Everton will look to bounce back from last weekend’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United when they take on Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Last weekend’s game was Everton’s first since they were deducted 10 points for breaching financial fair play rules.
Many people expected the Toffees to come out the gates looking like a stronger team, but the hopes were soon gone after suffering the wrath of a goal the year contender in Alejandro Garnacho’s superb bicycle kick.
It was Everton’s first game back following their points deduction which saw them drop from 14th to 19th in the Premier League.
The Merseyside club will travel to the City Ground having won three of their last five games, with a draw coming against Brighton and most recently that loss against Manchester United.
Everton are likely to have key players missing the clash with Sean Dyche saying that Amadou Onana is unlikely to play.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected to play despite being taken off with 10 minutes to go against Manchester United and missing the last few days of training.
Dyche said: “They’re being careful with him and he’s suffering with a bit of tightness.”
"Amadou is unlikely [to play on Saturday], Beto is likely and trained today. Dom, we're just being careful with. We'll make a decision on him over the next couple of days."@wearfigs 🔵 #NFOEVE pic.twitter.com/hF0zijoFBz
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Nottingham Forrest come into the game on the back of two defeats and only having won one of their last five games.
Forest were unable to capitalise last time out against Brighton, who saw Lewis Dunk receive the first red card since Alex Smith in 2008.
Dunk was sent off for abusive language towards referee Anthony Taylor with 15 minutes left.
Forest struggling form no doubt must be down their defence as they have scored eight goals in their last five games but have conceded 10.
They will be without striker Taiwo Awoniyi who is side lined for months with a groin injury according to manager Steve Cooper.
Summer signing Ibrahim Sangare could be set to miss out as he is currently dealing with injury.
On Everton’s points deduction, Cooper said: ”Everton have a lot of good players who have loads of Premier League experience. It’s the same team as before the points deduction.”
The game kicks off at 5.30pm at the City Ground in Nottingham and can be seen live on Sky Sports.