Joey Barton’s Fleetwood have bounced back from the disappointment of their play-off semi-final disappointment in the summer, beginning the new campaign in fine fettle by beating Wigan Athletic (3-2 with a dramatic three-goal comeback) and Port Vale (2-1) to make it to the third round of this competition, and getting their league campaign underway with a 2-1 win over Burton.
However, the hosts will still be smarting from Saturday’s defeat to Peterborough, in which they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by going into injury time with a one-goal advantage only to concede two goals in the dying seconds and lose 2-1.
Everton have made a solid start to the season by making it three wins out of three in all competitions, flying high in the Premier League after an away win at Tottenham (0-1) and mauling of West Brom on Saturday (5-2) whilst a second-string line-up breezed past League Two outfit Salford City last week (3-0).
With Ancelotti focusing on the league, expect lots of first-teamers to be rested for the Toffees here, with a similar XI to the one that beat Salford last week, with the likes of James Rodriguez, Richarlison and the weekend’s hat-trick hero Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the bench if at all.
Given the likely changes, Everton aren’t as heavy favourites as they might have been with their best available XI, but they’re still strongly expected to qualify – 4/11 for the win with Paddy Power, 7/2 for the draw and long odds of 7/1 for a shock Fleetwood win over 90 minutes.
We recommend backing Moise Kean to score first here at 10/3. The highly-rated young Italy striker is expected to feature here as Carlo Ancelotti rotates his squad, and he was handed penalty-taking duties in last week’s victory over Salford, duly dispatching from the spot. Betfair Sportsbook price him at 10/3 to open the scoring here.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change
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