NOTE: There will not be a live blog for this game, see you on the Instant Reaction immediately after.
Everton take on Manchester City in an FA Cup quarterfinal at Goodison Park, the last chance for the Toffees to win a trophy this season while their visitors are chasing an unprecedented quadruple having already reached the final of the Carabao Cup, the Premier League title virtually sewed up and a date with Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Carlo Ancelotti will have to find a way to put together a competent XI with both his starting calibre goalies in Jordan Pickford and Robin Olsen out, along with midfield dynamo Abdoulaye Doucoure as well as creative force James Rodriguez all out injured.
The veteran Italian manager has had a week to plan and insisted in his pre-match comments that his side would give City a tough time, but to be honest it’s hard to see how the Toffees can both foil City’s high-powered attack while finding a way to possess the ball enough to score a couple of goals.
For Pep Guardiola, there will be no such worries as the embarrassment of riches that is the City squad means he has two players for every position on the pitch that are either on par with or better than every single Everton player. In their midweek game against Borussia Monchengladbach, Pep was able to rest a couple of key players while ensuring there were no upsets in the second leg of the clash. With the international break coming up after this, it’s likely he’ll name his strongest XI to ensure the run to the quadruple is not interrupted.
Competition: FA Cup Quarterfinal
Date and start time: Saturday, March 20th at 10:30 a.m. PT / 1:30 p.m ET / 5:30 p.m. BST
Capacity: 39,572 [Behind closed doors]
Weather: 46°F/8°C, cloudy, 12% chance of precipitation, 17 mph winds
How to Watch/Listen
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Radio: evertontv, TalkSport Radio UK, SiriusXM FC
Gamethread: There will be no live blog for this game.
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The Blues hosted City at Goodison just over a month ago in league action minus Allan and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and though hung on valiantly and even equalized once after going behind, eventually lost 3-1. Everton’s home form has been worrying, with just the one win in the calendar year in the league, but the Blues were able to hold off a resolute Tottenham Hotspur side in the previous round in a thrilling 5-4 win that needed extra time to find a winner. Can they replicate that persistence against Pep’s juggernaut?