Everton will entertain Rotherham United at Goodison Park in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. The Toffees have made a decent start to their domestic campaign and are still unbeaten so far. However, they now face a tricky tie versus the Millers at home in what could prove to be an ideal opportunity for some of Marco Silva’s sporadic options to impress in front of the Everton supporters.
It is expected that the Blues of Merseyside would once again line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation while Lucas Digne makes his first start for the Toffees in defence.
4-2-3-1 Everton Predicted Lineup To Face Rotherham
Maarten Stekelenburg is expected to start for the Toffees ahead of Jordan Pickford for this League Cup second round clash. The central defensive pair of Matthew Pennington and Kurt Zouma could line up in defence while both Jonjoe Kenny and Lucas Digne would operate on either side of the backline as the full-backs.
Digne is yet to make a start for Everton and might finally get the opportunity against Rotherham. Marco Silva’s defenders have conceded five goals in their last three matches which would be a cause for concern ahead of this encounter. The Merseyside club needs to keep things tight at the back if they want to progress into the next round of the competition.
Both Kieran Dowell and Beni Baningime might be deployed as the holding midfielders with the responsibility to shield Everton’s backline while also feeding the ball to the forward players. It is quite likely that the trio of Bernard, Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin would play in front of them.
All three of them are yet to make an impression at Goodison Park this season and needs to prove their worth if they are to gain more first-team opportunities in the coming weeks. The Evertonian supporters would be hoping for a good showing from the attacking trio as the League Cup could be their team’s only chance of landing some silverware this season.
Oumar Niasse should lead the lines for the home side ahead of Cenk Tosun, who might be handed a rest. The Senegalese striker has been utilised as an impact substitute under Marco Silva so far. So a rare start up top versus Rotherham could be a perfect opportunity for him to stake a claim in the Everton first-team on a regular basis.
Silva would hope that the forward can finally get off the mark this season by registering his name on the scoresheet against the Millers.