23 December 2020 18:33
Both Manchester City and Chelsea first lifted the League Cup as they attempted to disrupt in the past couple of decades and as the only major domestic honour that Everton haven't won, you can bet the Blues have their eyes on silverware here. Well, James Rodriguez, Lucas Digne, Fabian Delph and Allan have all been ruled out of this one. There's been no word if Andre Gomes has recovered from a knock that saw him miss out on the weekend win over Arsenal, while Carlo has said the club are being extra cautious with Jean-Phillippe Gbamin, who is back in training after a 15-month injury lay-off. The key thing to note here is that Carlo said he intends to pick his strongest eleven for this tie and – one would assume – that will be something like the team that beat Arsenal at the weekend. It would be a surprise to see him disrupt the back four that has looked solid of late, so it will be sitting full-backs in the form of Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey again.
There are only two real questions in terms of starting players: 1) will Tom Davies keep his place, and 2) will Carlo prefer Pickford or Olsen between the sticks? Andre Gomes may also come in if he's recovered from the knock that saw him miss out at the weekend. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his Man Utd side to Everton on Wednesday night (Picture: Getty Images) Everton and Manchester United contest the final Carabao Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night as both look to join Brentford, Manchester City and either Spurs or Stoke in the semi-finals. Both reams have been in good form in the Premier League, with United sitting third and Everton one place below them but level on points and just one goal behind them on goal difference. The Toffees and the Red Devils will see the EFL Cup as a great chance to lift some silverware this season and be very keen to progress to the final four, despite some tinkering to their first team line-ups expected.
The Carabao Cup final usually takes place in February, but was this week moved back to the Spring in the hope fans can be in attendance. Everton's opponents tonight themselves come into the game off the back of a good recent run of form. Utd would go second in the current standings should they win their game in hand. What channel is Everton v Manchester United on? Everton versus Manchester United is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.
Coverage of the game starts from 7.30pm following Tottenham Hotspur's visit to Stoke. How do I stream Everton v Manchester United? If you're a Sky subscriber you can watch the game on the go using the Sky Go app available on the Apple Store and the Google Play Store. Sign up to our free EFC email newsletter Get all the latest reaction to the match, Carlo Ancelotti's next move and more. What is the early Everton v Manchester United team news? Carlo Ancelotti confirmed yesterday that Everton will be without Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez. Seamus Coleman is back in contention but it remains to be seen whether he can break his way back into a defence that has conceded no goals from open play in the last three matches. Everton continue to be without midfielder Allan who is still being assessed following his recent thigh injury sustained against Leicester City. Should Everton progress, the Carabao Cup draw for the semi-final stage will take place immediately following the game. Brentford and Manchester City have already booked their places in the next round after wins over Newcastle and Arsenal respectively, while Spurs take on Stoke in the other quarter-final. The Carabao Cup quarter-finals continue on Wednesday with Manchester United making the trip to Goodison Park to face Everton. The Red Devils are on a seven-game unbeaten run in domestic matches and head into this clash on the back of a thumping 6-2 win over Leeds on Sunday. Manchester United are on great form and are up to third in the league, but Everton are also on a good run. Both the teams are actually level on points in the league, although United do have a game in hand and if they win that they go two points behind Liverpool. For all the criticism Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been getting, United have quietly been going about getting the results – especially away from home. Six wins out of six in the league, and we know how effective United are sitting in deep, inviting teams onto them and breaking fast. They went there and won 3-1 so it might surprise you to hear that I'm actually tipping up Everton to win this one. If you look at the prices that Man Utd went off at away to Everton in the league a couple of weeks ago, they're around the same price to win this one as well. But I think they're more likely to rotate their team than Everton are, so that's why Everton are the value pick. I think Everton will go near full-strength for this game. They had rested players at the start of his competition, but in their last round against West Ham they went full strength. They had Dominic Calvert-Lewin, James Rodriguez, Richarlison and Allan all starting that one and they won 4-1. Man Utd are more likely to rotate. I don't think Ighalo is necessarily going to start this one, but I think they will have players like Juan Mata, Donny van de Beek, Mason Greenwood and Dan James – I know he played at the weekend against Leeds. These are very good players but they haven't been getting as much game time as the Everton squad have and I think if these are playing Man United's price should be a bit bigger than it was when they went to Everton in the league. Everton themselves are on a good run of form. They beat Chelsea, Leicester and Arsenal in their last three games so I just think looking at the prices at the moment I think Everton are too big. I think Everton are the value pick to beat Man United. Brian's top tip: Everton to beat Man Utd 21/10 Everton Match Odds Bet now Manchester United's squad has so much depth that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can make 11 changes and still field a team packed with international talent. This is what the United boss has the opportunity to do this evening against Everton in the Carabao Cup. Changes are necessary as United have just played two games in a four day stretch and then have three league games following this match in a five day period. The good news is Solskjaer half-prepared for this, by resting Paul Pogba entirely at the weekend and also holding Donny van de Beek back. United have a big squad and Solskjaer needs to use it.