League Cup Fourth Round Preview
David Unsworth takes temporary charge of Everton alongside his U23s assistant, John Ebbrell
The post-Koeman era begins in one of the toughest arenas possible as David Unsworth takes charge of Everton's Carabao Cup Fourth Round tie against Chelsea.
Handed the temporary reins following the Dutchman's sacking on Monday, the former Toffees defender appears determined to use the undetermined number of games he will oversee as his interview for being appointed to role on a permanent basis.
Unsworth would surely have wished for an assignment more akin to the last time he was installed as caretaker boss when his main remit was simply to put a smile back on the players' faces, send them out with a spring in their step following weeks of anguish under Roberto Martinez and win against already-relegated Norwich City.
In the 44-year-old's favour, however, is that barring another humiliation like the one suffered at Stamford Bridge under Koeman in the Premier League last season, he has very little to lose. Even accounting for the potential of the unpredictability of the cup, few expect Everton to beat Chelsea on their own turf which means that if “Rhino” can motivate his charges sufficiently to spring a surprise, he will have instantly transformed the mood in the camp.
It's not beyond the realms of possibility. Chelsea have already lost at home to Burnley and, more predictably, Manchester City and been run very close by Watford who probably deserved better than to lose 4-2 on Saturday. The Londoners' last away game was a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace who hadn't scored a goal up to that point and, of course, they conceded three to Roma in the Champions League… although Everton can only dream of what might have been had they been able to tempt Edin Dzeko to Goodison over the summer.
Unsworth will look to combine the post-sacking “bounce” factor with his own designs on how the Blues should line up and play to try and match Chelsea's technical superiority and see how things play out. In that respect, his team selection will be an interesting one and, naturally, a hard one to predict.
While Wayne Rooney's status as an automatic starter was increasingly challenged towards the end of Koeman's reign, it's hard to see Unsworth not making him a focal point of his line-up for this one given the 32-year-old's vast experience and ability to score at crucial times.
Whether that's as a central striker or playing off the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin remains to be seen but Unsworth's close working knowledge of the Under-23s might also see him blend in a decent smattering of youth, with Jonjoe Kenny likely to get the nod at right back, Tom Davies a strong candidate to start in midfield, particularly given the fact that Idrissa Gueye is suspended, although he would face competition from fit-again James MCarthy, and Nikola Vlasic could be rewarded for his strong performances, albeit perhaps encouraged to play more wide than he did under Koeman.
Beni Baningime and David Henen, who trained with the first team on Tuesday, might not get a look-in in this cup tie but their inclusion is a sign that the stand-in boss won't be afraid to use younger players to help freshen up the team.
With few permutations to be sorted through at the back, it's in attacking areas where Unsworth's starting XI will be most interesting. Will he accommodate Gylfi Sigurdsson in a central role and perhaps use Kevin Mirallas wide on the left or could he drop the Icelandic international in favour of using Calvert-Lewin as a striker off Rooney instead?
Thanks to the possibility of extra time and penalties, of course, Unsworth doesn't have to engineer a win inside 90 minutes and could bank on a more attritional strategy whereby an extra time winner or the lottery of penalties could seem them through.
There is precedent as all Blues will remember. Everton haven't won at Stamford Bridge in the league since 1994 but they did best Chelsea on spot kicks under David Moyes there in 2010. “Rhino” would take that outcome again in a heartbeat.
Kick-off: 7.45pm, Wednesday 25th October, 2017
Last Time: Chelsea 2 - 1 Everton (League Cup semi-final, first leg), January 8, 2008)
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1 Posted 24/10/2017 at 21:55:52
I'll go for:
Kenny, Keane, Jagielka, Baines
Vlasic, Rooney, Lookman
Come on Unsy lad, let's do these bastards and get you off to a flyer!
2 Posted 24/10/2017 at 21:57:08
3 Posted 24/10/2017 at 22:03:27
4 Posted 24/10/2017 at 22:12:30
If tactics are clearly not working, don't take forever to change things.
