Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Doncaster and Everton go head to head at Eco-Power Stadium in what is expecte to be an interesting EFL Cup showdown. The Donny aim to shock the Premier League outfit, but it has to be noted that they head into Wednesday’s clash following back-to-back losses to Notts County (1-3) and MK Dons (1-2). Midfielder Luke Molyneux is widely expected to return to Doncaster’s starting XI after scoring as a substitute in the last league match.
The Toffees, meanwhile, made a slow start to the season, with the team losing to the likes of Fulham, Aston Villa, and Wolverhampton without finding the net. The Premier League side are eager to put an end to their three-game goalless run and we predict that they will take advantage of Doncaster’s poor form. Keep in mind, though, that the likes of Alex Iwobi, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Dwight McNeil, Dele Alli, and Seamus Coleman are out of contention with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Abdoulaye Doucouré):
French international midfielder Abdoulaye Doucour is a bundle of raw energy and a player who was voted Watford’s Player of the Season during the 2017/18 campaign. A deep-lying midfielder who takes part in play build-up from behind is a defensive asset who took time to blossom and announce himself at the international stage. He first burst to prominence at Ligue 1 side Rennes in 2012 after a year with the club’s B side and went on to play 75 league matches and score 12 goals.
Watford bought Doucoure in 2016 but sent him on loan to Granada, where he took part in 15 league matches. Determined to prove his worth in the Premier League, the Frenchman of Mali descent wasted no time in grabbing a starting spot under both Marco Silva and Javi Garcia, respectively, upon his return from Spain.
The total of 38 matches played along with 8 goals scored made Doucoure one of the most sought-after assets in the summer of 2018 but the player remained at Vicarage Road despite reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
Highlighted Team (Doncaster):
Based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Doncaster Rovers are an English football club that compete in the League One. Keepmoat Stadium is the club’s home ground. The venue was opened on August 3, 2007 and it can hold up to 15,231 spectators.
Doncaster Rovers footballers wear white shirts with red stripes and white shorts when playing on home soil, whereas the club’s away colours are dark blue and red. Speaking of the Rovers’ history, the club was established back in 1879 by Alber Jenkins, who worked as a fitter at Doncaster’s Great Northern Railway.
Doncaster Rovers shared the spoils with Rawmarsh in their first ever game. The likes of Rotherham United, Barnsley, Grimsby Town and Scuntorpe United are considered the club’s main rivals. Over the years Doncaster fans have developed a rivalry with Plymout Argule as there have been fireworks in their games. Donny Dog, that wears a red and white jersey, is the club’s mascot.