Fleetwood Town vs Everton

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Everton turn their attention to the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening when they make the short trip to Fleetwood for the second time in three years.

The Blues are looking for their first win of the season and after the late equaliser against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Saturday, Frank Lampard and his squad will be hoping to establish some momentum if they can beat their League One opponents and progress to the third round.

With striking reinforcements on the horizon, it’s an opportunity for Everton’s forward players to find their shooting boots and also a chance for the manager to field some of those players who haven’t been involved as much in the opening league games.

As the only fit, senior centre-forward at the club, Salomon Rondon would be a good bet to start. Two of the Venezuelan’s three goals last season were scored in cup competition against lower-league opposition and this may provide him with the platform to get off the mark while work in the transfer market continues to bolster the attack before the transfer deadline.

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In Lampard’s own words, new signing Amadou Onana needs minutes to get up to speed in terms of match fitness so he will also likely be in the line-up alongside Seamus Coleman and Ruben Vinagre for the same reason.

Anthony Gordon, who remains a target of Chelsea, who are confident of getting a deal across the line this week according to Paul Joyce in The Times, is unlikely to feature, at least from the start.

Elsewhere in the side, in addition to second-stringers like Asmir Begovic, Niels Nkounkou and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, there is scope for some of Everton’s up-and-coming youngsters to get some minutes, albeit within the framework of balancing the need to blood youth and the imperative to get through the tie and qualify for the next round.

Certainly, Blues fans might be intrigued to see someone like Tom Cannon in the squad given that he is the most viable of the club’s forwards in the Academy now that Ellis Simms, Nathan Broadhead and Lewis Dobbin have all gone out on loan.

Kick-off: 7:45pm, 23 August, 2022
Last Time: Fleetwood Town 2 - 5 Everton
Predicted Line-up: Begovic, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Vinagre, Allan, Onana, Nkounkou, McNeil, Rondon


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Paul Kernot
1 Posted 23/08/2022 at 07:09:02
Come on Everton. First win of the season which may give the guys the boost they need to push on and stat collecting points.
Mike Allison
2 Posted 23/08/2022 at 07:34:06
Don’t mess around. Strongest XI in a 4-3-3 with Onana starting. Cannon on the bench perhaps but we have to win and our players need match time not ‘rest’.
Sean Roe
3 Posted 23/08/2022 at 07:36:59
Fleetwood are a solid mid table league 1 side. They have lost their way a bit since Joey Barton managed them as he signed some of his end of career mates to play for him, but they won't be a pushover judging by how they play in the league.

We should have enough to beat them but then we should've had enough to beat Forest.

Fleetwood 1 v 3 Everton

Denis Richardson
4 Posted 23/08/2022 at 08:04:25
I'd normally say play your best XI every game but the league is vital this season. Gordon's off so can't risk him getting injured and Rondon should play to hopefully score and get his confidence up. Rest Mykolenko and Patterson.

Play a back 4 and have a proper midfield to give us a chance. Should have enough in the tank but just never know with us. Hopefully McNeil can also have a good game to get his confidence up as well.

First win would be nice. Then get the Gordon saga over with, with Broja plus another going the other way.

Justin Doone
5 Posted 23/08/2022 at 08:31:50
Start with the same back 5. They need to build a strong partnership and Tark needs to stop the silly mistakes that could have cost us against Forrest.

Begovic in. Would like to see Onana start and McNeil in midfield who can provide accurate crosses for the forwards. Rondon needs games to stay fit and trim.

Hugh Jenkins
6 Posted 23/08/2022 at 08:42:31
Hi Lyndon. Your predicted line up is a player light? Who is going to take your 11th spot?
Ciarán McGlone
7 Posted 23/08/2022 at 08:49:04
If he starts with a back 5 against Fleetwood, then there is little hope for him.
Brian Murray
8 Posted 23/08/2022 at 08:52:22
If no Mills or Tom Cannon properly involved, then fears are true – Frank's a cockney waiter. No excuse not to.
Danny O’Neill
9 Posted 23/08/2022 at 09:03:47
I always say this. Get the game won then rest. Don't end up chasing the game and bring on the players you were trying to rest in the first place.

On our way to you know where. We shall not be moved.

Pat Kelly
10 Posted 23/08/2022 at 09:16:26
Deadwood V Fleetwood
Richard Lyons
11 Posted 23/08/2022 at 09:24:04
Hugh @6, perhaps we've already had a player sent off? My guess would be it's Davies...
Brent Stephens
12 Posted 23/08/2022 at 09:31:01
I expect a tough physical battle. And lower league players probably want to make an impression on their own crowd by making an "impression" on one of the opposition. So let's avoid injury to Gordon - we need the transfer money for Broja etc.
Brent Stephens
13 Posted 23/08/2022 at 09:32:25
Hugh #6 "Hi Lyndon. Your predicted line up is a player light? Who is going to take your 11th spot?"

