Two pre-season friendlies confirmed

Friday, 14 August, 2020 36comments  |  Jump to last
Everton have confirmed their opening two friendly games of a shortened pre-season schedule.

The Blues will travel to Blackpool of League One on Saturday 22 August at 3pm before facing Blackburn Rovers from the Championship on Tuesday 1 September at 6pm. Both games will be played behind closed doors but live video streaming coverage will be made available online via

Everton say a third friendly game will be announced "in due course" as Carlo Ancelotti prepares his squad for the new Premier League season, which kicks off on 12 September.

Not all the first-team squad will have returned, with some players taking advantage of extended breaks offered by the club.

Richarlison, who has been holidaying in Portugal, will have to quarantine for 14 days upon his return to the UK, as per government guidelines, this week and so will use that time as part of his extended rest period. He is not expected back at Finch Farm until the end of August.

Bernard, who returned to Brazil and will also have to self-isolate upon his return, is another not expected to be back at Finch Farm before the end of August.  

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Pat Kelly
1 Posted 14/08/2020 at 16:28:28
It'll be a chance to see all our new signings.
Andrew Bentley
2 Posted 14/08/2020 at 22:24:18
Ha! Great point Pat @1.

We could be seeing that great central-midfield pairing of Davies and Sigurdsson again. I was hoping that was consigned to last season and the nightmare would be over.

I bet Blackpool are shitting themselves.

Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 15/08/2020 at 02:23:19
Sucks that the season just ended and this shower will be back bringing gloom to our days in just over a week.
Jack Convery
4 Posted 15/08/2020 at 04:48:09
Same squad = a real struggle and a possibility of relegation.

Everton TV = crappy coverage.

Very EFC.

Martin Reppion
5 Posted 15/08/2020 at 11:01:10
I've always liked a bit of pre-season.

I remember going to Tranmere and seeing Peter Beardsley play for us for the first time. He looked positively good looking in blue.

Results don't matter. We usually play lower league sides who are further on in their preparation. So it will need a touch of perspective when it comes to commenting on what we see.

This year the extended season means we don't have the usual break to build up the tension. It also means less time for players to train on in terms of physical development and skills.

Whatever happens, it's a new season. I'm up for it.

Mike Williams
6 Posted 15/08/2020 at 11:04:32
Come on guys, we need to get behind our team and not let them down.

It's not like they have let us down at all!!

I noticed in the last 6 home games of the season the crowd were quite subdued and not the usual strength behind the team and we need to change that.

In contrast to the last few Arsenal home games I watched on the TV, their crowd were considerably louder than I've ever heard them before.

Tom Bowers
8 Posted 15/08/2020 at 11:34:41
Everton may have to face Beni ''Thingammy'' who is rumoured to be going on loan to Blackpool.
Tom Bowers
9 Posted 15/08/2020 at 11:40:26
It would be nice to know that Carlo does have some irons in the fire. I would hate to think that he intends to go with more of the same until the next transfer window... oh, God no!

The other side of things is the usual last-minute desperation signing for an inflated fee and we have had many of those that didn't work out well.

Barry McNally
10 Posted 15/08/2020 at 15:00:08
Extended breaks - that's ridiculous. Some clubs started back last Monday - this is going to be a long season.
Fran Mitchell
11 Posted 15/08/2020 at 15:21:24
I see some players holidaying abroad, which I really don't think was necessary.

I then see players like Antony Gordon have been using the time to continue training. As he was during lockdown, he has been with his Personal Trainer training, no vacation. He's looking absolutely primed and has a real determination about him. Think he'll be the Premier League breakthrough start of the season.

Brent Stephens
12 Posted 15/08/2020 at 15:39:09
Martin #5 “ always liked a bit of pre-season. I remember going to Tranmere and seeing Peter Beardsley play for us for the first time. He looked positively good looking in blue.“

And me. I also remember seeing Besic in the pre-season friendly at Tranmere after he’d just signed and declared him a really good signing! What do I know?!

David Woodworth
13 Posted 15/08/2020 at 17:05:33
So much excitement. The slow, slow, backward slow midfield, can’t wait.
Mark Andersson
14 Posted 16/08/2020 at 03:12:56
What's with the doom 'n gloom already? I'm sure Carlo has a master plan...

It would be great if Carlo can bring through some of the younger hungry players.

Blue till I die but this Everton team needs killing off!

