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FA Cup Semi-final date confirmed

It's a Saturday evening showdown for the Toffees at Wembley

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Everton have confirmed that their FA Cup semi-final against either West Ham Utd or Manchester Utd will be played on Saturday April 23rd at 5.15pm, with BBC One broadcasting the game live in the UK.

Everton will hold a planning meeting on Monday to discuss ticket allocations, with the Toffees likely to receive around 30,000 tickets for the game at Wembley.

There has been a mixed reaction to Everton being handed the Saturday evening slot. It is certainly easier for the supporters in terms of transport. They will have the bulk of the day to travel down and public transport will still be running when the game finishes, even taking in the possibility of extra-time and (gulp) penalties.

However, it gives the team just 72 hours to recover from the Anfield Merseyside derby, kindly rescheduled by the Premier League on Wednesday April 20th.

It certainly adds weight to calls for Roberto Martinez to rest key players against Liverpool. The result is unlikely to have a dramatic affect on Everton's final league position so why risk injury just days before the biggest game of the season?

I can understand the argument about momentum and confidence but even a first win at Anfield since 1999 would be tainted should someone like Romelu Lukaku suffer injury and miss the semi-final.

Martinez has repeatedly told us about how this is the strongest Everton squad in years. This seems like an opportune moment to prove it.