Bernard is in line to make his full debut this evening along with Kurt Zouma
Everton set out on one of the roads to Wembley this evening when Rotherham come to town in the second round of the League Cup.
With the exception of two trips to the semi-finals in the last 10 years, once under David Moyes and once under Roberto Martinez, Everton's performance in the League Cup has been pretty miserable in the Premier League era.
All too often it has been a case of successive managers seemingly not prioritising high enough one of the three main domestic trophies, with countless defeats blamed on squad rotation and weakened teams. And where progress was fleetingly made, as was the case against Chelsea in 2008 and Manchester City in 2016, the Blues often came up against the harsh realities of the infamous glass ceiling — one caused by an imbalance in resources or Everton's inferiority complex — between themselves and what has now coalesced into the cabal of “big six” clubs.
With Everton's painful trophy drought stretching into its 24th year, the clamour for the club to throw everything at trying to win this infernal tournament that has vexed them ever since it was introduced in 1960, has grown. There is a demand now among supporters that the club take seriously any opportunity to land a piece of silverware this season and with new manager Marco Silva showing signs of progress since assuming the helm, there is a feeling that the Blues are well placed to do so this season.
Were their opponents in the second round anything other than a Championship side (and assuming he will be putting something close to his strongest foot forward) Silva might have been tempted into making more changes to his starting line-up than have already been forced upon him by injury and suspension.
Phil Jagielka serves the final game of his three-match ban while Richarlison starts his. Michael Keane, meanwhile, is ruled out with the skull fracture he sustained at Bournemouth on Saturday, leaving Silva with just two of his first-team centre-halves available.
By default, Mason Holgate and Kurt Zouma should start and while Yerry Mina remains around three weeks away, it's their opportunity to stake a strong claim to be in the first-choice pairing going forward. Matthew Pennington will likely come into the squad as cover but hopefully only on the bench. Lucas Digne will surely get his first start at left back.
In midfield, Morgan Schneiderlin is unlikely to be risked, which gives Tom Davies another game to show what he can do while most Evertonian eyes will be on Bernard who is also expected to make his full debut following his 10-minute cameo at the weekend.
The Brazilian is an obvious replacement for his compatriot Richarlison wide on the left but there is also the question of Ademola Lookman over whom there have been questions regarding his fitness and his Goodison Park future. This would ordinarily be an ideal fixture for the winger to strut his stuff and he may get to, either from the bench or the starting XI, perhaps in place of Theo Walcott.
Up front, both Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be hoping for an opportunity to start but will have to wait for the manager's decision.
It's an old cliché that whatever team a Premier League club with European aspirations puts out should be able to beat one from the Football League but cup football is often not as straightforward.
The motivation generated by the chance for a lower-division club to claim a scalp combined with that afore-mentioned propensity for the top-flight managers to mix up their starting XI can be a recipe for surprises as Everton have found to their cost plenty of times in the cup.
Everton should have too much for Rotherham, though, in what will be the first meeting between these sides since they met in this competition 26 years ago, and the game will hopefully provide a springboard for the Goodison careers of Bernard and Zouma that also vaults the Blues into the next round.
Kick-off: 7:45pm, Wednesday 29 August, 2018
Last Time: Everton 3 - 0 Rotherham United (League Cup, Oct 7, 1992)
Predicted Line-up: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Holgate, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Davies, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Bernard, Niasse
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1 Posted 29/08/2018 at 06:44:52
I also hope we take this competition by the scruff of the neck.
2 Posted 29/08/2018 at 06:53:52
So with Everton, Wolves and Fulham all splashing the cash it is only one of them who will be able to attract players with the promise of European Football. If one of these cups is won by a team other than a "big six" then 7th will not be enough to get into Europe.
And gone are the days when the runners-up in the cup qualified. It is now only the winners who get the European Place.
