By Declan Walsh

21st Jan, 2021 | 6:44pm

Mark Lawrenson predicts Everton v Sheffield Wednesday

Mark Lawrenson predicts Everton will progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup by beating Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men will play for the first time in 12 days when they kick-off on Sunday afternoon after the postponement of their clash versus Aston Villa last week.

Sheffield Wednesday have also been out of action for a while and when they play Everton this weekend, it will be their first game since their win versus Exeter in the FA Cup third round on January 9 due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Yorkshire club.

Both teams might have to shake off a bit of rust this weekend but ex-Liverpool player Lawrenson believes the Blues will have enough to come out on top by beating the Owls 2-0 on Merseyside.

Writing on the BBC Sport website, Lawro said: “Sheffield Wednesday’s results have picked up a little recently, but they are still in the Championship relegation zone.

“Everton needed extra-time to see off another struggling second-tier team, Rotherham, in round three but this should be more straightforward for them.”

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DCL comeback?

Everton have played Sheffield Wednesday just two times in the last 20 years and both of them have been wins for the Merseyside club in the League Cup.

Last season, the Blues beat the Yorkshire club 2-0 at Hillsborough with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring twice but it remains to be seen whether the England forward will play this weekend.

Calvert-Lewin, 23, has missed Everton’s last two fixtures when they have beaten Rotherham in the FA Cup and Wolves in the Premier League.

Kevin Campbell has exclusively told Goodison News that the Villa game being postponed is a slight blessing in disguise for Everton as it handed players like Calvert-Lewin more time to recover.

However, even if the Old Lady’s goal machine is available this weekend, we don’t think he should play.

As Lawrenson says, this should be a straightforward match for the Toffees and they should be able to beat Sheffield Wednesday without DCL.

Of course, we want to see the Blues go on a cup run but we cannot risk players who are not 100 per cent.

With a potential clash against Tottenham in the next round, as they play Wycombe, it’s best to wait it out with Calvert-Lewin and get him fully fit for big games in the near future.

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