Everton boss Marco Silva rues another fixture pile up

Marco Silva is preparing himself for another gruelling fixture glut – after the Premier League shifted Everton’s home match with Manchester City to next Wednesday.

Originally scheduled for February 23, the match has been brought forward to February 6 because of City’s involvement in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, February 24.

That gives Everton a run of four games in 12 days – just a month after the Blues were handed the most testing run of any Premier League side over Christmas and New Year.

Over Christmas Everton faced a run of four games in 10 days, losing three of them.

And the City rescheduling means Silva must now prepare his squad for another testing run of matches.

“We have a busy, busy period of four games in 12 days.

It’s not normal.

But it has happened with us again,” he said.

“It doesn’t look easy.

For us in December Everton’s schedule was, unfortunately, the worst of all the teams.

“It will be really tough for us again with four days in 12 days.

Maybe it will be the same for City.

We’ll have to see if maybe they will have more time to prepare than us.

City have a fractionally better schedule, with tonight’s trip to Newcastle starting a run of four games in 13 days for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Silva added: “Of course I would have preferred Manchester City to be later in the season.

“Four games in 12 days is something we didn’t expect to be honest.

Everton head to Huddersfield tonight – with The Terriers having had 10 days to prepare for the clash, their first under new boss Jan Siewert.

Silva added: “All managers prefer a normal week to prepare for a match.

But for our opponents it will be different as they have had 10 days to prepare and a training camp in Portugal.