Probably Rondon, so not worth listing anyway - it wouldn't add anything.

Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 23/08/2022 at 09:46:07
Brent (13) ,

Now then, that's not very nice, even in jest and he is part of the 10 named.

A penny bet Brent that Rondon scores if he plays.

Andy Meighan
15 Posted 23/08/2022 at 09:48:41
Brent 12.

I doubt if Gordon will play. Looks like he's off before the window closes so they probably won't risk him.

The likes of this game tonight would have been ideal to start Simms or Dobbin but we all know why that won't happen.

Brent Stephens
16 Posted 23/08/2022 at 10:32:57
Dave #14 - a penny bet? Dreadful!

OK, penny bet it is. But I know you don't carry money so I'll give you all my bank details.

Peter Salisbury
17 Posted 23/08/2022 at 10:53:08
“With striking reinforcements on the horizon”… but travelling in which direction…?
Danny O’Neill
18 Posted 23/08/2022 at 10:54:47
Let's go a pound Dave!

I rarely carry cash Brent apart from when I travel up to the match and the "cash only" signs are in just about every pub.

Dave must have perfected those skills. Tie your shoelaces as you're walking into the pub, check your pockets and these days your phone. Just to make sure you're not first at the bar!!!

I sound like I know what I'm talking about!!!

Dave, I'll go a pound on Rondon to score a brace.

Brent Stephens
19 Posted 23/08/2022 at 11:03:59
Danny, I hear that Dave carries folding money - a ten pence piece with a hinge.
Shane Corcoran
20 Posted 23/08/2022 at 11:09:48
Interested to see how Brooownie is getting on in management.

Not so much Everton as I’ve come to see this competition as almost a pre season one with our record.

James Hughes
21 Posted 23/08/2022 at 11:13:25
We do not need to play a weakened team for this tie. We have already done that for the first three games!

Strongest line up please get the game won and get to next round. I would like our team to hopefully win something again. If we don't I can see the next film release being " Indianna Jones and the lost Everton Trophy".

Lester Yip
22 Posted 23/08/2022 at 11:53:26
If Gomes is fit, need to put him on the shop window as well so potential buyer can see. We have a few to sell.
Raymond Fox
23 Posted 23/08/2022 at 12:01:28
A first-team player wouldn't be anywhere near this match if I were picking the team.

There's only one priority this season and the League Cup isn't it.

Tom Bowers
24 Posted 23/08/2022 at 12:02:54
This nothing competition is as always a reason to field some ''benchwarmers'' who would be expected to give their best if they want to become starters again.

Fleetwood will be relaxed and ready to cause the upset but Everton should take care of business in the end.

It's more important that nobody else gets injured and I wouldn't be surprised to see the substitutes used extensively.

Rondon should be in his element in this game.

Brent Stephens
25 Posted 23/08/2022 at 12:11:58
Lester #23 "If Gomes is fit, need to put him on the shop window as well so a potential buyer can see."

I wouldn't be against the idea though I don't know how many potentially-interested clubs would send somebody to watch him against a lower league side.

In any case, I've seen some right tat in some shop windows. Don't know if you remember that TV comedy with Leonard Rossiter, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, who set up a shop called Grot selling all sorts of useless items. Thing is, people did buy the grot.

Brian Murray
26 Posted 23/08/2022 at 12:31:06
Brent. I didn't get where I am today by not remembering grot. Absolutely!
Danny O’Neill
27 Posted 23/08/2022 at 12:36:01
I don't care for shopping or shop windows. I don't care who's playing.

Just get into the next round Everton.

That's the aim tonight.

Dave Abrahams
28 Posted 23/08/2022 at 12:38:54
Brent (17) and Danny (19), a pound, Danny!! I've had to sit down and take my inhalers.

Okay, Brent, you've shamed me into it I'm upping the bet to 10p.

Matthew Williams
29 Posted 23/08/2022 at 12:42:19
A nothing competition!!!

We've won fuck all in 27 years and my fellow Blues are choosey???

Jeez, if we gave it a real go, we'd be at Wembley... winning it for once would bring about Euro footy...

Play to win, live up to our motto for once Blues!

John Raftery
30 Posted 23/08/2022 at 12:43:33
I expect Lampard to field a strong team but that should include at least a couple of those yet to play this season.

