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FA Cup 3rd Round Replay

Everton and Crystal Palace face off again for a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup in tomorrow night's replay at Goodison Park.

Having drawn the original tie at Selhurst Park 12 days ago, the Blues get the chance to despatch of the Eagles and earn a home tie against Luton Town on the weekend of 27 January.

Sean Dyche does have a couple of fresh injury concerns ahead of Wednesday evening's game, with Abdoulaye Doucouré dealing with fatigue after his shift in the 0-0 draw against Aston Villa on Sunday, his first appearance after a five-match lay-off.

Seamus Coleman, meanwhile, is a doubt with a hamstring issue. The club captain played the full 90 minutes against Villa but, according to his manager, felt tightness in his hamstring and may not be risked for this one.

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Ashley Young is "back on the grass" but won't be considered against Palace which could give Nathan Patterson another chance to impress at right-back.

James Tarkowski and Vitalii Mykolenko, who both sustained cuts to the head following knocks to the head, are clear to play, with Dyche laughing off the notion that either could miss out tomorrow evening over injuries that simply "needed a bit of glue".

Dwight McNeil, injured in the original tie but a second-half substitute against Villa, is expected to be among the starting XI. 

Palace, meanwhile, are still without the injured Michael Olise but Roy Hodgson has confirmed that goalkeeper Sam Johnstone will return between the sticks.

Kick-off: 7:45 pm, Wednesday 17 January 2024
Last Time: Everton 3 - 2 Crystal Palace (FA Cup 3rd Round replay, 18 January 1972)

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Onana, Garner, Harrison, McNeil, Doucouré, Calvert-Lewin


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Peter Mills
1 Posted 16/01/2024 at 16:30:56
What is this football match of which you speak? What’s it got to do with takeovers, loans, committees, punishments and appeals?
Jason Hewly
2 Posted 16/01/2024 at 21:15:26
Peter, the football just gets in the way of the accountancy. It's time we got rid of the side show of sport and just distilled the essence down to a spreadsheet.

Generally, though, play the kids, because there isn't a chance that we'd be allowed to win this competition as it'd fuck up their business model.

Dave Evans
3 Posted 17/01/2024 at 06:24:13
Any stuff only matters because people want it to matter.

Play the best side, win and send us home in happy delirium.

Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 17/01/2024 at 06:43:06
Football has created a circus, Jason, so in the Chinese year of the Dragon, a year in which Everton have finally began to fight fire with fire, then let's go and win the FA Cup, and give our very long-suffering supporters something to dance about, singing…. We Shall Not Be Moved!
Paul Ferry
5 Posted 17/01/2024 at 06:43:22
Ah, football, I remember that.

I would put Dame Caroline Dineage up front with Harrison in the number 10; move Damian Green wide right; give Tarkowski a well-earned rest and put Rupa Huq in central defence for this one; and give Jordan a breather because Julie Eliott can do a good job between the sticks, and, after all, she does represent Sunderland Central.

No taxation without representation and fair Premier League process.



Tony A, I'm so glad you're posting mate, it's not the same without you, your voice matters.

Stephen Davies
6 Posted 17/01/2024 at 07:02:23
Doucoure not available.
Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 17/01/2024 at 07:06:54
If my voice matters, Paul, please take that goal away from Palace, even if it means you have to take two goals away from Everton, mate!

In the early rounds of the cup, I always look for clean sheets because, whenever we have won the cup in my lifetime, we always kept a lot of clean sheets in the early rounds, and actually only conceded one goal in the competition both times, with one of them being a dodgy Klinsman penalty!!

John Dingle
8 Posted 17/01/2024 at 07:52:35
Is the game on television tonight?
Mike Hayes
9 Posted 17/01/2024 at 08:34:37
Need to win this and hopefully the cup.

Give us some hope! 💙

Danny O’Neill
10 Posted 17/01/2024 at 08:55:03
You're correct in that opinion, Tony.

It's important to get through.

Not the FA Cup, but our first match in the Cup Winner's Cup was a goalless draw against University College Dublin, which alarmed a few.

But we steadily progressed and I don't think we conceded a goal until the second leg against Bayern at Goodison.

Two goals conceded in the whole competition and a trophy on the back of it.

Paul O'Neill
11 Posted 17/01/2024 at 09:21:21
@John (@8).

I've checked and nope. Tonight's star turns on ITV4 are Blackpool vs our fellow naughty book cookers, the mighty Forest of Nottingham! Live from Bloomfield Road..

Michael Nisbet
12 Posted 17/01/2024 at 09:27:27
Good website for checking if games are live on TV:
Danny O’Neill
13 Posted 17/01/2024 at 09:42:05
Good interview from Colonel Tarkowski.