So this competition is important for the silverware but it is also important for the ability to attract players in the future.
ps: There is one of the "big 6" whose only silverware (the League Cup (twice)) since our last trophy and we have won the league 4 times since their last win. "Rich Six" is a better phrase. Or "BBC/Sky Darlings"
3 Posted 29/08/2018 at 07:00:38
4 Posted 29/08/2018 at 07:33:35
5 Posted 29/08/2018 at 07:57:00
Kenny Holgate Zouma Digne
Davies Gueye Dowell
Lookman Calvert-Lewin Bernard
Only concern would be that's quite a small team and set pieces have already proved an Achilles heel.
6 Posted 29/08/2018 at 07:58:09
Pickford, Zouma, Holgate and Gana should all be retained to give a solid foundation to the team. I'd keep Coleman in, despite the temptation to play Kenny, and this is a perfect chance to give Digne a game. We're then choosing between Davies and Beningime in midfield, I'd be happy with either.
Where I'd be radical is in rotating the entire front four. I'd go Lookman and Bernard wide with Dowell behind Calvert-Lewin. Rotherham are no mugs, but Dowell has produced at Championship level and Calvert-Lewin deserves a chance at No 9.
7 Posted 29/08/2018 at 08:03:26
I am going positive for tonight's game anyway.
7-0 with a Bernard hat trick thrown in.
8 Posted 29/08/2018 at 08:08:24
9 Posted 29/08/2018 at 08:16:36
10 Posted 29/08/2018 at 08:19:06
if Lookman is not involved, then I suspect he'll be on his way. I would like to see him given a chance though.
11 Posted 29/08/2018 at 08:19:49
Like many have said we should take this Cup seriously for once, and play a strong side in order to progress.
12 Posted 29/08/2018 at 08:24:47
13 Posted 29/08/2018 at 08:28:14
Everton are not in a position to pick and choose what trophies we want to win, that's for the Manchester City's and Chelsea's etc.
We have totally starved a generation of Evertonians of success (proper success — not 7th place finishes as some will have you believe).
23 years without a trophy and just a mere ONE Cup Final appearance in that time is a disgrace for our football club.
We should be swatting Rotherham aside tonight and have no excuses no matter what team is selected, if the young players come in, then it's time to start showing that all this clamour and rave is justified.
14 Posted 29/08/2018 at 08:38:12
I would guess Lookman had to play some part tonight; if not, he's probably on his way in the next couple of days.
15 Posted 29/08/2018 at 08:43:54
FA page detailing Everton suspensions: http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/discipline/suspensions
The Metro explanation of this season's Carabao Cup rule changes: https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/13/league-cup-rule-changes-season-carabao-cup-ditches-extra-time-7833098/
16 Posted 29/08/2018 at 08:47:15
Id rather see him given the start tonight ahead of Davies, surely hes more attack minded and again everyone has been raving about him so start him and see what hes got.
17 Posted 29/08/2018 at 09:01:36
Calvert-Lewin just hasn't proved his worth as a central striker yet. His goals to minutes ratio is actually quite poor. He does have a tendency to rush his shot or show poor decision making in and around the box.
With far fewer minutes, Niasse has a far better strike rate, and would probably put the fear of God into Rotherham's defence with his direct running and unpredictability.
18 Posted 29/08/2018 at 09:07:01
Walcott (or Lookman)
It's bloody Rotherham at home!!
19 Posted 29/08/2018 at 09:10:49
20 Posted 29/08/2018 at 09:18:04
21 Posted 29/08/2018 at 09:28:48
Although I would like to give the kids a chance I would look for no more than 4 or 5 changes.
I believe Lookman is gone so no game for him but I would give Kenny a game based on Seamus recent form.
Pickford is a no-brainer (sorry, Stekelenburg, but you don't inspire confidence)
Zouma and Holgate (no choice) and Digne make up the back 4.
Gana and Davies as anchors with Dowell providing the creativity.
Walcott Niasse and Calvert-Lewin to complete the attack.
