When Everton plays Leeds United today, they want to record their first Premier League victory of the 2022–23 campaign (20.00 BST).
Two points have been earned by Frank Lampard’s team during their first four games.
The Toffees manager, though, was confident that his team should have more points after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Brentford.
Everton has had a fascinating summer after nearly avoiding relegation the previous season.
Before the transfer deadline on Thursday, things are sure to become interesting as Lampard looks to make further acquisitions.
The Goodison Park manager must first concentrate on beating Leeds and earning three points.
Everton team news
At Elland Road, Everton will be missing six senior players.
With Mason Holgate (knee) joining Yerry Mina (ankle ligaments) and Ben Godfrey (fractured fibula) on the operating table, the Blues are in a bit of a defensive dilemma.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (hamstring) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee) are both out, and Andros Townsend is still recovering from a long-term ACL injury.
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Leeds, though, has its own problems.
The Whites have seven points after their first four games, however their most recent match ended in a 1-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Stuart Dallas, a favourite of Leeds supporters, is out for the long term due to a knee injury he had last year, similar to Townsend.
Luke Ayling, a seasoned teammate of the Whites, was unable to attend the Brighton loss due to a calf injury.
Jesse Marsch, the manager at Elland Road, has acknowledged that the defender will join Junior Firpo in practise again the following week.
Additionally, the availability of Patrick Bamford is a concern for the home team.
Last season, the striker only played 10 times and scored two goals due to injuries.
Bamford missed the previous two games due to an adductor problem, but Marsch said he is almost fully recovered.
He stated: “For that game, Patrick Bamford will be quite nearby. So, we ought to have choices.”
Liam Cooper, the captain of Leeds, is also uncertain.
Marsch explained, “He picked up a little something in his calf and so we just decided to be a little bit safe.”