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By Mark Wakefield

Frank Lampard could be tempted to make some changes to his Everton starting line-up for their next Premier League match.

The Blues face Brentford at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon, looking to extend the gap between themselves and the bottom three. Everton are two points clear of the drop zone with a game in hand on Leeds United and have three fixtures left to play.

Everton go into the match on the back of a goalless draw with Watford. That stalemate provided mixed reactions from the Blues camp, but the target of avoiding relegation is still in the hands of Lampard and co.

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Here, we take a look at some of the changes that Lampard could make to his starting line-up for the clash against Brentford.

Defensive decisions

Vitalii Mykolenko scored his first Everton goal in the win over Leicester last week, and has continued to be a consistent performer since his arrival in January.

However, he suffered from cramp during that win over the Foxes, but still managed to recover in time to face Watford. Should Lampard decide to give the Ukraine international a rest, Jonjoe Kenny could step in for a match.

Yerry Mina is likely to remain sidelined until the final weekend of the season, although we’ll find out more when Lampard speaks to the media today. If the Colombia international is still ruled out, then Michael Keane and Mason Holgate are likely to keep their places. Seamus Coleman is also an almost certain starter.

Lampard is also set to provide an update on Ben Godfrey's fitness.

Midfield alterations

Alex Iwobi has arguably been Everton’s best player in recent weeks, and is arguably one of the first names on Lampard’s team sheet, be it in central midfield or at wing-back. Anthony Gordon has been one of Everton’s best performers all season and is an almost-certain starter despite looking jaded on Wednesday. Abdoulaye Doucoure should also keep his place, although Demarai Gray's spot may be under threat after a difficult night against the Hornets.

Fabian Delph stepped into midfield for the draw at Watford, and could be replaced by either Allan or Andre Gomes if he's feeling the pace of a sustained run of matches. There could even be a place for Dele Alli, who is yet to start a single Premier League game for Everton. Donny van de Beek is still on the sidelines with an injury.

Forward changes

One player who Everton have relied on most for goals this season is Richarlison. The chances of Lampard dropping the Brazilian to the bench is unlikely, though.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin came off the bench in the draw with Watford, but struggled to make much of an impact. If Lampard was to start the England international, a change of shape and system would likely be needed, with a midfielder probably needing to make way.

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