Everton vs Man Utd preview: James continues to be out


Team news and stats ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals between Everton and Man Utd live on Sky Sports on Wednesday; Start at 8 p.m.

Team news

Everton will do without James Rodriguez again, with the Colombian missing a fourth straight game due to a calf problem.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti also has to do without Fabian Delph and Allan (both hamstrings), while Lucas Digne (ankle) is long-term absent.


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Jean-Philippe Gbamin is nearing a New Year return while Andre Gomes is set to take a late-night fitness test for a hamstring injury.

Seamus Coleman could get a first start since the league defeat Manchester United Beginning of November.

United midfielder Jesse Lingard, who has not played since the Carabao Cup tie against Brighton in late September, is expected to return to the squad to travel to Goodison Park, while forward Mason Greenwood may start.

Scott McTominay celebrate after scoring the second of two early goals against Leeds
Scott McTominay was banned from visiting Goodison Park

"Jesse will be in the squad. He worked hard in training. He was unlucky enough to have to isolate a few times, have contact with Covid or have close contact with Covid without having it himself," said Solskjaer.

"A couple of times he was very unlucky not to be on the training ground. He works very hard and will definitely be added to the squad on Wednesday."

Solskjaer has also announced that Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Scott McTominay will miss the trip to Goodison Park and the Norwegian is likely to make changes for the game to accommodate the team's workload.

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"Mason (Greenwood) is fit enough to play. He was on the bench (against Leeds) and will be added to the squad if nothing happens," he added.

"Of course Luke (Shaw) got an injury so this had to be done. Edinson (Cavani) has been injured for a while, we have to get him to work and Bruno (Fernandes) is someone I have also had to protect. "

How do you follow?

Everton vs Man Utd will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event starting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Kick-off at 8 p.m. Sky Sports customers can view in-game clips on the Live Match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Free highlights will also be published shortly after the final whistle on the Sky Sports digital platforms and on the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.

Wednesday, December 23, 7:30 p.m.

Start at 8:00 p.m.

How they got here …

Everton versus West Ham


Highlights from round four of the Carabao Cup when Everton hosted West Ham

Man Utd versus Brighton


Highlights of the Carabao Cup fourth round game between Brighton and Man Utd

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The mess at Arsenal continues while it is beaten at Everton and after Mikel Arteta channeled his inner Rafa Benitez with a list of stats, the panel delivers some other damn metrics (16:47).

In the Regional Review, Adam Bate West discusses Brom, Aston Villa and Wolves (32:59), and in Part Four we look at Tottenham's loss to Leicester when Jose Mourinho was played in his own game to end a bad week ( 42: 36).

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Opta statistics

  • The last League Cup meeting between Everton and Manchester United took place in November 1993 in the fourth round. The Red Devils won 2-0 at Goodison Park with goals from Ryan Giggs and Mark Hughes.
  • Manchester United want to win consecutive away games against Everton for the first time since September 2007 (three times in a row) in all competitions, while the Red Devils only beat Everton twice away in the previous season, 1993/94 (once in the league, once in the league cup ).
  • Everton have reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup for the first time since 1986/87 and 1987/88 in consecutive seasons. The Toffees lost on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Leicester City at this stage of last season.
  • Manchester United want to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time since 2008/09 and 2009/10 and beat Colchester United from the second division 3-0 in the quarter-finals last season.
  • Everton is the team with the highest scoring in the League Cup this season and has scored 12 goals so far. You have only scored more goals in six previous campaigns in the competition, most recently in 2015/16 (13).
  • Since the start of the 2017/18 season, only Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (10) has scored more League Cup goals than Man Utds Marcus Rashford (7).
  • Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won all six of his league cup away games, two with Cardiff City and four with Manchester United, three of the four with Man Utd against opponents of the Premier League – Chelsea, Man City and Brighton.

Carabao Cup key figures

In this season's competition, the two-legged semi-final will be replaced by a single draw.

22./23. December: Quarter finals
5th / 6th January 2021: Semifinals
April 25, 2021: final


Steven Gregory