Everton’s League Cup fate rests on fringe players

James Mountford, BBC Radio Merseyside

Rafa Benitez is desperate to stop hurting his senior players with several already on the sidelines. Therefore, expect opportunities on Tuesday for Jarrad Branthwaite, Jonjoe Kenny and Tom Davies.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Andy Lonergan could make his debut, Asmir Begovic covering injured Jordan Pickford in Saturday’s loss to Aston Villa, while 20-year-old striker Ellis Simms could make a first senior appearance at Everton after a promising loan at Blackpool last season. , where he helped them with the promotion.

The Blues leader could be Salomon Rondon – although he now appears to be the striker of choice with Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured.

Everton’s brilliant start to the season has proven that they are very capable of impressive results, but it’s the depth of the squad that will be the real litmus test of their season – and that will be highlighted tonight.

QPR hasn’t won since late August but, such is the nature of the championship, teams probably shouldn’t be judged on form and Everton will be up for a real test.

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