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Carabao Cup Preview

Everton have their sights on a fifth successive win and a place in the last four of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening as they take on Fulham under the lights at Goodison Park.

It will be the second visit to L4 of the season for Marco Silva and his men, with the Cottagers having already recorded a victory over the Blues on the opening day of the season, albeit against a team lacking any focal point up front and which didn't have the likes of Jarrad Branthwaite in defence.

The towering young centre-back is expected to return to the starting XI after serving a one-match ban against Burnley on Saturday while, up front, Dominic Calvert-Lewin will provide the robust target that was lacking the last time the two clubs met.

Calvert-Lewin was injured at the start of the season and Beto had not yet been signed but both are likely to play a role in this quarter-final and both looking to increase their respective goal tallies in the competition. Beto scored his first Everton goal in the second round against Doncaster Rovers while Calvert-Lewin has an impressive scoring record in the League Cup overall.

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In midfield, Idrissa Gueye is eligible again after he, too, was suspended for the win at Turf Moor but the fitness of the vital attacking cog Abdoulaye Doucouré and in-form left-back Vitalii Mykolenko is a concern after the Frenchman was forced off against Burnley feeling a tight hamstring and the Ukrainian failed a fitness test on a groin strain.

With no natural replacement, Doucouré's absence would pose a conundrum for Sean Dyche who pushed Jack Harrison up behind the striker against Newcastle when Amadou Onana and James Garner were missing and he may opt for the same strategy against Fulham.

Arnaut Danjuma is another option in that role but the Dutchman appears to have fallen out favour recently and it may be that Lewis Dobbin is again preferred to him in any changed attacking formation.

At the back, much depends on whether Mykolenko will be risked. Dyche described his situation as "touch-and-go" after Saturday's game but should he miss out and assuming Michael Keane felt no ill-effects from his goalscoring return to Turf Moor, it could be a case of same again at the back with Branthwaite coming in for Ben Godfrey in a back five.

Fulham will be without striker Raul Jimenez following his red card at St James's Park over the weekend but Alex Iwobi would be eligible to face his former team-mates given that he did not feature in the second round before his move to Craven Cottage.

Kick-off: 7:45pm, Tuesday 19 December 2023
Last Time:
 Everton have not played Fulham (H) in the League Cup before

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Keane, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Patterson, McNeil, Onana, Garner, Harrison, Dobbin, Calvert-Lewin


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Will Mabon
1 Posted 17/12/2023 at 21:50:59
It's bad enough when clubs, media etc. try to play the cups down but I can't understand when fans see it that way.

Winning five or six games on the run in a competition (or more if replays) is an achievement whatever the opposition... and all are a unique path.

Brian Wilkinson
2 Posted 17/12/2023 at 21:55:07
I am going to stick my neck out here, but since the curse has been lifted from Goodison, we have hardly put a foot wrong, things are starting to go our way, with only the Man Utd game disrupting our up-turn in form, which started long before we lost the10 points.

It would have been a soft penalty but the Forest bogey ground we normally struggle went our way.

Fulham's key forward Jimenez, missing the Tuesday tie, due to a straight red card, little things are going our way for a change, I would go as far as to predict, should we beat Fulham, the gods will smile on us, and give us Boro or Port Vale in the semi-final – seems very likely, something I would not dare to predict a few months back.

We all know Fulham are no mugs, so we need to be on top of our game. We let them off the hook the first home game, but bear in mind, Calvert-Lewin, McNeil and Harrison were all missing through injury that day.

Everton are a different prospect this time round and I fully expect us to see Fulham off, if we go with a strong starting 11.

Tony Abrahams
3 Posted 17/12/2023 at 21:58:50
Fulham is a really tough game, but they will be saying exactly the same thing about Everton.
Dale Self
4 Posted 18/12/2023 at 00:28:11
Good words Tony. We have enough momentum to simply stick to our game and see what happens. I suspect Fulham's plan is not so straightforward. Just the mentality and setup you want for a massive match. I think we are up for it.

And those Liverpudlian compliments will surely fade as we continue our good form. Just as well, every time I receive an Everton compliment from a Snide Six supporter I feel like I need a shower.

Danny O’Neill
5 Posted 18/12/2023 at 06:05:01
I too can't understand the apathetic views towards the cups. If you want to watch what it means, view the opening scene on Howard's Way.

