Everton are back in Capital One Cup action this evening looking to progress past the League Cup 4th round for first time in 8 years.
Not since the 2007/08 season when David Moyes's quest to win this trophy for the first time in the club's history have the Blues reached the quarter final stage but there is a yearning among the fanbase to see the team push on and finally break our duck in the League Cup with Wembley glory.
Tonight represents the first home tie of this year's competition and home turf advantage was well received when the draw was made last month. Everton, however, have the worst home record in the top flight this season and face in Norwich City another Premier League side so while there is plenty of incentive to get a result that may translate into better League form, there are no guarantees either.
If the Canaries showed anything in their last away game, however, it's that they can be highly vulnerable at the back as they shipped six goals to a Newcastle team that has been pretty dreadful so far under Steve McClaren. Deumerci Mbokani scored his first goal since arriving from Dynamo Kiev in the summer and he will be looking for a better fortune than the last time he visited Goodison Park in the Europa League in March when he wason the losing side in a first leg match-up.
The striker will need to shake off a bout of illness if he is to feature, though; if he doesn't make it, there's always Cameron Jerome who will fancy putting Everton's usual accommodation of struggling strikers to the test.
Roberto Martinez, meanwhile, has already confirmed that Joel Robles will be making his customary cup start but his opportunity to shine will have more weight on it this time given Tim Howard's poor display against Arsenal on Saturday and the subsequent scrutiny of him in the media.
Gareth Barry is suspended so either Tom Cleverley or Darron Gibson could step in, while the likes of Aiden McGeady, Byan Oviedo, Leon Osman and Kevin Mirallas, all on the fringes of the first team so far this season, will also be hoping for some game time.
At the back, Phil Jagielka is ruled out with a knee injury so Ramiro Funes Mori will deputise for what looks likely to be the beginning of a two-month stint in the starting XI if he, too, can stay healthy but those forced changes aside, it is hoped that the manager won't shuffle things around too much and risk destabilising the team.
Kick off: 7.45pm
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1 Posted 27/10/2015 at 06:55:50
2 Posted 27/10/2015 at 07:03:21
3 Posted 27/10/2015 at 07:08:21
Coleman Stones Funes Mori Galloway
Deulofeu Barkley Mirallas
Norwich will likely sit back and Kone holds it up better than Lukaku who could come on if things aren't going the right way.
4 Posted 27/10/2015 at 07:10:08
Whoever the coach is now needs a rocket up his backside, I am pretty certain the first words out of Nev's mouth would be "Get that David Marshall signed up!"
5 Posted 27/10/2015 at 07:15:19
Coleman Stone Funes Mori Galloway
Deulofeu Naismith Mirallas
Bring Lukaku and Barkley on if we are not winning the game.
6 Posted 27/10/2015 at 07:16:12
As for big Nev returning, never understood how anyone has never employed the greatest keeper ever as a goalkeeping coach, baffles me.
7 Posted 27/10/2015 at 07:18:02
I would also use Osman for the last 20 minutes as well; say what you like about Ossie, he's still capable of getting us out of a hole.
8 Posted 27/10/2015 at 07:22:12
With more creative players like Cleverly, Gibson and Pienaar back from injury, and Barry suspended (?), Martinez may be forced into a positive change in midfield. He played two wingers against Arsenal. If an offensive line up works tonight, he may hopefully carry it over to the Sunderland game on Sunday.
I wouldn't be too worried by Sunderland's result against Newcastle. Both teams are still poor and Newcastle played the whole of the second half with ten men. That, plus the chance to nail down a cup quarter final tonight, should give us the push we need.
9 Posted 27/10/2015 at 07:30:14
For that reason, I'd play our strongest side tonight. Plus it's not exactly an overcrowded schedule at the minute.
Play our best 11 and get some momentum going.
10 Posted 27/10/2015 at 07:46:47
Subs: Howard, Browning, Galloway, McCarthy, Naismith, Lennon, Lukaku
11 Posted 27/10/2015 at 07:54:05
12 Posted 27/10/2015 at 08:21:27
13 Posted 27/10/2015 at 08:26:23
14 Posted 27/10/2015 at 08:26:53
Coleman Stones Funes Mori Galloway
Deulofeu Barkley Mirallas
15 Posted 27/10/2015 at 08:42:23
16 Posted 27/10/2015 at 08:47:17
17 Posted 27/10/2015 at 09:02:30
18 Posted 27/10/2015 at 09:08:26
Don't write off Norwich, Everton have gone back to last season's form.
19 Posted 27/10/2015 at 09:20:05
The fans need a trophy, the club itself needs a trophy, we may not win the trophy tonight but we certainly can't afford to lose it.
The fans need a bit of hope, the league is quite mundane these day's and you can sense that amongst the majority of the support; we do enough to fend off relegation but not enough to finish higher than 8th, 9th or 10th.
We need a trip to Wembley and an open-top bus parade!!
20 Posted 27/10/2015 at 09:21:32
21 Posted 27/10/2015 at 09:30:43
22 Posted 27/10/2015 at 09:50:14
"Everton appointed goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara in the summer of 2013 as he followed new manager Roberto Martinez from Wigan.
