18:45 GMT 25 October 2017
The Carabao Cup represents the first chance for English clubs to pick up a piece of silverware and we are already at the last 16 stage after nine matches in the Premier League. Two top-flight sides clash in arguably the biggest tie of the round as Everton make the trip to London to face Chelsea. Neither side will be happy with where they are in the league at this point (18th and 4th respectively) but this competition presents the chance of a trophy to both teams.
While Everton have struggled to beat Chelsea in the league in the past few seasons, in the last cup game between the sides in the FA Cup in 2016, it was the Toffees who progressed to the next round. Two goals on five minutes from Romelu Lukaku secured a big victory. In the last five games across all competitions, both teams have scored on just one occasion and Everton have failed to score against Chelsea in their last three attempts.
Despite their poor start to their title defence in the Premier League, the Carabao Cup is a great chance for Antonio Conte to add to his collection of trophies. They are without one of their main man, N’Golo Kante who probably wouldn’t have played anyway. Danny Drinkwater will have to wait to make his full debut and Victor Moses isn’t available either.
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As one of the stronger sides in the top flight (on paper), the League Cup is the best chance of silverware for Everton as most of the bigger sides don’t tend to compete with full-strength sides. They have several of their bigger players out for the cup tie through injury: Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley are all injured. Latest matches: Everton FC
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With home advantage and Everton’s awful form this season, Chelsea should easily book themselves a place in the quarter-final. Everton haven’t shown much attacking intent so far this term and they aren’t expected to start in this cup match. It could and should be very comfortable for Conte’s side.
25 October 2017 - 18:45 GMT
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