Carabao Cup 3rd Round
Bernard could finally get his first start as an Everton player following some exciting cameos
Everton and Southampton belatedly meet in the third round of the Carabao Cup this evening with Leicester City awaiting the winners.
The Blues are fresh from their uplifting weekend victory over Fulham and go in search of what would be Marco Silva's fourth win in all competitions with the club and the second over the Saints.
Everton beat Mark Hughes's side 2-1 at Goodison Park in August and a repeat of that scoreline would be more than welcome for a supporter base that is desperate to see the club throw everything at the cup competitions this season in a bid to end a trophy drought that is in its 24th year.
While a degree of continuity will be important, particularly, you feel, at centre half where Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma have formed a solid-looking partnership over the last couple of games, Silva is likely to make a number of changes to the side that started against Arsenal and Fulham.
Maarten Stekelenburg could be handed the starting role between the sticks like he was in the last round, Leighton Baines could be recalled after losing his spot to Lucas Digne, and Morgan Schneiderlin could come back into midfield, with Tom Davies either making way or, perhaps, moving further forward in midfield.
Gylfi Sigurdsson might be rested while Cenk Tosun and Bernard are good bets to start so that they can establish some rhythm in the first team while Ademola Lookman, a fringe figure so far, could also get a look-in at some stage.
Kick-off: 7:45pm, Tuesday 2 October, 2018
Last Time: The two clubs have never met before in the League Cup but have in the FA Cup: Everton 2 - 1 Southampton, 10 January, 1987
Predicted Line-up: Stekelenburg, Kenny, Keane, Zouma, Baines, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Bernard, Richarlison, Tosun
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1 Posted 02/10/2018 at 06:58:05
2 Posted 02/10/2018 at 06:58:38
Kenny Keane Zouma Digne
Lookman Bernard Richarlison
3 Posted 02/10/2018 at 07:13:56
4 Posted 02/10/2018 at 07:24:10
5 Posted 02/10/2018 at 07:31:53
If we want to take this competition seriously we need Pickford in goals.
6 Posted 02/10/2018 at 07:31:54
7 Posted 02/10/2018 at 07:53:59
Kenny Keane Zouma Baines(c)
Bernard Richarlison Lookman
Subs: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Digne, Gueye, Dowell, Calvert-Lewin, Niasse
Siggy & Walcott to get a rest.
Also we can change to a 4-4-2 very easily - with Richarlison going up top with Cenk.
8 Posted 02/10/2018 at 08:01:38
After the kicking Richarlison received on Saturday (not mention last time we played saints) it makes me think he maybe rested this evening.
Be good to see Bernard, lookman and Dowell all get a start.
As a very southern blue Ive watched a lot of Saints this season and theyre poor at best. Their best 11 is average and everything after that is Championship quality.
We should be able to win this whilst keeping are very best players fresh for Leicester.
9 Posted 02/10/2018 at 08:04:42
10 Posted 02/10/2018 at 08:11:26
11 Posted 02/10/2018 at 08:14:45
12 Posted 02/10/2018 at 08:20:56
Might as well get some minutes from Niasse at some point and give DCL a rest.
I have the same reservations about Stek and Schneiderlin as others.
Don't gamble too much with an effective team.
13 Posted 02/10/2018 at 08:26:43
Id just try that out, Id sit Dowell next to Gana and see if his spraying passes of the ball is all the hype has it.
Put Bernard in the hole behind Tosun and see him buzz around.
Id start Richarlison because after that suspension I think he needs games to get up and running again and sharp.
My only concern would be a back 5 with Stek and Holgate causing issues amongst themselves but Southampton dont possess wizard like attacking options so we might get away with that.
14 Posted 02/10/2018 at 08:39:41
Play our strongest, put it beyond doubt at half time and make wholesale changes.
Jobs a good un.
15 Posted 02/10/2018 at 08:44:43
16 Posted 02/10/2018 at 08:46:00
17 Posted 02/10/2018 at 08:51:37
Midfield and defence will hardy change, especially after a clean sheet.
18 Posted 02/10/2018 at 09:02:26
Kenny Keane Zouma Baines
Walcott Bernard DCL
Subs: Pickford, Holgate, Digne, Siggy, Dowell, Niasse, Baningime
19 Posted 02/10/2018 at 09:07:56
Southampton know they will be fighting to stave off relegation as the season progresses, they have some decent players but its highly debatable they will play tonight anyway.
We need to get the job done whoever plays, be professional and get the game won then move on to Saturdays match and try and score the first mental blow over Leicester by beating them and ending our away hoodoo, would stand us in good stead for the Cup game at the end of the month too.
