Everton’s dismal Premier League form can be put to one side this midweek as they travel to the Football League’s bottom club, Doncaster Rovers, in the Carabao Cup. Here’s the best predictions and tips from the Wednesday night game.
Sean Dyche’s Toffees are in woeful form in the Premier League and the dour mood around the club only darkened Goodison Park. Now they travel to League Two Doncaster knowing another defeat will destroy any remaining confidence the squad has.
It’s a squad suffering from a few injuries to the likes of Jack Harrison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but Dyche will be hoping some fringe players can make a big impact. Summer signing Youssef Chermiti could be given his first start having come off the bench at the weekend, while Tom Cannon is another striking option that could get some minutes before potentially being loaned out before the deadline.
Everton to win with -1 handicap
Everton are not a good Premier League football team, let’s make that clear. However, they are incredibly fortunate to have been drawn against the worst team in the Football League so far this season. Doncaster have picked up just one point from their opening five League Two matches, losing away to MK Dons last time out.
Grant McCann is a talented manager but he has been unable to get any sort of tune out of this side so far in the league, however the one bright point came in a 2-1 win over his former club Hull City in round one of this competition. Everton come here with a point to prove, and rotating their squad may actually benefit them.
The fringe players such as Chermiti, Cannon and Jarrad Branthwaite will be desperate to break into the first team and should give Everton a much-improved performance on the pitch. They should win this one fairly comfortably.
Youssef Chermiti to score anytime
Chermiti was Everton’s big summer signing from Sporting CP and the 19-year-old has yet to be given his first full start in England. However, after coming off the bench against Wolves, that looks likely to change and the physical 6ft 4in striker should cause huge issues against a leaky Doncaster defence.
They’ve conceded 12 goals in five league matches, are yet to keep a clean sheet and have 38-year-old Richard Wood at the heart of their defence. Everton should be in fine goalscoring form, and Chermiti is in prime position to take full advantage of this opportunity.