22 Posted 29/08/2018 at 09:37:19
Coleman - Holgate - Zouma - Digne
Walcott - Dowell - Gueye - Lookman
23 Posted 29/08/2018 at 09:57:00
Kenny Holgate Zouma Digne
Bernard Sigurdsson Lookman
Let Tosun play so he gets an opportunity to get on the score sheet and boost his confidence ahead of sterner tests. Not sure if Schneiderlin would be fit, but if he is not, then I would pull Siggy back alongside Davies and play Dowell in the advanced role.
Subs: Pickford, Pennington, Coleman, Baines, Gueye, Calvert-Lewin, Walcott.
24 Posted 29/08/2018 at 09:58:58
Lookman in behind Niasse as this is where he has success on loan with Dowell out left and Bernard out right. All can interchange causing their defence problems. 3 -1... Up the Blues.
25 Posted 29/08/2018 at 10:00:24
You say he hasnt proven his worth as a central striker yet, but how can he if he doesnt get a chance in games like this? We need to balance the immediate with the longer term, and Calvert-Lewin both has the chance to be effective now and needs the chance to develop if hes to become the player we hope he will.
You also say his goals to minutes ratio isnt very good, but I think its perfectly reasonable given that hes often played as a sub, in wide positions and in a directionless team under a poor manager.
You prefer Niasse, but his career stats (in England at least) show that he is far more effective as a substitute than when he starts, so it makes more sense for Calvert-Lewin to be given the chance to impress from the start. If not, then its hard to see what future he could have here. By your logic, hes not established himself, therefore he doesnt deserve the chance to do so.
26 Posted 29/08/2018 at 10:06:48
I think he will start Bernard on the left, as this is an ideal chance to get some game time in.
27 Posted 29/08/2018 at 10:13:52
Also, let's give Sandro a chance.
28 Posted 29/08/2018 at 10:17:42
One thing we will have to be good at is set pieces. It's Rotherham's particular strong point and they are very good at them. Saying that, if we defend well, there should be no great problem.
So let's hope Zouma shows us how good he can be and Holgate continues to progress. Because they will try to hit us with their set-piece routines.
29 Posted 29/08/2018 at 10:39:39
The objective in the Premier League is to get into the top five so there is extras income and fans get to see football at a higher level throughout the season.
Since Everton are not in the Champions League or the Europa League, they should be looking to perform in the League Cup and FA Cup as preparation for this.
I do not buy into second-string teams and concentration on the Premier League for what is nothing but underperformance in these two cup competitions, I expect that the best team is picked and excuses, such as "too many games" and "tiredness" — for players on such contracts — don't exist.
If I am only following Premier League games involving Everton in the second half of the season, as far as the Silva era is concerned, I will know that nothing has changed.
This is the test of Everton's performance this season — not getting into the top 5 this season. Getting into these positions in the Premier League without good performance in other competitions is a false dawn because, in the following season, they will have to perform in the associated competitions. How will they be fit to perform at that level? They will be straight back into mid-table in that season.
30 Posted 29/08/2018 at 10:44:28
31 Posted 29/08/2018 at 11:08:43
32 Posted 29/08/2018 at 11:13:03
By all means give some lads a run, but unless Rotherham decide to do the same, I don't see this being easy.
34 Posted 29/08/2018 at 11:34:50
Sadly, I don't see it happening. I think the club are resigned to selling him.
36 Posted 29/08/2018 at 12:27:17
I don't think there will be wholesale changes either tonight, Silva will field a very strong starting line up with a view to putting the tie to bed before the hour mark. The youngsters will be given the last half an hour (if all goes to plan!) and when has that ever happened?
37 Posted 29/08/2018 at 12:32:01
A) These ‘second string players are good enough to be in the first team, and thus win this game.
B) Theyre hungrier to prove themselves, as theyre behind in the pecking order.
C) They lack experience and will become improved and developed players by playing.
D) Well need them ready to come in and produce at some point in the season. Playing now will help that.