5 Posted 24/10/2017 at 22:23:26
Imagine the platform it would give us if we could turn in a big performance here?
6 Posted 24/10/2017 at 22:26:29
7 Posted 24/10/2017 at 22:34:34
8 Posted 24/10/2017 at 22:36:49
Great to see Baningime in the squad.
I think we've got a chance on the assumption that Chelsea don't really care. Let's just start to look like an Everton side.
9 Posted 24/10/2017 at 22:43:20
Seems like he will play more first team players, so maybe:
Kenny Williams Holgate Baines
Vlasic Sigurdsson Lookman
Jagielka rested for Chelsea, Keane dropped / rested, Gueye suspended, Beni on the bench, Rooney rested, Niasse on the bench, Hennen on the bench. Expect him to go with pace and width. Expect a higher tempo. Expect much more fight.
Anyone know where you can watch it?
10 Posted 24/10/2017 at 22:44:42
11 Posted 24/10/2017 at 23:08:05
Writing that sounds like a stupid question, but teams make so many changes (not all can be u21?).
Just wondered if Garbutt might get a seat on the bench...
12 Posted 24/10/2017 at 23:16:43
13 Posted 24/10/2017 at 23:38:05
14 Posted 24/10/2017 at 23:38:10
Nothing wrong with playing two DMFs. If they are in the mold of Reid and Bracewell. Or even in the Carsley and Graveson mold. But FFS playing Gueye and Schiederlin every bloody game.
Schneiderlin in particular causes our defence more problems that opposing forwards. I remember us actually attacking a few games back . And Schneiderlin somehow turned and passed back to Pickford.
Anyhow. This could be just the match to get Unsworth started. Nobody is expecting a win. So in essence its a proper run out trial for the Leicester game. Have a look at a few players. Let's see what works.
I'm really hoping that Unsworth can get that much needed feel good factor baPremier did in his one and only game, albeit against a poor Norwich City.
I have faith in Unsworth. Let's hope that our players also have. Because I really do question if every player is up for the fight. And right now this is a fight. We need everyone on board no slackers. No whingers. No unrest. No passengers. No bad influences.
I'm hoping for a win against Leicester. Anything tomorrow night would be a bonus. A very welcome bonus. Then we draw Man City away. Well we are after all cursed. Aren't we? Welcome to the big bad world of the Premier League, Rhino. I hope you take to it like water off a ducks back.
I think that you will. I'm feeling good about everything. The fight back begins now...
15 Posted 25/10/2017 at 00:15:53
16 Posted 25/10/2017 at 00:23:21
17 Posted 25/10/2017 at 00:42:24
18 Posted 25/10/2017 at 01:02:40
Whether or not we win is probably not the most important factor, it is more about how we approach the game and go about it. I would love to see us do them there but really, really want to see a proper blood and guts Everton performance. If anyone can get the team fired up it is Unsworth.
19 Posted 25/10/2017 at 02:32:29
What was Koeman thinking. If we put up a good performance we go into the weekend in good spirits. More logical thought went into Lyndon's pre-match write up than Koeman did for a game. I've never wanted a manager gone before as much as I did Koeman.
20 Posted 25/10/2017 at 02:54:47
21 Posted 25/10/2017 at 03:23:02
If you want to think outside the box for a right back there is a senior player at the club who has played that position before and has done pretty well in doing so. He may be unlikely to see game time elsewhere in the side. The player is Aaron Lennon.
22 Posted 25/10/2017 at 03:44:04
Actually Lennon could play right back too but would fit in better as a wing back. There are certain players that Koeman was just determined to ignore. He made his mind up early and that was that.
He obviously had a say in at least Klaassen, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Martina... maybe more. Every one so far useless. Unsworth has one hell of a job making sense of the squad he inherited.
23 Posted 25/10/2017 at 04:16:36
We might just be at an advantage, perhaps with Chelsea so dominant over us recently they may make changes and have little idea how the new man will play things.
I do expect an up tempo, intensity filled performance though. Again with 4 games before the international break you'd imagine for Unsworth to get he job he's gonna have to win 3or4 of the games.
