Lincoln City v Everton Team News
Lincoln and Everton are both expected to make changes for Wednesday's Carabao Cup second round tie at Sincil Bank.
The Imps have enjoyed an incredible rise up the football league ladder over the past four years and their early season form suggests another promotion could be on the cards.
They currently sit fifth in League One, having won promotion to the third-tier last season, and a cup run could be detrimental to the hopes of sustaining form in the league.
Lincoln have never made it beyond round four of the League Cup and they haven’t reached that stage since 1967-68.
They did cause a few upsets in the FA Cup in 2016-17, when plying their trade in the National League, reaching the quarter-finals.
Their latest upset came in the opening round of this season’s Carabao Cup when they saw off Championship outfit Huddersfield 1-0.
Head Coach Danny Cowley has hinted that he may rotate for the home clash following back-to-back defeats to MK Dons and Doncaster in League One.
Ellis Chapman has food poisoning and isn’t expected to recover in time, while Lee Frecklington and Tom Pett are likely to miss out with knee and back problems respectively.
Everton’s season hasn’t started as smoothly as Marco Silva would have hoped after another big summer of spending.
They have only scored once in three Premier League outings and boast just four points.
Silva could come under serious pressure if his side suffers an early exit from the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
The Portuguese was keen to not give too much away about his selection ahead of the trip to Lincoln but changes are expected.
Fabian Delph, who joined from Manchester City over the summer, could be handed his first appearance after recovering from a groin problem.
But fellow new arrival Jean-Philippe Gbamin may have to undergo surgery after being ruled out for eight weeks with a thigh issue.
🤕 | The latest on Jean-Philippe Gbamin… pic.twitter.com/QwyZh7X9yB
— Everton (@Everton) August 27, 2019
Attacking duo Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi have been restricted to appearances from the bench so far and could earn a starting berth.
Everton claimed a 2-1 victory over Lincoln when the two sides met in the FA Cup last season and Silva is expecting a tough evening.
Silva said: “Lincoln is a team we know very well, they know us well. We play with our maximum ambition in this competition to do something special.
“We have to be ourselves, respect the competition and respect the opponent.”