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Norwich stun in-form Everton as Steven Naismith makes mark on return

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Everton’s promising start to the season was put into perspective by Championship opponents as Norwich City deservedly progressed to the last 16 of the League Cup, with the Goodison old boy Steven Naismith setting his side on the path to victory.

Ronald Koeman had promised beforehand to make a few changes but not too many, and in the event made six. On the evidence of a listless performance that appears to be too many for Everton, who may be second in the Premier League but found the going tough against a Norwich side who made no fewer than 10 changes of their own from their last league outing.

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Nottingham Forest v Arsenal, Derby v Liverpool and more: clockwatch – live!

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Okazaki has given Leicester City the lead against Chelsea. Find out more with Barry Glendenning right here.

Related: Leicester City v Chelsea: EFL Cup – live!

12 min: The City Ground rises to applaud Brian Clough, 12 years after his death. It’s a great atmosphere in Nottingham, “You’ve only come to see the Arsenal” sing the visiting fans. “Champions of Europe – you’ll never sing that” reply the Forest faithful.

Arsenal are lucky to still be level, after Bendtner pressured Gabriel into a mistake at the back, before the Dane squared the ball to Kasami, who sliced wide from the edge of the box. With Martinez out of position in the Arsenal goal, it was easier to score.

Full-time in Ligue 1’s early game, and Toulouse have won 2-1 away at Lille, with former Sunderland striker Ola Toivonen getting both goals for the visitors.

The first EFL Cup goal of the night – the Danish striker Simon Makienok, on a one-year loan deal from Italian Serie A side Palermo, finds some space at the back post and makes no mistake.

Carney cuts inside on her right foot, feinting to shoot, before smashing a deflected strike past the Belgium goalkeeper. It’s now finished there, so a 2-0 win for the Lionesses, they top Group 7.

Karen Carney scores England's 2nd goal. Video: BBC, UEFA EURO 2017 #WEURO2017 #womensfootball #EURO2017 #Lionesses pic.twitter.com/GTHGlKh9rH

Peeeeeep! The EFL Cup ties are underway. Keep an eye out for Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings, who is making his first appearance since the beginning of last season. Mings became the Cherries’ record signing last June, but was ruled out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury on the first day of the season against Leicester.

Very strong Liverpool team out tonight: Coutinho, Origi and Firmino forming a potent front three against a Derby side that has struggled so far this season in the Championship. With no European football this season, it’s obvious that Klopp are targeting Cup glory, with the carrot of a Europa League spot at stake for the EFL Cup winners, that’s no surprise.

1 – Liverpool have been eliminated from just one of their last 13 League Cup ties against lower league opposition. Bullies.

No Joey Barton of course for Rangers tonight, after the Englishman was suspended for three weeks by the Glasgow club. The Guardian’s Donald McRae sat down with Barton, who is also under investigation for allegedly breaking betting rules.

Related: Joey Barton: ‘If someone is looking for conflict I won’t shy away from it – ever’ | Donald McRae

Everton v Norwich
Everton: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Holgate, Ashley Williams, Funes Mori, Cleverley, Gana, Lennon, Barkley, Valencia, Deulofeu.
Subs: Robles, Jagielka, Kone, Mirallas, Bolasie, Barry, Oviedo.
Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bennett, Bassong, Brady, Thompson, Mulumbu, Josh Murphy, Naismith, Pritchard, Oliveira.
Subs: Jones, Canos, Lafferty, Turner, Morris, Godfrey, Grant.
Nottm Forest v Arsenal

Nottm Forest: Stojkovic, Pereira, Mancienne, Mills, Lichaj, Cohen, Dumitru, Lansbury, Kasami, Osborn, Bendtner.
Subs: Fox, Carayol, Pereira Lica, Hobbs, Grant, Vellios, Smith.

Arsenal:
Martinez, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Gabriel, Gibbs, Xhaka, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Reine-Adelaide, Akpom, Lucas Perez.
Subs: Bielik, Zelalem, Da Silva, Mavididi, Macey, Sheaf, Willock.

Nikita Parris scores her third England goal in just her third England appearance, heading the ball home – all 5ft4in of her! Remember England are already qualified for Euro 2017, but will finish top of their group with a win here.

