Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Wednesday’s football game at Highbury Stadium pits together Fleetwood Town and Everton. Fleetwood set up a meeting with Everton in the EFL Cup last 32 by beating the likes of Wigan (3-2) and Port Vale (2-1), but they face an uphill task in the round 3 clash. The League One side were eliminated by Nottingham Forest in the League Cup last term, and seeing that they have always been struggling in matches against Premier League sides, home win should not be considered.
The Toffees, on the other hand, did well to reinforce the squad in the summer, with new signing James Rodriguez opening his goal-scoring account in a 5-2 win over WBA. Everton kicked off their EFL Cup campaign with a routine 3-0 win over Salford, and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Wednesday evening.
Highlighted Player (Glenn Whelan):
Probably one of the most underrated footballers in Premier League history, Glenn Whelan was born on 13 January 1982 in Dublin and he went on to enjoy a very successful career on club and international level.
Following spells with Manchester City, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday, the defensive midfielder found his peace at the Britannia Stadium, making over 250 Premier League appearances for Stoke City and keeping his place in the side under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes. Predominantly focused on doing the dirty defensive work and helping out the back four, Whelan never quite made the headlines for his style of play or quality of his displays, but remained an important player for both club and country.
The midfielder has so far made over 70 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, wearing the captain’s armband on several occasions, and starting all three group games at the Euro 2012 finals, while helping The Green Army qualify for the Euro 2016 as well.
Highlighted Team (Everton):
Everton are one of the two Merseyside giants that were formed back in 1878, with the club holding a long-standing rivalry with Liverpool. Everton have participated in the English top flight for a record 113 seasons, with the team competing in the English second tier in just four campaigns.
The Toffees play their home matches at Goodison Park, the stadium that was opened in 1892. Everton have won the national championship nine times, with the team winning their last domestic trophy back in 1987.
The Toffees have clinched five FA Cup trophies as well and it has to be noted that a victory over Manchester United in the 1994/1995 FA Cup final helped the team win their last title in the prestigious competition. Everton and Liverpool face each other in the Merseyside derby and the clash between the two local rivals has been called the Merseyside derby since 1955.
In the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign Everton were hammered by Liverpool (0-4) at Anfield.