The cup runs of the '80s were the catalyst for what was to follow. The '95 FA Cup win should have been and again, look at the celebrations near Goodison as the cup was brought home. A few people standing in a perilous position on top of the roof on one of the old houses, no longer there on Goodison Road.

Who can forget Bayern Munich and Rotterdam?

I want to win the League Cup. It's bugged me for years that we never have.

I wasn't there but the 1977 series against Villa is an early memory. I was at Stamford Bridge for the semi-final first leg in (I think) 2008, when Lescott got caught static and was forced into conceding a very late own goal. That was after what I thought was a golden opportunity when McFadden opted to shoot when he should have pulled it back as there were players waiting for a tap-in.

Stamford Bridge again and the penalty shoot-out. My son telling me that at the time, the best match he's been to.

2009 and the early frenzied optimism. Once again, Lescott stands still and allows a Chelsea player a 10-yard run on him. Okay, it was the beast that was Drogba. Even though poor Leon and Hibbert had a torrid afternoon, it was a fine margin in the end.

So I'll reiterate, I want to win the League Cup. Should we progress, and we can, I hope we get them in the final. No fear.

Derek Knox
6 Posted 18/12/2023 at 09:08:35
Spot on Danny, I have never really understood why the Cups have always been treated with a secondary or even tertiary consideration. Understandable I suppose for a struggling side whose very own survival makes every point in the league a priority.

Especially for Everton, this one which started as the League Cup and has more name changes than Frank Abnail. It used to be a guaranteed way in to Europe too, but even that has changed. Let's do it for us – the Fans! This has eluded us for far too long.

David Cooper
7 Posted 18/12/2023 at 2023/12/18 : 09:12:22

Anyone got any idea how to watch the game on Tuesday? I've been scanning all over the internet to find a link or site but have found nothing.

I can’t believe our quarter-final isn’t being shown anywhere here at home when you can watch it in the USA and Canada. Not even any UK channel advertising highlights. Can anyone help?

Michael Kenrick
8 Posted 18/12/2023 at 09:16:59
Yes, David,

I think Sky pick just two of the ties from each round up until the semi-finals and final.

They've picked Chelsea v Newcastle Utd on Tuesday, and Liverpool v West Ham Utd on Wednesday, so we're out of luck. It won't be shown live on UK TV.

Peter Mills
9 Posted 18/12/2023 at 09:21:12
A possibility of penalties after 90 minutes.
Joe McMahon
10 Posted 18/12/2023 at 09:29:19
Maybe if we smash away teams' coaches, we will be adored by the media more, and then followed endlessly by Sky?
Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 18/12/2023 at 09:50:43
Was Willian, Fulham's Brazilian player, rested for their weekend game or is he injured?

He never played and wasn't on the bench.

Steve Dowdeswell
13 Posted 18/12/2023 at 10:03:42

I assume that is why there are 3 matches being played on Tuesday and a single match on Wednesday.

Sky dictate who will play when to ensure maximum coverage of the media darlings.

Michael Kenrick
14 Posted 18/12/2023 at 11:23:47

You may think that. I couldn't possibly comment. I have no idea what parameters decide between these games being played on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, so you may be onto something.

The problem with this media darlings bollocks is how do you explain a game like Burnley v Everton being picked for Saturday Night Football??? — when they could just as easily have picked any one of their supposed media darlings from:

Chelsea v Sheffield Utd

Man City vs Crystal Palace

Newcastle Utd vs Fulham

Somebody is gonna lose their job over that little faux pas!

Joe McMahon
15 Posted 18/12/2023 at 11:45:04
Brian #2,

You forgot Everton are away at a Premier League team again for the FA Cup 3rd Round. We also have not been awarded a penalty this season still. Of Mo Salah's 200 goals, he has been awarded over 40 penalties, scored 37.

But yes I'm looking forward to a new era in a new stadium. Goodison has only seen sporadic success when you think of the decades of football.

James Hughes
16 Posted 18/12/2023 at 11:58:38

Willian was on the bench last game, just not used.

I think we get the win we need and I want Chelsea in the semi-final but don't care as long as it's not them

Lee Courtliff
17 Posted 18/12/2023 at 12:37:19
Surely there'll be a stream available tomorrow night for those of us who can't attend?

We're due a defeat, we're definitely due to concede, but I said all this before Saturday and the lads pulled it off again!!

Just 2 more wins and we could be in a Wembley Final for the first time in 15 years!!!

