Everton draw Watford in last 16 of EFL Cup

Wednesday, 25 September, 2019 51comments  |  Jump to last

Everton have been handed a home draw against Watford in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup in tonight's draw.

The Blues beat Sheffield Wednesday in the previous round last night and a tie against the Hornets at Goodison Park is their reward.

Everton are one of 12 Premier League teams left after Tottenham, West Ham, Bournemouth and Sheffield United joined Burnley, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Norwich, the top flight sides eliminated in the second round, all exited the competition.

For the first time in 59 years, there will be no second-tier sides in the last 16 after all the Championship sides were knocked out in the first three rounds.

Full draw:

Oxford v Sunderland
Chelsea v Man United
Liverpool v Arsenal
Crawley vs Colchester United
Manchester City v Southampton
Burton Albion v Leicester
Everton v Watford
Aston Villa v Wolves

Ties will take place the week commencing 28th October.  

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Benjamin Dyke
1 Posted 25/09/2019 at 22:19:41
Battle of the Z-Cars!
Robert Williams
2 Posted 25/09/2019 at 22:19:47
Good draw - let's do it!
John Otway
4 Posted 25/09/2019 at 22:20:56
As favourable a draw as we could ever ask for; let's not screw this up!
Jonny Flynn
5 Posted 25/09/2019 at 22:23:45
The way the draw has worked out, win this and we could get soft draw next round. At least we are taking it seriously which is more than can be said for others.
Paul Birmingham
6 Posted 25/09/2019 at 22:24:17
A twist of fate, so let's take it and progress to the lad 8.

There's no easy games, but hopefully this will and if it doesn't the manager and coaches will make sure their squad is motivated and up for all our games.

I'm travelling to Alba for work and a bad signal. Does anyone know who the other lot got and Man City?

Thank you.

John Kavanagh
7 Posted 25/09/2019 at 22:33:56
Paul - full draw =

Everton v Watford
Aston Villa v Wolves
Manchester City v Southampton
Burton v Leicester
Crawley v Colchester
Chelsea v Manchester United
Oxford v Sunderland
Liverpool v Arsenal

Jay Harris
8 Posted 25/09/2019 at 22:34:58
Don't forget, Watford got to the FA Cup Final last year. This won't be a pushover unless we start to straighten out.
Per Stumo
9 Posted 25/09/2019 at 22:37:15
Lyndon - you forgot Chelsea - Man Utd.

Decent draw for us, especially considering the home advantage (!). Happy to see that a couple of the Premier League top 8 will be gone for sure by next round too.

Oh, nice to see Nathan Broadhead score for Burton as well! Forgot he was there on loan. Looks like that was his 4th goal in 9 games for them this season. Not bad.

Michael Lynch
10 Posted 25/09/2019 at 22:37:53
Beat Watford, get Crawley/Colchester in the next round, Burton in the semi-finals, beat the Shite 3-0 in the final. Arise Sir Marco.
John Kavanagh
11 Posted 25/09/2019 at 22:38:52
We'd better batter these Z-Cars-thieving con artists. How we managed to end up compensating them for a manager they sacked is a mystery, but it can be put right as they can have him back anytime.

If we can't beat an outfit like that at Goodison Park under floodlights, then someone will want shooting.

Rob Marsh
12 Posted 25/09/2019 at 22:45:03
Some of the Sky babes are going out in the next round, it's not beyond possibility that Man City could trip up on the south coast also.

This all presumes of course we can hold our end of the bargain up and get past Elton John's poodles.

Rob Halligan
13 Posted 25/09/2019 at 23:08:37
Benjamin and John. I'm pretty sure Watford no longer play Z-Cars when they come out. I might be wrong though. Has anybody else heard this?

One thing we can guarantee for this game is that Watford will probably have next to no fans at Goodison, going by their attendance last night at home to Swansea. They had less than 9k.

Mike Doyle
14 Posted 25/09/2019 at 23:16:06
Nathan Broadhead seems to be doing well for Burton. A goal tonight + John Lundstram's killer pass for Sheff Utd's 2nd against us last weekend = Unsy's stock continues to rise.
Michael Barrett
15 Posted 25/09/2019 at 23:16:46

Man City are at home, mate. The way our defense are playing, we will struggle against anybody who can put a decent cross into the box.

Liam Reilly
16 Posted 25/09/2019 at 23:17:58
Good Winnable Home draw for a place in the quarter-finals.

No excuses.

Andrew Keatley
17 Posted 25/09/2019 at 23:23:52
Absolutely horrendous mistake from Joao Virginia for the Wolves goal tonight. The prospect of him getting more minutes in this loan spell with Reading pretty much evaporated right there. Be interesting to see how he bounces back.
Mike Doyle
18 Posted 25/09/2019 at 23:24:05
I see Premier League clubs are still indifferent to this competition. West Ham have had a decent stat to the season, but dropped most of their first XI for tonight's game vs Oxford.

No doubt Pellegrini has been given clear instructions as to where his priorities lie.

The RS fielded a couple of (approx) 12-year-olds in their game. Jurgen probably a bit pissed off they are still in it.

