Everton bombed out of the Carling Cup at this stage last season when Brentford beat the Toffees on penalties and David Moyes would gladly appreciate a better crack at this competition and the FA Cup so that the Merseyside club can generate some extra revenue.
After all, finances are tight at Goodison Park and Everton have not spent money on signing a player for over two years, although that didn’t stop them beating Wigan 3-1 on Saturday and they are warm favourites to knock the Baggies out on Wednesday.
Blue Square (£80 free bets) offer odds of 8/11 about the home side going through against a West Brom side that have struggled to get started this term and suffered a 3-0 defeat at Swansea last Saturday.
Both teams are likely to show several changes from the weekend, with Apostolos Vellios and Roysten Drenthe set to start for Everton after coming off the bench to find the net against the Latics. Denis Stracqualursi, Phil Neville and the highly-rated Ross Barkley are also primed for action in what could be a pretty strong team.
As for Albion, they sit bottom of the Premier League and Saturday’s game at home to Fulham takes on a lot of importance, with Roy Hodgson probably not too bothered if his team exit the Carling Cup early. The visitors are a 9/2 chance to win at Goodison which will at least serve as a confidence boost.