against Young Boys last time out, the Toffees’ backline should have a relatively trouble-free evening. With John Stones suspended, the only expected change is Antolin Alcaraz, who could get the nod.MidfieldAaron Lennon featured prominently in training, but the on-loan wideman remains cup-tied, so will no feature. One player who is desperate to feature though is Gareth Barry. The midfielder has struggled this season and recently spoke of a determination to retrun to form.AttackMartinez was forced to go on the defensive yet again in his pre-match press conference, this time backing striker Romelu Lukaku, who followed his first-leag hat-trick heroics with a poor display against Leicester. The Belgian is therefore expected to be selected, as is youngster Christian Atsu, who recently spoke of a desire to use his African Cup of Nations success to kick start his season.Everton fans, how do you think you’ll line-up this evening? Comment below… In the end it was a relatively trouble-free victory, as Everton eased to a 4-1 victory over Young Boys in their Europa League last-32 first leg clash. With such a healthy aggregate though, it seems as though the only ones standing in the way of the Toffees and the tournament’s last-16 is themselves, a problem Roberto Martinez’s team have encountered one too many times this season.Martinez will be the first to admit that his side have been the football equivalent of Jekyll and Hyde, with their domestic and European forms polar opposites.While their league form continues to disappoint – Everton have won just one of their last ten matches – when it comes to European competition, there have been few better teams than the Merseysiders.With a Premier League clash against Arsenal on the horizon, Martinez would be forgiven for placing more focus on his worrying league position, but how could that affect Everton’s line-up this evening?last_img

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