Everton booked their spot in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup last night with an emphatic beatdown of former boss David Moyes’ West Ham United side, winning 4-1 thanks to a hat-trick from on-fire striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The Blues entered the competition at the Second Round phase after failing to secure European competition last season, starting off with a clash against Salford City. Carlo Ancelotti named his second XI for that game, and they won 3-0 at a canter.
For the Third Round, a trip to Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town beckoned and Ancelotti named a slightly stronger side, but apart from a couple of second-half hiccups, that obstacle was easily surmounted with a 5-2 scoreline.
Last night Ancelotti indicated how seriously he took this competition, naming almost a full strength side to take on the Hammers. While there were some moments of concern on the day, eventually the better side prevailed.
The draw will be carried out today live on Sky Sports after the last game of the Fourth Round, which will see Liverpool hosting Arsenal. The game is expected to conclude around 9;30pm BST, unless a penalty shootout is required to separate the two sides. Jamie Redknapp will be conducting the draw, with all four quarter-final matches to be broadcasted live on Sky Sports on the 22nd and 23rd of December.
Everton will be ball number one. Here are the five sides already into the quarters, with the six sides vying to join them tonight.