Everton’s Carabao Cup journey continues on Wednesday when David Moyes’ West Ham United visit Goodison Park for the fourth round tie.The Blues will look to continue their perfect start to the season, with three wins out of three in the Premier League and having seen off Salford and Fleetwood in the EFL Cup.
Start date: 01 Oct 2020 00:45
Location: Liverpool Venue: Goodison Park
Referee: England Darren, England
Everton and West Ham United will both be looking to build on weekend victories in the Premier League when the two sides lock horns in Wednesday’s EFL Cup fourth-round clash.The Toffees overcame Salford City and Fleetwood Town to advance to the last 16, whereas West Ham knocked out Charlton Athletic and Hull City to set up a showdown with the Toffees.
West Ham started the season with defeats to Newcastle and Arsenal, but eased past Wolves in a 4-0 home win on Sunday.Moyes, who has lost on all three of his trips to Goodison since leaving Everton for Manchester United in 2013, will not be in attendance having tested positive for coronavirus last week.
Ahead of Wednesday’s match, we spoke to Roshane Thomas, West Ham correspondent at The Athletic:RBM: Firstly, West Ham have made no summer signings besides making midfielder Tomas Soucek’s loan deal permanent. Where do they most need reinforcements before the deadline on October 5?
Roshane: Thanks for reminding me! All jokes aside, defence remains the priority for West Ham. It was good to see the team keep a clean sheet against Wolves, but a centre-half to challenge Angelo Ogbonna, Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena would be ideal, while it would not come as surprise if they tried to sign a right-back with Ryan Fredericks ruled out until after the international break having sustained a hamstring injury.
West Ham used to play a 4-2-3-1 formation but now they play 5-4-1 and it’s starting to reap its rewards. Arthur Masuaku has been playing well as a left-wing back, Fredericks’ final ball has improved, so it’s just a case of bringing in the personnel to enable the club to keep more solid defensively and ideally compete higher up the table.
There will always be resentment between the fans and the owners and David Sullivan’s recent radio interview did very little to appease supporters. I covered the protests last season and fans were really frustrated at the club’s lack of progress. Moving to the London Stadium was supposed to enable West Ham to be competitive in the league, not perennial strugglers in the lower reaches of the league.
It is hard to see how it could be resolved considering most supporters would rather the owners sell. But with that not on the cards anytime soon, it is a case of the board getting fans onside by backing David Moyes in the window.
Everton and West Ham United have faced each other in the League Cup on three occasions in the past. The Toffees haven’t lost any of those fixtures, winning two of those – both of which came at Goodison Park.
In the three League Cup meetings against West Ham, Everton have scored six goals, while letting in just three. The Merseysiders have kept one clean sheet in the process.West Ham United haven’t been able to pick up a win against Everton in their last three meetings across all competitions (D1 L2).
Everton have lost just four of their previous 25 matches against West Ham at home across all competitions (W15 D6).Since leaving Everton in 2013, David Moyes has come up against his former employers on seven occasions, winning just once, while losing five (D1). The win and the draw though, came during his stints with West Ham.