TEAM NEWS! Carlo makes 10 changes for tonight’s #CarabaoCup tie against Salford City, with debuts for Virginia and Nkounkou. COME ON YOU BLUES! pic.twitter.com/NGlZWZi6W1
The early rounds of the League Cup (or EFL Cup, or Carabao Cup, take your pick) always tend to be a potential banana-skin for bigger teams. Everton are of course entering the competition at this stage because they failed to qualify for Europe last season.
Today’s Second Round clash at Goodison Park against League Two side Salford City could be a problem for the Blues if they play down to their opposition. However, in all reality, anything but a big, comfortable win would be an incredible surprise; the bookies agree, with the Toffees 1/6 odds on to win, and offering 6/1 odds on a draw and 16/1 for an away win.
The bigger question to most Evertonians’ minds will be who lines up today for Everton. Carlo Ancelotti is likely to rest most of the lineup that played so well on Sunday in the 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur with just two days rest in their legs, and keeping in mind there will only be two days again before the Premier League home opener on Saturday against West Bromwich Albion.
For the manager though, this is also an opportunity to get some minutes under the belt of some fringe players after not having much of a preseason, as well as an opportunity for Marcel Brands to show off potential suitors eyeing the players in Everton’s shop window – Theo Walcott, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Fabian Delph, Bernard, Cenk Tosun, Muhamed Besic, Sandro Ramirez, and possibly Moise Kean & Alex Iwobi.
The Lions have been around since 1940, but shot to prominence in 2014 when a group of former Manchester United players formed a consortium to purchase the franchise. Since that time backed by financier Peter Lim they have shot up from what is the equivalent of the eighth tier of English football to League Two, which is three levels below the Premier League. For more information on the players and what to expect, check out the Blogger Q&A and Match Preview below.
Date and start time: Wednesday, September 16th at 12:15 p.m. PT / 3:15 p.m ET / 8:15 p.m. BST
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The Blues have actually never played Salford City before, so this is one of the archives.
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