Everton take on Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup Quarter Final this evening.
The Merseysiders have stumbled through the competition at times, being 2 down away to Barnsley, being behind to Reading and then only managing to despatch Norwich on penalties at Goodison. Does this mean their name is finally on the cup?
It’s the furthest they’ve been since the 2007-08 season when they lost to Man City in the semis so you can see why some Blues are getting excited!
They take on Middlesbrough tonight in a game that many will remember being Walter Smith’s final game in 2001, but we actually have a good record against them in the last 6 cup games (winning 4, drawing 2 – although we lost on penalties in one of those). And despite Middlesbrough being in the race for promotion to the Premier League, Everton should have enough to get through the tie.
If you think they can win in 90 minutes, you can get 7/1 for them to win at Betfair.
There will be a few changes for the game with a couple of them being enforced.
Tim Howard steps aside in a move that would actually delight a large section of the crowd (including me) but the risk is that Joel is a little rusty after not playing for a few weeks.
Gareth Barry and James McCarthy are both scares in terms of having injuries that they may not be able to shake off. If that’s the case then Tom Cleverley will certainly come into the side alongside maybe Besic who has been on the fringes of a comeback for some time.
The last decision that the manager has to make is whether or not to bring back Leighton Baines and give Galloway a rest. For a game such as this I’d have Baines on the bench personally but well see nearer the whistle.
Huge game for the Blues being just one step away from the semi-final for only the second time in about 20 years.