21. A. Cairns

3. D. Andrew

33. J. Hill

26. S. Stubbs

22. M. Boyes

11. J. Morris

10. C. Camps

15. P. Coutts

6. G. Whelan

7. W. Burns

9. C. Evans

13. J. Leutwiler

32. H. Holgate

8. M. Duffy

36. J. Matete

29. G. Garner

20. H. Saunders

39. S. Morris

Joey Barton’s Fleetwood have bounced back from the disappointment of their play-off semi-final disappointment in the summer, beginning the new campaign in fine fettle by beating Wigan Athletic (3-2 with a dramatic three-goal comeback) and Port Vale (2-1) to make it to the third round of this competition, and getting their league campaign underway with a 2-1 win over Burton.

However, the hosts will still be smarting from Saturday’s defeat to Peterborough, in which they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by going into injury time with a one-goal advantage only to concede two goals in the dying seconds and lose 2-1. 

Everton have made a solid start to the season by making it three wins out of three in all competitions, flying high in the Premier League after an away win at Tottenham (0-1) and mauling of West Brom on Saturday (5-2) whilst a second-string line-up breezed past League Two outfit Salford City last week (3-0). 

With Ancelotti focusing on the league, expect lots of first-teamers to be rested for the Toffees here, with a similar XI to the one that beat Salford last week, with the likes of James Rodriguez, Richarlison and the weekend’s hat-trick hero Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the bench if at all. 

Given the likely changes, Everton aren’t as heavy favourites as they might have been with their best available XI, but they’re still strongly expected to qualify – 4/11 for the win with  Paddy Power, 7/2 for the draw and long odds of 7/1 for a shock Fleetwood win over 90 minutes.

We recommend backing Moise Kean to score first here at 10/3. The highly-rated young Italy striker is expected to feature here as Carlo Ancelotti rotates his squad, and he was handed penalty-taking duties in last week’s victory over Salford, duly dispatching from the spot. Betfair Sportsbook price him at 10/3 to open the scoring here.

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21. A. Cairns

3. D. Andrew

33. J. Hill

26. S. Stubbs

22. M. Boyes

11. J. Morris

10. C. Camps

15. P. Coutts

6. G. Whelan

7. W. Burns

9. C. Evans

13. J. Leutwiler

32. H. Holgate

8. M. Duffy

36. J. Matete

29. G. Garner

20. H. Saunders

39. S. Morris

1. J. Pickford

2. J. Kenny

5. M. Keane

18. N. Nkounkou

12. L. Digne

10. G. Sigurðsson

17. A. Iwobi

8. F. Delph

20. Bernard

9. D. Calvert-Lewin

7. Richarlison

49. J. Lössl

23. S. Coleman

26. T. Davies

16. A. Doucouré

27. M. Kean

24. A. Gordon

11. T. Walcott

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was left wishing he had been rested for the 5-2 Carabao Cup win at League One side Fleetwood after two errors of judgement made for an awkward night.

The visitors were coasting at half-time through two Richarlison goals only for England’s number one to blunder three minutes after the restart.

Pickford, one of five players retained from Saturday’s victory over West Brom, dithered over a clearance virtually under his own crossbar and it was charged down to allow substitute Mark Duffy a free shot.

Alex Iwobi looked to have rescued his team-mate with a goal less than two minutes later only for more indecision from Pickford, who sat out the previous round last week to allow Joao Virginia to make his debut, to lead to another goal.

Having started to come for Glenn Whelan’s far-post cross he changed his mind and, when Ched Evans returned the ball, Pickford got a hand to Callum Camps’ overhead kick which was straight at him but could not keep it out.

For the second time in 10 minutes Ancelotti was left speechless and shaking his head in his technical area.

It made for an uncomfortable final half-hour even after Bernard fired home a fourth and substitute Moise Kean scored with Everton’s last kick of the night.

It was an evening manager Carlo Ancelotti would not have envisaged having decided to field a strong line-up with Richarlison, Pickford, Michael Keane, Lucas Digne and Saturday’s hat-trick hero Dominic Calvert-Lewin all included to get the job done.

Richarlison played his part as did Niels Nkounkou, the £240,000 summer signing from Marseille, who put in another impressive performance at left-back to match his one against Salford, with Bernard capping another fine display in central midfield with a goal.

Fleetwood boss Joey Barton, a boyhood Evertonian, must have feared the worst after Richarlison put them 2-0 up after 34 minutes, diving in at the far post to head home Bernard’s inviting cross and then blasting home from Iwobi’s clever backheel in a crowded penalty area.

But Everton’s position of comfort – they enjoyed 80 per cent possession in the first half – lasted all of two minutes and 40 seconds into the second half when Pickford’s aberration handed Fleetwood, who had not managed a shot in the first half, a lifeline.

They responded well to Iwobi adding Everton’s third with Camps scoring the goal of the night, after another Pickford misjudgement, to keep the game in the balance until Bernard and Kean settled things to set up a home tie against West Ham.

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1. J. Pickford

2. J. Kenny

5. M. Keane

18. N. Nkounkou

12. L. Digne

10. G. Sigurðsson

17. A. Iwobi

8. F. Delph

20. Bernard

9. D. Calvert-Lewin

7. Richarlison

49. J. Lössl

23. S. Coleman

26. T. Davies

16. A. Doucouré

27. M. Kean

24. A. Gordon

11. T. Walcott

Source: https://livescore.football365.com/england-efl-cup-fleetwood-town-vs-everton/23-09-2020/1338773

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