After two solid wins in the Premiership, Everton are flying high and will be looking to get their Cup campaigns off on the right foot at Goodison Park on Wednesday. League One side Leyton Orient are the visitors and the occasion is the second round of the Capital One Cup (aka the League Cup).
Read on after the jump for more.
Despite it being early in the season, we can expect David Moyes to sit some regulars in this fixture, giving the starters a break to keep them fresh and fully charged. He has named an unchanged squad of nineteen for the game. Opponents Orient have hit upon some rough times, ending the last season one spot above the drop zone and stuttering to two losses in two games this year.
Team News -
New signing Kevin Mirallas should start the game, and we can expect Steven Naismith to start too. With Ross Barkley still available, it will be interesting to see if he plays as well. In defence, expect the club's Player of the Year Johnny Heitinga to make his first start of the year. Tony Hibbert could miss out again as he is still recovering from his neck injury.
Orient should be fresh for this one after their Saturday game against Hartlepool United was postponed due to an accident on the M11. Two familiar faces from Finch Farm will be lining up for them tomorrow - goalie Jamie Jones was born in Kirkby and was a trainee in the organization for a year while forward Michael Symes was part of the youth team setup playing alongside Wayne Rooney for a few years.
Keys To The Game -
As Everton have found out to their detriment in previous years, underestimating lower-League opposition can be dangerous. While I do expect Moyes to retain his steely stare on the sidelines, he will give a few starters a break while maintaining some skill on the bench if it all starts going wrong. Orient have shown weakness against teams that play fluid, passing football and Everton have been doing that well this season. Expect a raucous welcome for the boys and intense pressure on Orient for the first few minutes as Everton will push for an early goal or two.
Leyton Orient, with all due respect, are not much of a match for the Toffees on current form and will count themselves extremely fortunate if they can get away with a narrow loss. With their ultra-defensive 4-1-4-1 formation, you can expect them to hoof the ball upfield and attempt to beat Everton in the air via setpieces. Dean Cox and Lee Cook are charged with distributing the ball in midfield for striker Kevin Lisbie, last season's top scorer.
Match Facts -
Everton have never won the League Cup, with two second-place finishes in 1977 and 1984.
The two sides last met in the League Cup in 1989, with Everton prevailing 4-2 in a two-legged second round game.
Leyton Orient are an East London club, formed in 1881 and have endured numerous name changes before the current version.
Their highest finish in a cup was in the 1977-1978 FA Cup when they reached the semifinals.
Orient played in the First Division in 1961/62, though they got relegated immediately after.
Noted composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and his brother Julian Lloyd Webber are two famous fans of Orient.
The O's were once sold for £5 after chairman Tony Wood lost his business due to the civil war in Rwanda in 1995.