This season might just be an opportunity to break the stranglehold the top clubs have established on this competition in recent years. The next two rounds are scheduled for the mid-weeks either side of the World Cup when many of the top players will likely be resting or recovering.

David Hallwood
31 Posted 23/08/2022 at 12:49:16
Be interesting if Gordon is in the squad
Derek Knox
32 Posted 23/08/2022 at 12:53:19
Does anyone know if there will be any televised coverage?

Usually when they sniff a potential banana skin, or a giant-killing, especially if it's us, they squeeze it in somewhere!

Dave Abrahams
33 Posted 23/08/2022 at 12:53:52
John (32),

There has also been talk that this season could be the last one for the League Cup and, as we have never won it, this could be our chance and another bit of history-making with Everton being the last team to win the League Cup.

Brent Stephens
34 Posted 23/08/2022 at 12:55:39
Brian #27 - I thought you might have made a comparison with Everton buying and selling grot players.

Actually I imagine you more as Rossiter's Rising Damp character! BTW, how is Miss Jones?

Jack Convery
35 Posted 23/08/2022 at 13:41:48
I usually have a go, at predicting the team but you know what, I can't be arsed. Says, it all.

Anyone know anything about Keide Balde. Free agent CF?

Loved Grot. Square hula hoops. Toms' Home Made Wine - totally disgusting - Grots best cellar ( see what a I did there ), made by Reggies dull and boring son-in-law.

Grot is where Moshiri learnt all he now knows.

Michael Connelly
36 Posted 23/08/2022 at 14:04:30
Can't risk Rondon tonight, need to save his goal scoring exploits for the league.

As for playing Gomes to put him in the shop window; Reminding everyone how he plays will only drop any asking price we are looking for.

Danny O’Neill
37 Posted 23/08/2022 at 14:54:40
We've got to win this competition at some point. It bugs the shit out of me. So let's start tonight.
Jay Harris
38 Posted 23/08/2022 at 14:54:57
This is at their ground so the pitch won't be great. We will have to be careful about injuries cos that would just be Everton that.

Front 3 of Tom Cannon, Stanley Mills and McNeil with Onana, Tom Davies and Allan in a midfield 3 with Coleman, Keane, Price and Vinagre at back 4.

If they can't beat Fleetwood they shouldn't be at Everton.

Brian Murray
39 Posted 23/08/2022 at 14:56:44
Brent @36. Well I seen us beat up Vienna in '85 (not the Zouma cat version).
Steve Daniells
40 Posted 23/08/2022 at 15:13:07
I agree with Jay's line-up at #39. Give a few of the younger lads a go, especially Mills, Cannon and Whittaker. Let's see how they do. COYB
Phill Thompson
41 Posted 23/08/2022 at 15:18:03
I wouldn’t start either Stanley Mills or Tom Cannon tonight, Fleetwood will becoming right at us from the start. Let the salty pros deal with the initial onslaught, calm the game down, hopefully score a goal or two then bring on Mills first at 60 mins to run at a tiring defence, followed by Cannon on 70 min, Rondon will be knackered by then anyway.
Danny O’Neill
42 Posted 23/08/2022 at 15:30:51
I'd be careful with those type of statements Jay @39.

This competition has become personal to me, but I've seen many a good team go out in the early stages. Like the FA Cup, its cup football.

I saw the league champions elect go out to Grimsby in 1984. We can reflect on Oldham and Tranmere, not forgetting Shrewsbury. It's cup football and we're Everton.

Let's just get this one won and be in the hat for the next round.

Brian Murray
43 Posted 23/08/2022 at 15:37:54
Think this trophy and the chance of winning it has well sailed as soon as near the last eight the top teams all of a sudden become interested in it as the last few years as shown us. I know danny o won’t rest until it’s won but nine days and counting is our status in balance if we struggle to get the last half of a team from somewhere.
Jim Gore
44 Posted 23/08/2022 at 15:46:32
Derek Knox, the game is being screened around the world but typically not in the UK. You need a tweaked firestick to receive it.
Jamie Crowley
45 Posted 23/08/2022 at 15:49:59
Stateside Blue / 'Mericans -

The game will be streamed on ESPN+

George Freeman
46 Posted 23/08/2022 at 15:57:37
Matthew @30,

I am convinced that no one at the club understands Latin... never mind how to live up to the motto.

