Everton v Sheffield United
David Moyes has confirmed that Jermaine Beckford, Tim Cahill and Louis Saha are all doubtful for the game against Sheffield United.
Sheffield United's summer signing Kevin McDonald missed the 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers on Saturday with an ankle injury but will be hoping to return for the game at Goodison Park.
Everton lost at home in the league for the first time in nine months on Saturday when a first half strike from Tommy Smith helped QPR to their first Premier League win in 15 years.
Sheffield United have made a good start to life under Danny Wilson, they are unbeaten in five games in all competitions and are currently joint top of League One with 10 points from their opening four games.
The Blades booked their place in the second round of the Carling Cup with a penalty shootout victory over Hartlepool United at Victoria Park a fortnight ago.
1. Everton have been drawn against the Blades in this competition on three occasions previously: a 3-0 away win in 1977/78; a 6-2 aggregate victory over two legs in 1984/85 and a 2-1 defeat in 1990/91
2. When David Moyes was at Preston in 1999 his side faced Sheffield United at the same stage of the competition, winning 3-2 on aggregate over two legs following a 2-0 defeat at Bramall Lane in the first game
3. Louis Saha has 14 goals in 18 matches in this competition, while Jermaine Beckford has struck five times, including a hat-trick for Leeds United at Chester City three seasons ago
4. Everton’s last hat-trick in this competition was netted by Paul Rideout against Lincoln City in 1993
David Moyes (Everton manager): "Every team is a test for us, we found that out last year when we lost to Brentford in the cup. There's not a game in the cup I'd ever go into and think this is okay - I wouldn't dream of it."
Nick Montgomery (Sheffield United) on former Blade Phil Jagielka: “I’ll be looking forward to meeting up with Jags again and then giving him a good kick - I know he’ll be thinking exactly the same about me.
“We’re really good mates and I’ve got so much admiration for him given how his career has progressed. We speak a lot on the telephone and we’ve kept in touch but we don’t actually see each other as much as we’d like because he’s got two kids now and so have I, that keeps us busy.”
Sheffield United 1-1 Everton (Bramall Lane, March 3 2007): Everton came from behind to earn a point the last time Sheffield United were in the Premier League in 2007. Rob Hulse had put the hosts ahead early in the second half, but United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny brought down Andy Johnson in the penalty area and Mikel Arteta converted from the spot.
Everton 4-2 Sheffield United (Goodison Park, August 21 1993): Tony Cottee was the Everton hero as he netted a hat-trick in the Blues' third successive victory of the 1993/94 Premier League season. John Ebbrell scored the other goal for Howard Kendall's side whilst Dane Whitehouse and Alan Cork were on target for United.
Two men who have played for both Everton and Sheffield United are likely to feature in Wednesday's game. Phil Jagielka made 289 appearances for the Blades before joining Everton, whilst United goalkeeper Steve Simonsen spent six years at Goodison Park earlier in his career.
Aside from these two players it is possible to produce a former Everton and Sheffield United 11 with some ease.
Paul Gerrard would play in goal behind a defence of Gary Naysmith, Carl Tiler, Craig Short and makeshift right back Li Tie.
The midfield would include two of Everton's 1995 FA Cup winning squad - Graham Stuart and John Ebbrell along with Don Hutchinson and Gary Speed.
James Beattie would partner Adrian Heath up-front.
The likes of John Oster, Mitch Ward, Marcus Bent and Danny Cadamarteri would all have to be content with a place on the bench.
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