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 evertonfc.com.
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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1 Posted 14/08/2020 at 16:28:28
2 Posted 14/08/2020 at 22:24:18
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.
3 Posted 15/08/2020 at 02:23:19
4 Posted 15/08/2020 at 04:48:09
Everton TV = crappy coverage.
5 Posted 15/08/2020 at 11:01:10
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.
6 Posted 15/08/2020 at 11:04:32
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.
8 Posted 15/08/2020 at 11:34:41
9 Posted 15/08/2020 at 11:40:26
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.
10 Posted 15/08/2020 at 15:00:08
11 Posted 15/08/2020 at 15:21:24
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.
12 Posted 15/08/2020 at 15:39:09
And me. I also remember seeing Besic in the pre-season friendly at Tranmere after hed just signed and declared him a really good signing! What do I know?!
13 Posted 15/08/2020 at 17:05:33
14 Posted 16/08/2020 at 03:12:56
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!
15 Posted 16/08/2020 at 05:51:19
17 Posted 16/08/2020 at 11:37:33
18 Posted 16/08/2020 at 12:20:48
Many a true word spoken in 'guessed'!
19 Posted 16/08/2020 at 12:46:28
21 Posted 16/08/2020 at 15:18:47
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?
22 Posted 16/08/2020 at 15:44:21
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.
23 Posted 16/08/2020 at 16:14:33
Im 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 wont be enough even if Brands had an eye for a deal which seemingly he doesnt.
25 Posted 16/08/2020 at 16:31:31
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.
26 Posted 16/08/2020 at 17:22:37
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.
27 Posted 16/08/2020 at 17:34:49
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.
28 Posted 16/08/2020 at 22:11:30
29 Posted 17/08/2020 at 01:28:31
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.
30 Posted 17/08/2020 at 12:52:56
31 Posted 18/08/2020 at 22:05:29
They have got me hating football. I am 59 and I haven't felt like this before.
Sad times indeed.
32 Posted 19/08/2020 at 09:16:49
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.
33 Posted 21/08/2020 at 22:42:59
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.
34 Posted 24/08/2020 at 14:52:09
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.
35 Posted 24/08/2020 at 15:01:12
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.
36 Posted 24/08/2020 at 15:30:05
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.
37 Posted 24/08/2020 at 15:32:25
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.
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.
39 Posted 30/08/2020 at 10:41:38
40 Posted 30/08/2020 at 10:45:03
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