Barry Hesketh
18 Posted 18/12/2023 at 12:53:07
It's a cup-tie Lee, we don't know what will happen, it might be any result, that's why we'll all be in attendance, that possibility of getting through to the next round.

I'd have been happier if we had 26 points on the board going into this game, rather than the 16 we have at the minute, as that would put less pressure on the squad and Dyche could afford to risk a few players that under the present circumstances he might decide to rest.

It will be tough, that's for sure, as we've found to our cost in recent meetings with the Cottagers at Goodison in the last few years. I must admit, I didn't remember beating Fulham in the cup in 2012, a Friday night game that completely eludes my ever-failing memory.

Everton v Fulham FAC

Ray Roche
19 Posted 18/12/2023 at 13:15:30
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Dale Self
20 Posted 18/12/2023 at 13:42:31
Good words, Tony! We have enough momentum to stay with our sit-back-and-counter approach. Fulham's plan will not be as straight-forward. I think we are up for this, they know that and it is to our advantage.

And as for Liverpudlian compliments, they will surely fade as our form continues. Just as well: when I receive Everton talk from the Shite Six supporters, I feel like I need a shower.

Dale Self
21 Posted 18/12/2023 at 14:01:21
If it turns into an ugly cup classic melee, we know our team is more capable of digging out the win.

I hope Iwobi plays, gets a taste of the turf tackle early, and then hides for the remainder. I don't see any men of mettle on their side.

Rob Jones
22 Posted 18/12/2023 at 14:29:23
The Burnley vs Everton match will have been chosen because a couple of months ago it looked like a relegation 6-pointer.

As for Wednesday, I honestly fancy us to win handsomely. Dyche will know how much the fanbase wants a cup run.

Eric Myles
23 Posted 18/12/2023 at 14:41:36
Rob, if you've got tickets for the game on Wednesday you must be going to watch the Redshite?
Ed Prytherch
24 Posted 18/12/2023 at 14:44:14
It is odd that here in the US it is much easier to watch live English football on TV than it is in England.

I think that I pay $10/month for ESPN+ which includes the League cup in its massive sports menu. Similarly NBC Peacock is about the same price for all Premier League games and it is easy to share passwords.

I pay for Peacock and my son pays for ESPN+.

Brian Wilkinson
25 Posted 18/12/2023 at 14:48:13
Danny, you forgot to mention the two legged semi in 2016, when we had a home 2-1 leg lead, only to go down 3-1 in the away tie, after Man City were awarded a goal after the ball had gone out of play a good half foot, only for Stirling to cross it and a goal scored from the cross and given.

I was there in the '84 final and every one bar the ref and linesman, spotted the Hansen handball.

The gods will smile on us tomorrow and hopefully we can finally land the trophy that has eluded us.

Mike Gaynes
26 Posted 18/12/2023 at 14:53:34
Ed #23, yeah, amen.

I feel sorry for the folks on the Forum who are always scrambling to find streams. US TV is now a whole different world from when I first became a Blue.

Then I'd be lucky to be able to watch two or three games a year, and more than likely they were on tape delay.

Rob Jones
27 Posted 18/12/2023 at 15:55:14
Oops. Tuesday.

Pardon me, Eric.

Mike Gaynes
28 Posted 18/12/2023 at 16:39:22
Jack Harrison will be key for us tomorrow. Our old boy Antonee Robinson is Fulham's best player at the moment. His attacking runs down the left and his byplay with Willian produce most of their best opportunities.

Harrison must lock down Robinson to keep him from getting at Patterson, or the kid is going to be overrun as Alexander-Arnold was, and as Coufal was for West Ham.

Stephen Davies
29 Posted 18/12/2023 at 17:09:47

Harrison may well play the Doucoure role as he maybe out for 3 or 4 weeks

Dale Self
30 Posted 18/12/2023 at 17:29:58
I haven't thought enough about the setup but I would be surprised to see Patterson without Harrison in front. My view is that Gana will return and Onana may get forward more than usual.

Also, if Onana stays a bit deep as a distributor and we can get numbers wide, this could pull Paulinha out of his most effective area in the middle. Fulham are vulnerable on the wings with Iwobi and Willian.

Jay Harris
31 Posted 18/12/2023 at 17:49:39
Bring Gueye back in and play Garner at right-back with Patterson just in front of him. That will tighten up our right flank.

