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all kick-offs 19.45 (BST) unless stated

Tuesday 21st September, 2021
Brentford vs Charlton
Burnley vs Rochdale
Fulham vs Leeds
Man City vs Wycombe
Norwich vs Liverpool (Live on Sky Sports)
Preston vs Cheltenham
QPR vs Everton
Sheff Utd vs Southampton
Watford vs Stoke
Wigan vs Sunderland

Wednesday 22nd September, 2021
Arsenal vs AFC Wimbledon
Brighton vs Swansea, 19.30
Chelsea vs Aston Villa
Man Utd vs West Ham (Live on Sky Sports)
Millwall vs Leicester
Wolves vs Tottenham

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Matches Shown in the US
Norwich City vs. Liverpool (3rd Round) (Carabao Cup)
Manchester City vs. Wycombe Wanderers
Fulham vs. Leeds United (3rd Round) (Carabao Cup)
QPR vs. Everton (3rd Round)

-> Will probably check out the Fulham vs Leeds match. 

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Think we can probably assume some of the line up tonight, defence and midfield will be interesting though. Kelleher in goal. I can see Gomez starting RB to give Phillips a game at CB alongside Konate then Tsimikas LB. Chamberlain and Jones definitely start in midfield I think. Not sure whether Milner starts again after the weekend but he'd have been a cert had he not played on Saturday. Possibly see an U23 there instead? Gordon, Origi and Minamino as the front three I'd have thought.

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Minamino's looking lively in this opening 15, other than grabbing himself a goal.

really want Minamino to do well with us. I remember watching him play against us and thinking "holy shit this guy seems like he'd fit in perfectly with us" - but he's had some growing pains moving to England.

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Begovic, Kenny and Rondon currently looking very poor fodder as squad players and Godfrey nowhere near himself at the moment post-Covid. Gomes and Iwobi who have done well when they've played this season aren't asserting themselves fully on this game yet. It's a much changed team but we need to win this game. Soft goals giving QPR loads of confidence and momentum and we've got an uphill struggle on our hands.

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Mixed bag first half. Some decent performances but Keita, Origi in particular have been awful. Konate also has looked dodgy but Gomez has covered his arse. Minamino had a good 15 minutes but was totally unanimous for the last 30.

Hard to judge though when it's such a mixed team of fringe and youth players. 

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8 minutes ago, LFCMadLad said:

Mixed bag first half. Some decent performances but Keita, Origi in particular have been awful. Konate also has looked dodgy but Gomez has covered his arse. 

Hard to judge though when it's such a mixed team of fringe and youth players. 

Yeah like you say, hard to judge with a mixed but you want to be seeing more from Keita and Chamberlain in particular. Think Chamberlain has been poor. 

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3000 Evertonians have filled out the away end at QPR. 

Leeds have apparently taken 5,500 to Fulham, taking half the total attendance. 

Great efforts from those fans on a weekday for this comp.

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1 minute ago, Stan said:

Burnley now thrashing Rochdale. Rodriguez with all 4 goals. 

Tsimikas scored to make it 3-0 to Liverpool. 

Brentford smashing Oldham 6-0.

Minamino scored our 3rd - Tsimikas hasn't been on the pitch for about 20 minutes.

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7 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

Minamino scored our 3rd - Tsimikas hasn't been on the pitch for about 20 minutes.

Apologies, got mixed up. Not watching. 

 

 

Brentford make it 7. Man City 6-1.

Stoke 3-1 up at Watford probably the biggest surprise of the night. 

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And we're out. Best chance of a trophy gone for another season. A combination of terrible squad depth because of our idiotic transfer policy over the past 5 years and a dose of typical Everton bad luck missing both of our top goalscorers and Pickford who would have won us that shootout with one hand tied behind his back. Davies will get slated for missing the penalty because he's one of Everton Twitter's favourite punching bags and yeah, he had an average game, but like I said, Begovic was given a chance to save four of the seven penalties QPR scored before that.

You could see from that performance where our weak links are. Kenny, Begovic, Rondon, Davies and Gomes all passengers. There's an element of 'what do you expect' from some of them but Gomes should have been running this game after some of his recent performances off the bench.

So frustrating, another stupid and avoidable exit from the League Cup. Yes we'd probably have got killed off by City, United or Chelsea as soon as we faced one of them but at least keep yourself in the hat.

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1 hour ago, Stan said:

3000 Evertonians have filled out the away end at QPR. 

Leeds have apparently taken 5,500 to Fulham, taking half the total attendance. 

Great efforts from those fans on a weekday for this comp.

Yeah, that was great to see.

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Pretty dull game in truth but great for the some of the Under 23's to be involved and win a game, albeit on penalties.

Charlie Cresswell at centre back will be one to keep an eye on, looked classy tonight playing next to Phillips who marshalled him through very well.

Summerville on the wing has something about him too. Gelhardt is the red hot prospect but he didnt have much time to show anything. Nice pen though.

This is a great pic, it meant a lot given our start, especially seeing Forshaw on the pitch after 2 years out.

Onwards we go.

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19 hours ago, RandoEFC said:

Injured, Begovic might have played anyway though, I think he did in the last round.

How bad's the injury?

I hate the fucker, but there's no doubt he's a big loss for Everton as he's definitely a very good keeper. Tbh, as far as backups go... Begovic is probably better than most of the league have available... but it's still shit going from one of the better players in the league in his position to someone that's substantially less good.

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Mixed squad from us. Some expected, some not so. Thought Tielemans, Ndidi and Evans would be rested. 

Happy Kelechi, Lookman and Dewsbury-Hall start. Thought Daka would as well though. 

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56 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

How bad's the injury?

I hate the fucker, but there's no doubt he's a big loss for Everton as he's definitely a very good keeper. Tbh, as far as backups go... Begovic is probably better than most of the league have available... but it's still shit going from one of the better players in the league in his position to someone that's substantially less good.

Pickford, Coleman and Richarlison were all surprise omissions on Saturday and Benitez said 2-3 weeks for each (along with Calvert-Lewin). Not great particularly upfront as Rondon is a bit of a desperate signing but nothing else was available with our budget this summer and he's also nowhere near his mediocre best because he hasn't played in 4 months and has had a week or two's training. Begovic is alright but it's just frustrating watching that shootout knowing that Pickford, who excels in those circumstances, would have saved about 3 of their penalties. You also lose the ability to knock the ball about as much and to launch the ball to an attacker in space from your own penalty box. Honestly I know there's a lot of banter around Pickford and that he went through a bad phase of mistakes (that ended the best part of a year ago) but I simply can't understand our fans who still dis him when you look at what we've got available in other parts of the pitch.

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