Everton haven’t won a trophy for 24 seasons and the EFL Cup is likely to be their best chance of changing that – however, their opponents tonight Lincoln are not to be underestimated and this could be a tough encounter.
The Toffees are understandably strong favourites given their Premier League status, but that has been the case before in this competition and recently their League Cup record is not a good one for such a club. Everton have made it past the second round in the last four seasons but not much further than that – indeed Norwich and Leeds have managed to knock out Everton with second string-sides in this competition recently.
Lincoln won League Two in May and have gone well up in class, currently sitting seventh in League One after five games. They have lost their last two in the league but there’s no shame in one goal defeats on the road to MK Dons and Doncaster after they’d been unbeaten in four. One of those games was a 1-0 win away at Championship side Huddersfield when Lincoln made five changes of their own but still won.
Despite possessing bags of quality, Everton haven’t really got going in attack so far with a single goal from three games in the Premier League, and this despite having plenty of chances too in a 1-0 win against Watford and also at Aston Villa in a 2-0 defeat.
Lincoln City v Everton
Carabao Cup 2nd Round
19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 1990)
JAN 2019 FA CUP Everton 2-1 Lincoln
OCT 1993 LEAGUE CUP Everton 4-2 Lincoln
SEP 1993 LEAGUE CUP Lincoln 3-4 Everton
Silva will make plenty of changes given the size of his squad – last year Silva made eight changes for this round when his side beat Rotherham 3-1 at home – but he could still have full debuts for Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean, two signings of major potential based on their limited game-time.
We can also expect a strong home side with Neal Eardley and Jason Shackell plus Jorge Grant who has assisted four times in four games.
A fascinating and potentially very helpful piece of evidence is the most recent meeting between the two, a 2-1 win for Everton in the FA Cup at Goodison last season. That only took place in January, and Everton started a very strong side, including Pickford, Leighton Baines, Kurt Zouma, Yerry Mina, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernard and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Lincoln did not give up after they’d gone 2-0 down and fought hard for a 2-1 defeat. A couple of close correct scores could be the answer to a tricky punting question, and it might well be a low scoring game if Lincoln ask Everton to break them down.
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