The international break for the FIFA date ended and the most important leagues in the world already resumed their activity during the weekend. This is the case of the Premier League, in which the final stretch begins with a Manchester City headed for the title and a tight fight for places in European competitions.
Everything points to Manchester United and Leicester City getting a place in the group stage of the next Champions League, but between Chelsea who is fourth and Everton who is eighth there are only 5 points of difference, taking into account that the Toffees have one game less. The dispute in the remaining days will be for that last place for the UCL, in addition to fifth place to go to the Europa League.
James, recovered for the final stretch
“James is fine, in good condition, he trained well in the international break and is motivated. His physique is fine at the moment and he is going to add more quality to our attack (…) It is important for us to have the best James back. At the beginning of the season he did very well, he helped us a lot and I hope that now he will do it again. I am confident because I saw him well in training, working and showing good condition and attitude. Hopefully everything goes well, “said Carlo Ancelotti at the press conference prior to the game on Monday 5 April against Crystal Palace.
Gone are the physical problems, both for the steering wheel and for Yerry Mina, who before the break had minutes in the elimination of the FA Cup against Manchester City. Colombians are in optimal physical condition and their experience and performance will be decisive for Everton to achieve the objective of the season which is to qualify for a European competition.
Duels against direct rivals
Everton’s fixture in this season finale includes matches against direct rivals for entering European competitions, in addition to the pending duel against Aston Villa, so the Toffees have 10 games left to close this campaign.
Among the key commitments to achieve the goal is the run from mid-April to early May, when he faces Tottenham (sixth with 48 points), Arsenal (ninth with 42), Aston Villa (10th with 41) and West Ham (fifth with 49). The closing will be against Manchester City at the Etihad and could face a team without pressure and with the title secured, but that will seek to close the Premier with a victory at home.
Fixture del Everton en Premier League
05/04: Everton vs Crystal Palace
12/04: Brighton vs Everton
16/04: Everton vs Tottenham
23/04: Arsenal vs Everton
01/05: Everton vs Aston Villa
08/05: West Ham vs Everton
11/05: Everton vs Sheffield United
15/05: Everton vs Wolverhampton
23/05: Manchester City vs Everton
To define: Aston Villa vs Everton*
* Game pending on matchday 19, which was postponed at the time due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Aston Villa.