Everton vs West Bromwich Albion
Carling Cup Third Round
Goodison Park
Wednesday, September 21st: 1945

Team news

Striker Louis Saha could return for the Toffees after being left out of the victory against Wigan Athletic last weekend.

Club captain Phil Neville, who has been left out of the club's past two games, is also ready to return.

The Baggies are missing Zoltan Gera after a recurrence of a long term ankle injury, while Chris Brunt is also a doubt after picking up a knee injury.

 

Hibbert fancies cup run




Everton full-back Tony Hibbert says success in the Carling Cup is a high priority this season for The Toffees.

Victory over Sheffield United in the previous round has sparked a run of four games unbeaten, which included Saturday's victory over Wigan Athletic.

And the dependable defenders feels a run in a competition the club have never won, would do wonders for confidence.

“This is a very important game," he said.

“We need another cup run under our belts. It is a chance of silverware and we need to push on in the cups now, really establish ourselves and push towards winning something.


 

“I would not say it is an easy game just because we are at home,” he added. “We have that advantage but that doesn’t make it an easy game.

“They won’t come here all guns blazing and leave opportunities for us, but everywhere Roy Hodgson has been he has had teams that are hard to beat. They won't be a pushover and will not be easy to break down.”

While David Moyes' side have enjoyed a decent period following their Carling Cup heroics, Werst Bromwich Albion have endured a difficult start to the season, losing two of their three matches preceding their victory at Bournemouth in Round Two.

The most emphatic of those defeats, which has seen Roy Hodgson's men hit the bottom of the Barclays Premier League, was inflicted on them by Swansea City on Saturday, and midfielder James Morrison is hoping The Baggies can forget their Welsh nightmare.

"It's early days but we don't want to be adrift from the pack in the table.

"I think we're a bit one-dimensional and we need to work on how we're going to cope with teams when they are causing us problems.

"Saturday was a disappointing day but we've got another game which is a good opportunity to put it right," he said.

"Everton are a team who are at a similar level to us and it will be a chance to show how good we are."

"I think if you look at how Birmingham did last year you've got to ask why don't we give it a go."

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