38 Posted 29/08/2018 at 12:34:00
39 Posted 29/08/2018 at 12:35:47
One of my pet hates is the phrase "there for the taking", no team is, even the lower league sides. How many upsets occur in the cup?
If we play a full strength side, you will expect a good win, but how many times does that happen in a cup match?
Respect the opponent, not too much but don't expect a piss easy ride.
They will be there kicking lumps out of us and spoiling play and will have seen how shite our zonal marking is so expect shed loads of punts into the box or trying desperately to get corners.
Good strong side out, as internationals coming up soon so no reason to rest too many after just 3 weeks into a new season.
40 Posted 29/08/2018 at 12:47:17
Many people have mentioned that we need to win a trophy and the League Cup is the easiest to win, so I don't want us experimenting too much and having to bring on the big guns in the last quarter. It is better to pick our strongest team and if we can get a few goals, then bring on some lads for the experience.
I am sick of us bombing out of this competition when resting first-teamers.
41 Posted 29/08/2018 at 12:47:42
That is a cracking quote by the Rotherham manager. Someone knows their 'istory!
A wee warning signal that they will be well up for this tonight.
I agree with some squad rotation, but I still want to see a competitive side out there.
This is definitely a competition we should be targeting to land some silverware this season.
42 Posted 29/08/2018 at 13:13:16
The only option I see is audio only from the official site? Doesnt look like its televised.
Anyone know different?
43 Posted 29/08/2018 at 13:14:59
The most interesting part might be the bench, in the hope they get a run if and when a good lead has been established.
Anyone for pens?
44 Posted 29/08/2018 at 13:21:08
From around 6:30 minutes in you can see a couple of minutes of the Blues warm-up session. Earlier in the video you see the training staff meticulously count out the strides, laying down disks as markers.
From the glimpse offered, even our warm-ups look very structured, with different pockets of players separated into different groups.
This is something non-match-going Blues don't get to see in detail.
Any match-goers able to give deeper insight into what goes on in our warm-ups under Silva?
It certainly looks a considerable step up from everyone taking pot shots at the 'keeper typical of park football!
45 Posted 29/08/2018 at 13:21:31
Might be worth checking out mate, hope we take this Cup with serious intent this time around.
Rotherham knocked Wigan out earlier and they have been playing well, so not to be under-estimated.
46 Posted 29/08/2018 at 13:28:11
Yes a lot of them play a "weakened" team early but to be a top team the "weakened" 11 are generally still very strong.
47 Posted 29/08/2018 at 13:39:47
I'm so spoiled with the NBC Gold pass that I simply can't stand dodgy streams any longer. If that firstrow option is remotely shite, I'll listen while at work.
The announcers on the radio - I've only heard them a time or two admittedly as I watch on TV - are absolutely freaking hilarious and fantastic. I can't recall their names and can't be bothered to look it up. I'm sure almost every single TWer can name them immediately; ignore the bastard 'Merican.
But for the folks over yonder, they're really lucky to have that entertaining and excellent audio option.
So I'll probably join that audio brigade today.
And yes I'm with you - we should be targeting this competition. If we don't take it seriously I'll be pissed.
48 Posted 29/08/2018 at 13:44:24
Tosun needs a goal.
49 Posted 29/08/2018 at 13:45:26
I've been chomping at the bit to see this kid. I think he's going to be a wonderful player and I'm very, very excited to see how he does.
We've been screaming out for a creative, tricky little shit of a player. I think he's our answer.
50 Posted 29/08/2018 at 13:56:26
Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Zouma, Digne, Gana, Bernard, Dowell, Lookman, Walcott and Tosun.
Subs: Baines, Davies, Baningime, Niasse and Kenny
51 Posted 29/08/2018 at 13:59:26
Regarding the lineup, I would definitely give Coleman the day off and fire up Kenny. And of course I would love and expect to see Lookman and Bernard.