I just hope Mykolenko is fit for this one.

Simon Harrison
32 Posted 18/12/2023 at 18:03:51
Talking aboing about line-ups, I think Dyche will be all too aware of the threats down our right side, and that posed by Palinha.

That being the case, I'm not going to guess at the personnel used; but, I think he'll be happy to go 4-5-1 and morph to a 3-4-3 on the counter where possible.

'Catenaccio' football at its best.

Oh, go on then. My only player prediction: Calvert-Lewin starts and Beto is sub.

Calvert-Lewin is vital to keep their defence 'honest'.

Remember Blues...



Mike Gaynes
33 Posted 18/12/2023 at 18:05:28
Stephen #28,

There are lots of candidates for Doucouré's role -- Beto, Onana, McNeil, Dobbin, Garner (Keane???) -- so I'd expect Harrison to stay where he is, but Dyche can and will surprise us.

Jay #30,

Garner at right-back? A position he has never once played in his entire career? Against Robinson and Willian? The last thing that would tighten is our right flank. It would certainly tighten every rectum in Goodison, however.

Simon Harrison
34 Posted 18/12/2023 at 18:08:40

Garner has played there for the England U21s and also cast your mind back to the last game of the 2022-23 season... Just a cheeky hint! Hehe.

Good wishes, Mike, and how the 'hell' are you doing?

Bill Fairfield
35 Posted 18/12/2023 at 18:08:50
No rest for anyone, momentum is everything. COYB.
Simon Harrison
36 Posted 18/12/2023 at 18:12:28
Doh! I couldn't edit:

James Garner U21 stats

Stephen Davies
37 Posted 18/12/2023 at 18:51:59
Yes, Mike, there are a few who could fill that role and Dyche may surprise us all.

But I'm hearing Doucoure won't be available tomorrow.

John Keating
38 Posted 18/12/2023 at 18:53:48
Dyche team's recently have given everything; his choices and setups have proven all the pre-match doubters wrong.

Only thing I ask is that he does not pick to either play or sit on the bench anyone who has had an injury – Doucouré, Mykolenko.

Anyone feeling they need a game off – give them it. We need everyone 100% for Spurs and Man City. No risks to our threadbare squad.

Rob Hooton
39 Posted 18/12/2023 at 19:18:07
Garner has been one of our most important (and consistent) performers in the middle of the park — no way I'd play him at right-back instead of Patterson!

Patterson had a decent game and put a couple of excellent balls into the box at the weekend, Harrison works his socks off and will help him out. Maybe Gana, Onana and Garner playing as a ‘fluid' three?

Paul Kossoff
40 Posted 18/12/2023 at 19:18:20
The very thought of meeting the other pile of shite (and I include the supporters) in the semi or the final is more than I could bear.

I would rather get beat by Fulham, or go out in the semi, than give those twats a chance to berate us mercilessly. We don't have the team or the luck to win.

Play that lot in a cup tie, no thanks… the fuckers can have it.

Tony Abrahams
41 Posted 18/12/2023 at 19:41:42
I don't believe you are on your own expressing such sentiments on this Everton website, Paul, mate. But do us a favour please, and keep such thoughts to yourself.

If any outsiders suddenly started reading ToffeeWeb and saw that post, they would surely start asking: "Why do the Everton fans sing Kopites are gobshites when they are fucking scared to play them in case they get beat?"

Dale Self
42 Posted 18/12/2023 at 20:07:18
Alright now, Paul, free yourself from fear of any club.
Robert Tressell
43 Posted 18/12/2023 at 20:19:31
First thing first: we need to beat Fulham who are no mugs. After that, I don't care. If you want to win a cup, you have to beat top teams.

On our day, with a bit of luck, we can beat anyone. Working as hard as we are, we're generating our fair share of luck.

Jerome Shields
44 Posted 18/12/2023 at 20:26:35
I think Beto will start, plus Keane, and Godfrey.
Billy Roberts
45 Posted 18/12/2023 at 20:43:16
Tony @41

Paul is on a downer about everything today!

Apparently the stadium is shite because it looks like it's made of old railway sleepers, and bricks are bang out of order!!

The club are mugs because they're not raking millions out of the pumphouse because they haven't turned it into a luxury hote… yet.

Now he would rather go out in the quarters than have to face the devil's spawn in the semis or final???

Give me a pint of what he's drinking.

