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Everton's home game against Liverpool will need to be rearranged following the latter's progress to the last eight of the FA Cup.

The Goodison derby was originally scheduled for 16 March but, with the Reds now in action that weekend against Manchester United at Old Trafford, a new date will need to be found for the all-Mersey clash.

That will pose a challenge for the Premier League, particularly if Liverpool go deep into the Europa League as, with international fixtures resuming this month, there are almost no free weekdays available.

It has thrown up the possibility that the derby could be played in the final week of the season, prior to the final Sunday but, as yet, there has been no indication of the likely date.

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The change to the originally scheduled date means that Everton will now have a three-week break between their own trip to Old Trafford on Saturday week and their next game away at Bournemouth at the end of the month.


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Christy Ring
1 Posted 28/02/2024 at 21:40:26
Looking like our fixture against the redshite will be at the end of the season. Good or bad??
John Atkins
2 Posted 28/02/2024 at 21:53:37
Hopefully we'll be safe when we play that shower towards the of the season and play with no fear whilst helping Man City or Arsenal in their quest

With the International break, most of the squad will have 3 weeks without a game so hopefully time to rejuvenate

So glad Man Utd won tonight!

Eugene Ruane
3 Posted 28/02/2024 at 22:32:39
Christy #100, I reckon the fixture moving to the end of the season would be a good thing.

There's not much time between now and 17 March, so the idea of some world-ending catastrophe between now and then, meaning we wouldn't have to watch them (spit!) beat us 1-0 with a penalty in the 109th minute (after an 8 min VAR review) is slim.

However, the world is in a very unstable state right now and although a long-shot, it's possible that between now and May, there could be an escalation in the conflict in Ukraine or the Middle East or... um... somewhere, that could result in something like a Third World War.

And if that were to happen, it's possible nuclear weapons could be employed.

Obviously, for most of mankind, this would be an absolute disaster, the worst of all possible scenarios.

For Everton supporters, however (nb: particularly Everton supporters who've been watching derby games since 1966) the end of the world in a massive mushroom cloud could be just the break we've been looking for.

Up The Toffees and the end of civilisation!

(And fuck you Klopp, Clattenburg and Richard Masters!)

Brian Wilkinson
4 Posted 28/02/2024 at 23:02:49
If Liverpool progress through the Europa League, then I think the only available date will be the final week of the season.

Be nice if Man Utd knocked them out of the FA Cup, then we stop them winning the title the final week, imagine that happening by the two clubs they hate to lose to.

They say you cannot go onto the pitch, but no mention on the running of the outfield of the pitch where the stewards walks.

If we stop them winning the league, can you imagine how long that conga along the touchline will be!!!

Mike Owen
5 Posted 29/02/2024 at 08:57:10

I think you'll find 23/24 April will be available for the derby, even if Liverpool go all the way in the Europa League.

Also, I have read a suggestion that the last midweek of the season is earmarked for Premier League games postponed due to FA Cup semi-finals.

Roger Helm
6 Posted 29/02/2024 at 18:44:41
John, why are you so pleased Man Utd won?

If Nottingham Forest are our relegation rivals, I wouldn't mind seeing them in a long, tiring and distracting cup run.

Danny O’Neill
7 Posted 29/02/2024 at 18:54:30
I don't care when we play them. I don't fear them.

I don't care who they beat or lose against.

All I care about are our fixtures and when we play them.

Tony Abrahams
8 Posted 29/02/2024 at 20:06:56
If Goodison Park was a sea of noise that helped to keep Everton up against both Palace and Bournemouth, then just imagine how loud it will be if we stop Liverpool from winning the league?

That's not me being bitter, that's me being very honest, and after the season we have had, then I would love to see us rejoicing, whilst the real bitter bastards were sitting at home or in the pub, fuming at the telly, whilst calling us all the bitter bastards under the sun!

John Atkins
9 Posted 29/02/2024 at 22:47:38

Man Utd have a better chance of beating those horrible bastards.

Alan J Thompson
10 Posted 01/03/2024 at 10:02:39
Let's worry about that when we get there.
John Williams
11 Posted 01/03/2024 at 10:36:49
You really have cheered us all up.
Danny O’Neill
12 Posted 01/03/2024 at 10:50:20
The 'bitter' jibe is a pathetic remark by the red cousins, Tony.

Be it Everton, Chelsea, Manchester United and more recently bricking the Manchester City coach, there is only one jealous and bitter set of supporters and they don't wear Royal Blue. They wear the Devil's cloth.

I have family and good friends on the red side. My sister has worked for them for decades. My wife did for several years.

But as a collective, the are an entitled bunch and arrogant to the core. We have no reason to fear them. I never have. I never will. Every single one of them, as the chant goes.

Barry Rathbone
13 Posted 01/03/2024 at 10:56:49
When will people learn?

They are in a different galaxy to us. The parting gift of winning the title and/or sending us down as a retirement present for Klopp is unassailable juju. It is written.

Joe McMahon
14 Posted 01/03/2024 at 10:58:51
Danny, whilst I fully agree with what you say. I've often wondered why it is that they are Northern working-class folk (traditionally), a bit like the difference on the whole between Man City and Man Utd supporters.

Also I don't want the derby being sqeezed in to accommodate their cup runs, as it will be on the cards to lose to Liverpool's youth team (again).

Danny O’Neill
15 Posted 01/03/2024 at 11:15:46
Joe, same city, different breed.

You should witness the debate at my family gatherings once a few have gone down the pipe!

It's one match that can be won. Any match can be won. There are others in between. As others have said, we'll focus on it when it happens. Not worry about it.

Whenever it happens, if I am fortunate enough, I'll still go to the Arkles out of principle.

I don't think my sister trusts me to give me a Liverpool ticket. She used to. I'll have to see what I can do.

Gordon Beattie
16 Posted 01/03/2024 at 11:50:12
Mike #5 is correct. I hope it is then. I am surprised that anyone on here wants the risk that a derby defeat in our last home match results in our relegation and a trophy presentation.

Brian #4 The conga would be red. The Premier League might 'luv' it but the police won't.

Alan McGuffog
17 Posted 01/03/2024 at 11:56:04
If there is the chance that the game would see them clinch the Premier League then simple... we don't give them any tickets.

We can't get into worse trouble than we're in now.

Ralph Basnett
18 Posted 02/03/2024 at 09:31:08
Derby late in the season and a defeat for the shoite means mathematically they cannot win the Premier League.

To cap it all off, Dyche to do the fist pump and the Gwlady!

Oh, how we can dream…….

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