52 Posted 29/08/2018 at 14:09:31
Kenny, Zouma, Pennington, Holgate, Digne,
Dowell, Baningime, Lookman,
Bench: rested first team players! They all seem like contenders for that to me.
53 Posted 29/08/2018 at 14:10:36
If Dowell doesn't get any game time tonight then when will he? We're down Richarlison and Schneiderlin and probably need to protect Walcott, so now is surely the game? If not, then he may as well go out on loan.
54 Posted 29/08/2018 at 14:18:04
Kenny Holgate Zouma Digne
Bernard Sigurdsson Lookman
That's 6 changes, albeit two have to be made (Richarlison and Keane). I think we need to keep as much as the first team as we can, so really use the subs. Coleman and Baines are key for us and need a rest. Digne is a big money signing and needs a run out. Kenny needs games. Holgate needs to bed in. Zouma needs games and those two have to play anyway (with Jags back for the weekend). Pickford behind for stability and to get used to the two centre-halves with Davies and Gueye adding some first team stability (but Baningime, McCarthy, Schneiderlin and Gomes are injured anyway). Richarlison can't play, so Lookman needs to come in. Bernard also needs a game so he could come in for either Walcott or Sigurdsson. Walcott looks more in need of a rest for me. Tosun has been battered in recent games and he needs a rest. Calvert-Lewin needs games, and Niasse is best off the bench.
I'm very interested to see what a beefed up (he's put muscle on) Calvert-Lewin can do. It looks like he's kept his pace despite the weight gain. I know I'm in the minority, but I honestly believe that there is a goal scorer there. I don't think he will be another Shearer, but he can be better than Tosun is now. Like Tosun Calvert-Lewin has a good all round game and can be heavily involved in the build up. He can pass, he has neat flicks, he has height, he has strength, and he has pace to beat most defenders. I think he will get real goal scoring opportunities in this side. I want to see if he can take them, if he does, then brilliant we have the player we need. If not, then the likes of me can shut up about him.
What I don't see is Calvert-Lewin in training. I don't know how accurate his finishing is. Silva and his team will. I heard that they were very impressed with Tosun and he was smashing in the goals in pre-season. I can't really remember him getting any good opportunities so far this season. But he lacks that pace to get away from defenders, which is why I'm interested in what Calvert-Lewin can add. Niasse is a great impact sub. A real handful against tired defenders and can turn a game from the bench. I don't think he's anywhere near as effective from the start, and is less of a team player, in that his build up play is not as strong due to limited abilities in passing, vision, and awareness.
55 Posted 29/08/2018 at 14:23:37
56 Posted 29/08/2018 at 14:27:01
57 Posted 29/08/2018 at 14:41:54
Pickford was late back for pre-season so is still getting up to speed. Why does it make sense to "rest" him for the cup? We have a makeshift center half partnership as it is which breeds uncertainty at the back. We exacerbate that problem if we change the keeper also, not to mention we may well have rubber playing at LB so basically only Coleman of our regular back 4.
I understand we "should" be Rotherham, but how many times have we heard this play out down the years as we have put out weakened teams and been dispatched by "lesser" opponents.
I would put out the best possible team with the only exception being made where we have players who are legitimately at the level of the players they could replace, e.g. Rubber for Baines, maybe, maybe, maybe, Lookman for Walcott.
58 Posted 29/08/2018 at 14:52:07
59 Posted 29/08/2018 at 14:53:26
Tosun isn't about goals in this system - that's my opinion.
He'll be lucky to get 10 this season.
But he's already up and firing.
Watch him if he plays today. It's not about turning to goal like a traditional striker.
He harries, chases, and his distribution is sublime. Watch him lay the ball off for the guys streaking down the sides.
He's doing exactly what's asked and required of him in this system. Goals are a plus, but not necessarily the be all end all for him under Silva.
I stand to be corrected by Steve Ferninihdo.
60 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:04:38
61 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:13:47
62 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:13:55
However, it could be interesting today under a new manager when some of those other players can serve notice of intent but, if you can't shine in this competition against a team like Rotherham, then what chance do you have of getting a starting role with the first team?