Derek Knox
46 Posted 18/12/2023 at 20:48:37
Personally I think Lyndon's projected team won't be far off. I also think young Lewis Dobbin would thrive in Doucoure's absence playing just behind the striker, and, he has a goal or two in him. Though I am not sure about the proposed 3 centre-backs!

Who covers left-back? I have watched Fulham quite a few times, and they have some speedy players, not sure any of the proposed could deal with attacks down the left flank, like Mykolenko!

Jay Harris
47 Posted 18/12/2023 at 21:11:45
Mike G,

Garner has played right-back in a number of games for us and for the England U21s that won the World Cup and has looked very solid there.

He is a much safer pair of hands (or legs) than Patterson who still has that deficiency of allowing people to get around the back of him – something Fulham are very good at.

Playing 3 centre-backs will not be the answer against these because they love to get down the flanks and run at defenders.

Kieran Kinsella
48 Posted 18/12/2023 at 22:28:05

I agree. Burnley kept exploiting the gap of LB between McNeil and CB on Saturday. Fulham have better players and can make that count

Lee Courtliff
49 Posted 18/12/2023 at 22:33:07
Dobbin played in Doucs position in pre season at Bolton and I thought he looked quite good there. Yes, I know it's a completely different level but even so.

The only player who could cover for Myko in a back 4 is Godfrey, who did very well at LB in his first season with us. He was and is dreadful at RB though. McNeil would be wasted in that position, imo.

I for one would love to play Liverpool in the Final, we owe them. I'm certainly not afraid of playing them anyway.

Paul Kossoff
50 Posted 18/12/2023 at 00:00:48
David 7. You can try here.
I watched live the Burnley game, they had Chelsea and Newcastle games on too.
Phil Friedman
51 Posted 18/12/2023 at 00:06:11
No back three, and no McNeil at FB. Must defend the wings, so McNeil and Harrison must help whoever is selected at FB.
Kunal Desai
52 Posted 19/12/2023 at 00:28:12
If anything, we should be looking to do a number on Fulham after there opening day smash and grab.
We should have been 3 or 4 goals up by the time they scored.
Get into em and put a few past them like we never did then. We owe them that.
Simon Harrison
54 Posted 19/12/2023 at 02:00:41
Everton vs Fulham Head-to-Head and Key Numbers

There have been 65 meetings between Everton and Fulham.

The hosts have won 31 of those games while the visitors have won 21 times. There have been 13 draws between the two teams.

The visitors are undefeated in their last four games in this fixture after losing four of their previous five.

The Toffees' last win over the Cottagers at Goodison Park came back in 2018 when they picked up a 1-0 victory in Premier League action.

Only one of Fulham's six league wins this season has come on the road.

Everton vs Fulham Prediction:

Everton are on a brilliant four-game winning streak and have not conceded any goals in that period. They have lost just one of their last six home games and will fancy their chances ahead of the midweek clash.

Fulham, meanwhile, saw their latest result end a run of back-to-back 5-0 victories and they will be looking to bounce back here. They have, however, lost their last three away games on the bounce and could see defeat here as well.

Prediction: Everton 2-0 Fulham

Source: Sportskeeda Everton vs Fulham prediction

Simon Harrison
55 Posted 19/12/2023 at 02:05:21
Just seen a different side predicition (not Sportskeeda);


Keane - Tarks - Branthwaite

Patterson - Garner - Gana Gueye - Onana - McNeill



No official annoucement from the club re-injuries.

I guess it's just a waiting game now...


Julian Wait
56 Posted 19/12/2023 at 02:33:27
I was at the two replays in 1977. Those games and the Clive Thomas Maine Rd FA Cup semi-final loss were devastating. I saw us win the FA Cup in 1984 after losing the League Cup. I'd love us to pick up this one.
Geoff Lambert
57 Posted 19/12/2023 at 10:10:23
Any one know were the soccer bus from sandhills drops off when it reaches Goodison please?
Brent Stephens
58 Posted 19/12/2023 at 10:13:17
Geoff, normally outside The Abbey.
Ray Robinson
59 Posted 19/12/2023 at 10:16:30
I think Everton beat Fulham 23 times on the trot at Goodison in the League but have now lost the last three league matches at home!

Time for a swing back tonight and payback for that 1-0 defeat at home when we should have won by three or four.

David Garner
60 Posted 19/12/2023 at 10:47:01

I live in Thailand so have to get up at 0245 to watch the game.

