Everton will play their previously postponed Premier League fixture against Manchester City at Goodison Park on Wednesday 17 February 2021 with kick-off set for 8:15 pm.
The match was controversially postponed by Manchester City when they reported a number of Covid cases to the Premier League, without contacting Everton.
A satisfactory explanation of the circumstances and decision-making underlying the postponement of the game has never been provided.
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1 Posted 04/02/2021 at 18:39:15
2 Posted 04/02/2021 at 19:42:29
3 Posted 04/02/2021 at 19:50:25
4 Posted 04/02/2021 at 20:54:43
5 Posted 04/02/2021 at 21:07:26
7 Posted 04/02/2021 at 21:12:02
That has been the case through the heavily congested fixtures of December and January. Even with injuries, he kept milking results when others floundered.
The one break we got was when this original fixture was postponed. As a result, our next opponents - WHU at home - played 2 games whilst we had a full week off.
It should have been advantage Everton. But no. We were lethargic and pedestrian and lost.
If we truly have ambitions to be one of the big boys again, we should embrace back-to-back games against strong opposition, not bemoan it or shy away from it.
8 Posted 04/02/2021 at 23:48:22
"Europe's biggest teams will be given a safety net to play in the Champions League even if they fail to finish in the top four of their domestic competitions, under Uefa plans revealed to Premier League clubs on Thursday." (The Times - subscription
Why do we bother ? The rs,Mancs,Chelsea et Al will get in Champions league even if they get relegated.
9 Posted 05/02/2021 at 00:12:58
10 Posted 05/02/2021 at 00:29:24
11 Posted 05/02/2021 at 01:55:09
We won the lot of them.
Bring it on I say.
12 Posted 05/02/2021 at 03:11:34
13 Posted 05/02/2021 at 03:41:02
14 Posted 05/02/2021 at 06:21:11
I am a conspiracy theorists, it's as plain as the teeth in what's his faces head.
Also thought villa cried off first? Maybe wrong, often am, again, if so, shouldn't we play them first?, at least try to maintain some semblance of order?
Wouldn't be surprised to see collina back for derby.
15 Posted 05/02/2021 at 06:38:02
I really don't think that closing your training ground is a good enough excuse. If you have to clean the changing rooms then hire some portacabins and send players home to shower, or hire more cleaners unless you think they will bring it with them.
16 Posted 05/02/2021 at 08:38:19
Not much travel involved and these are the games we can really get to judge how good we are and also help identify who has and hasn't got it them to be kept involved next season.
17 Posted 05/02/2021 at 11:03:23
18 Posted 05/02/2021 at 13:52:53
He said early season when we were playing 3 games a week and in the congested months of December and January, we played well and won the majority of our games.
When we have a week off, the next game we don't play as well and don't always get a favourable result.
Carlo spoke about managing and rotating his squad - there are one of two reasons a player is not selected:
1) he didn't play well in the previous game
2) I am resting him
Carlo is well accustomed to handling a continuous weekend and mid-week game schedule.
The Colombian correspondent asked for clarification on why James didn't play v Leeds, offering his opinion that James didn't play well v Newcastle.
Carlo corrected him on that. 'That is your opinion. It is not my opinion. James played 3 consecutive games and I wanted to rest him and Michael Keane before the next games we play.'
From what he said in the presser, Olsen and Godfrey are definite starters. Expect Keane and James to return. The rest of the selection will be interesting, given he also honestly said 'We have played United twice and lost twice, so we need to try something different. Because if we play the same way again, we will lose.'
19 Posted 05/02/2021 at 14:01:12
20 Posted 05/02/2021 at 14:07:44
Other than that by the season's end if he keeps this form up, he is going to be pushing for a clean sweep of the players' and fans' player and young player of the year awards.
What d'ya reckon, Dave? A touch of the Duncan Edwards/Tony Kay about him..? Such a powerhouse.
21 Posted 05/02/2021 at 14:11:27
I looked at the line ups from our two losses to Utd and Carlo talking about trying something different. Id forgotten James missed both of those games, Coleman started both and even Bernard played a game and a half. So Id bet on keeping Coleman out and bringing James in, and Bernard well his stock has fallen so safe to say he wont play
22 Posted 05/02/2021 at 14:16:36
23 Posted 05/02/2021 at 14:23:36
24 Posted 05/02/2021 at 14:24:08
Love him to bits and he continues to play well, but for me he was very culpable in the league loss for standing off Bruno Fernandes and letting him get two crosses into the box from which they scored.
As for that game at Southampton, Carlo got a few things wrong that day. He played James when not fully fit (following his injury in the previous game, the 2-2 draw in the Derby game) and compounded things (on top of Digne's sending off by not subbing the Colombian out. He was a total pedastrian for the last 10-20 minutes of that game with all the subs used up.
Early days indeed mentioning Godfrey in the same breathe as Edwards and Kay, but he has that warrior leading-from-the-front quality that they had.
25 Posted 05/02/2021 at 14:39:32
I know ex players rocking up to Finch Farm is a contentious issue but Seamus is the sort of man we need to keep. The best money our club ever spent.
26 Posted 06/02/2021 at 19:32:03
City took the proverbial, they will get their justice..
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