EFL Cup 2nd Round Preview
Ashley Williams is in line to make his full Everton debut alongside Yannick Bolasie
With a new manager at the helm, Everton embark on the 2016-17 edition of their quest to land the one piece of major domestic silverware that has eluded the club since its inception 56 years ago.
The Blues face Yeovil Town in the second round of the League Cup — after being sponsored by Capital One for two seasons, it has now been rebranded as the EFL Cup — after being handed a home tie in the draw earlier this month.
While mindful of the ever-present threat of a banana skin tie, Ronald Koeman is likely to use the game against the League Two side as an opportunity to give some playing time to some players who haven't yet featured for the first team in the first two Premier League games, while offering the likes of Ashley Williams and Romelu Lukaku another run-out to boost their fitness.
Both players came on as substitutes at West Brom and, along with new signing Yannick Bolasie, himself a second-half introduction on Saturday, are set to start on Tuesday evening for the visit of the Glovers. It would give Goodison Park its first look at the new arrivals, both of whom are likely to key players for the Blues this season.
“For them it's really important to have game time,” Koeman said of the trio in an interview with evertontv. “In the case of Ashley, he didn't even play a friendly [over the summer] so this is a good game for him to start playing. Bolasie also is a new player; he will start tomorrow.
“And it's the same situation for Romelu because he didn't play a lot before. He played the friendly against Espanyol but after that he was out of training for 10 days and he needs game time to get into his best shape.
The likes of Tom Davies and Kieran Dowell, meanwhile, will be hoping to feature after impressing the new boss in pre-season. Both players have been selected by David Unsworth for the U23s since the start of the season but will feel that a cup tie against lower-division opposition would give them another opportunity to shine in the senior side again.
Joel Robles, meanwhile, could be in line for his first start of the campaign if Koeman elects to go the well-trodden “cup keeper” route that was so familiar to the Spaniard until he finally made the first-choice goalie spot his own last season under Roberto Martinez.
Robles has found himself back on the bench again so far this season, with Koeman favouring his compatriot Maarten Stekelenburg and the former Southampton and Fulham stopper has vindicated that faith from the manager with some fine saves in the opening two games.
Having finished last season in 19th in 2015-16, Yeovil come to Merseyside on the back of a three-game sequence without a win since they began 2016-17 with successive victories in the League over Notts County and in the EFL Cup over Walsall.
It will be their first ever competitive match against Everton in their 121-year history but ties between the two clubs have been strengthened in recent years with loan arrangements that have seen players like John Lundstram, Shane Duffy and Liam Walsh enjoy spells at Huish Park.
With respect to the League Two side, Koeman will be expecting a routine run-out and an opportunity to further build his side's fitness with the visit of Stoke on the horizon in the Premier League this coming weekend.
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Predicted Line-up: Robles, Holgate, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Davies, McCarthy, Barkley, Bolasie, Dowell, LukakuUpdate Both Tom Davies and Kieran Dowell were selected for the U23s' Premier League 2 fixture this evening, making their participation against Yeovil unlikely.
Quotes sourced from ToffeeWeb match page
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1 Posted 22/08/2016 at 17:58:50
2 Posted 22/08/2016 at 18:08:03
3 Posted 22/08/2016 at 18:37:30
4 Posted 22/08/2016 at 18:44:42
5 Posted 22/08/2016 at 18:49:55
Rest Barry - can't do without him in the Prem.
Williams and Bolasie surely start?
6 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:02:11
7 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:09:58
Otherwise give Lennon and Delofeu a run out.
8 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:11:19
Holgate Williams Mori Oviedo
Lennon McCarthy Cleverley Bolassie
9 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:39:18
Holgate Williams Mori Baines
Bolasie Barkley Mirallas
The manager will make minimal. Balance continuity with introducing game time for future first choice players
10 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:43:03
Holgate Williams Jags Baines
Bolasie Gana McCarthy Mirallas
Subs Robles, Mori, Cleverly, Kone, Oviedo.
11 Posted 22/08/2016 at 20:00:18
12 Posted 22/08/2016 at 21:16:51
Holgate, Williams (c), Funes Mori, Oviedo;
Lennon, McCarthy, Cleverley, Bolasie;
Subs: Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Baines, Gana, Mirallas, Deulofeu, McAleny
Thoughts being, if Kone and McCarthy aren't up to it against Yeovil, RK will definitely get rid of them. I would say the same for Oviedo but, now Galloway's gone out on loan, we need him now. McAleny should have a run out the same reason as Kone.
13 Posted 22/08/2016 at 21:47:55
If we play 3-4-3:
Holgate Williams Funes Mori
Lennon McCarthy Cleverley Oviedo
Deulofeu Lukaku Bolasie
If we play 4 at the back:
Holgate Williams FunesMori Oviedo
Deulofeu Tarashaj Bolasie
With Davies, Dowell & Lennon off the bench.
(Not sure where Tarashaj has disappeared to... But thought he was decent in preseason)
14 Posted 22/08/2016 at 21:52:10
15 Posted 22/08/2016 at 22:18:47
16 Posted 23/08/2016 at 00:37:52
I won't think we can win this trophy until we are 10-nil up at Wembley. Then I might believe.
17 Posted 23/08/2016 at 00:38:22
18 Posted 23/08/2016 at 03:22:51
19 Posted 23/08/2016 at 08:45:09
20 Posted 23/08/2016 at 09:03:40
21 Posted 23/08/2016 at 09:18:36
Unfortunately the Shite are on Sky Sports 1 so our pub will be full of the tellyclappers.
23 Posted 23/08/2016 at 11:28:13
24 Posted 23/08/2016 at 11:50:15
25 Posted 23/08/2016 at 15:10:07
26 Posted 23/08/2016 at 16:13:39
27 Posted 23/08/2016 at 16:22:20
28 Posted 23/08/2016 at 16:40:06
29 Posted 23/08/2016 at 16:42:19
30 Posted 23/08/2016 at 17:11:10
The Blind Dog eh! Sounds like a good hostelry to me. Do they serve real ale?
Is there a log fire in the corner?
31 Posted 23/08/2016 at 17:15:17
32 Posted 23/08/2016 at 18:12:09
33 Posted 23/08/2016 at 18:24:30
34 Posted 23/08/2016 at 18:26:20
Surely this sort of talk didn't get him the job in the first place. If I was on the Board I'll tell him to lighten up or get out.
35 Posted 23/08/2016 at 18:28:03
I'm not sure he has inherited half the mess he did at Goodison.
36 Posted 23/08/2016 at 18:31:45
He's taken 5 minutes at Sunderland. Wonder what their fans think
37 Posted 23/08/2016 at 18:40:52
38 Posted 23/08/2016 at 18:46:53
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