I quite like Tosun and Niasse although neither are comparable to Harry Kane but they do work hard in an unenviable role which last season was even harder. With some new midfielders in the mix, like Bernard, these two may get some better reward.
63 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:16:27
Now I am sure there will be many who will come on and defend Tosun and Calvert-Lewin and that's fair enough football is all about someone's opinion. But before defending either I would just ask, tell me one of last years top 6 who would have either of our lads up top.
64 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:16:43
65 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:18:39
66 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:18:43
Is rubber dinghy a clue.
67 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:22:01
Get it? Rubber? Stretch? Ha-ha-hee-hee.
I'll leave by the back door.
68 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:25:55
69 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:35:54
As I said earlier its about a balance, we need to take them very seriously, but that is compatible with giving opportunities to other players who should have the quality and the hunger to win this match.
70 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:37:03
Sigurdsson has been in great form, and this competition is one I'd take serious as it keeps up momentum and gives us a real chance of silverware, so I'd start a strong side.
With Holgate and Zouma playing together for the first full game, we are already stepping on new ground, I'd hope Pickford starts and I'd probably start with Digne and Kenny so the back line would be brand new.
Davies and Gana would give us a good solid base in front of the back line, so Siggy would give us craft, Tosun up top may start his goal trail off, and wide I'd play Bernard and Walcott.
That should be enough to blow away Rotherham or we have problems within our squad.
Kenny Holgate Zouma Digne
Walcot Sigurdsson Bernard
Dowell, Calvin-Lewin and Niasse as subs if all goes according to plan.
I've not mentioned Lookman as I'm not sure he will be here after next day or so, but if Silva really is keeping him then he has to start, possibly over Bernard who is still catching up to speed fitness-wise.
71 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:41:24
72 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:43:28
73 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:48:43
74 Posted 29/08/2018 at 15:50:46
At the end of the day, it is a chance to try some young or fringe players, or integrate new buys.
Digne Holgate Zouma Kenny
Baningime Dowell Gueye
Bernard Calvert-Lewin Lookman
All players here should be aiming for a first team place, so wouldn't call it a weakened team.
75 Posted 29/08/2018 at 16:00:49
76 Posted 29/08/2018 at 16:36:46
Cheers and thanks for that!
He might be a bit "glass half-empty" but the audio is hilarious. For this American, listening to them call the game is wonderful. I really need to play their audio more often and mute the NBC fellas.
Let's win this. I really hope we're playing in this competition, dreaming of silverware, in February.
77 Posted 29/08/2018 at 16:50:06
He has won the Euros with Portugal at two different age groups and we pinched him from Arsenal…
I saw him warming up with Pickford and Stekelenburg against Southampton and he looked a class apart. I think he is special and got MotM rave reviews when the U23s played Leicester and won 1-0.
He is very tall, agile, athletic and when he catches the ball you can see his finger tips feel the ball into his hand… He made not one error as Jordan looked to be fumbling and have a World Cup hangover hovering over him …
78 Posted 29/08/2018 at 16:51:36
79 Posted 29/08/2018 at 16:52:40
and Brittish humour if you think those two commentators are remotely funny. Heard them once his season, never again, switched them off after a few minutes. Not as bad as Michael Owen... but, then again, who is? The three of them would give an aspirin an 'eadache.
80 Posted 29/08/2018 at 16:58:25
Next time, I will video it for my own academy and teams – just brilliant from the dynamic stretches, pressing routines, passing drills to the players they play with, right through to the in-match formation and passing routines with almost dress rehearsal role playing break-aways from centre of midfield via diagonal balls to the wingers/fullbacks who interchange passes to delver strong high tempo crosses with the defenders trying to block and the attackers alternately attacking the ball from the edge of the area – the goalkeeper coming out where they could to take the cross.... very choreographed – Loved it!