Brian Murray
15 Posted 16/08/2020 at 05:51:19
Carlo incredibly doesn't realise the help (or lack of it) he has at his side and above him. There is no way this squad – without at least four decent signings – will get away with mid-table again. Leeds and West Brom will be too strong for us, mark my words.
Barry McNally
17 Posted 16/08/2020 at 11:37:33
Brian 15, agree. Wouldn't like to get Leeds early on – they're back training a week already while our lads still sunning themselves.
Derek Knox
18 Posted 16/08/2020 at 12:20:48
NewsNow article, I know, a pinch or a sack of salt and all that, are reporting that a 'leaked fixtures list for 2020-21 season' has us at home to Fulham!

Many a true word spoken in 'guessed'!

Stephen Vincent
19 Posted 16/08/2020 at 12:46:28
Yeah saw that, hate playing newly promoted sides early on.
Paul Burns
21 Posted 16/08/2020 at 15:18:47
Who cares? Groundhog Day.

Everton have made me hate football. We've gone from a legendary giant to an embarrassing laughing-stock in my lifetime... in fact, since the day Kenwright walked in the door.

I look forward to the end of the season again. How has it come to this?

John Boon
22 Posted 16/08/2020 at 15:44:21
As a long, long-time Evertonian, it is always important to try to be optimistic. The past is what it is... ie, "The Past". No matter how long you have been a supporter of the Blues, you must have realised within the first season or two that patience is essential if you are to remain "sane".

In an era of gloom and doom with Covid-19, a good football season, even with empty stadiums, can ease the mind. I would much prefer packed stadiums, but I also like watching football too much to let a virus take away simple pleasures.

Kieran Kinsella
23 Posted 16/08/2020 at 16:14:33

I’m usually optimistic at the start but I think this year we will be relegated. Too many mentally weak, technically inept jokers. One or two “shrewd” signings won’t be enough even if Brands had an eye for a deal which seemingly he doesn’t.

Fran Mitchell
25 Posted 16/08/2020 at 16:31:31
There are reasons to be cheerful, despite the gloom surrounding the club.

Richarlison, after 2 solid seasons and constant improvement, should be set for a stand out year that puts him amongst the best.

Holgate, rather than starting the season as a sub, will begin the season as 1st choice, and could equally develop into one of the leagues standout defenders.

Calvert-Lewin has had a 'break-through' season, and should push himself further, with the added spice of pushing himself for a Euro 2020* place.

Gordon has made himself a true first-teamer and looks the talent off the academy line we've been waiting for. The lad shows real talent, and grit, and could be the breakout star of the season.

Kean has had his first year in England, and can only be better. He was poor, but there is the possibility for him to blossom.

Branthwaite looks like he'll be a top player, and Gibson has had his experience playing and could come in and impose himself like Holgate did.

There is also the hope that Gbamin could get fit and may actually be a decent player. Maybe young players like Simms, the young left-back, and another young lad or two-step up into the squad.

A couple of additions should put us in good stead to at least make Saturday's enjoyable.

A formation of 3-5-2 would suit us best, I feel, keeping the front two, but reinforcing the midfield. Lyon vs City showed how this system can really work with success.

Clive Rogers
26 Posted 16/08/2020 at 17:22:37
Fran, #25,

I wish I could share your optimism. If Richie has a stand out season, he'll be away if he feels we can't compete at the top. Calvert-Lewin was very poor after the restart and dropped for the last game. Gordon needs time, as do Kean and Branthwaite. Gbamin has a long road to even get fit after two awful injuries. It will be a struggle for him after 18 months out.

Jay Harris
27 Posted 16/08/2020 at 17:34:49
Regrettably, Clive, I think you are closer to the mark than Fran.

Unless we get some goals and grit in the midfield, I really fear for us.

Its also worrying that the Boys Pen Bill culture of delaying acquisitions to the last minute and penny-pinching is going to force our main targets elsewhere.

What a joke of a club we have become.

Clive Rogers
28 Posted 16/08/2020 at 22:11:30
Jay, yes, 20-odd years of decline under Kenwright has turned us into a small club that good players no longer want to come to.
Don Alexander
29 Posted 17/08/2020 at 01:28:31
Careful, Clive, there are numerous TWers who evidently think our problems as a vastly diminished great club, the only one of the seven who were consulted when the Premier League was instigated to have relentlessly failed to match the other six, has sod all to do with the "leadership" of the devious "Boys Pen Bill".

Yet the guy is still at the top of the boardroom he's ruled for decades, now in "an enhanced role" according to the financial football genius Moshiri has hitherto deemed himself to be – despite having spent well over a quarter billion quid to make us so much weaker.

