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Preview: Everton (h)

28 August 2019

The Imps host Premier League opposition in the Carabao Cup second round tonight with Marco Silva’s Everton visiting Sincil Bank for the first time since 1993.

City go into tonight’s games having beat former Premier League side Huddersfield 1-0 in the first round thanks to Harry Anderson’s 55th minute strike. 

Recent Form

Everton go into tonight’s game off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Premier League new boys Aston Villa. However, the Toffees started their campaign picking up four points from their opening two fixtures.

Bernard scored Everton’s only goal against Watford in the sides 1-0 win with Marco Silva’s side currently sit in 12th position in the Premier League.

Manager comments

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Everton manager Marco Silva told press he will respect the Imps in tonight’s game following their meeting last season: “Lincoln is a team we know very well, we played against them last season, and they know us well.

“Playing in this competition for us we are going to play with our maximum ambition. We are going to go step by step, but with full ambition in this competition to do something special.

“Maximum respect to our opponents, and to the competition as well. If we want to do something special in both cups, the most important is tomorrow because we are here now.

“It doesn’t make sense to make rotation just for the sake of making a rotation. We will play with the XI that I think is the best XI to win the match.”

Previous Meeting

The two sides last faced each other in last season’s FA Cup third round at Goodison Park after the Imps beat Northampton and Carlisle in the earlier stages.

Ademola Lookman opened the scoring after 12 minutes before Bernard added a second for Everton just two minutes later. City got a goal back just before the half an hour mark through Michael Bostwick. 

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Lincoln last faced Everton at home in the 1993 League Cup 2nd round 1st leg where the visitors came out 4-3 winners. 

Neil Matthews, Daniel Johnson and Grant Brown were City’s goal scorers as Everton’s Paul Rideout scored a hat-trick with Tony Cottee also finding the back of the net. 

One to Watch – André Gomes

Portugal international André Gomes arrived at Everton this summer on a permanent five-year deal following a loan spell at Goodison Park which saw him make 27 league appearances during the 2018/19 season.

The former Porto youth player turned professional with Portugese side Benfica in 2012, heavily featuring in their B team before making the grade at first team level.

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Gomes won one Primeira Liga title as well as being a two-time UEFA Europa League runner up during the 2012/13 and 2013/14 season.

During the 2014/15 season, the midfielder spent time out on loan with Spanish side Valencia before joining the side permanently in 2015. 

Gomes made a €35million move to Spanish giants Barcelona in July 2016, making his debut against Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup. The Portuguese international scored his first goal for the club in March 2017 against former club Valencia.

The 26-year-old was part of Portugal’s 2016 UEFA European Championship winning squad.


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