He's leading and doing what he and the players can only do. Focus on the pitch and win games. That's all they can control.

Goodison under the lights for a cup match. There are still a few tickets left, but Tottenham already sold out.

Mal van Schaick
14 Posted 17/01/2024 at 10:01:29
Palace have a tough away game at Arsenal at the weekend, and I can see them fielding a slightly weakened team with that game in mind.

Dyche will press on regardless and put our strongest team out and I think we will get the win and a home tie versus Luton.

The fans will get us over the line, no matter how much crap the Premier League throw at us, we are not going anywhere without a fight. Bring it on!

Brian Harrison
15 Posted 17/01/2024 at 10:18:58
Listening to Sean Dyche,s interview he said that Doucoure had a knock and Seamus had a tight hamstring, so I don't expect either to feature tonight. Could we possibly see Dyche start with Beto and DCL up front, with a midfield of Gomes, Onana and Garner and either Harrison or McNeil or Danjuma. I don't remember Dyche playing 2 up top like he did during most of his time at Burnley.

I wonder if he will start with Virginia in goal, I would hope that Dobbin gets some minutes tonight.

Kevin Edward
16 Posted 17/01/2024 at 10:24:03
I hope a football match ‘breaks out’ amongst all the misery.
Would love a Goodison goalfest and 5:0 to the blues.
If we score first we’ll win comfortably. Concede first and it might be a bit uncomfortable, but I’ll back the fans and the team to get us over the line.
No penalties please.
Let’s face it, the EPL, FA, Sky, BBC, ITV, GLC etc hate us, so whatever happens there won’t be much positive coverage.
Up the Toffees! Wave those banners high!
Stephen Davies
17 Posted 17/01/2024 at 10:31:37
I'm hearing Doucoure maybe out with more than fatigue
Mike Owen
18 Posted 17/01/2024 at 10:35:21
Isn't Super Silk playing? Or is he cup-tied?
Danny O’Neill
19 Posted 17/01/2024 at 11:07:17
Focus tonight is on the football and getting through to the next round.

I'm watching bitter twisted and proud as well as the St Domingo song to get into the mood.

Proud. The 1878 Originals. Prisoners of Prince Rupert's Tower..

Christopher Timmins
20 Posted 17/01/2024 at 11:10:18
A welcome distraction given the events of the last few days. A win is a must and hopefully more minutes for McNeil and Patterson.

Derek Knox
21 Posted 17/01/2024 at 12:22:50
I am going to this one tonight, full of hope but not complacency. I would have normally said at least we have home advantage, but sadly that hasn't counted for a blow on the ragman's bugle recently.

Like some have suggested I would rest or sell DCL, not because of his glaring miss against Villa on Sunday, but all the others prior to that. He had his best spell under ' Carlo the Traitor ' who clearly instructed him to stay in or around the box, where he could be fed. Now he wanders all over and although he is decent at hold up play he clearly isn't a Striker in the truest meaning of the word.

Hopefully a chance to see Beto/Dobbin/Chermiti at some stage, and not the last 5 or 10 minutes !

Mike @ 18, " Isn't Super Silk playing? Or is he cup-tied?

I believe he is washing his briefs ! :-)

Danny O’Neill
22 Posted 17/01/2024 at 12:31:36
Give me me a shout before or after Derek.
Derek Knox
23 Posted 17/01/2024 at 12:50:08
Danny, will do mate Neil C, picking me up, after 17.00 then we have too negotiate, rush hour traffic and Tunnel but hopefully get to the Harlech in time for a couple, pre-match !

COYB 👍💙💙

Dave Lynch
24 Posted 17/01/2024 at 13:07:27
I've a feeling we'll batter these tonight...
Colin Malone
25 Posted 17/01/2024 at 14:34:00
Doucoure or Gomes? Gomes every day and night. Gomes's best position. He is not a defensive midfielder.
Derek Knox
26 Posted 17/01/2024 at 14:42:18
Dave @ 24, that's what the guy said in the Chippie, when he was preparing the Fish ! :-)
Barry Cowling
27 Posted 17/01/2024 at 14:43:37
I fully expect us to put out a fairly strong side because it may be our last chance of winning a trophy as Everton may not exist next season.

Although I suppose we could reform like Bury and call ourselves FC Everton and start in league division 12, therefore maybe play in FA Trophy cup or whatever it is called…

Jay Harris
28 Posted 17/01/2024 at 15:15:16
For our USA fans it was listed as being shown on ESPN the other day but is not shown anywhere since yesterday.

I thought it had been postponed due to the weather but obviously not.

Any of our smarter guys know how we can watch the game in the US???

