Can Everton overcome a one-goal deficit from the first leg to beat Chelsea at Goodison Park this evening, thus setting up a final against Tottenham Hotspur? The bookmakers seem to think it will go the way of Avram Grant’s men and the visitors will have a significantly sharper strikeforce for the match, having landed Nicolas Anelka since the two teams played their first leg match a fortnight ago.
Sporting Life reports that Toffees manager David Moyes is frustrated that his opponents have been able to go and splash £15 million on the Frenchman and that he’s eligible for tonight’s game.
Moyes said: “It is frustrating that Chelsea are able to go out and buy someone like Anelka, who is not cup-tied, between the two legs.
“What would have happened if we had been two or three up and Chelsea had been able to go out and buy three players from the very top level and use them in the second leg?
“That is frustrating, but what can you do? He is not cup-tied and that is the rule.
“It makes it more difficult because he is a very good player and a very good goalscorer. We are just not able to do things like that.”
Surely the neutrals amongst us will be cheering on Everton this season. It’s always nice to see the underdogs prevail and it will be refreshing to see a new name on the trophy at Wembley next month.