81 Posted 29/08/2018 at 16:59:10
The S is silent so it's 'Luca'. The surname is close to Dean as in Dixie. Call him Luca Dean and you're not far wrong.
Call him Lucas Dig-nay and you are. To be 'nay' you need an é at the end.
82 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:09:52
83 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:11:02
84 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:11:26
The yay sound needs to have a é at the end. That I know from my own French.
85 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:19:00
86 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:19:34
87 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:19:50
Kenny, Holgate, Zouma, Digne
Gana, Davies (would love Baningime in there)
Bernard, Dowell, Lookman,
Calvert-Lewin (Niasse 50/50)
Gomes off the bench for last 15 mins; Tyias Browning for second half to rest Holgate or Zouma as we need both on Saturday.
88 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:21:48
He also said feel free to do it anyway as he does not get offended.
89 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:22:27
90 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:22:42
92 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:23:08
Who is on penalty duty tonight? Baines if he starts?? Sigurdsson???
93 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:28:45
Get the game buried with three goals before half-time and then make the substitutions at 60 mins (Kenny? Pennington? Calvert-Lewin/Niasse? Lookman?). Oh well, I can hope.
94 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:33:37
95 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:39:02
Coleman or Kenny, Zouma, Holgate, Digne
Walcott, Bernard, Dowell
Subs: Pickford, Pennington, Baines, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Baningime, Sigurdsson.
I think Tosun could open his account tonight.
96 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:41:09
Dont break the momentum weve gained by fielding wholesale changes.
Change where it is needed. Lookman for Richarlison, Digne for Baines, Zouma for Keane.
Bernard to feature as the game wears on.
The whole team needs as much game time under Silvas system as possible.
Tosun needs a goal to match his efforts to date, he deserves one. If Silva understands the club then this must be an avenue to pursue.
97 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:41:41
I thought Schneiderlin's first name was pronounced simply as Morgan, but the general consensus seems to be it's pronounced "Fucking Schneiderlin" — who would have thought!!
98 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:42:44
Cheers for the insight on our warm-up.
Very professional by the sounds of it, sharpening both mind and body for the battle to come.
If and when you film the full session and if there is a way to share it with us, I for one would be interested in watching it.
99 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:45:10
It's universally agreed that we want to see Digne at left back. Holgate and Zouma is going to have to be our centre back pairing. Personally I want to see Kenny at right back. Coleman wasn't great on Saturday and I am a massive believer in Kenny.
Gueye and Davies are pretty much our only central midfield options at the moment. They start. Would be nice to have Gomes fit soon.
Ahead of them is where I want to see some other players come in. Calvert-Lewin as the centre-forward (he excelled in a similar fixture last year... bagging a brace in the 3-0 win over Championship Sunderland at Goodison in this same competition). Behind him Kieran Dowell. And with Bernard and Lookman as the wingers.
I believe that should be enough to see us through. If not, the bench should be strong enough to change the game.
Lookman Dowell Bernard
Digne Zouma Holgate Kenny
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Coleman, Sigurdsson, [U23 midfielder], Walcott, Tosun.
100 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:46:54
101 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:51:52
What will that achieve? :-)
102 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:52:41
23 years without a Cup is one thing but 59 years and counting trying to win this Trophy is killing me slowly.
This year eh Blues... please.
103 Posted 29/08/2018 at 17:56:19
Kenny Holgate Zouma Digne
Bernard Dowell Sigurdsson (c) Lookman
Subs: Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Coleman, Baningime, Davies, Niasse, Tosun.
I would like to test out Gueye as a #6 – and this is the perfect game to do so. However, I would only play him for 60 mins maximum (game dependent) and rest him for Saturday.
If we dominate the game, I'd do the following:
Baningime <—> Gueye (55')
Davies <—> Sigurdsson (55')
Jagielka <—> Zouma (70')
Ending with a team of:
Kenny Holgate Jagielka (c) Digne
Bernard Dowell Lookman
Giving Sigurdsson, Gueye & Zouma some rest before the Saturday game. Against Huddersfield, I'd go:
Coleman (c) Holgate Zouma Baines
Walcott Sigurdsson Lookman
Subs: Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Digne, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Niasse.
