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Everton to play Celta Vigo at Prenton Park

18/07/2014  Comments (14)  jump

Everton have added another game to their pre-season schedule: they will face Celta Vigo of La Liga at Prenton Park on 6 August with a 7:45pm kick-off.

The match is scheduled between the friendlies against FC Porto on 3rd August and PC Paderborn on the 9th and is being played at Tranmere to allow for additional work on Goodison Park ahead of the new season and to ensure that the playing surface is in perfect condition for the visit of Arsenal on 23rd August.

Having finished in the top half of La Liga last season, Celta Vigo will provide further top-league opposition for Martinez's men as they prepare for the 2014-15 campaign. They will be under a new manager, however, after Luis Enrique departed this summer to take up the reins at Barcelona.

Along with the friendlies against Tranmere, Leicester City and SC Paderborn, the match will be streamed live on evertontv for 3.99 each or as a package for 14.99.  

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Jamie Barlow
1 Posted 18/07/2014 at 14:16:14
It's being screened live on Evertontv. See story under Club News on the TW homepage.
Derek Knox
2 Posted 18/07/2014 at 14:37:31
Just when some posters were saying we had an unplanned paltry pre-season in comparison to last year!

A bit like buses, if you wait patiently, two or three!!!

The other good thing is that three of them are accessible for most fans, but like I said on a previous post, I can't see too many going to Thailand for a one-off!

Minik Hansen
3 Posted 18/07/2014 at 14:47:53
It's obvious it is to please fans from Thailand and the sponsor, that they're going there.
Kristian Boyce
4 Posted 18/07/2014 at 14:50:55
With the announcement of two friendlies within the last couple of days, does anyone else feel that these are a last-minute scramble to put pre-season together? Obviously the World Cup threw everything off, but the 1st team reported back to training a week to ten days later than other PL teams. These last-minute friendlies make it look like a slight lack of organization and preparation within the management.
Paul Andrews
5 Posted 18/07/2014 at 15:04:43

When you say "the management" who do you mean?

Mark Tanton
6 Posted 18/07/2014 at 15:04:19
Nothing this club does smacks of planning! It certainly seems a hand-to-mouth existence.
Jamie Barlow
7 Posted 18/07/2014 at 15:08:49
Who do you think organises the friendlies, Paul?
John Raftery
8 Posted 18/07/2014 at 15:48:33
I don't see any problem here. Putting the best possible programme in place is more important than when it is announced. Celta Vigo finished 9th in La Liga and beat Real Madrid 2-0 in May. So they are decent opposition bearing in mind that the main purpose of pre season fixtures is to build match fitness ahead of the first Premier League fixture on 16th August.
Steve Pugh
9 Posted 18/07/2014 at 17:44:55
Does this mean that they are not screening Ossie's testimonial?
Derek Knox
10 Posted 18/07/2014 at 19:29:26
Steve #9

I think they can only basically stream live away games, as far as I am aware, but the Porto game is a pre-season / testimonial so I think it comes under a different set of criteria !

I am not too sure, but have no doubt that someone will elucidate !

Mike Allison
11 Posted 19/07/2014 at 08:07:01
It doesn’t really matter how it was done, it’s ended up as a decent pre-season programme against ’Europa League-type’ level opposition.

I would never choose to fly to the far-east for a one-off, but I think that’s just got to be chalked up to commercial realities. You have a Thai sponsor, you fly to Thailand occasionally.

Harold Matthews
12 Posted 19/07/2014 at 10:31:25
I hate watching Prenton Park games on TV. The cameras are far too low and the players all seem to be on top of one another.
Paul Burns
13 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:02:03
Planning DOES matter.

Failure to prepare = prepare to fail.

Everton are supposed to be a professional football club.

Everyone knew decades ago that there was a World Cup this year.

Ernie Baywood
14 Posted 19/07/2014 at 12:08:29
When could Europa or Champs League qualifying have started for us?

Could that be the reason for the delayed arrangements?

Or maybe we had a really attractive pre-season proposition lined up and took a punt on keeping our calendar free, safe in the knowledge that we would be able to organize a schedule anyway?

We are after all a top 5 club in one of the world's best leagues. We have some severe limitations but the assumption that we are at this position purely by luck or accident is absurd.

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