I'd suspect he will go for the most mobile, high energy players at his disposal.
24 Posted 25/10/2017 at 04:39:00
Kenny Keane Jags Baines
Vlasic Davies Rooney Miralas
I'm excited and I believe we'll win tonight. COYB!
25 Posted 25/10/2017 at 06:02:29
He's got to be given that role and grow into it.
People saying he's been terrible ignore the fact that so has just about every other player in the team under Koeman.
I think we are going to see a transformed Everton with the weight of Koemans bullshit off their backs.
26 Posted 25/10/2017 at 06:11:57
27 Posted 25/10/2017 at 06:14:31
Kenny Holgate Keane Baines
Lookman Davies Schneiderlin Henen
28 Posted 25/10/2017 at 06:32:57
I think they'd get the odd game but would be on the bench most of the time. Koeman unbalanced our squad, we have way to many inexperienced players and in the main our experienced players are past their best (Williams, Jags, Baines, Rooney). There are two few players who are in their prime, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Mirallas should be but aren't on it. Then we have Keane who's lost all confidence playing in such a poor team.
Taking Lukaku, Coleman, Barkley out of our team lowers the quality massively and Barkley wasn't exactly perfect.
Koeman's preference to play the kids was a big mistake. Quality players with experience and at the peak of their careers is what we need, same goes for a new manager. Otherwise I really fear the worst. Good luck Unsy, you'll need a miracle with our squad.
29 Posted 25/10/2017 at 06:44:20
30 Posted 25/10/2017 at 07:14:50
31 Posted 25/10/2017 at 07:27:56
Would love a win #COYB
32 Posted 25/10/2017 at 07:31:21
33 Posted 25/10/2017 at 08:01:39
Im sure that Mosh will be watching with interest over the next few games to see if Unsworth can make a difference.
But , as someone mentioned above our defence is slow leaky and aging, we will be susceptible to being carved open with the pace and agility of Chelseas attack.
34 Posted 25/10/2017 at 08:03:58
35 Posted 25/10/2017 at 08:17:17
36 Posted 25/10/2017 at 08:37:04
I'll be there tonight cheering them om. Can't wait!
37 Posted 25/10/2017 at 08:56:21
For tonight, I suspect James@ 1 will not be far off the mark.
38 Posted 25/10/2017 at 09:04:11
43 Posted 25/10/2017 at 09:37:26
44 Posted 25/10/2017 at 09:40:36
Equally we have to accept that our young players will make mistakes and trust them as well.
46 Posted 25/10/2017 at 09:44:26
The fact is that very few young players will hit the ground running. Most need game time and experience and their levels will go up and down.
I'd back at least 3 or 4 out of Davies, Kenny, Lookman, DCL and Holgate to spend the majority of their career playing top level football.
47 Posted 25/10/2017 at 09:51:39
I don't like many of the current bunch who seem to think they are above coaches, managers and Everton FC !
48 Posted 25/10/2017 at 09:53:08
I disagree mate.I don't see DCL making it as a goal scorer.The lad is pacey and strong but he isn't a natural finisher,never will be. People go on about his age but Lukaku was hitting 20 plus for a shite WBA team at 21 years old.. Micheal Owen was prolific by the age of 20 carrying an average Liverpool team.
DCL does not look comfortable under pressure in the box. A natural striker flourishes in and around the penalty area . You can see Dominic doesn't have it.
49 Posted 25/10/2017 at 10:12:44
Also its very difficult to score goals in a poor team shot of confidence.
For example Harry Kane only managed 2 in 13 during his loan at Leicester 4 years ago.
I'm not saying DCL will reach the heights of those players but I think he will get more goals and play the majority of his career in or around the Premiership even if its not for top 6 clubs necessarily.
50 Posted 25/10/2017 at 10:15:47
WAKE UP !!!
Everton for the 2nd time in two years have ditched a bloody Gorilla off their back getting rid of TWO Anti Football genii who were dragging the club towards oblivion with every game.