Denis Richardson
19 Posted 25/09/2019 at 23:38:16
Easiest competition to win, only need 4 wins to get to the semis.

We've had luck with the draw so far, Watford at home should be winnable as they‘ll be focusing on the league given their start (as should we, you could argue). Spurs already out and at least another 2 of the top six will go before the quarters. Beat Watford and get a friendly draw in the quarters and we may well be on our way to Wembley.

However, the game is not for a few weeks so let's focus back on the bread and butter.

Jamie Crowley
20 Posted 25/09/2019 at 23:39:39
Great draw.

Don't "pull a Southampton" Marco! Get to the final 8 and let's start dreaming of silverware.

Michael Spear
21 Posted 25/09/2019 at 23:51:17
Rob (13), as a local, I can assure you that Watford do still come out to Z-Cars, as many of my neighbours can confirm (at least the ones not supporting Spurs, Arsenal or the RS -- yes, even here).

But you're spot on about their support. They only just about filled the Lower Bullens for the first home game this season and Swansea had 1,700 of their 9,000 last night.

Mike Connolly
22 Posted 26/09/2019 at 00:02:04
Rob @13,

I also thought that they got rid of Z-Cars. At least they have not nicked the siren... well, not yet.

Rob Marsh
23 Posted 26/09/2019 at 00:24:22
Michael #15,

Misread that one, wishful thinking about Man City.

Defensively we're wobbling in open play and set pieces.

We'll naturally raise our game against Man City on Saturday and lose, but lose valiantly; the real test is against Burnley, when we switch off and can't quite get the adrenalin going.

Burnley will give a truer indication of where we are.

Derek Knox
24 Posted 26/09/2019 at 00:40:02
John Kavanagh, I consider myself more of a realist, as opposed to an optimist these days, yes! On paper, we should be able to fashion a win.

Watford are a funny side, they are capable of beating almost anyone on 'their' day but are equally susceptible to be beaten by an embarrassing score.

Do I have any faith in the Manager?

Do I have any faith in the players?

More so, than the Manager, but do they have a coherent game plan?

Derek Knox
25 Posted 26/09/2019 at 00:51:28
Sorry, forgot to add that, thus far the draw has been reasonably favourable to us, there are still a lot of Prem sides left in the competition, have we become more reliant on the 'draw' than our ability to beat anyone?

I know it can be a bit of a Lottery, regarding who your opponents are, and whether you are at home, or away, but no matter who we play, we HAVE to beat them to progress!

Terry Farrell
26 Posted 26/09/2019 at 07:33:48
Andrew just saw Virginia's mistake. It's a shocker and you are right — he won't play for their first team again. Broadhead had a hip injury at Burton so I think he has scored 3 in about 6. Noticed Lookman has hardly got off the bench and Jonjoe is fast becoming a fans' favourite according to his manager.
Mike Kehoe
27 Posted 26/09/2019 at 09:30:45
With a few referring to the Z-Cars theme, does anyone know how come Citeh have adopted Hey Jude?
Craig Walker
28 Posted 26/09/2019 at 09:55:13
Going to be tough. Get through this, which isn't a formality and there's still likely to be the RS (given their record against Arsenal), Chelsea or Man Utd, Man City and Leicester left in. Best we could hope for is to beat Watford, get a favourable home tie in the next round and hope the fancied teams are drawn against each other.

I think as soon as we get an away draw against a decent team, we'll go out. We'll also have to win matches over 90 minutes because our penalty shoot-out record is atrocious.

It's probably the best chance we have of winning a trophy but it's gonna be difficult.

Cristobal Aguirre
29 Posted 26/09/2019 at 09:57:19
Very good draw although never easy. Hope to move through and receive in the next round Crawley or Colchester.
Tony Everan
30 Posted 26/09/2019 at 10:11:17
Good home draw and all to play for now considering at least 3 of the top six will be out of it for the quarter finals.

Great chance of a good QF draw and going all the way to the final.

John Raftery
31 Posted 26/09/2019 at 10:53:53
A lot of fans assert the League Cup is the easiest trophy to win. I disagree. Yes, you only need four wins to reach the semi-finals. But you only need four wins to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. The difference is that the League Cup semi-final is played over two legs in January, often against a team from the top six of the Premier League table. The chance of causing an upset over two legs is less than in a one-off game. Also the clubs with less strength in depth, such as our club, usually find themselves in January stretched by injuries, fatigue and suspensions after the busy festive fixture schedule.

For me in terms of reaching a final, the FA Cup is slightly the easier of the two. By the time the semi-finals are played in April the top Premier League clubs are usually prioritising either the League or the European competitions or both.

The Swansea v Bradford final from 2013 was the last example of two small clubs reaching the same final but the top clubs have pulled away from the rest since then. Not for one moment am I saying Silva and the players should not make every effort to win the League Cup. I just think we need to be realistic about our prospects once we come up against the teams which usually win it.

