As if the season’s opening weeks could be anymore unkind to Everton, they have here a tricky midweek away to League One Lincoln City.
Having invested heavily in the summer months, expectation on Marco Silva’s men has never been higher but an unconvincing 1-0 home win over struggling Watford and a 2-nil loss at Aston Villa last week have raised familiar concerns about false dawns for the Toffees.
So, the Red Imps are hosts for tonight’s cup game and with the opportunity to play premier league opposition and the lure of a decent run, this could prove to be a far from enjoyable trip for Silva and co.
Without a trophy since 1995 and with nine exits at this stage of the competition it’s easy to see why the TV cameras are at Sincil Bank.
Carabao Cup football – Lincoln City v Everton – Wednesday at 7.30pm, Sky Sports Main Event.