Mark Ryan
47 Posted 23/08/2022 at 15:58:12
Normally I would want a win. If we go out tonight, I could not give a shit. I just would rather nobody got injured. We cannot afford an injury to anyone, even Gomes.
David Hallwood
48 Posted 23/08/2022 at 16:00:02
Does anyone know if it's televised?
Mick O'Malley
49 Posted 23/08/2022 at 16:55:08
I really want to get through, it’s embarrassing that we’ve never won this trophy, but as someone pointed out above it’s a hard trophy to win nowadays,come on Blues let’s have our first win of the season tonight, good professional performance needed tonight UTFT 💙
Brian Wilkinson
50 Posted 23/08/2022 at 17:20:34
Go on Danny you have twisted my arm, I will have a £1 bet Rondon does not score two or more goals,tonight, own goals or penalty shoot out not counted :-)
Jeff Armstrong
51 Posted 23/08/2022 at 17:44:04
#48, read #44.
David Bromwell
52 Posted 23/08/2022 at 17:55:52
Frank will pick a " strong team " because we simply cannot afford to loose. Almost certainly Coleman, Keane and Allan will play from the start and Rondom has to start given our limited options. Expect the rest to be made up from the current first team.
As always confidence is a major issue so I am hoping for a convincing win and no further injuries, in the hope that we can carry some better form into our next match.
Sam Hoare
53 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:09:38
Patterson Holgate Coady Tarkowski Vinagre
Allan Onana
Mills Rondon Gray

Hope Allan is fit to play. Think he’ll improve us a bit in terms of keeping the ball and help us get up the pitch.

Derek Knox
54 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:13:03
Jim @ 44, it just so happens that I have not only a tweaked Firestick but also a MAG Box. Further research has revealed that the match is allegedly in English on Bein Sports Mena 1 HD, Supersports (SAfrica) and a few others, so hopefully ' happy days ' !

With it being Fleetwood, I thought it may have been on ' Catch of the Day '. Hosted by Gary Spinaker, with special guests Garry Monkfish, Alan Spearer and Bert Troutman (if he was still living).

Sorry folks couldn't resist the fish puns. Thought they had died a death on Live Forum, as they had 'Halibut' disappeared. :-)

Jack Convery
55 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:18:57
Decided to have a go after all !!


Coleman, Coady, Keane, Vinagre,

Mills, Davies, Onana, Allan, McNeill,


Mike Gaynes
56 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:24:44
DK, you just cod not resist.
Brian Murray
57 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:27:39
I see Salmon Rondon is included ...
Sean Roe
58 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:31:19
For gods Hake, it all sounds like river cobblers to me!
Dale Self
59 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:31:41
TW fish puns stick in my craw.
Neil Copeland
60 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:33:42
Perhaps Salmon Rondon will net one tonight
Steve Shave
61 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:38:55
Jack 55 good team, would give a run out to a few whilst hopefully being too good for our opponents. I would really like to see Mills.
Danny O’Neill
62 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:40:00
Cod Army?

Let's batter them.

Kieran Kinsella
63 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:40:38

I see what you're angling for.

Neil Copeland
64 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:49:45
Kieran, he’s just floating around and going with the flow.
John Kavanagh
65 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:50:40
Everton starting XI: Begovic, Coleman, Welch, Keane, Vinagre, Patterson, Davies, Onana, McNeil, Rondon, Iwobi

Subs: Tarkowski, Holgate, Gordon, Gray, Mykolenko, Warrington, Mills, Price, Lonergan.

Gerry Quinn
66 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:50:51
Skating on thin ice there!
Neil Copeland
67 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:51:03
It would be good to see Lewis Warrington get a game. He looked good in pre-season.
Christy Ring
68 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:51:46
Coleman Keane Coady Vinagre
Gbamin Allan Onana
Mills Rondon Gray
Colin Glassar
69 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:54:22
That team will go belly up, Christy.
Brian Murray
70 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:54:27
Let’s wade in with a few here
Derek Knox
71 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:57:32
Kieran @ 63, let's hope Gray can show them a clean pair of Eels ! 🐟🦐

I'm brisling with anticipation.

Neil Copeland
72 Posted 23/08/2022 at 19:01:34
Derek. as long as we don’t flounder and play the boring crab like passing from side to side.
Colin Glassar
73 Posted 23/08/2022 at 19:08:40
We need to tip the scales early doors to show them who’s bass.
Charles Brewer
74 Posted 23/08/2022 at 19:33:20
As long as we're playing at their plaice, we'll be ok.
David West
75 Posted 23/08/2022 at 19:41:06
Anyone think we may get a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 tonight with Patterson & McNeil either side of Onana & Davies? Surely not going for 5 at back against these?
Will Mabon
76 Posted 23/08/2022 at 19:46:36
Here's hoping for a good performance - spinner while.
David West
77 Posted 23/08/2022 at 19:51:51
If you can get tulip or potato stream app an android.. you can stream the match.

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