20 Posted 02/10/2018 at 09:43:47
Pickford, Kenny, Keane, Zouma, Baines, Davies,Morgan, Bernard, Walcott, Dowell, Tosun.
I think that has a balance of a strong team whilst introducing a few squad players to keep their match fitness.
21 Posted 02/10/2018 at 09:43:49
22 Posted 02/10/2018 at 09:55:22
Southampton will have half an eye on the league as they are one of the six poorest teams in the league. Also with their strikers it'd be important to have some pace at the back, so I'd give Holgate a game to let Keane's head heal further.
Kenny - Holgate - Zouma - Baines (c)
Lookman - Davies - Bernard - Richarlison
Stek, Keane, Digne, Gana, Dowell, DCL, Niasse
23 Posted 02/10/2018 at 09:59:51
If we're going to rotate, we should do it in the league not the cups. I'd much rather beat Leicester in the cup than in the league.
24 Posted 02/10/2018 at 10:00:44
I believe that by winning this Cup our fortunes will change for the better and the pain of past defeats in this competition can be finally laid to rest.
European football is a must for the future of our club... so let's win this Trophy eh Blues!
25 Posted 02/10/2018 at 10:12:48
Confidence needs building. A win and clean sheet against Fulham - the clean sheet was lucky - but don't change anything if possible.
Anyone not performing then change asap. Anyone picking up a niggle then change asap.
26 Posted 02/10/2018 at 10:12:53
Are there any streams of this game being shown tonight?
27 Posted 02/10/2018 at 10:31:03
The crowd need to be 100% behind what ever team Silva puts out if we're going to progress...
Would love to see us give them a spanking but one goal and an other clean sheet will do...
28 Posted 02/10/2018 at 10:47:25
Richarlison and Walcott will be on the subs bench so they are fresh for Saturday . Fulham put the boot in on Richarlison throughout, they were lucky not to get a man sent off. He will benefit from a few days recovery.
The fact we have Bernard and Lookman ready to come in is a major plus. It is massive that we have quality in these positions. Even though it is the lowly Carabau Cup, its probably the most I have look forward to one of these ties for a while. We can win this cup.
It will be physical at times but we can and should progress, build some momentum. We have got the players now to go on a winning run.
29 Posted 02/10/2018 at 10:59:43
No need to play the Stek, one or two world class saves from Pickford can make all the difference. Its not as if he needs resting.
30 Posted 02/10/2018 at 11:02:35
31 Posted 02/10/2018 at 11:26:19
Excited to see Bernard get a good run out. Trying to pick our best 11 is a much more interesting headache this year.
32 Posted 02/10/2018 at 11:30:35
Where have you seen or heard about Lookman having a bad attitude?????
Just because journalists write an easy story doesnt make it true.
Have you seen him have a bad attitude in training or heard from the coaching staff?
I think not.
33 Posted 02/10/2018 at 11:31:05
34 Posted 02/10/2018 at 11:42:35
It may however be on other links but nothing has been indicated yet.
Chances are if you can get Bein, it will be shown, but probably in French or Arabic; I would rather see the match in any language that not see it at all!
35 Posted 02/10/2018 at 11:54:49
In midfield I'd rest Gana and bring in Schneiderlin alongside Davies.
Bernard needs to start and think he'd replace Richarlison with Siggy staying as the No.10. However I'd like to see Bernard at 10.
Tosun needs a confidence booster and I'd rest Walcott so bring in Lookman. One of Siggy or Richarlison has to play in my opinion, with Bernard starting in place of one of them. Don't think we can risk starting with Dowell or Calvert Lewin on top of these changes, but maybe in the second half.
36 Posted 02/10/2018 at 11:57:04
37 Posted 02/10/2018 at 12:19:46
As for the others, Id like to see Richarlison sit this one out. That is based on the treatment he generally receives and more particularly the treatment he received against Southampton in the league game earlier this season. They just kicked lumps out of him for most of the game.
I think it is a game in which Bernard should start as it will provide him with valuable game time and a test of his physical robustness.
I see no reason why Fraser Hornby shouldnt be given some minutes. Id start with Cenk and have Hornby as a forward replacement. For me there is no need for DCL to feature.
38 Posted 02/10/2018 at 12:20:37
He will leave us so exposed down that side its not even funny. Can't sell him quick enough.
40 Posted 02/10/2018 at 12:50:26
Watch his pre-match interview from around 2:25, when he talks about the need to have a settled XI (albeit with different options available) and around 2:50 when he says we 'respect and have ambitions in the competition. I don't think it's very good when you change many, many players...'
He also talks up Bernard and how he is pushing hard for a starting place.
41 Posted 02/10/2018 at 12:57:58
42 Posted 02/10/2018 at 13:31:19
I never heard it anywhere, I seen it with my own eyes: his application when he came on as a sub was less than interested.
