Ferguson drops Benitez favourite, Gordon starts

After the firing of Rafa Benitez last week, Everton are about to enter yet another new chapter.

The Spaniard has left, and Duncan Ferguson, an Everton icon, has taken his position, at least temporarily.

The Scot is back in control of the Toffees as an interim manager, and he’ll be looking for a repeat of his success from last season.

Ferguson was put in charge on an interim basis when Marco Silva was fired, and it’s fair to say he performed an excellent job, famously defeating Chelsea in a 3-1 victory at Goodison Park.

Ferguson is expected to remain with the 4-4-2 formation, but he may make a few adjustments.

The back four is the same as the one that lost to Norwich. There are some who argue that Seamus Coleman should be replaced given his recent poor performances, but he is the club captain, and Ferguson will almost certainly want him to be his on-field captain.

The midfield is also unchanged, but don’t be surprised if Andros Townsend is called upon at some time.

After working with Salomon Rondon at both Newcastle and Dalian Yifang, Rafa Benitez was instrumental in getting him to the club, but we expect him to be benched in favor of Richarlison here.