Retired so no problem, no work tomorrow.

I use the following websites to watch the games. I was able to use the sites when I was last in Liverpool, last July-August.




Brian Wilkinson
61 Posted 19/12/2023 at 11:19:49
Sometimes you can get over confident, other times no matter who comes up next, you get a slight doubt and worry about a banana skin.

After seeing off Newcastle and Chelsea, I’m sure a few of us had a typical Everton to blow it at Burnley, that’s normally what happens.

However there seems to be a big shift in mentality in the players, passing is crisper, closing down in packs when we lose the ball, players coming in from the fringes and slotting in as cover, there is certainly a huge shift in our squad, there’s no fear of going to the game and dreading a defeat, a bit of confidence and belief among supporters, Regardless of who the starting 11 are, I am not feeling nervous tonight, if the players turn up, I cannot see anything but an Everton win.

You can call it over confident, whatever you like, but that squad has got me believing in them, it’s a bit like the Kendall time around early 84, you could see the players starting to believe in themselves, you turned up to Goodison and had that same belief that we had a decent team.

I am not saying this team is going to storm all before them next season, but by god they have that same attitude and belief in themselves.

A win tonight and we could be on to something big to happen for Everton football club, nothing we can do if Fulham turn up and outplay us, but somehow I think under the lights and the crowd behind them, providing Everton put their chances away, I really fancy Everton to continue their winning ways.

Up the Toffees.

Tony Abrahams
62 Posted 19/12/2023 at 12:03:18
Everton are playing in the quarter final's of a cup tie tonight. Everton haven't won a trophy since 1995.

Any Evertonian who started supporting Everton during the last 30 years has only seen Everton Football Club diminishing both on and off the park, with the only thing remaining consistently good about the club being the amazing fans.

Derek Knox
63 Posted 19/12/2023 at 12:12:02
Here's to a win tonight, a breath of fresh air, and the start of (hopefully) a new era!
Kevin Molloy
64 Posted 19/12/2023 at 12:24:48
Despite our excellent form, I would put our chances tonight at no more than 50/50 tonight. Fulham are a bloody good side, thrashing West Ham and Wolves five-nil in consecutive games.

If we win tonight it will need to be some performance, and no disgrace if we don't.

Brian Wilkinson
65 Posted 19/12/2023 at 12:37:56
Anyone seen the film Beetle juice, please do not mention a certain name again in fear of returning to bad luck.

A united fan base, team playing well, let's move on and look to the present and future.

Onwards and upwards.

Terry Murray
67 Posted 19/12/2023 at 13:05:17
Have just received an email from Everton about tonight's Fulham game. It says that (I think it says) you can watch the game live on KICK. I have registered with KICK but can get no further. Anyone know what's going on?
Dennis Stevens
68 Posted 19/12/2023 at 13:24:50
All I found on KICK, Terry, was this comment: "We are Everton Football Club. The originals since 1878. Bringing you exclusive content and getting you closer to one of football's most historic Clubs. UTT. Every press conference - LIVE on KICK!"

Nothing about the match being shown.

Mark Murphy
69 Posted 19/12/2023 at 14:26:44
I'm in Kington, Herefordshire, visiting the in-laws, so can't attend tonight. The good news is that this is exactly where I was when Doucoure smashed in that winner against Bournemouth many many years ago…

The bad news is, unlike that day, we're not on the kin telly!
Any links would be most welcome.


Trevor Bailey
70 Posted 19/12/2023 at 14:35:26
Mark@91,vipbox always comes up trumps for me.Sometimes needs a bit of fiddling and patience.Worth a try
Tony Abrahams
72 Posted 19/12/2023 at 14:44:32
My feelings after reading this thread is that I don't really fancy Everton to win tonight. I just hope I'm wrong again. 🤞
Brian Wilkinson
73 Posted 19/12/2023 at 14:47:43
Too right Danny, right I'm going for a 3-1 win, McNeil, Calvert-Lewin to put us into a 2-nil lead, a twitchy 5 mins of a goal conceded, before McNeil rattles in his second and Everton's third goal to send us off happy.

Hope that reassures your doubts, Tony.

Brian Wilkinson
75 Posted 19/12/2023 at 15:11:05
I would love Everton to at least get a trip to Wembley, us old farts have been spoiled with those sixties and eighties teams, our younger fan base deserve medals for what they have had to put up with, nothing but failure.