Dortmund are on fire! After disposing of Darmstadt 6-0 on Saturday, Dortmund are already 2-0 away in Lower Saxony – Aubameyang latching onto a clever backheel from Raphael Guerreiro, beating his man and finishing cooly in the the corner. The man is a class act. Guerreiro had earlier given Dortmund the lead with a deflected effort.

Nice goal by #aubameyang great player pace skill goals he got the lot #nufc #borussiadortmund https://t.co/hoLU9k1x5C

More narrative, as if you needed it.

Current Forest men @lansburyhenri and @bendtnerb52 will hope to get one over on former #NFFC loanee @aaronramsey’s @Arsenal this evening. pic.twitter.com/Btii4wWpDM

Nottingham Forest will hold a 12th-minute tribute to Brian Clough in their match against Arsenal tonight – it is 12 years since the great man died.

Derby County will also hold a minute’s silence in memory of club stalwart, Gordon Guthrie MBE, who served as a player, a club physiotherapist/trainer, and kit manager serving over a dozen managers, including Brian Clough. He has a stand named after him at the iPro stadium.

GORDON GUTHRIE: #DCFC will hold a minute's silence in memory of Gordon Guthrie tonight: https://t.co/MrEQPRgL2c #DCFCvLFC #dcfcfans pic.twitter.com/sUpmx1n0aE

Derby v Liverpool
Derby: Mitchell, Christie, Pearce, Keogh, Olsson, Baird, Johnson, Hughes, Butterfield, Weimann, Bent.
Subs: Weale, Ince, Camara, Blackman, Lowe, Elsnik, Rawson.
Liverpool: Karius, Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson,
Coutinho, Lucas, Grujic, Firmino, Origi.
Subs: Lovren, Milner, Mane, Mignolet, Can, Ings, Oviemuno Ejaria.

AFC Bournemouth v Preston

Half-time scores in the women’s Euro 2017 qualifiers, involving some of the home nations. England and Scotland have already qualified for the finals in Holland next year, and England will cement top spot in Group 7 if they draw with their nearest rivals Belgium. 0-0 in that one at the moment. Scotland are guaranteed one of the six best runners-up spots, they are second in Group 1, behind Iceland. 1-1 currently in Reykjavik.

Half-time in the last #WEURO2017 qualifiers
As it stands
Qualified: Denmark, Italy, Austria, Russia
Play-off: Romania, Finland
Out: Portugal pic.twitter.com/18Y2vC34rB

Of course, if you’re a more monogamous type, you can always head over to our Leicester City v Chelsea MBM. Barry Glendenning is at the helm for that one.

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Hello world! What an evening of EFL Cup/Bundesliga/Serie A/La Liga/League One/Scottish League Cup/Ligue 1 we have for you tonight. Lots of different football matches, kicking off at lots of different times, a night of chaos beckons! I’ll be doing my best to help you see the Chris Wood from the Tricky Trees – but if you happen to be at tonight’s games for some actual insight or even if you’re not and just fancy giving your 2p’s worth, do get in touch via michael.butler@theguardian.com or tweet @michaelbutler18.

Here are the main matches we will be following tonight, plus a smattering from League One, La Liga, Scotland and the rest of the Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

Michael will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s Daniel Taylor on Nottingham Forest’s impressive youth policy:

It is probably a reflection of Nottingham Forest’s difficulties in the modern era that when they renew acquaintances with Arsenal on Tuesday it will be the first time in the 21st century they have encountered the club who wear the same colours because it was Forest, 130 years ago, who donated a red strip to help set them up.

The last occasion the two sides met was in January 1999 when Ron Atkinson had just been appointed as Forest’s manager and infamously began his short, undistinguished spell more like Rowan Atkinson by climbing into the wrong dugout. Forest, with the fingers of relegation closing round their necks, lost 1-0 and it was their next home game when they played in a nine-goal thriller against Manchester United that is still talked about on the banks of the Trent. Unfortunately for Forest, they scored only one of the goals.

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Ronald Koeman insists it is ‘crazy’ to consider Everton title contenders

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• ‘We can’t do a Leicester’ says manager after good start to season
• Koeman confirms Everton want to extend Romelu Lukaku’s contract

Ronald Koeman has said it would be “crazy” to consider Everton contenders for the Premier League title, despite their impressive start to the season.

