LIVE updates from Goodison Park as Everton host Salford City in the second round of the Carabao Cup
Everton are back in action at Goodison Park on Wednesday night as they host Salford City in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
Last winning silverware in 1995, the Blues will look to start an extended cup run against the League Two side, who are owned by former Everton captain Phil Neville, his ex-Manchester United team-mates David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes and Singaporean business magnate Peter Lim.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side started the season with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur as debutants James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure all impressed, but the Italian is expected to make changes against Salford.
Kicking off at 8.15pm, follow LIVE updates with Phil Kirkbride and Adam Jones, Theo Squires and Dan Kay.
Carrying on from his central role against Preston a couple of weeks ago, Bernard is looking decent in these opening stages.
No surprise that Salford are generally letting Everton have the ball in their own half and are only pressing the Blues when they cross the halfway line.
They’ll try to be tough to break down this evening which will be a test for this changed line-up.
Half-chance for the visitors as they get boxed out in the box before Lowe fires harmlessly over from distance.
First chance of the night falls to Everton as Gordon cuts in from the left, but his shot from the edge of the box is blocked.
It looks like a 4-3-3 from Everton again to start this one, a midfield trio of Sigurdsson, Davies and Bernard all alongside each other it seems.
When they switch from normal music to Everton songs in the stadium you know it’s almost time for business.
“Forever Everton” is currently blaring out through the speakers, which is just hitting home the point that all the fans are still at home.
Cup nights under the lights are always a great experience. Fingers crossed everyone can be back here safely soon enough.
Salford City co-owner is commentary duty for Sky tonight and looking forward to see this one…
Former Everton midfielder James Wallace, now a scout for Fleetwood Town, in the ground as well. The winners of tonight’s tie will face Fleetwood in round three next week
Former Everton midfielder Darron Gibson is on the bench for Salford along with former Blues academy player Alex Denny.
He’s repeatedly been linked with a move to Everton but looks like Cengiz Under is set for a Premier League move elsewhere.
Fair play to the stadium announcer right now reading the Everton team out with the same gusto as he would if the stadium was full.
Ten changes from Ancelotti with only Michael Keane keeping his place is, in many ways, a show of faith in his squad.
The Italian is challenging many of these stars to go out and prove themselves in a match that the Blues really should be winning.
The players should be doing everything in their power to grasp that opportunity and give the boss something to really think about when the squad are back here for the visit of West Brom on Saturday.
You’re looking particularly at the midfield and wingers in that sense. Can they step up and really show off their talents this evening?
So debuts for Joao Virginia and Niels Nkounkou as Carlo Ancelotti makes 10 changes to his side.
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