Everton continue their Carabao Cup campaign later this evening as they welcome a West Ham United side buoyed by their first win of the season at the weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are unbeaten in all competitions and have thrashed lower-league opposition to be here whilst David Moyes’ men had only found success in the cup before Sunday night’s 4-0 whitewash of Wolves.
The Italian has semi-rotated his starting lineup for these midweek matches, so will we see the same now that they are ever so much closer to the quarter-finals.
Here’s the Toffees XI we could see at Goodison Park tonight…
Ancelotti could make as many as six changes to the side that defeated Crystal Palace only a few days ago.
One player that is sure to keep his spot is Jordan Pickford, the Toffees’ number one between the sticks. He played last time out against Fleetwood and is likely to feature once again.
He’ll have his usual centre-back pairing of Michael Keane and Yerry Mina to keep him safe just in front but at left-back, impressive young talent Niels Nkounkou replaces Lucas Digne with Jonjoe Kenny also coming back in for skipper Seamus Coleman.
It’s all change in midfield too as Tom Davies, Fabian Delph and Gylfi Sigurdsson return. At times last season, this was Everton’s first-choice engine room – it’s funny what one transfer window can do.
£22m man Andre Gomes, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan are all rested as is the game-changing James Rodriguez, who hasn’t featured in the Carabao Cup this term.
Instead, Alex Iwobi gets a rare start on the wing as he gets the nod over both Anthony Gordon and Theo Walcott whilst the Toffees’ red-hot duo continue to lead the line in attack.
It means there are also no places for either of Bernard or Moise Kean, who are surely likely to feature from the bench at some stage.
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