So I hope Everton get to Wembley not just for every single Evertonian, but our young fan base.

One other reason is to see Coleman lead a team out at Wembley, the guy deserves that, he will not get many more chances, so come on Everton, get Coleman that Wembley appearance, as captain.

Kieran Kinsella
76 Posted 19/12/2023 at 15:19:25
First quarter final we have reached in over a year. I thought we started off alright in that one until Townsend hobbled off never to be seen again.

Fulham were along with us the "form team" until they lost at the weekend. Hopefully that loss was the start of a losing streak for them.

Mark Murphy
77 Posted 19/12/2023 at 15:25:48
Cheers Trevor! 👍

My prediction for tonight is, after predicting an easy win v Luton, I'm going to keep my daft trap shut! UTFT

Mike Gaynes
78 Posted 19/12/2023 at 15:34:59
Bill #102, what fun is that?

Don't stop predicting. Just think of the thrill when we get one right.

Hope you're holding up all right. This must be a desperately difficult holiday season for you.

Kim Vivian
79 Posted 19/12/2023 at 15:43:24
I have to say - and I fully appreciate we haven't got there yet - but I truly despise these 2 leg semifinals in this competition. I'm not sure why it is done as a two leg round - perhaps just to vary the format a little from the FA cup? or simply revenue? - but it takes the shine off the magic of the cup in my opinion. I wouldn't fancy Port Vale or Middlesbrough in a 2 leg semi against any of the other remaining clubs.

If I was them I'd want to be getting drawn against Everton, and as for us I hope we get the winners of that tie. I fear for our chances realistically, in a two leg semi against any of those other teams despite our recent results. The first leg semi against Man City a few years ago was a wonderful match to attend, totally dampened by the lash up and controversy of the return leg.

Not sure we will keep another clean sheet tonight (let's save those for the league games) but I do think we will win. 2-1 my prediction - and another trouser filler.

Paul Hewitt
80 Posted 19/12/2023 at 15:58:35
Can Iwobi play tonight. Or did he play for us against Doncaster?
Paul Tran
81 Posted 19/12/2023 at 15:58:55
Ever since that heartbreaking night in 1977, I've always wanted us to win this cup. Ever since that 5th round tie in 1975, when it all looked 'laid out for us' to get to Wembley, I've always enjoyed seeing us beat Fulham.

Tough game, two midtable teams capable of beating/losing to anybody. I've always thought of Silva as a streaky manager. After a good run, I hope a losing streak started for them last weekend.

If we turn up, we'll win.

John Burns
84 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:01:33

Really surprised by your prediction as I respect your opinions. But tonight, I reckon it's 3-1 and then I'd love us to meet you know who in the final. I predict a win there too!

Brian Wilkinson
85 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:06:33
Same prediction as me, John, 3-1, I've threw the goal scorers in for an added extra.

As well as a two-legged semi-final, the good old VAR is brought into play for the semi and final… why, I don't know… because the competition without the VAR has been a breath of fresh air.

Just in case we do advance, the draw is after Liverpool's game tomorrow night.

Kevin Edward
86 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:10:17
Cup games can be brutal; most teams have a slice of good luck on the way to lifting a cup.

If we play as well as we have recently, then we can win this home tie, I want to see us putting down another marker that Everton are back in business and on the up.

Doing this one game at a time is okay for me, ultimately the fear of losing needs to be replaced by the expectation of winning. Signs are that this is starting to happen.

Up the toffees!

Kieran Kinsella
87 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:12:37

He didn't play v Donnie.

Kieran Kinsella
88 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:15:21
I am going to go with 3-3 draw.

Early McNeil opener, then Keane own-goal, Keane concedes a pen that Pickford saves but Godfrey inadvertently nets the rebound into this own net. Iwobi makes it three.

Then Calvert-Lewin is pretending to be injured to catch a breath in injury time. Beto subs himself on without authorization and scores two quickfire goals. Then we win on penalties after Iwobi launches his into the Irish Sea.

James Lawton
89 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:19:02
Just listened to Dyche's presser for tonight. the more I hear him speak about his philosophies, the more he reminds me of the amazing American Basketball coach, John Wooden, somebody I greatly admire.

I would not swap him (Dyche) for anybody, and think he will be our manager for a long, long time. The little time he has had with the club has seen a complete reversal of fortunes, we are even getting luckier!

