After a quarterfinal round involving very little surprises we see Everton face Manchester City next in the Semi-finals starting on January 4th at Goodison Park and finishing with the second leg on January 25th at the Etihad. The Spurs match scheduled for January 3rd in the Premier League will likely be rescheduled due to this match.
Everton has played mainly away from home on their road to the semi-finals beating Barnsley, Reading and Middlesbrough all away from home. The only match hosted so far at Goodison has been the win on penalties over Norwich City on October 27th. The Semi finals will be during the all important January Window and with rumors of clubs looking to call on John Stones, Kevin Mirallas and even Ross Barkley the team will need to hold onto everyone to keep in the competition for a shot at the final.
Everton is facing a tough matchup in their Manchester City foes, but with a 21 year drought for silverware the team would have to look at this as one of the best shots to bring something home in awhile. Surely the team will be looking on the success of Roberto Martinez and his former Wigan players as beneficial in handling the Manchester side.