43 Posted 02/10/2018 at 14:21:34
If he did not get a game at all and Pickford were to pick up an injury, we would be in a hell of a mess.
Also, this should be a good game for him to build confidence against a lower-table team that is likely to rest some starters.
44 Posted 02/10/2018 at 14:24:56
Minimal changes Bernard in for Richarlison and Tosun in for Calvert-Lewin.
If things are going well, bring on Dowell, Bainesy and Holgate second half.
As Silva said, players need the stability to get to know how each other play.
Lookman may or may not have an attitude but has certainly done nothing to warrant a first-team runout.
45 Posted 02/10/2018 at 14:27:33
Must be nice to be able to judge someone & outright define them as having an attitude problem in a matter of minutes of a football game.
Must be nice.
46 Posted 02/10/2018 at 14:41:06
Back to the topic, Outside of Bernard and or Tosun, I wouldn't make any changes tonight. We need the centre-halves to build an understanding... other players are starting to come into form. Why change?
47 Posted 02/10/2018 at 14:54:00
If it's not televised, can you purchase a stream through the OS?
Hate dodgy streams
If anyone knows, it'd be appreciated.
48 Posted 02/10/2018 at 14:58:26
I'd stick with Saturday's team, but swap Tosun for Calvert-Lewin, and consider Bernard, and rest Sigurdsson, as Leceister will be a very tough game.
Please let's hope that the goalkeepers aren't swapped – that could be an Achilles heel if it happens.
49 Posted 02/10/2018 at 15:24:55
What is it with Everton, nobody as far as I know would have Stekelenburg anywhere near goal, and he gets an extended contract?
From what I have seen of the young lad we recently bought (Joao Virginia) he looks a much safer pair of hands – and he is supposedly only learning!
50 Posted 02/10/2018 at 16:07:09
51 Posted 02/10/2018 at 16:08:16
52 Posted 02/10/2018 at 16:12:53
53 Posted 02/10/2018 at 16:24:04
A good cup run all the way to Wem-ber-ley please
54 Posted 02/10/2018 at 16:29:24
At this point I simply plan to log on to the Live Forum and beg somebody for a link.
55 Posted 02/10/2018 at 16:34:58
I think the problem is it is not being televised anywhere.
Sky TV have the rights and they are showing Hull, Aston Villa and Ipswich in preference to us.
The best case right now would appear to be EvertonFC.com TV broadcasting the commentary.
56 Posted 02/10/2018 at 16:35:16
I disagree. I don't want to risk a chance of silverware by resting Pickford on the off chance he gets injured. He is just as likely to get injured in training today or he could do a Richard Wright at home.
Also, the "confidence" argument for Stek is a bit weak to me. For one thing, assuming Pickford stays fit then confident or not Sket won't be playing. But moreover, the guy is 36 at the veteran stage. He should be able to manage his emotions by now. If he was 18/19, then I could more understand the confidence factor.
57 Posted 02/10/2018 at 16:36:32
58 Posted 02/10/2018 at 16:36:49
I've gone from excited to on a downer just looking at the likely starting line up with Stekelenberg and Schneiderlin in it.
59 Posted 02/10/2018 at 16:37:23
Hornby was only deemed good enough for a spot on the bench at Under-23 level last night. That suggests to me he is not first team. ready.
61 Posted 02/10/2018 at 16:59:35
What have you seen? The kid has played exactly 46 minutes this year.
You and Jim Bennings should be top pro scouts if you can get a read on a player's attitude in 46 minutes.
62 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:04:27
63 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:05:05
I'd love to chat but I have a coach to Goodison to catch. If he plays, let's hope he is brilliant and my future job prospects disappear!
64 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:09:12
I think Lookman is in danger of becoming the next Garbutt. Based on a handful of encouraging performances, he is hyped up as the solution to our problems. But those who seem him train day in and day out (Ron, Sam, Marco) obviously see something lacking or they would pick him. Whether it is attitude or inconsistency I have no idea. But if his good days were his norm then it would make no sense to keep excluding him.
65 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:09:39
66 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:11:56
We would all like to see Bernard start and really show what he can do and hopefully by the next round, the other two, Gomes and Mina, will be available.
67 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:14:04
Normally nailed on for a good stream but not listed for tonight. Worth checking nearer KO though.
68 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:14:57
From reports, he would be a more than adequate replacement and would give him immense experience.
69 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:16:05
71 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:16:05
Certainly I won't compare Lookman with Garbutt, whom I considered deficient from first sight. Back then I was in the small minority here, but I never rated him one bit. People would rave about his sweet left foot. I once asked if we could dump the player and keep the foot.