I hope the new owners stick with him, and don't go all "Hollywood". I think there are fantastic times ahead for Everton FC.

I am very confident about the game tonight.

Duncan Lennard
90 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:26:33
Agreed James. I'm glad the bleating about low possession percentages has subsided.

It was like watching Britt Ekland in The Wicker Man and grumbling about her Scottish accent.

Derek Knox
91 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:33:43
James L @ 89, good post mate, and one I share your thoughts with.

I just wish this take-over would either go away or see someone new with genuine Financial backing and aspirations for the future with Swan Dyche 🦢💙 as its leider.

These 777 Partners (which I have had doubts over since the off) seem to have too many issues and it seems more adding to a portfolio than genuine interest for the good of the Club.

If we progress at the rate we have been doing, we will become a more attractive proposition, and 777 Partners could see that as a way of making a quick buck. More turmoil over take-overs is the least thing we need now we have started to improve from within.

We can't allow Branthwaite to leave either!

Steve Johnston
92 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:33:53
Agreed Duncan 90.

Couldn't understand a word she said! Put me right off!

Dave Cashen
93 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:33:57
Simon @55.

I wouldn't be against that line up tonight.

That said. I don't mind who plays and I don't care how we play.

We need to be in that semi final come what may

Derek Knox
94 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:37:45
Dave C,

"We need to be in that semi-final come what may."

It will be well before May! :-)

Geoff Lambert
95 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:38:58
Brent #58,

Thank you.

James Lawton
96 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:42:55
Duncan@90. LOL!
Dave Lynch
97 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:48:53
This will be a tough game but one which is winnable.
Posters are right, we need to be in that Semi-Final.

Imagine the FA's face when hundreds of thousands of blues descend on Wembley.

Dale Self
98 Posted 19/12/2023 at 16:52:17
Ha Kieran! Beto doing an Amokachi! I could see Dyche waving his arms around like Royle did.

A Colombian friend at school and I would watch that tape over and over back in the day.

Mike Gaynes
99 Posted 19/12/2023 at 17:01:44
DK, sorry, mate, but I think "more turmoil" is pretty much a nailed-on certainty!
Jack Convery
100 Posted 19/12/2023 at 17:06:32
Tarkowski after a melee at a corner and Jack Harrison with a 20 yarder. 2 nil the Blues.

Fingers and everything else crossed. Let the results keep coming. COYBs.

Derek Knox
101 Posted 19/12/2023 at 17:30:41
Jack C, who is Me Lee, does he play for Fulham? :-)
Ian Jones
102 Posted 19/12/2023 at 17:48:39
Dave @97,

I agree we need to be in the semi-final, but unless I am misunderstanding your comment, the FA will have to wait until we are in the final to see us at Wembley.

The semis are over 2 legs so not at Wembley. Apologies if I am misunderstanding what you have written.

Mark Murphy
103 Posted 19/12/2023 at 17:50:38
David @60 how do you get past the pop up for VPN??
Joe McMahon
104 Posted 19/12/2023 at 18:11:20
If we do it (Fulham will want to win also), for once can we please avoid Liverpool in the semis!
Shane Corcoran
105 Posted 19/12/2023 at 18:21:51
Have some of you been to the bookies?

The Blues price has shortened considerably in the last couple of hours.

Bill Gall
106 Posted 19/12/2023 at 18:29:07
Mike 78,

Just for you I will make a prediction: Everton will win by 1 goal.

Hoping they can still keep up these performances when I am over there in February, their home game is against Crystal Palace.

Derek Knox
107 Posted 19/12/2023 at 18:49:49
Bill @106,

I was due to met you in Liverpool last time you were due over with a few others, but unfortunately Covid intervened, and flights were cancelled.

Be sure to let us all know when you are over in February. We can Deja Vu a rendezvous!

My number is 07565 140075. Cheers mate!

Si Cooper
108 Posted 19/12/2023 at 19:17:00
A couple of weeks ago, I would have dismissed this game as a pointless distraction from the most important fight. Now it seems like an important way to keep the momentum going.

I'd imagine Fulham see this competition as a good opportunity to excel in a season which is otherwise about the mid-table slugfest, so I think they will be properly up for it. Hopefully that will play into our hands if we can continue to be able to stymie the opposition attacks and strike efficiently.

A good opportunity for some much-needed ‘cup fever' to boost the idea that the club is truly on the rise.

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