Now there is a breath of fresh air around the World of Evertonia give the bloody players a chance for God's sake.
Unsy picks the team, I would imagine he has seen through the eyes of a "SUCCESSFUL" football coach what is wrong he knows the young players like his own kids for Christ's sake give him a bit of a chance instead of all this "he's not good enough" crap if Unsy picks them then he obviously thinks they are.
What the hell do people want, every player to turn into Messi overnight?
51 Posted 25/10/2017 at 10:22:33
You can download Mobdro app on your phone or tablet. You'll more than likely find the game on there. That's what I'll be using. You can watch ESPN through the app, along with any other sports channel in the world (or so it seems).
52 Posted 25/10/2017 at 10:26:49
53 Posted 25/10/2017 at 10:26:50
That was in the infinitely more prestigious FA Cup so maybe the Blues can emulate the frazzle shirted clowns and take down the moneyed, recent arrivals at the top table of the glorious game.
Everton to win and maybe go on a run to win the trophy that has somehow eluded the club and climb the table to respectability now the club have been cleansed of the Dutch demolition crew. Ajaxed down the plughole.
54 Posted 25/10/2017 at 10:59:46
Kenny Keane Holgate Baines
Davies McCarthy Sigurdsson Vlasic
Subs: Robles, Lookman, Williams, Lennon, Niasse, Schneiderlin
55 Posted 25/10/2017 at 11:00:45
Last night I noticed all the games were covered apart from the Sky featured match Swansea v Manure.
Looking forward to this if I can get it, haven't said that for a long while.
56 Posted 25/10/2017 at 11:19:58
Time to bring in some players from the cold and fuck off Klassen and martini playing because he felt obliged to pick them. To a lesser degree scheiderlin.
Good luck unsy la. Nowt to lose mate.
57 Posted 25/10/2017 at 11:20:09
Give the lad a chance for heavens sake- you can't expect him to be brilliant from day 1 whilst he is surrounded by players either playing badly or who aren't really bothered.
He will come good under Unsy.
58 Posted 25/10/2017 at 11:26:05
He needs to drop back into the under 23s to get back up to speed.
59 Posted 25/10/2017 at 11:32:18
60 Posted 25/10/2017 at 11:45:03
61 Posted 25/10/2017 at 11:46:32
Tonight Dave Unsworth will be setting out to put his mark on the manager's job, I for one want Everton to win but the league games are the most important for me and I say that with the utmost respect for the Everton fans going down to London tonight.
Do your best Dave that's all we can ask, We know you will not give up like Koeman, he just went through the motions after the transfer window didn't turn out the way he wanted it to.
62 Posted 25/10/2017 at 11:52:34
He'll stick with Keane, Jagielka, Baines, Rooney, Sigurdsson, Schnederlien as a basis and that leaves a place for someone else, god knows where. I've had enough of trying to work out who will go where.
63 Posted 25/10/2017 at 11:56:05
Kenny - Holgate - Jagielka - Baines
McCarthy - Davies
Lennon - Rooney - Mirallas
Robles (good to see him on the bench Sunday), Keane, Schneiderlin, Besic, Siggy, Lookman, Niasse
64 Posted 25/10/2017 at 12:06:12
66 Posted 25/10/2017 at 12:50:32
67 Posted 25/10/2017 at 12:57:03
Koeman has really stifled these players.
68 Posted 25/10/2017 at 13:36:22
69 Posted 25/10/2017 at 13:37:04
Otherwise I think most predictions for the team seem pretty safe.
For me I would have gone for a little bit of dogs of war, the new Everton are back and not to be pushed around:
Kenny Holgate Jags Baines
Besic Davies McCarthy
Lookman DCL Vlasic
70 Posted 25/10/2017 at 13:41:16
Start playing Kenny, Lookman, Davies and Calvert-Lewin every game and watch them flourish like the Man Utd class of 92, Neville, Butt, Scholes etc.. etc. It's the so-called older players like Schneiderlin, Jagielka, Baines that let the team down not the youngsters.