72 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:17:35
I was afraid of no TV coverage.
I think I'll do the radio feed from the OS and the Live Forum.
73 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:22:08
I still think that us never winning this cup after all these years is absolutely shocking, even when we used to be good. Following up from the other thread and the 'Mickey Mouse' comments, when City got their new money, they made a huge effort in all the competitions including this cup. A cup is a cup, and it shows signs of success.
We've been starved of success for years, and one thing that couldn't stand Moyes for was his lack of interest in this competition. During his 11 years, some not very good teams made it to the final. Moyes never took this cup seriously or any cup to be honest, and had a number of embarrassing loses to lower league opposition. For some time during his tenure, many of the bigger teams fielded severely weakened teams, and Moyes was just the same. I think this mentality has had a knock-on effect to the fans, branding the cup Mickey Mouse as the club had no interest in it. My hope is that with this change in hierarchy, a new winning mentality will go with it, and winning this would be a great start.
74 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:22:27
Not sure who I'd rest in place of him.
I want us to win this damn thing, but I think Dowell on the pitch isn't that much of a downgrade, if any, and it's the kind of game a kid like him needs.
75 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:27:59
Agree with that about Moyes's 11 years here.
The only times he took Cup competitions seriously was 2007-08 when we got to the Semi of this Cup and then in 2008-09 when we got to the FA Cup Final.
That was his sum total of a decade in Cups, disappointing.
76 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:32:29
It's now or never, I sense, to win this Cup.
77 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:33:32
78 Posted 02/10/2018 at 17:46:31
79 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:03:03
Even the year we got to the FA cup final we labored to get by the Man Utd reserves in the semi. I remember being shocked at their team sheet and with rumors of Fergie retiring, I even wondered if Fergie was trying to throw it to make his compatriot look good.
80 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:04:17
You make a good point. The whole refusal to sell is a bit mystifying given the lack of playing time.
81 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:09:08
82 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:13:29
Nice to see Cenk back in there, he should be raring to go after his goal the weekend; I reckon he'll bag another tonight. 3-1
83 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:23:22
American blues tell me that ESPN or something has our boys on today!
84 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:25:02
We may have laboured but watch us stick them away in penalties felt great. Jimmy Vaughan slamming one into the top corner followed by Pip sending them home was an excellent feeling.
85 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:28:46
86 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:33:05
87 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:43:29
88 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:48:30
89 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:51:17
And don't forget your sunblock.
90 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:52:54
91 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:57:04
92 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:58:51
93 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:58:57
Does this club actually not want to win a trophy again in my lifetime?
94 Posted 02/10/2018 at 18:59:08
96 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:00:11
97 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:00:59
Hughes's job's far from safe and he won't want to go out of this cup easily beaten. Hope I'm very wrong.
98 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:02:27
Stekelenburg, Baines, Zouma, Keane, Kenny, Dowell, Bernard, Schneiderlin, Davies, Lookman, Tosun.
99 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:04:33
100 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:05:51
101 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:06:42
Richard Wright. Remember when he got injured diving into the ‘stay out of the goal sign' at Stamford Bridge. You couldn't make it up.
It makes me wonder where Goalkeepers get their reputation from. Surely it's quite easy to tell of a keeper is going to be good or not.
We had Paul Gerrard, Thomas Mhyre and Steve Simonsen who were all absolutely terrible. But Gerrard and Simonsen came with big reputations. Mhyre was just about enough in order to replace Big Nev who was far and away finished as a player. But then Mhyre fumbled it against Coventry on the final day, a mistake that could've sent us down.
102 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:06:43
103 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:07:14
Excited about Bernard finally starting too.
But I do not understand why play Stekelenburg. Why not keep the same back 5, which is still learning to play together???
104 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:07:26
Silva says that he is taking the competition seriously, and the team he has put out tonight will hopefully do the business.
I would like to see a consistent starting 11 whereby they can gel better than they have been doing.
105 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:10:38
Whether it works or not come KO time is another matter...
More changes than I would have liked from the starting XI.
I want to win this trophy. We NEED to win a trophy.
106 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:15:41
107 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:17:28
108 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:20:25
109 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:24:55
110 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:26:47
111 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:26:47
Baines isn't a fringe player, with the rest of the back 4 unchanged. Davies and Tosun are regular starters, as has Schneiderlin. So Stekelenburg, Dowell and Lookman getting some minutes are the only REAL second team players.
112 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:26:59
Looks like you & Jim were wrong... Surprise surprise, you and Jim need to let Marco & Brands do their job.
Finally someone with a bit of common sense & intelligence!
113 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:33:58
114 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:34:15
115 Posted 02/10/2018 at 19:43:28
Oh, well, Everton Live it is then!
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