View: Everton have major decision to make following latest schedule blow
Everton have a major decision to make in the context of their season now that the FA Cup fixtures have been confirmed.
The Blues will take on Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, January 24 at 8 pm at Goodison Park.
Later that week, we take on Leicester in what could be a huge clash in terms of who gets the upper hand in the race for a top-four spot.
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— Everton (@Everton) January 14, 2021
The game against the Foxes will kick off at 8:15 pm on Wednesday, January 27 which is just three days after the FA Cup game against the Owls.
This presents a problem for Carlo Ancelotti as he will probably have to heavily rotate his squad to make sure he has his strongest 11 at full fitness for the Premier League game.
The fixture change is because the FA Cup game will be broadcast on BT Sport.
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This is yet another example of TV companies and broadcasters running the rule over football clubs and potentially putting players in danger.
There is no reason why the game against Wednesday couldn’t be played on Saturday or at the very least Sunday lunchtime.
We all laughed at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when he complained about the same issue following his side’s win at Goodison earlier in the season.
The tables have now turned and the club may have to prioritise either a European finish or a cup run.
Us and Leicester both sit on 32 points after 17 games so this late January tie could have huge ramifications in the race for the top four.
But if we want to play our strongest side against Brendan Rodgers’ men then we may have to sacrifice a potential cup run.
The decision to move the Sheffield Wednesday game to the Sunday night is nothing short of moronic and we hope that the club point this out to the FA at the earliest opportunity.
It is lucky that we drew a side who are in a relegation battle in the Championship, though so are Rotherham and look how that game went.
In other Everton news, Kevin Campbell has heaped praise on the new-look Toffees left-hand side.