Everton are second in the table having taken 13 points from a possible 15 and maintained their unbeaten run under the Dutch coach with Saturday’s 3-1 win against Middlesbrough. Koeman, who will be without Romelu Lukaku for Tuesday’s EFL Cup tie against Norwich City, has set European qualification as the target for his first season in charge at Goodison Park, and he insists it is unrealistic to expect Everton to follow the example of Leicester City and deliver a surprising title challenge this term.

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Ross Barkley issues a perfect response to criticism to inspire Everton

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Young midfielder’s refusal to hide against Middlesbrough after a public dressing down by Ronald Koeman proves that he is a fast-maturing talent

The spotlight was on Gareth Barry on his 600th Premier League appearance, the expectation on Idrissa Gueye after an exceptional start to his Everton career and the pressure all on Ross Barkley following a very public dressing down before Middlesbrough arrived at Goodison Park. It demonstrated the latter’s refusal to hide, and lack of ego, that the entire heart of Everton’s midfield functioned as Ronald Koeman demanded.

If a half-time substitution at Sunderland last Monday and repeated calls for improvement were Koeman’s way of testing Barkley’s mentality as well as ability, then his satisfaction with the 22-year-old’s reaction was justified. In the closeted, precious world of the Premier League it can be dangerous for any manager to issue public warnings and criticism of their biggest talents. Koeman, like Everton managers before him, had no such concerns with Barkley. “What is testing?” he asked following the 3-1 victory that left his team second in the table. “Yes, maybe Ross was under pressure but if you don’t handle the pressure you can’t play in the Premier League.”

Related: Everton see off Middlesbrough as Barry scores on 600th Premier League game

Related: Ross Barkley must raise his game, warns Everton manager Ronald Koeman

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Everton see off Middlesbrough as Barry scores on 600th Premier League game

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Everton have not always responded well to adversity but there is a new steel running through the side under Ronald Koeman. They went behind to the most dubious of away goals midway through the first half but simply brushed the injustice aside, recovered within minutes and went on to claim a handsome victory. Everton now sit second in the table and have scored six goals in their last two games, though it must be said Middlesbrough, like Sunderland earlier in the week, do not possess the most resolute of defences.

Gareth Barry enjoyed an eventful evening as he made his 600th Premier League appearance, only the third player to record such a milestone after Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard.

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Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough: Premier League – as it happened

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Everton respond impressively to Maarten Stekelenburg’s own goal to beat Middlesbrough, with Gareth Barry scoring on his 600th Premier League appearance

Everton go back to second in the table, having taken 13 points from their first five games. It’s their best start since 1978-79. They respond impressively to Maarten Stekelenburg’s own goal and were comfortable winners, with Gareth Barry scoring on his 600th Premier League appearance. Thanks for your company; night.

90+1 min A nice touch from Ronald Koeman, who substitutes Gareth Barry so that he can get an ovation from the crowd. Tom Cleverley replaces him.

90 min There will be two minutes of added formality.

88 min Everton play a bit of keep-ball to amuse themselves. They look a good side, and so much more solid than last season.

86 min “I want 3000 words by Monday on Everton and Liverpool being top dogs in the league once more, just like back in the day before wireless meant anything other than a radio,” writes my owner Ian Copestake.

84 min Middlesbrough make their final substitution, with Adam Clayton replacing Forshaw.

82 min Fischer’s fierce shot from 20 yards is blocked by the stretching Coleman. I think it would have otherwise inconvenienced Stekelenburg.

80 min De Roon’s high cross is punched away under pressure by Stekelenburg, and Downing’s follow-up shot hits a defender.

79 min Idrissa Gueye has had another excellent game for Everton.

77 min Bolasie mavericks past Barragan but then runs into a second defender.

76 min Boro don’t look like getting a corner, never mind scoring. I think they’ll stay up, but if they do it won’t be because of their attack.

74 min “Agree 100% with the mooted Incorrigible Mavericks rule,” says David Hopkins. “All the better if their skills have little practical application. I’m thinking of Ted McMinn dribbling past some hapless fullback, stopping, then doing it once more for a laugh.”

72 min Gerard Deulofeu replaces Kevin Mirallas for Everton.

70 min Both sides have accepted the result, and the match is drifting along increasingly aimlessly.

