Premier League's Everton will take on Football League Two club Yeovil Town in the second round of League Cup at Goodison Park on Tuesday. It is the first meeting of any sort between the two English sides.
The Capital One Cup is rechristened as the League Cup, but the format remains the same -- the winner of the tournament qualifies to the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League next season.
On paper, Everton looks the clear winners as Yeovil Town doesn't really have the experience of playing a Premier League side on a frequent basis. The challenge would also be too high for the Somerset-based side founded in 1895.
The occasion gives Everton a chance to field their new signings Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie. The two additions by the Toffees are being referred as smart buys as both Williams and Bolasie were impressive for their previous Premier League clubs. Williams for Swansea and Bolasie for Crystal Palace.
"You can't take those cups for granted and I am looking forward to getting some game time and improving my match sharpness" Bolasie said ahead of the match. "It is always good to get a cup run. Personally, I was lucky enough to get to the FA Cup final last season [with Crystal Palace] and, of course, Everton got to the semi-finals as well," he added.
The League Cup has always produced shock results, with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea being defeated by lower-ranked English teams on certain occasions. Therefore, it is not too far-fetched to expect even Yeovil Town, who have never progressed past the second round of the League Cup, to cause an upset.
"It is exciting when you can test yourself against a Premier League side at a Premier League ground," said Yeovil coach Darren Way. "As a manager, I am really looking forward to challenging myself against a top-class coach like Ronald Koeman. It is always good to test yourself against someone of that calibre," he added.
EFL Cup: Everton vs Yeovil Town is scheduled to kick off at 7:45 p.m. BST (12:15 a.m. IST, 2:45 p.m. EST) on Aug. 23.
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