Spaniard Bergara first worked with his countryman at Swansea when Martinez took over in 2007 and subsequently moved north with him when the Latics came calling.
Bergara's playing career saw him on the books of Athletic Bilbao, Alaves, Murcia, Real Sociedad and Logrones - often as a backup custodian."
23 Posted 27/10/2015 at 10:02:39
24 Posted 27/10/2015 at 10:10:39
25 Posted 27/10/2015 at 10:22:51
26 Posted 27/10/2015 at 10:40:40
We always had a saying where I worked - those who can, do; those who can't, teach; and those who can't teach, become Vice-Chancellors".
You can replace "Vice-Chancellor" with your own favourite bete noir - engineer, accountant, ToffeeWeb pundit!
27 Posted 27/10/2015 at 10:43:16
If Nev had been there on Saturday, he'd have taken out Stones, Jagielka, Giroud and anyone else between him and the ball.
28 Posted 27/10/2015 at 11:11:39
29 Posted 27/10/2015 at 11:29:25
Aspirations of Europe have quickly dissipated and I even hear fellow fans describing the best to be hoped for 5th or 6th place as a curse, bringing with it, as it does, likely Europa participation and all the distraction that implies.
So it seems that 7th spot is what it's all about â€“ back to Moyes territory as it were â€“ although, personally, I can't see it happening.The comfort zone of mid-table seems more likely and although it's uninspiring, we better get used to it. This is Everton 2015 â€“ all the fun was 30 years ago!
30 Posted 27/10/2015 at 11:48:16
31 Posted 27/10/2015 at 12:05:35
32 Posted 27/10/2015 at 12:35:30
We need to start getting back to winning ways at Goodison and this game is as good a chance as any.
Barry suspended so the usual McCarthy/Barry axis is gone.
Get Mirallas in there to help.
33 Posted 27/10/2015 at 12:54:37
(yeah that early standup, sublime)
34 Posted 27/10/2015 at 12:54:40
It will be interesting to see if Gibson gets any game time, although I suspect Cleverley might start tonight. From this seasons selections, it seems if fit, Lukaku, Barkley, Barry and McCarthy will start every game.
I personally would like to see Gibson start in midfield as he at least gets his head up and looks for forward options. Our present central midfielders do not have his range of passing and it is something this side badly needs.
35 Posted 27/10/2015 at 13:05:30
It's time to win silverware.
36 Posted 27/10/2015 at 13:06:57
Coleman, Stones, Funes Mori, Oviedo
Deulofeu, Gibson, McCarthy, Pienaar
Replace Pienaar after an hour with Lennon and move Deulofeu over to the left.
37 Posted 27/10/2015 at 13:28:27
Having been to the old Wembley final with the Blues three times, especially the '66 final, which in my opinion was the best ever for drama, emotion and sheer joy as we came from two down to win it courtesy of Derek Temple's fantastic finish.
As much as we hope to win tonight, I would much prefer us to get to another FA Cup Final, but even Wembley has lost much of its appeal since the 'Twin Towers' were demolished. Long past the time we should have a really NATIONAL stadium, methinks.
40 Posted 27/10/2015 at 14:03:15
41 Posted 27/10/2015 at 14:10:02
Subs: Howard, Browning, Holgate, Lennon, Osman, Barkley, Lukaku
42 Posted 27/10/2015 at 14:36:22
Can't say the same about Martinez, I'm afraid. I expect extra time, penalties and getting home late. Oh, God...
43 Posted 27/10/2015 at 15:08:50
With teams like Arsenal having games at the weekend and then Champions league next week, they will be resting players. Quite honestly, paying hard-earned money to watch these games is just a waste. However, as Everton are not involved in Europe, maybe this season is as good as any to have a real run at it as long as there are no further injuries.
44 Posted 27/10/2015 at 15:20:04
And I wouldn't mind Osman being one of the 2 up front. Control, ideas, passing and a finish.
45 Posted 27/10/2015 at 15:30:20
46 Posted 27/10/2015 at 15:55:50
47 Posted 27/10/2015 at 16:34:04
This is a competition we could win. Not sure Mr Martinez will put strongest team out though... so I'm worried ...
48 Posted 27/10/2015 at 17:55:04
FFS it's about time we won this bloody thing.
It's embarrassing that we have such a poor record.
I'm cautiously going for a 4-1 win to the Mighty Blues.
By the way, Anfield has been 'locked down' tonight after some kind of bomb scare. Norwegians and Thais who have travelled for tomorrow's game now heading to GP tonight instead. Let's hope we've got the prawn sarnies available.
49 Posted 27/10/2015 at 18:10:25
Go strong. Win this game by half time. And move on. COYBs
50 Posted 27/10/2015 at 19:21:46
Jags and Barry will be missed. No doubt about it. Experienced Steady Eddies who keep a close eye on their younger team-mates. The defence has to be solid with no-one wandering out of position. We'll see.
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