Everton v West Ham United - All you need to know
West Ham United continue their 2020/21 Carabao Cup challenge with a trip to Goodison Park to face Everton on Wednesday evening.
Both teams come into the game off the back of a win, as West Ham thumped Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 at London Stadium on Sunday night, while Everton won 2-1 at Crystal Palace on Saturday to make it three victories out of three in the Premier League.
For West Ham, former Blues winger and coach Alan Irvine will again be on the touchline as manager David Moyes continues to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19 last Tuesday.
Wednesday's tie, which kicks-off at 7.45pm, will be streamed live by the EFL in the UK only. Match passes are available for £10 by clicking here. Prices are set by the EFL, who are managing the service.
Please note that due to Carabao Cup regulations, we will be unable to offer live audio commentary on whufc.com for this fixture.
West Ham won through to the fourth round by beating EFL League One sides Charlton Athletic 3-0 and Hull City 5-1 at London Stadium, while Everton have overcome League Two club Salford City and League Two side Fleetwood Town to reach this stage.
Like Everton, West Ham are seeking their first-ever EFL Cup triumph, having reached the final in 1966 and 1981, but lost to West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool respectively.
The tie must be settled on the night. If the scores are level after 90 minutes the winner of the tie will be decided by penalties immediately. There will be no extra-time played.
The Goal Decision System (HawkEye) will be in operation for this fixture, but there will be no VAR.
The winner of Wednesday's tie will qualify for the quarter-finals, with that tie to be played on either 22 or 23 December 2020.
David Moyes continues to self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of the third-round win over Hull, as do defender Issa Diop and midfielder Josh Cullen.
Ryan Fredericks is also ruled out after suffering a left hamstring injury in Sunday's Premier League win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
However, the Hammers have a clean bill of health otherwise.
For Everton, defenders Mason Holgate (toe) and Jarrad Branthwaite (ankle) are out, as are midfieler Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) and striker Cenk Tosun (knee).
However, summer signings James Rodriguez, Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Niels Nkounkou are all available and could face West Ham for the first time in a Blues shirt.
The opposition – Everton
Everton have started the 2020/21 season in style under Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian, who is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League three times (twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid), was brought in to take the Blues to the next level, and the high-profile appointment is starting to pay off.
The Blues have won all five games they have played this season - three in the Premier League and two in the Carabao Cup - and already look to be benefitting from the summer signings of Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, Brazilian anchor man Allan, Senegal midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure and young French left-back Niels Nkounkou.
The Toffees not won a major trophy since winning the FA Cup in 1995 and with near-neighbours Liverpool winning silverware galore, Everton supporters would love a bit of long overdue success of their own.
Amazingly, like West Ham, the Blues have never won the EFL Cup, having been beaten finalists in 1977 and 1984. Alan Irvine started the latter of the two finals, which ended in a 1-0 replay defeat by... Liverpool.
This will be just the third meeting between the two clubs in the competition's 60-year history.
Everton prevailed on both previous occasions, 2-0 in a fourth-round replay at Goodison Park in December 1983, and 2-1 in a quarter-final tie at the Boleyn Ground in December 2007.
Referee: Darren England
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick and James Mainwaring
Fourth Official: Michael Oliver
South Yorkshire referee Darren England takes charge of a West Ham United first-team fixture for the first time in his career on Wednesday evening.
However, the Select Group 2 level official has taken charge of the Hammers' development squad, refereeing a 1-1 Premier Reserve League draw at Sunderland way back in March 2011!
England was handed his first Premier League appointment in January this year, when he refereed Wolves' 3-2 win at Southampton.
The 35-year-old has taken charge of just one previous match this season, refereeing the Carabao Cup third-round tie between West Bromwich Albion and Brentford last week, which the Bees won 7-6 on penalties following a 2-2 draw.
Otherwise, England has been deployed as a Fourth Official for no fewer than three Premier League matches, as well as the UEFA Europa League qualifying tie between Servette and Reims in Switzerland.
Prior to that, he refereed the 2017 League Two Play-Off final between Blackpool and Exeter City and ran the line regularly as an assistant in international and European football up until the end of the 2014/15 season.