69 min Another Boro substitution: Viktor Fischer, the former boy wonder, replaces Gaston Ramirez.

66 min Enner Valencia comes on for his Everton debut, replacing the injured Lukaku. It looks like a precautionary substitution rather than anything more serious, although Lukaku has gone straight down the tunnel.

63 min Barkley almost frees Lukaku in the box; eventually the ball pinballs through the keeper Valdes. When Barkley plays like this, with such penetrative simplicity, you can see why so many managers get excited about him.

62 min “I’m not actually watching the game, but glad to see Bolasie involved,” says Matt Dony. “He is possibly the most entertaining player in world football. I mean, he’s obviously not in that ‘top, top player’ bracket, but the sheer unpredictability is worth the entrance fee. In that respect, he reminds me of Luis Garcia in his 2006/7 pomp. The best player in history for 10 minutes of any given match, an absolute liability for the other 80.”

Quite. There should be a quota system whereby every team has to include one incorrigible maverick in their XI. If we can clone Adel Taarabt, so much the better.

59 min Middlesbrough bring on David Nugent for Emilio Nsue.

56 min Everton are in total control of the game now, and Barkley draws a good save from Valdes with a stinging low drive. Barkley has been excellent today, possibly the best player on the pitch.

54 min Mirallas’s golden five minutes continues with a dreadful piece of control in the box after fine play from Barkley.

51 min Baines makes a virtue of a dismal pass from Mirallas, winning a corner as a result. It’s headed away by Friend.

50 min Middlesbrough, tactically speaking, weren’t really built with 3-1 deficits in mind. They are a neat, tidy side but they don’t create that many chances. This should be a comfortable second half for Everton.

49 min It looks like the third goal has been given to Lukaku. I’m not sure he touched it, mind.

46 min Peep peep! Everton begin the second half, and as things stand this will be their best start to a season since 1978-79.

Half-time reading aka ‘I think it was me who said…’

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After a slow start, that was an enjoyable half of football. The worst thing Middlesbrough did was take the lead, because it woke Everton and the crowd up. See you soon for the second half.

45+2 min Gareth Barry is booked for a foul on Ramirez.

Bolasie’s inswinging cross from the right drifts past everyone and into the net. Lukaku claimed it but I don’t think he got a touch. Valdes appealed that Lukaku was offside but replays showed he was fine.

Seamus Coleman gives Everton the lead with a fine solo goal. He received Gueye’s pass just outside the area on the right, burst past a couple of defenders and finished calmly into the bottom corner with his left foot.

40 min Barrajan loafs forward promisingly, only to get giddy and hoof one miles over the bar from 25 yards.

36 min Barkley beats Ayala with a beautiful flicked nutmeg, a bit like Robbie Fowler on Steve Staunton when he scored that famous goal against Aston Villa in 1996, and then runs into the box before hitting a shot that is well blocked by a combination of Gibson and the recovering Ayala. When the ball went dead Ayala was booked for attempting to pull Barkley back after he had been turned.

34 min “You’re right about the Middlesbrough goal looking like Andy Gray’s goal at Wembley in 1984,” says Gary Naylor. “If we’re playing the same rules as 32 years ago, I look forward to plenty of tackles from behind, a few professional fouls and a shinpad-splitting challenge or two. No cards though. And a title for us next year.”

32 min A fine effort from Bolaise, who thumps a 15-yard header onto the roof of the net from Baines’s hanging cross.

28 min Barkley ruins an excellent run by blazing over the bar when Lukaku was in a better position.

26 min “Pretty sure Andy Gray never played in a World Cup final,” says Richie Segal, making a very fair point. What the hell was I thinking there?

25 min Middlesbrough might also be aggrieved with the goal against them, because Williams challenged Valdes with his studs showing. Howard Webb says it was a probably a free-kick, and he’ll be thrilled to know I agree with him.

Gareth Barry equalises for Everton. On today of all days. A corner from the left rebounded across the box, and Barry half-volleyed it calmly into the top of the net. That’s an excellent finish actually, and a rare goal to mark his 600th Premier League appearance.

23 min The BT commentators – Steve McManaman, Glenn Hoddle and Howard Webb – all think it was a fair goal. I’m not so sure. Stekelenburg was a bit weak but I’m not sure Negredo didn’t foul him.

