Everton v Stevenage
Roberto Martinez gave a strong suggestion at his pre-match press conference that he is ready to make changes to Everton’s team for the Capital One Cup second round tie against Stevenage.
Tony Hibbert could get his first action of the season after resuming full training in the early part of last week.
A knee injury has prevented Darron Gibson from featuring in the two opening Premier League matches and Martinez explained that he will assess the midfielder ahead of Wednesday’s tie.
The Blues boss also confirmed that Antolin Alcaraz is unavailable, though he expects the Paraguayan to be back in full training later this week.
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Everton enter the tie unbeaten in their last three matches following the pre-season victory over Real Betis (2-1) and successive Premier League draws against Norwich City (2-2) and West Bromwich Albion (0-0).
The Blues can take further encouragement from their recent second round record in the League Cup. They have won their last six fixtures at this stage of the competition, dating back to September 2002. Everton were last beaten in the second round by Crystal Palace in 2001 when they were edged out on penalties at Goodison following a 1-1 draw.
Stevenage have made a below-par start to the new season having taken just three points from their first four League One fixtures.
Graham Westley's team were joint bottom of the table following losses against Oldham Athletic (4-3), Swindon Town (1-0) and Leyton Orient (1-0), although they travel to Merseyside on the back of a 1-0 win over Notts County at the weekend - a result which elevated them to 18th position.
The Hertfordshire-based club eliminated Ipswich Town in the first round, winning 2-0 at their home ground, Broadhall Way.
Everton and Stevenage have never met in a competitive fixture.
The Toffees have, however, welcomed lower league opposition to Goodison Park in the League Cup second round on numerous occasions over the last decade. Leyton Orient (2012), Sheffield United (2011), Huddersfield Town (2010) and Stockport County (2003) have all left on the end of comprehensive defeats.