Clive Rogers
30 Posted 17/08/2020 at 12:52:56
Don, it's the truth as I see it and I think more Blues are seeing it that way.
Michael Barrett
31 Posted 18/08/2020 at 22:05:29
I would have the mid-90s Dogs of War team any day of the week and twice on Sunday over this shower of shite of a team.

They have got me hating football. I am 59 and I haven't felt like this before.

Sad times indeed.

Ray Jacques
32 Posted 19/08/2020 at 09:16:49
I love Fran's optimism, but unfortunately the reality is totally the opposite.

I am not looking forward to the new season if we have to endure that shower of overpaid, underperforming, lazy, uncaring bottle merchants in a blue shirt. In 50 years of support, I have never been as ambivalent towards a squad of players as I am with this lot.

There is not one (except Coleman) to whom I can relate and admire or respect, and the distaste for Pickford and his child-like antics increases with each game.

David Pearl
33 Posted 21/08/2020 at 22:42:59
Well, tell me – was it Kenwright or Brands that signed Iwobi, Delph, Kean last season? Was Kenwright around when we signed Arteta, Cahill, Baines and Coleman? It's all Kenwright's fault... is it fuck!

And now this season is dawning upon us and would anyone like our money back from those three (£70M of it) to spend this time around, which won't happen. A few weeks to go and we've got nothing done. Moshiri's idea for the director of fuck-all, not Kenwright's... but hey, it's fun isn't it, it's all Bill's fault.

Moshiri is our Tony Fernandez and he will see us relegated if we don't give Ancelotti full control over signings. New season starting... wonderful.

Dave Abrahams
34 Posted 24/08/2020 at 14:52:09
Back to the friendlies getting screened live: Well I couldn't get the Blackpool one, even though I did everything Everton asked me, to enable me to receive the game.

Will we get the Blackburn game? Doubt it, it happens every year but nothing changes.

Some people are getting charged £20 to join the scheme that provides this service, the money is taken quite quickly and smoothly, no problem, that is until it comes to showing the game, fans from America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and all over the world, even some of us from Liverpool, ripped off by the club, who according to Mrs Barrett-Baxendale are striving everyday to please “Our marvellous supporters”.

Well, I'm not blaming Billy Boy for this mess, but a mess it is and someone is to blame, year after year after year.

Is it even worth trying to get this game a week on Tuesday? There, Everton, you've got another 8 days to do something about it... bet you don't.

Dan Parker
35 Posted 24/08/2020 at 15:01:12
Dave, not sure if it helps but I was able to see the game after registering 10 mins before the start in the US. When I clicked on the video to play on the website, it kept telling me to become a member.

Eventually after 10 mins or so of refreshing the page, it must have processed the membership finally and I was able to watch. Once I was in, the sound and picture quality was spot on, better than NBC Sports Gold even.

Tony Abrahams
36 Posted 24/08/2020 at 15:30:05
It's not just Everton, Paul B, it's the constant cheating, and the advocating of it by these pundits, who once actually played football!

I watched the Champions League final last night, and enjoyed Hierra's little five yard passes, that should have seen his team go in front.

I then have to listen to McManaman and his co-commentator go on about how the player never got the ball, and then five different re-runs, then the ref in the studio saying “He's seen them given.”

So have I, but it doesn't mean it's the correct decision, and until attitudes change, then cheating will only get worse. Win at all costs, has already destroyed so much about the once beautiful game, a game that very rarely flows because of the constant cheating nowadays.

Dave Abrahams
37 Posted 24/08/2020 at 15:32:25
Dan (35), glad to hear that. Some were receiving the game, plenty were not, as a season ticket holder I was supposed to watch the game, put my Email address and new code number in on Friday afternoon and was registered to receive the game.

I never did, and wasn't surprised, to be honest, happens every season. Wait and see what happens next week.

Thanks for your reply, Dan, and glad you saw three good goals, not sure about the rest of the game.

Jay Harris
38 Posted 24/08/2020 at 16:03:55
Be glad you missed that one.

The first half-hour was like watching Southport as we were carved open time after time.

Blackpool could and should have scored a couple more and all from open play.

None of our goals came from open play in fact as usual we didn't really trouble their keeper.

What a difference to watching the Champions League final yesterday when Bayern reminded me of the '80s Everton and Neuer in one-on-ones reminded me of Big Nev.

If only we had one of that team now.

Geoff Lambert
39 Posted 30/08/2020 at 10:41:38
Really, Patrick? That's not good.
Tony Hill
40 Posted 30/08/2020 at 10:45:03
Because of a COVID spike in the area. I’m struggling to follow the logic.

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