Everton kick off an attempt to end a 23 year trophy drought when Marco Silva’s side welcome Rotherham United to Goodison Park in the Carabao Cup.
Generations of Evertonians have never seen their beloved club lift a trophy, no blue has ever witnessed their side win the League Cup.
Silva, without the hindrance of European football this term, will be hoping he is the man to break the Toffees’ duck.
Despite being one of the Premier League’s youngest coaches at 41, the gaffer has picked up three trophies in his short managerial career, the Segunda Liga, the Taca de Portugal and the Greek Superleague.
The Millers downed Wigan 3-1 in the opening round of the tournament setting up the L4 showdown.
But after five Championship fixtures Rotherham find themselves 15th, with six points. After yo-yoing between the second and third division of English football manager Paul Warne will be desperate for stability, so staying up will take much more of a priority than a potential cup run.
Everton’s last four meetings with Rotherham came in this competition, in 1992, Rotherham got the better of the Blues in a 1-0 win in September, but the Blues ran away 3-0 winners in the October. In September 1987 Everton defeated the Millers 3-2 at Goodison but the sides had to settle for a 0-0 draw two weeks later.
The Blues have faced off with Wednesday’s opponents on 10 occasions, winning four, drawing four and losing two.
If the game is level after 90 minutes it goes straight to penalties.
The League Cup could give fringe players a chance to show Silva what they are capable of.