Quique Sanchez Flores is set to make several changes to his Watford starting line-up against Everton in the Carabao Cup this evening.

A number of injuries have forced the head coach to shuffle his pack and it is believed that some members of the Under 23 squad have travelled up to Merseyside with the first-team.

In previous rounds of the competition both Danny Welbeck and Ismaila Sarr scored their first goals for the club, but the pair are among a string of senior squad members sidelined at the moment, meaning others may be handed an opportunity. 

The head coach said he wanted to use the game as an opportunity for younger players to prove their worth.

"For me the most important thing is the confidence with the players to involve more players in the match," he said.

"Hopefully the new players who go to the pitch they are able to show us they are ready to play in the league also, this is the most important thing tomorrow. Of course the result also, but not anything else."

One player who looks certain to feature is Portuguese midfielder Domingos Quina, who played in both of the previous games in the competition. 

Ahead of the match, Sanchez Flores praised the youngster and suggested he could become an important asset for the team.

"He's a good player, he can play in every single position in the midfield," said the head coach.

"He is like a second striker, he can play really well, his skill is quick. He's very good technically. He's young, sometimes he's making some confident decisions, he's a good player."

After picking up two clean sheets in the last three league matches, it seems as if Sanchez Flores has found a defensive method that makes his side difficult to beat.

However, the head coach said he wants to eventually move away from this system to one he is more comfortable implementing.

"Right now we are playing in one way, in one system," he said.

"It's not the best system for me, this is not the system I have used in the past in my career, but sometimes when you feel the players, they don't have enough confidence, you have to protect them.

"The way I can protect the players right now is with this system. I need to adapt the players for the system, I try to give security, I can feel they are not able to concede easily, or give away attempts to the opponents and for me now it's the way.

"At the moment we are not conceding goals and when we confirmed that we are not conceding goals we can take another step.

"But at the moment if we are not able to close and to move and cover well with five, it's impossible to think we would be doing well with four.

"The first matches we played I was a little bit surprised how easy we conceded space in the corridor between lateral and central defenders, so we need to close these spaces. The quicker way to do that is to play in this system. Then when we are able and safe and we feel confidence to close these kind of spaces, probably we are able to go for another system."