Everton will be welcoming Sheffield Wednesday to Goodison Park for the FA Cup fourth round, and they do not want to be messing about.
After not having a game since the 12th of January Ancelotti will want to go strong to get his players back up to speed ready for the big game in the Premier League against Leicester City after this FA Cup tie.
In his press conference Carlo did give some team news saying that Jean-Phillipe Gbamin, Fabian Delph, Allan, Lucas Digne, Alex Iwobi and Niels Nkounkou are all unavailable.
Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi will be back ready for Leicester City.
One player who is back and ready for selection is Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
In his press conference Ancelotti said: “Honestly I want to put out the best line-up possible for the game against Sheffield.
“We don’t want to think about Leicester, we want to move on in this competition. I think Dominic can start, he trained well and is in a good physical condition.”
Realistically this tie should be a simple one for Everton as they are one of the high-flying teams in the Premier League against the team second from bottom in the Championship.
However, the game in the last round against Rotherham United was meant to be the same thing and the Championship side outplayed Everton taking it to extra time before Abdoulaye Doucoure scored to secure the win for The Toffees.
They do not want to let this chance slip out of their hands as a cup run alongside a fantastic campaign in the league would be fantastic for all the Evertonians stuck at home.
Ancelotti also seemed to give away some more team news in his press conference when he was speaking about his midfield options as he said: “Tom Davies, the games that he played, did really well.
“Doucoure is always well even though he is suspended against Leicester. Fortunately, we are not going to play in Europe so we can manage the season well with this squad.”
So after those comments it would be a surprise for the pair to not start on Sunday night against Sheffield Wednesday who have had a horrid season which can be summed up by the fact they have already sacked two managers.
Garry Monk and Tony Pulis were the two who lost their jobs with Neil Thompson now the caretaker manager who will be undoubtedly looking to cause and upset whilst he still has the role meaning his side should be up for it.
Since Thompson has taken the role though they have won every game but have not played since the 9th of January due to COVID issues meaning that both sides should be as rusty as each other.
If Everton win the likelihood is that they will play Tottenham in the next round as they play Wycombe on Sunday who they should overcome.
However, this is the FA Cup and we have seen many times how teams give it their all so it could easily be Sheffield Wednesday vs Wycombe in the fifth round but Ancelotti will know how much a cup run and trophy would mean to Everton.
They need to end the barren run without a trophy and with the way they are going you would not bet against them.
Written by Elliot Thompson