FLEETWOOD meet Everton on Wednesday night in the EFL Cup 3rd Round. Brett Curtis (@Brett_Curtis92) is on-hand to deliver his favourite fancies.
Fleetwood vs Everton | Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 19:45 | Sky Sports
The first ever competitive meeting between Fleetwood and Everton will be live on Sky Sports, with Joey Barton hoping to get one over on Carlo Ancelotti in the dugouts.
Everton continued their 100% record in the Premier League with a 5-2 win over 10-man West Brom at the weekend, whilst conceded conceding two last-minute goals at Peterborough in a 2-1 defeat.
Ancelotti rested several players against League Two opponents in the last round, with young goalkeeper Joao Virginia and full-backs Jonjoe Kenny and Niels Nkounkou comprising three of the back five. Should they start again, I expect the likes of Ched Evans and Paddy Madden to have more than enough about them to score at least once between them.
Indeed, 63% of Fleetwood's league matches saw both teams score last season, with all four of their matches in all competitions so far this season seeing at least one goal fly in at both ends.
While I'm usually loathe to back cards in cup games, Jeremy Simpson officiates this one and he has shown both sides at least one card in 18 of his last 20 league matches.
Barton, as you'd expect, always encourages his players to get stuck in and I'm sure he'll be keen for them to impress against his boyhood club with the Sky Sports cameras in town. His side picked up at least one yellow card in the previous two rounds, so I'll chance my luck on Everton doing so here, too, as well as both sides winning at least one corner in each half at 4/1 (SkyBet)
The other bet I have my eye on is Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson having at least one shot on-target (1/1 SkyBet). The Iceland midfielder started in a slightly deeper role than usual against Salford, which may be why we are receiving generous odds, but he still managed to score with a nice finish from the edge of the box in the second half.
With Lucas Digne and James Rodriguez likely to be rested, Sigurdsson should also be on set-pieces and penalties, giving this bet a great chance of landing – 5/1 on him having two or more also looks a very good price, but given his potential deeper role I'll play safe with one.