Everton U21 vs Mansfield Town Match Analysis & Prediction
30/11/2022 10:00 pm
Everton U21 and Mansfield Town go head to head at Goodison Park on Wednesday looking to make further progress in the EFL Trophy.
With this contest taking place after the other last-32 ties, both teams know that Lincoln City will await the winners in the next round.
At a time when the first team is enjoying a much-needed break after a dismal run of form, Everton U21 have continued with their schedule and participated in some high-profile matches.
Over the past month, Everton U21 have posted a 6-3 victory over Manchester City and a 2-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain in the Premier League International Cup.
However, Paul Tait will not be overly pleased with his side’s form after failing to defeat either Southampton or Birmingham City in their last two games.
The young Toffees are yet to lose in normal time in terms of the EFL Trophy, hitting back from a penalty-shootout defeat to Morecambe to defeat Harrogate Town in the same style.
That left Everton U21 with a must-win tie with Hartlepool United and the Merseyside side beat their League Two opponents by a 6-0 scoreline.
Mansfield Town will take that as enough evidence that they cannot afford to take their less-experienced opponents lightly if they wish to have a prolonged run in the EFL Trophy.
The fourth-tier side got the better of Manchester City by a 3-2 scoreline in their first game of the group stages before losing 2-0 in a reverse at Grimsby Town.
That left Mansfield needing a win of some kind against Derby County, and Nigel Clough’s side prevailed on spot kicks after a 1-1 draw.
Mansfield’s general form has been mixed, losing five of their last eight matches across all competitions and bowing out of the FA Cup to Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.
Everton U21 vs. Mansfield Town Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just two occasions in the EFL Trophy, where they have each claimed one victory, with Mansfield scoring two goals and conceding just one.
31/10/2017Mansfield Town1Everton U210EFL Trophy
27/08/2019Mansfield Town1Everton U211(P)EFL Trophy
30/11/2022Everton U21N/AMansfield TownN/AEFL Trophy
Everton U21 Team News
Ben Godfrey came through 76 minutes against Birmingham on Friday as he continues his recovery from a fractured leg sustained on the opening day of the season.
Jack Tierney could be handed an opportunity in his place with the team likely to closely resemble the previous game, although Matthew Apter is an injury doubt.
Everton U21's Last 5 Matches
29/10/2022Everton U216Manchester City U213Premier League 2 Division One
06/11/2022Arsenal U213Everton U211Premier League 2 Division One
09/11/2022Everton U212PSG U211Premier League International Cup
13/11/2022Everton U211Southampton U212Premier League Cup
25/11/2022Everton U211Birmingham City U211Premier League Cup
Mansfield Town Team News
With Mansfield Town still playing matches in League Two during the World Cup, head coach Nigel Clough is likely to rotate his side for this contest.
Kieran Wallace, Scott Flinders, Rhys Oates, James Perch and Jordan Bowery will all be hoping to be handed starting roles in the first XI.
Mansfield Town's Last 5 Matches
05/11/2022Barrow0Mansfield Town1FA Cup
08/11/2022Mansfield Town1Bradford City2League Two
12/11/2022Rochdale0Mansfield Town1League Two
19/11/2022Harrogate Town3Mansfield Town0League Two
26/11/2022Sheffield Wednesday2Mansfield Town1FA Cup
Everton U21 vs. Mansfield Town: Odds and Predictions
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