Everton will face a tricky third round tie in the Carling Cup, when they head to Brentford. This season hasn’t started off exactly as David Moyes would have planned it. Even though they are never going to be amongst Premier league favourite odds to win the title, they would have expected a better start to proceedings.
The Merseysiders lie second bottom in the Premier League with a measly two points from their opening five games. Their most recent defeat came at the weekend when they put in a particularly toothless performance against Newcastle, going down 1-0 at home.
Everton’s highlight this season was undoubtedly in the last round of the Carling Cup, when they thumped Hartlepool 5-1 to reach this stage. They will need to be in that kind of form to avoid an Carling cup favourite odds to win upset against Brentford. The League One side caused one of the shocks of the last round when they beat Hull 2-1, thanks to a late winner from Marcus Bean after Robbie Simpson had equalised Hull’s earlier opener.
Everton’s new striker Jermaine Beckford was one of his side’s five scorers in the Hartlepool win. The former Leeds striker grabbed his first competitive goal for the Toffee’s with a penalty. It’s been a tough time for the 26 year old since then. He was taken off at half-time in the Newcastle defeat after a quiet first half. It was the second time Beckford has been taken off after 45 minutes, in as many appearances. The striker will be suffering from a lack of confidence after failing to find his feet at the top level. If Moyes give Beckford another chance against Brentford and he scores a couple of goals, which he is more than capable of doing, it might be the kick start his Everton career.