Paul Kossoff
29 Posted 17/01/2024 at 15:31:27
Sean Dyche does have a couple of fresh injury concerns ahead of Wednesday evening's game, with Abdoulaye Doucouré dealing with fatigue after his shift in the 0-0 draw against Aston Villa on Sunday, his first appearance after a five-match lay-off.

Tell tired Doucoure if he's tired then he won't be included, but tell him to make himself available for the Under-21s against Barnsley at the weekend, and when he recovers from his tiredness to give me a ring and I'll consider putting him back in the first team.

Tired? Unbelievable, just the type we need for a battle. Over paid. over rated, one game and tired.

Brian Wilkinson
30 Posted 17/01/2024 at 15:36:59
I've passed my fitness test, Derek, so hopefully see you in the Harloch Before the game (only Neil and Bill will get that bit).

I really fancy ouur chances tonight. The game has now sold out so I think both the crowd and the team will be up for this one. Get in the ref's ear early doors and he will crumble, just a shame VAR can intervene.

If Michael Keane gets some minutes,, I can see him scoring tonight, 3-1 to Everton.

Gerry Quinn
31 Posted 17/01/2024 at 15:59:38
When I was a teen, I used to go to the match from Crosby to Sandhills and walk up to meet my Uncle Dick and his son Gerrard, in some kind of large Everton Supporters Club (was it on City Road?).

He held the season tickets and he used to run the Railway Inn pub in Kirkby... what was the Club we met in on City Road?????

Tom Bowers
32 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:04:50
These domestic early round cup-ties are nice to win but not that important when vital points in the league are all so more precious.

Most teams as we know tend to use a few benchwarmers which show you how important the cups are rated.

Our next league game has to be the target for players to be fit for so I don't care if Doucoure is rested for this one.

Mark Murphy
33 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:09:59
Gerry that would indeed have been the old supporters club.

I remember we all got a miniature Bell's Whiskey in there when Bob Latchford got his 30 goals.

Jay Harris
34 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:10:56
Gerry, I think that would have been "Orry's".

It was called the Everton Supporters Club too.

Colin Glassar
35 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:11:00
I agree, Tom. A cup run would be great but survival against the odds stacked against us must be the priority now.
Gerry Quinn
36 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:16:54
Eventually found a picture of it, Jay, thanks:


Mark Murphy
37 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:18:29
I was in the Harlech before and after the game on Saturday.

In the later session, I met a guy who I think was from Northern Ireland. I say “think” because as the night wore on he assumed several, and convincing, dialects.

Anyway, he's been going in there for a while but hadn't noticed the shrine to the SAS in the corner and, being a catholic boy, got a bit irate!

Later on in the Brick I met a couple of the auld guys who appeared in “The Golden Vision” who got a bit upset when I said I think the “Goodison Road” song is shite. Apparently they were the ones singing it in the show.

Mike Gaynes
38 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:20:11
Colin #25,

I mentioned a few days ago when you posted the same thing that 99.999% of the blue fan base would disagree with you.

After further scientific study, I may have underestimated.

Danny O’Neill
39 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:20:40
Yes, it was on City Road. As I often got the 81D along Queens Drive.

I used to walk up City Road to get to Goodison and remember walking past it. Never went in though.

Mike Gaynes
40 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:24:42
Jay #28, nah, we're screwed.

ESPN+ is showing the Forest-Blackpool game but not ours. We'll have to go on the Forum and beg for links from Iakovos.

Brian Wilkinson
41 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:30:16
Only ever went in the Live Forum once, there again that's one more time than venturing in the Boys Pen.

I often wonder what became of those in later life, honestly think a couple of them are still around and hanging out in the Live Forum. :-)

Jay Harris
42 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:30:50
I'm quite surprised Mike because they usually show multiple matches, maybe politics with what's going on. LOL
Joe McMahon
43 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:35:26
Brian@41, you are missing the amazing endless "Comedy Gold" fish puns and seeing things such as "we will win this"
John Gall
44 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:42:16
That picture of the City Road Supporters Club has sent me into nostalgic revelry. I remember as a kid watching big, beery blokes piling in there after the game and wondering what it was all about. My schools, Arnot Street, then Alsop Comp, were 5 minutes away and we lived off County Road.

Separate question – is tonight's game on TV?

Alan McGuffog
45 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:47:13
What years were you at Alsop, John? It was my Alma Mater also
Stan Grace
46 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:48:04
I could only find this from a Mexican website.

'The game will be broadcast on ESPN. If you want to watch Everton vs Crystal Palace in streaming, you will need to use Star+. If you want to watch the game live online, VAVEL Mexico is your best option.'

Mike Gaynes
47 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:55:50
Stan, we'll have to sue that website for giving us Yanks false hope. The game definitely isn't on ESPN.

