Everton v Leyton Orient preview
The Capital One Cup brings another night of knockout action as League One Leyton Orient take a trip to Merseyside to face Premier League opposition Everton.
Last night’s action saw some upsets which is exactly what the League Cup is all about, Underdogs having their day. Victims of the David and Goliath effect were Stoke losing to Swindon 3-4 after extra time, Fulham losing to Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 and Bolton losing to Crawley 2-1.
Tonight lone fixture is at Goodison Park where an in-form Everton will be looking to progress to the next round over League One’s Leyton Orient.
The clubs have met twice in cup competitions with Everton progressing both times as clear winners.
Their first meeting in the 1989 League Cup, round 2, Everton won 4-2 from a two-legged tie.
They last met during the 2002 fourth round of the FA Cup at Goodison Park where the home side eased through with a convincing 4-1 victory.
David Moyes may give his newest addition Kevin Mirallas (pictured) his home debut tonight following his move from Olympiakos.
He managed to get 15 minutes against Aston Villa last weekend so the fans will be eager to see exactly what the young Belgian forwards can produce.
Tony Hibbert is still out with injury but other than that Everton have a fully fit squad, there is likely to be a few positions for younger squad members as Moyes will be keeping an eye on this weekend’s fixture against West Brom.
Possible Starting 11 – Howard, Baines, Heitinga, Duffy, Coleman, Osman, Junior, Mirallas, Naismith, Barkley, Anichebe
The O’s didn’t play last weekend after their fixture with Hartlepool was postponed so they will have had an extra rest which could benefit them toward the latter stages of the match.
The added break brings another boost for Orient as their veteran striker Kevin Lisbie is expected to return from injury.
There could also be a debut for Lee Cook who recently signed for the club after his release from QPR.
Steven Cuthbert will miss the cup tie after tearing his hamstring in the season opener with Tranmere.
Possible Starting 11 – Jones, Sawyer, James, Chorley, Clarke, Baudry, Griffith, Cook, Cox, Symes, Lisbie
Everton have started the season well and will be looking to extend their run of good results, after defeating Aston Villa last weekend the Toffees unbeaten run has been extended to 12 games.
Moyes squad look strong and with the home fixture the fans in blue will be spurring their side on to some much desired silverware.
Leyton Orient will be keen to show they’re no pushovers and will want to avenge previous cup disappointments so expect an interesting match.
By Lewis Edwards – Follow me on Twitter @LCEdw
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