104 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:01:32
The tickets are heavily discounted for tonight anyway. I got a senior in the lower Bullens for ten quid.
105 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:01:57
106 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:11:46
107 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:21:57
108 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:31:25
109 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:33:17
Would be good to get it videod from the middle of the Street Upper Tier.
I am not there Saturday, was planning for Fulham on the 29th but I am now moving house, so if anyone else is there this Saturday against Huddersfield, And has seats in the Street Uppper would love to see the warm up videod
We can then get Steve Ferns analysis from the build up and even a pie eating analysis tboot!🙏🤗
110 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:33:42
Either play him or put him on the bench and with Pickford continuing; Stekelenburg is the past and either now or soon should be third choice.
112 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:37:19
113 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:46:43
Out wide I think you can afford to be more adventurous and give both Bernard and Lookman starts.
I do realy hate it when we play with 8 or more changes.
114 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:48:36
More worryingly — No Bernard? Why??? Yet he is playing Sandro who is leaving. Davies as captain... Oh dear.
115 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:49:08
Subs: Virginia, Baines, Walcott, Tosun, Schneiderlin, Coleman, Pennington.
116 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:51:56
Lookman on his way?
Made up for Davies, hell be buzzing and will hopefully reflect this in the game.
117 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:52:24
And they dominated the assists, goals and leadership of that team. And some of us are concerned about keeping momentum?
These guys are winners and will stand and fight. I hope and believe Mr Brands has this vision in mind. He would have watched the final and see these guys take on the world and win.
118 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:54:07
119 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:54:42
They just wouldn't risk that, would they?????
120 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:57:26
BTW, hoping they are sitting on Lookman.
121 Posted 29/08/2018 at 18:59:55
I reckon it's Davies sat in the Schneiderlin role with Sigurdsson and Dowell further forward, Sandro and Calvert-Lewin as inside forwards flanking Niasse.
I reckon he's not predicting a lot of defending.
123 Posted 29/08/2018 at 19:04:08
Bizarre if rumours Sandro is leaving are true, and Lookman seems a long way from the first team for £22m to be rejected.
124 Posted 29/08/2018 at 19:06:18
I forgot the kock-off was 7:45.
Thanks for the team news, shocking that it is for the front players, our record signing Siggy is showing his metal, and the boss is giving him more fitness tonight. I think he is a bottomless pit on energy and pressing; it will be interesting where he plays tonight.
125 Posted 29/08/2018 at 19:06:23
Surely this game should have been tailor made for him to get up and running?
126 Posted 29/08/2018 at 19:07:00
You put additional pressure on the game this coming Saturday which under any regime we should win hands down. By resting those players, you ultimately break the rhythm of the team.
I really hope it works but I'm far less confident about both fixtures now. With the international break following Huddersfield it just doesn't make sense to me.
127 Posted 29/08/2018 at 19:07:58
128 Posted 29/08/2018 at 19:08:58
Silva has referred to his preferred midfield formation as a ‘one and two', it looks like we'll see it tonight.
Looks like Lookman's leaving and Sandro's staying, which surprises me.
129 Posted 29/08/2018 at 19:18:09
"Couple of injury concerns for the Blues ahead of tonight's game...
Idrissa Gana Gueye strained a knee in the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday.
A groin problem has also ruled out Ademola Lookman, while deadline day arrival Andre Gomes has suffered a minor setback in his return from a hamstring injury and is expected to miss a further three weeks.
Fellow summer signing Bernard picked up a muscle strain in training and will be assessed tomorrow.
Club captain Phil Jagielka has sustained a knee cartilage injury and will be sidelined for the next three weeks."
130 Posted 29/08/2018 at 19:44:54
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