And the wife says that since the game isn't on, I have to take her to Costco.

Neil Lawson
48 Posted 17/01/2024 at 16:58:27
Don't you just love that prima donna overpaid footballers can be fatigued having run around for 90 minutes?

It's such a tough life. Mind you, I imagine that some energy has to be preserved to count the money paid each week and to carry it to the Bentley before driving to the private bank to deposit it.

Dave Cashen
49 Posted 17/01/2024 at 17:00:09
I think you're going to have to stream this one if you want to see it, John.

Forest and Blackburn are are also the live match on ITV 4

Ed Prytherch
50 Posted 17/01/2024 at 17:00:20
Strange that it is not on ESPN+ as they usually show all FA cup games.
John Gall
51 Posted 17/01/2024 at 17:06:18
Alan #45 - I was there between 1976 and 1983. Headteachers were Wally 'The Neck' Range in the Lower School and Arthur Roberts in the Upper School. Much mayhem on the streets travelling between the two schools, normally along aforementioned City Road. When were you there ?
Dale Self
52 Posted 17/01/2024 at 17:11:56
Mark 37, you mix nicely with various crowds. Good story, again.
Mike Gaynes
53 Posted 17/01/2024 at 17:12:30
Dave #49,

I wonder if ESPN picks up its UK football coverage from ITV. I guess we wouldn't know unless we could see both and compare the commentators and camera angles.

James Flynn
54 Posted 17/01/2024 at 17:18:48
Don't know where you are in the world, but here in the States, this one works for me. Just scroll thru to find our game.


Jay Harris
55 Posted 17/01/2024 at 17:27:09
Thanks James.

Link looks good.

John Williams
56 Posted 17/01/2024 at 17:49:40
Alan 45 and John 51.]

I was at Arnot Street from when it first opened till 1957-58 when I went on to Walton Tech. Mr Range was our class teacher for one year. I believe it was knocked down and the site became a supermarket.

In those days, we were bused to Long Lane to play football.
At Walton Tech, you were bused to the Cottage Homes in Fazakerley to play football.

Dave Cashen
57 Posted 17/01/2024 at 17:53:46
Ask me an easy one Mike
David McMullen
58 Posted 17/01/2024 at 17:59:09
Joe 43, one of the two ladies at the "grilling" yesterday told Dickie Masters there was "something fishy".
Mark Murphy
59 Posted 17/01/2024 at 18:07:26
Thanks Dale,

If I get time I'll tell you about my Saturday with my brother and two of my (3) sons and our pub crawl of Liverpool's finest pubs:

The Grapes (the one in Roscoe Street), The Roscoe Head, The Dispensary, the Ship and Mitre, Dr Duncan's, The Phil and then the Caledonian.

I might have missed one or two… But it was a great start to a good weekend in the City.

James Hughes
60 Posted 17/01/2024 at 18:15:08
John Gall. Thank you

I had forgotten that name 'Wally the neck'. He gave me the cane in 1975 for fighting, if you could call it that (me fighting, the cane was real).

Mark Murphy
61 Posted 17/01/2024 at 18:15:09
Btw - are there any summaries of the FAB meeting from Sunday morning? The one that Andy Burnham spoke at? I intended to attend but missed the bus.
Dale Self
62 Posted 17/01/2024 at 18:16:22
Ah the pub crawl! If or when I get over there my one task is to try the Oliver Reed pub crawl. I could add a Blue Liverpool one to my list.
Bill Fairfield
63 Posted 17/01/2024 at 18:19:41
Win the FA Cup and finish 17th. COYB
Andy Crooks
64 Posted 17/01/2024 at 18:31:34
Joe @43,

"Championship at best", is quoted often as well. Applied to anyone really. I don't take part in the Live Forum very often but there are plenty of top Blues on there, it has a kind of belligerent bar vibe which is grand. Unfortunately there are a few Koppites joining in.

Alan McGuffog
65 Posted 17/01/2024 at 18:36:05

I was at Alsop 64 - 71. Half and half blue and red...and we were more than the equals of that lot in those days.

Seem to recall sagging off to queue for the FA Cup derby in 1967. Can't have been many in school.

John Williams
66 Posted 17/01/2024 at 18:51:27

The Everton Supporters Club, on City Road, used to be
the Coliseum Picture House. I recall going there as a kid and watching Flash Gordon every week, each week he seemed to escape certain death.

February 1958, I remember we were walking past Goodison heading for Walton Lane and a man said, have you heard, the Man Utd plane has crashed in Germany?

Later found out Frank Swift (ex goalkeeper) had been killed in the crash. The previous year, I had asked him for his autograph outside the ground and he did and said, "What is your name?" and he signed with his best wishes to me.

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