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Burnley and Everton were paired in then third round of the FA Cup and played out a 0-0 draw at the Turf with Everton winning the replay 2-1 three days later; Willie Irvine scoring our goal and Alex Young scoring both for the home side.

It might be difficult to believe now, and it would be impossible now, but the two games attracted a combined attendance of just 67 short of 100,000 and Everton, the holders, went on to beat both Wolves and Liverpool before going out to Nottingham Forest in the sixth round.

That tie between us in 1967 will always be remembered for the shocking incident involving Everton’s Johnny Morrisey that left Willie Irvine with a broken leg. It was also the last time we have met in any cup competition and tonight’s game will be the first time we’ve come up against each other in the League Cup since the competition was launched in 1960.

We have played fifteen top flight games at Goodison since, winning just three of them and drawing two more.

Away again, we’ve had to win at Nottingham Forest and Salford to reach this round. Zeki Amdouni netted in the 1-0 win at Forest and then at Salford we scored through Sander Berge, Jacob Bruun Larsen, Dara O’Shea and Wilson Odobert in a comfortable 4-0 win.

Everton have also progressed via two away wins and, like us, against one other Premier League team and one from League Two. They had to come from behind to win 2-1 at Doncaster with goals from Beto and Arnaut Danjuma, the winner coming in the 88th minute.

That took them to Villa Park where they beat Aston Villa by the same scoreline. James Garner and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were the scorers this time with Villa cutting Everton’s 2-0 lead with just a few minutes remaining.

When we went to Salford, Vincent Kompany didn’t include any players who had started in the previous game which was the home Premier League defeat against Manchester United. Everton boss Sean Dyche, often considered to not have too much interest in cups, made five but the five players he rested from the previous game at Brentford all came on as substitutes.

Goodness knows what the teams will be tonight but this is how they lined up in their last League Cup ties.

Everton v Aston Villa: Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, James Tarkowski, Jarrad Branthwaite, Nathan Patterson, James Garner, Amadou Onana, Vitalii Mykolenko, Jack Harrison, Arnaut Danjuma, Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Subs: João Virginia, André Gomes, Abdoulaye Doucouré, Ashley Young, Ben Godfrey, Idrissa Gueye, Dwight McNeil, Ramalho Youssef Chermiti, Lewis Dobbin.

Burnley v Salford: Arijanet Muric, Vitinho, Dara O’Shea, Jack Cork, Hannes Delcroix, Sander Berge, Jacob Bruun Larsen, Manuel Benson, Anass Zaroury, Wilson Odobert, Jay Rodriguez. Subs: James Trafford, Connor Roberts, Ameen Al-Dakhil, Charlie Taylor, Josh Cullen, Han-Noah Massengo, Aaron Ramsey, Mike Trésor, Luca Koleosho.

A home win would see Everton into the fifth round (quarter-final) for the first time in three years; they were beaten by Manchester United in 2021 having reached the last eight. For Burnley it is some years longer. The last time we played in a League Cup quarter-final was back in 2008/09 when a win against Chelsea set up that semi-final against Spurs.

We can’t second guess either manager regarding team selection but Vincent Kompany will have Connor Roberts available having served his one match ban and Josh Cullen will also be available; he will sit out Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace having collected five yellow cards in the Premier League. Otherwise, it’s probably likely that the team will be selected from those on duty at Bournemouth although we all must be hopeful that Lyle Foster has recovered from illness.

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