Play Kenny at right back, Lookman on the wing, Calvert-Lewin on the other wing (he is our fastest runner but not a goalscorer yet, let him stretch defenders with his pace) and Tom Davies in midfield telling him every pass he makes must be forward.
71 Posted 25/10/2017 at 13:43:01
72 Posted 25/10/2017 at 13:56:02
Holgate should be given a few games at centre back, he cannot play full back
74 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:10:17
I've got it downloaded on all of my android devices. I haven't tried it on windows.
I've just checked the ESPN stream and it's working fine.
You also don't get any annoying ads!
Bugger, just found out that it's on ESPN 3.
Mobdro only has ESPN and ESPN 2.
75 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:10:37
Lennon Keane Williams Garbutt
Davies Vlasic McCarthy Lookman
I know I will be slated but Holgate and Kenny are not ready at the moment. DCL is only in my team as we don't have anyone else. If Barkley was fit I would have him as an attacking mid behind 2 strikers. We need more mobile wing backs. Is Garbutt available? Essential we replace Baines asap as he slows the build ups down and is too slow during the transition from atteck to defence.. We need solidity in midfield now hence McCarthy . No luxury players like Sigurdsson far too immobile for a midfield player. I quite fancy Klaasen but he needs to get up to pace. First priority -get them fit!!
76 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:14:31
Just pissed. Any other USA based blues find it or any suggestions?
Beginning of an era and I don't want to miss it.
20 minute highlights seemingly in my future!
77 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:15:59
78 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:21:52
80 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:27:16
I am looking forward to seeing how he sets out his stall tonight and on Sunday, and know we will see a fresh mentality.
And for once I am looking forward to the international break knowing it will give the guys a rest, and Rhino the chance to work with any of the lads who are not involved. Quite sure he won't be off to Portugal over the break!
81 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:31:59
It has a lot of sports channels, but not ESPN 3!!
It's proving to be a rather elusive channel.
82 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:33:45
I plead the 5th amendment as to having one myself or openly advising others to use it, ahem, now where are those cough sweets.
83 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:35:07
It looks likely that it will be streaming elsewhere so should be able to find the game somewhere. I bloody hope so. I don't know why there's not more TV coverage to be honest. I would have thought this game will hold a fair interest for neutrals. The Utd game last night was boring as shite what I watched of it before finding a bit of Stephen King on Netflix.
Anyway, there's Steve Kelly's link (@68) for starters. Thanks Steve.
No forum yet.
84 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:39:47
86 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:42:42
87 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:48:33
Whatever the outcome if Davy can restore some of the morale pride and passion so lacking for so long, in his stint at the helm, that for me and most of us will be more than enough. Best of luck lads.
88 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:51:07
I sincerely hope he can step up and save the club a fortune. You've got to admit, it would be a miracle if he could pull it off. Ex-player, or lifelong Evertonian, it has absolutely no bearing on his capabilities to do the job. That's what some posters like myself are pointing out.
90 Posted 25/10/2017 at 14:54:28
91 Posted 25/10/2017 at 15:02:07
Kenny, Keane, Jags, Baines
Vlasic, Davies, Sigurdsson, Mirallas
Holgate, Klaassen, Lookman, Rooney, Sandro
93 Posted 25/10/2017 at 15:36:31
Not sure why Steve Walsh is still here , he apparently addressed the playing squad yesterday ?? He is smug and over rates himself , he should go.
Bill ( no bigger blue than me !! ) Kenwright still appears to have all the power at the club , WTF !! He should go.
Even though Koeman's gone I still feel under a bit of a cloud.
Im reverting to type, i'm going to the trenches , on my way to the Bridge COYB
94 Posted 25/10/2017 at 15:39:10
What Jonjoe has in his favour is that we don't have another decent right back so here's hoping his form improves.
Good luck tonight to the boys and to our manager in particular. One proper blue he is.
Altogether now, the rhinos on the run...he's a dirty son of a gun !
