Wednesday evening sees one of three all-Premier League clashes in the Carabao Cup as Everton host West Ham United.
Everton have made it five wins in a row to kick off the new season, taking nine points from nine available in the Premier League and progressing through the first two rounds of this competition, unruffled against lower-league sides Salford (3-0) and Fleetwood (5-2) as Carlo Ancelotti rang in the changes and used his squad to the fullest.
West Ham, in contrast, got off to a much slower start, losing their opening two league games to Newcastle and Arsenal, before producing an exceptional 4-0 victory over Wolves on Sunday night that few saw coming.
David Moyes remains self-isolating and has left the capable Alan Irvine on the sidelines in his place, but he’ll be delighted with their latest performance, while their cup wins over Charlton (3-0) and Hull (5-1) to make it this far also offered signs of improvement.
Both managers are expected to field semi-rotated XIs for this cup clash, with plenty of attacking firepower on show. Everton forward Richarlison scored twice in the last round at Fleetwood, while his strike partner Dominic Calvert-Lewin leads the Premier League scoring charts with five goals from three appearances so far.
For the visitors, Sebastian Haller has scored two goals in each of the last two rounds and came off the bench to score their fourth over Wolves on Sunday.
Paddy Power make Calvert-Lewin the favourite to score anytime here, at 1/1, while Richarlison is behind at 6/5, with Haller is priced at a generous 5/2 anytime and 13/2 first goalscorer - one to consider after the Frenchman’s start to the season.
Neither of these clubs have dominated this fixture in recent years; there’s been three Everton wins, two West Ham wins and one draw from the last six clashes between them - the most recent of which was a 1-1 at the London Stadium in January.
We recommend backing Everton to continue their hot streak here. They’ve made an excellent start to the season with five straight wins, while Ancelotti fielding Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin against League One side Fleetwood last week is a signpost that he’s taking this competition seriously.
We recommend going for a narrow 2-1 victory here, just as they managed over Crystal Palace on Saturday. That’s priced at 13/2 with Betfair Sportsbook
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change