Well we now know that Manchester City stand between Everton and a place in the final of the Capital One Cup. Two games during January will determine whether the Toffees make the trip down to Wembley, but with League games on the Sunday before each leg should Everton rest players ahead of the City games and focus entirely on the Capital One Cup?
We may need to be near perfect over 180 minutes or more to defeat our Mancunian foes, but Roberto Martinez has demonstrated his tactical nous to beat City in the past, most notably with Wigan in the 2013 FA Cup final. However juggling the squad through tough league fixtures against Tottenham, Swansea and a busy January fixture list that also includes the FA Cup may prove to be the managers biggest challenge.
Thankfully Sky Sports, the Football League and the competitions sponsors have made the common sense decision to schedule both the Everton vs. City games for Wednesday nights. It would have been a travesty had Everton been asked to play Sunday-Tuesday, which would have left the Blues with only a 48 hour break between matches. However with City getting an extra day’s rest, should Everton rest the majority of their first choice team for the Spurs and Swansea matches?
I personally despise squad rotation and believe consistent positive results are far more important than rested legs, however I would understand if Martinez choose to utilise his full squad over the festive season, especially with Wembley and an end to the clubs trophy drought so near.
How would you approach the league games before the two Capital One Cup semi final matches against Manchester City?