Everton are not happy with this, and there are echoes of Andy Gray’s goal in the 1984 World Cup final. Downing hung up a deep cross towards the far post, where Stekelenburg was in the process of catching it when Negredo powered through and headed the ball into the net. Actually, I think it’s an own goal because Negredo seemed to knock Stekelenburg’s arm, which knocked the ball out of his hands and into the net.

20 min Mirallas comes inside from the left and drills a low shot that is comfortably held by Valdes. Everton have stirred after a sluggish start.

19 min A good effort from Barkley, who moves away from Forshaw and hits a wobbling left-footed shot from 25 yards that is beaten away by Valdes.

17 min It would be silly to jump to conclusions after four and a bit games, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do: Boro won’t go down this season. They look a really good, organised side.

15 min Barry, on his 600th Premier League appearance, is robbed in a dangerous area but Ramirez. He moves straight for goal but Coleman makes a good tackle on the edge of the area.

13 min Everton win their first corner, to be taken by Mirallas on the right. Jagielka mistimes his jump at the near post and shoulders it over the bar.

12 min Here’s Hubert O’Hearn. “Koeman’s knack of almost instantly shaping a club into an attractive and downright scary side, no matter what players he loses, reminds me of a wonderful line about Jack Nicklaus and his clubs (golf variety): ‘He can play with his and beat you, or he can take yours and still beat you.’”

10 min There’s not a huge amount happening right now.

6 min The overlapping Friend is fouled by Coleman on the left wing. Actually, it looks quite a soft free-kick on second glance. Ramirez curls the free-kick towards the near post, where Downing flicks a header across the face of goal and wide. Ayala almost got to it at the far post.

5 min It’s been a confident start from Boro in what sounds like a very muted atmosphere, though that might just be that somebody has pressed the wrong button in the BT bunker.

1 min Peep peep! Middlesbrough, in red, kick off from left to right. Everton are in blue.

“Reid’s cross – GRAY!”

If you’re an Everton fan, with a fondness for the years 1984 and 1985, this book is definitely for you. It’s published by deCoubertin, who have a cracking collection of Everton books in particular.

Everton (4-2-3-1) Stekelenburg; Coleman, Williams, Jagielka, Baines; Gueye, Barry; Mirallas, Barkley, Bolasie; Lukaku.
Substitutes: Joel, Deulofeu, Lennon, Cleverley, Valencia, Funes Mori, Holgate.

Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1) Valdes; Barragan, Ayala, Gibson, Friend; De Roon, Forshaw; Nsue, Ramirez, Downing; Negredo.
Substitutes: Guzan, Espinosa, Clayton, Fischer, Chambers, Nugent, Traore.

Kevin de Bruyne is Pep’s Michael Laudrup, discuss

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Hello. Sometimes, a player’s weakness becomes his strength as a manager: think of George Graham and Glenn Hoddle, swaggering midfielders and magnificent defensive coaches, or hard-faced centre-back Tony Mowbray preaching tiki-taka in the Midlands.

Ronald Koeman and Aitor Karanka, whose Everton and Middlesbrough sides meet at Goodison Park today, took their playing strengths with them when they went into management: both were defenders (well, nominally in Koeman’s case) and both know exactly what to do with a bank of four.

Rob will be here shortly. In the meantime, why not have a read of Andy Hunter on how Ronald Koeman feels the noise more than Martínez and Moyes after his strong start at Everton?

Related: Ronald Koeman’s revolution restores discipline and high standards to Everton

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Everton v Middlesbrough: Premier League – live!

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“Reid’s cross – GRAY!”

If you’re an Everton fan, with a fondness for the years 1984 and 1985, this book is definitely for you. It’s published by deCoubertin, who have a cracking collection of Everton books in particular.

Everton (4-2-3-1) Stekelenburg; Coleman, Williams, Jagielka, Baines; Gueye, Barry; Mirallas, Barkley, Bolasie; Lukaku.
Substitutes: Joel, Deulofeu, Lennon, Cleverley, Valencia, Funes Mori, Holgate.

Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1) Valdes; Barragan, Ayala, Gibson, Friend; De Roon, Forshaw; Nsue, Ramirez, Downing; Negredo.
Substitutes: Guzan, Espinosa, Clayton, Fischer, Chambers, Nugent, Traore.

