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Swansea cup clash set for 23 September

by | 01/09/2014  Comments (17)  jump
Everton's Capital One Cup third round tie at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea has been scheduled for 7:45pm on 23rd September.

It means that the Blues will not get an extra day following the Europa League game with Wolfsburg on the Thursday and the Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace on the Sunday.  

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Tony Heslop
1 Posted 01/09/2014 at 15:30:48
So we've been deprived of the extra day. A bit unfair, presumably because it'll be televised. Let's hope they don't sacrifice this game and put out a stream of reserves. Robles will get his chance but the side must be a balance of youth and experience if we're going to make any progress.
Mark Andersson
2 Posted 01/09/2014 at 15:28:21
Well the way we are playing at the moment and all this speculation about lack of fitness due to bad or none existing pre season, we will get battered by Swansea. Lose the first leg of the Europa game and then let Crystal Palace walk all over us like they did last year

So much for our pre season optimism, shot after 3 games

Matt Traynor
3 Posted 01/09/2014 at 15:37:34
Mark #2 "Lose the first leg of the Europa game"

The group stages is a mini league, 3 pts for a win etc. No two legged affairs till the knock out stages.

... if we get there.

Mark Andersson
4 Posted 01/09/2014 at 16:25:36
Cheers Matt, I got lost with all the pots and balls never mind how the comp works.

Still after reading a load of posts on other threads I was quite excited. Then we had the Chelsea game; now, even though I saw the positive from that game, the doom mongers got to me.

So, as that old football saying goes, I will take it one game at a time.

Mark Scarratt
5 Posted 01/09/2014 at 16:47:39
I don't think they have announced which games will be televised yet.

Also, what is the point in giving the European teams a bye until Round 3, if you are then forced to play Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday?

Our next game after Swansea is the derby at Anfield, Saturday lunchtime, so no chance of getting that moved. Swansea are due at Sunderland at 3pm the same day.

Also, winning the League Cup guarantees European football the following year, but this fixture madness just isn't fair. No wonder everybody plays the reserves... Crazy!

John Raftery
6 Posted 01/09/2014 at 17:40:32
In October 2009 we lost three games in five days; 5-0 to Benfica (a) on the Thursday, 3-2 to Bolton (a) on the Sunday and 2-0 to Spurs (a) in the League Cup on the Tuesday. This time at least we have the benefit of playing two of the games at Goodison. With three games in five days though the manager has little option but to use the whole squad. Otherwise what is the point of having a squad? I would prioritise the Europa and league games above the Swansea tie.
Karl Masters
7 Posted 01/09/2014 at 18:51:52
You are right John - we got shafted that time with the Spurs game played on the Tuesday so they could televise Arsenal vs Liverpool at the Emirates on the Wednesday. Both those two therefore had 4 days to prepare since their last game, Spurs had 3 and we only got 2 days.

I went to the Spurs game and the whole team looked exhausted. We also wore that horrible all purple kit as well!

Patrick Murphy
8 Posted 01/09/2014 at 19:06:13
I have thought for a while now that the League Cup should be played in one foul swoop. Have all the rounds played consecutively at the beginning of the season perhaps up until the last 4 or 8 and then the actual Premier League can begin after the Transfer window closes. Just an idea.
James Ford
9 Posted 01/09/2014 at 19:12:42
What happens if you are Man United though Patrick, you wouldn't play for the last 3 weeks in August when you get knocked out first round.
Patrick Murphy
10 Posted 01/09/2014 at 19:17:54
I’m sure the bigger clubs if Knocked-out could arrange a prestigious friendly.
Nicholas Ryan
11 Posted 01/09/2014 at 19:18:54
Patrick, 8, I think it's "one fell swoop" ... 'One foul swoop', usually involves the Police and an expensive defence lawyer ... as for 'One fowl swoop' ... let's not even go there!
Patrick Murphy
12 Posted 01/09/2014 at 19:24:51
Cheers Nick rushing as per usual
Peter Murray
13 Posted 01/09/2014 at 19:23:12
ItÂ’s rough but we handle it. The squad is big enough and good enough.

LetÂ’s not enter into a predictably Evertonian list of excuses for failure before a ball has even been kicked.

Tony Abrahams
15 Posted 02/09/2014 at 08:25:22
I really canÂ’t believe people who want to prioritise a cup game over the league. I could understand it if we could actually win the league, but we havenÂ’t won a cup for Â’20 fucking yearsÂ’. Can someone please tell me why Everton FC, actually exist, if it isnÂ’t to actually win? Just another example of why Sky TV have wrecked football forme.
Andrew Ellams
16 Posted 02/09/2014 at 11:37:08
You will probably all be stunned to hear that the televised game that night is our nearest and dearest at home to Middlesbrough. Do they have some sort of deal for every game to be on the TV?

Makes the decision to play our game on the Tuesday even more odd unless it is at EvertonÂ’s request to give them an extra 24 hours before the derby.

Milos Milenkovic
17 Posted 02/09/2014 at 21:49:59
Hopefully we will arrive on time... that is, if Beckford isn't bus driver...
Tony Heslop
18 Posted 04/09/2014 at 20:41:14
I see too we've taken the low allocation of 2000 tickets. Given their dirt cheap price, they should sell out on the first day. Shame we didn't take the option, as applies in the League Cup , of taking the higher allocation.

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