Eddie Dunn
32 Posted 26/09/2019 at 11:01:34
Beware Watford. Those players will raise their game against their old coach and that whole club have an axe to grand with us. I Hopefully Marco will also be keen as mustard to beat them. This competition is there for the taking.
James Marshall
33 Posted 26/09/2019 at 11:06:31
I get that a home draw is favourable, but winning it, us? Come off it, we're an absolute shambles at the moment and with City, the RS, Utd, Arsenal all still in it, we're a very long way from winning it.

Can any of you seriously see us beating any of those mentioned? I can't even see us beating Watford the way we're playing at the moment.

Rob Marsh
34 Posted 26/09/2019 at 12:19:32
John #31

Good points and I can see where you're coming from.

When winter comes and the Sky babes are in the Champions League and Europa League, something sometimes has to give and it's usually the League Cup, sometimes the teams they put out just don't get up for it (sometimes?).

That for me is where it gets its reputation as an easier cup. Although if you look at the cup's winners through its history, who's winning it is no different to the FA Cup.

Steve Ferns
35 Posted 26/09/2019 at 12:48:22
I agree with you John. You're echoing points I have made in the past.

I would also add the following: as the FA Cup really gets going, the Big 6 are involved in other competitions at the "business end" ie securing PL league position, progressing in Europe and so the FA Cup is the bottom of their priorities and can see weakened teams.

The Big 6 may go out in these early rounds after fielding weakened teams due to priority reasoning, but most scrape through with reserve sides and then when it moves into the semi's they are able to prioritise whilst the CL is on a break. Then they take the final seriously as it's a chance to win silverware and build momentum, something Mourinho made a great play of in his early days in England.

Joe McMahon
36 Posted 26/09/2019 at 13:21:17
John and Steve, the slight problem to middle of the table teams such as Everton is that it is still mainly one of the top 6 teams that win the FA and league cups.
Tony Everan
37 Posted 26/09/2019 at 13:52:20
It's a bad stat that we haven't won this one in it's near 50 year existence. Something Oxford, Swindon and the mighty Luton Town have done. It's about time we put it right.
Matthew Williams
38 Posted 26/09/2019 at 14:32:08
We've beaten them at home already, time to do it again. Some top teams will be going out in the next round, we need to capitalise big time.
Derek Knox
39 Posted 26/09/2019 at 15:41:26
Matthew, it was hardly a convincing win then, so not a foregone conclusion that we will do so again. Watford are capable of pulling off some amazing results, but are also susceptible to embarrassing defeats. So it depends which Watford shows up on the day.
Annika Herbert
40 Posted 26/09/2019 at 16:39:40
James @33, not sure how you class Utd as potential winners after their performance last night?!!
Jamie Crowley
41 Posted 26/09/2019 at 16:53:01
Derek Knox regarding the draw -

No one should care if we draw Sisters of the Poor FC, as long as we win a damn trophy!!

Dave Abrahams
42 Posted 26/09/2019 at 16:57:59
Tony (37), the league cup started in 1960.
Brian Williams
43 Posted 26/09/2019 at 17:57:18
Sisters of The Poor FC? Gang of cloggers with a holier than thou attitude them lot. All smiles and God bless you to your face but they've got some nasty habits I tell you!
Jay Harris
44 Posted 26/09/2019 at 19:35:09
Is that right Dave.

I would have sworn it didn't start till the '70s but old timers is starting to kick in.

Dave Abrahams
45 Posted 26/09/2019 at 19:47:58
Jay (44), I remember we played Accrington Stanley in the League Cup in 1961 because it was around the same time (If not the same day) we signed Alex Young and George Thomson from Hearts.
Paul Birmingham
46 Posted 26/09/2019 at 19:58:56
Thanks John @7, for the draw details. 👍
Mike Connolly
47 Posted 26/09/2019 at 20:09:31
John McFarlane Snr
48 Posted 26/09/2019 at 20:14:12
Hi Dave [45] you are correct in stating that the League Cup was first contested in 1960-61, in fact the first final took place on August 8th, and September 5th 1961, Aston Villa beating Rotherham United 3-2 on aggregate over two legs.

If memory serves me right, the signings of Alex Young and George Thomson, were announced over the tannoy at the Accrington Stanley game.

Steve Ferns
49 Posted 27/09/2019 at 09:12:02
Everton have just confirmed the fixture against Watford is on Tuesday 29th October 2019. The match is not on TV. Kick off is at 7.45pm.
Tony Everan
50 Posted 27/09/2019 at 15:48:40
Thanks, Dave

59 years and no win.

We have had some good teams through those years too. Maybe players were being rested back then as well.

Michael Spear
52 Posted 30/09/2019 at 12:45:42
Mike Connolly (47), many thanks for that link. So much for my 'local' knowledge I posted earlier (21). I always wondered if my so-called Watford-supporting neighbours ever did go to Vicarage Road... I think I know now.
Apologies to Rob Halligan (13) for doubting him and you.
Mike Connolly
53 Posted 06/10/2019 at 20:50:21
Michael Spear "47

Hope you have not had a go at your so called Watford mates. Watch MOTD last night and Watford were running out to Z cars. Do Watford really know what they want to run out to. Probably THE Bill theme tune next week.

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