Everton will clash heads with Queens Park Rangers at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Tuesday night as they look to win and book a place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup. The Toffees suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa last weekend which has halted their momentum ahead of this cup clash in midweek.
Rafael Benitez will probably opt for a 4-4-2 formation and is expected to make a few changes to his starting XI for this game. Anthony Gordon is expected to start while Andros Townsend could get a rest on the bench.
4-4-2 Everton Predicted Lineup To Face Queens Park Rangers
Asmir Begović will feature in between the sticks for the Toffees despite shipping in three goals versus the Villans last weekend. Mason Holgate could get a chance to prove his worth alongside Jarrad Branthwaite at the centre of the Everton backline as they try to keep the QPR attackers at bay on Tuesday.
Jonjoe Kenny will function at right-back while Lucas Digne keeps his place on the other side at left-back. Benitez will give both of them the license to express themselves in the opposition half so that they can offer enough support to the front players.
Both Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey should be available for a place on the bench
Andre Gomes and Tom Davies will feature as the central midfielders. Their main responsibility would be to retain possession with conviction at the centre of the park and engineer some decent chances for their teammates up top.
Demarai Gray might get another shot to put in a productive display down the left wing while Alex Iwobi hopes to impress from the right flank. Benitez will instruct both of them to stretch the pitch by getting to the byline so that they can whip in a few inviting crosses into the QPR penalty box.
Andros Townsend and Abdoulaye Doucoure will be handed a rest on the bench but could come on to influence the game in the second half if required.
Anthony Gordon could get a rare opportunity to partner with Salomon Rondon in the final third. Benitez will expect the experienced Rondon to carry most of the goal-scoring workload while Gordon tries to support him in the opposition half.
Richarlison won’t be available for this clash as he is currently sidelined because of a knee injury.