95 Posted 25/10/2017 at 15:54:01
Kenny, Williams, Jagielka, Baines
Lookman, Sigurdsson, Mirallas
Keane looks of the pace to me. And the pace of Lookman and Mirallas will support Rooney. If we go behind I would use Davies for Schneiderlin.
98 Posted 25/10/2017 at 16:07:03
99 Posted 25/10/2017 at 16:08:33
100 Posted 25/10/2017 at 16:14:42
Rhiiiinoooo rhiiiinoooo here he comes
Move outta the way, he'll butt you to kingdom come.
He's bigger than king Kong here me sing this song
You'll get trampled son if you don't move along.
Rhiiiinoooo rhiiiinoooo here he comes
Move outta the way, he'll butt you to kingdom come.
Repeat ad lib and fade!😁
101 Posted 25/10/2017 at 16:41:55
102 Posted 25/10/2017 at 16:49:51
We have not had a good environment for football for a while - and I am excited that David Unsworth has been given the job to change that. There are younger players in our squad - like DCL, Kenny, Lookman, Holgate and Davies - who, after being part of the successful Under 23s with Unsworth, hopefully will be thrilled to be working with him again. Provided that the senior players buy into what he is saying, and can find a level of form, fitness and desire that has been hitherto lacking, I am more hopeful than at any point in the last two months.
103 Posted 25/10/2017 at 16:53:10
104 Posted 25/10/2017 at 16:56:37
105 Posted 25/10/2017 at 17:01:13
Anyway, one thing is nailed on -- he'll be playing tonight. Let's see how he goes.
106 Posted 25/10/2017 at 17:02:04
107 Posted 25/10/2017 at 17:06:33
108 Posted 25/10/2017 at 17:54:06
I am not expecting a miracle tonight with just one Day of training, however I do fully expect Unsworth to March over Chelsea, chest puffed out with an arrogance and belief, we are here to compete, to over run and eventually smash you, losing is not an option.
109 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:05:25
110 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:10:04
I felt that because Chelski are playing young players we should do the same. All those in the squad with U23 experience, plus Pickford and Vlasic. The numbers would be made up by other U23 players, with others making up the bench.
The more experience players would be left behind for more training. This would also have the advantage, if we were to lose, that the senior players would not feel even more demoralised after losing to a young Chelski team.
Unfortunately this idea was partly scuppered when I discovered that the U23s were playing last night! However it is good to see that Unsworth has still included a few U23 players in the squad. So he still has the possibility of naming a youthful team, remembering their success against Chelski last season.
Hopefully Unsworth will be able to recall some of his U23s currently out on loan - too many in my opinion.
111 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:13:22
Kenny Jags Williams Baines
Lennon Rooney Mirallas
112 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:29:28
113 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:33:06
114 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:38:51
115 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:47:44
4411 double 6.
Kenny, Keane, Jags, Baines.
116 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:50:03
117 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:50:49
Subs: Keane, Robles, Gylfi, Niasse, DCL, Holgate, Lookman
118 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:51:38
119 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:52:40
120 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:52:54
121 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:52:57
122 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:55:20
Kenny jags Williams Baines
Davies McCarthy beni
Lennon Rooney Mirallas
Fair play. A balanced team. No number 10. Pressing looks like the order of the night
There's pace in that side too
123 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:55:52
Beni Baningime in for his debut. Team:
Kenny Jags Williams Baines
Baningime Davies McCarthy
Lennon Rooney Mirallas
Subs: Robles, Holgate, Keane, Sigurdson, Lookman, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin.
From offical club site.
124 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:56:52
125 Posted 25/10/2017 at 18:56:59
126 Posted 25/10/2017 at 19:00:07
Plenty in that team with fire in their belly, or a point to prove as RK hasn't been using them.
Chelsea make 9 changes to their line up, so . why not?
Let's win it, Blues!
128 Posted 25/10/2017 at 19:06:08
130 Posted 25/10/2017 at 19:19:57
131 Posted 25/10/2017 at 19:21:00
132 Posted 25/10/2017 at 19:22:28
With Chelseas line up we have a decent chance.
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