Kevin de Bruyne is Pep’s Michael Laudrup, discuss

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Hello. Sometimes, a player’s weakness becomes his strength as a manager: think of George Graham and Glenn Hoddle, swaggering midfielders and magnificent defensive coaches, or hard-faced centre-back Tony Mowbray preaching tiki-taka in the Midlands.

Ronald Koeman and Aitor Karanka, whose Everton and Middlesbrough sides meet at Goodison Park today, took their playing strengths with them when they went into management: both were defenders (well, nominally in Koeman’s case) and both know exactly what to do with a bank of four.

Rob will be here shortly. In the meantime, why not have a read of Andy Hunter on how Ronald Koeman feels the noise more than Martínez and Moyes after his strong start at Everton?

Related: Ronald Koeman’s revolution restores discipline and high standards to Everton

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Ronald Koeman’s revolution restores discipline and high standards to Everton

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The club were drifting under Roberto Martínez but Koeman has arrested the slump and Gareth Barry is among those who believe confidence has returned

Finch Farm, Thursday morning, and Everton players are putting another intense training session behind them with a game of head tennis. The mood is as lighthearted as the contest until Ronald Koeman interrupts. “One team was losing quite heavily and he wanted to know why,” Gareth Barry discloses. “He doesn’t want anyone losing their focus and with good reason. One team shouldn’t be getting beat so heavily at anything within the club, whether it’s head tennis, five-a-side or on a Saturday.”

Head tennis might not be as much fun as it used to be but Koeman has found a receptive audience since replacing Roberto Martínez in June. Five games into his tenure and the focus on not getting beaten – marginally or heavily – holds firm. Everton are unbeaten in the Premier League before Middlesbrough’s visit on Saturday, in the top four of the table following the Jekyll and Hyde performance at Sunderland on Monday and have delivered their best start to a season for a decade. As Thursday’s intervention at Finch Farm indicates, attitude and discipline are as much a part of the improvement as defensive organisation and the summer’s transfer business.

Related: Ross Barkley must raise his game, warns Everton manager Ronald Koeman

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Everton v Middlesbrough: match preview

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Middlesbrough have made a solid return to the top flight but their hosts will be full of confidence having made their best start to a campaign for a decade. Gareth Barry will join Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard in the Premier League’s 600-club, 18 years after his debut for Aston Villa at Sheffield Wednesday, but whether Ross Barkley will join the immaculate veteran in midfield remains to be seen. Ronald Koeman has not shied from the big calls on the England international, on the pitch or in public, and has Romelu Lukaku back among the goals after his hat-trick at Sunderland. Andy Hunter

Kick-off Saturday 5.30pm

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Koeman: Everton can challenge for a place in Europe – video

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Manager Ronald Koeman says Everton should be challenging for a place in Europe in the Premier League. Speaking on Thursday in Liverpool, Koeman plays down expectations of Champions League football at Goodison Park but says Everton should challenge for Europa League places. The Merseyside club is third in the league and are undefeated after four games of the season

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Moussa Sissoko has no regrets as he eyes the big time at Tottenham

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France midfielder says the Champions League was a key factor in his decision to leave Newcastle, spurn Everton and instead join Spurs for £30m

Had things worked out differently, Moussa Sissoko would be preparing to face Middlesbrough on Saturday in the colours of Everton. Instead, the France midfielder has just made his Champions League debut for Tottenham Hotspur against Monaco and he will play for them against Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

There is the possibility that he could bring a bit of cheer to the supporters of his former club Newcastle United if he scored against their north-east rivals but, in truth, Sissoko has come to be seen as a villain in their eyes. Not only did he go missing during their relegation season from the Premier League last time out, he made it plain that he wanted to leave St James’s Park.

Related: Tottenham gazump Everton and land Moussa Sissoko for £30m

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Ross Barkley must raise his game, warns Everton manager Ronald Koeman

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• Player’s substitution at Sunderland follows England omission
• Coach issues statement after having face-to-face discussions

Ronald Koeman has told Ross Barkley he needs to raise his game “in all aspects” after withdrawing the Everton midfielder after 45 minutes against Sunderland.

Related: Koeman’s priority as Everton manager is simple – get the best out of Barkley | Paul Wilson

Related: Romelu Lukaku scores 11-minute hat-trick in Everton win at Sunderland

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