Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti believes Sheffield Wednesday are a good team who will make life difficult for his side in the FA Cup fourth round clash, Yorkshire Live report.
The Owls head into the game still manager-less after sacking Tony Pulis.
But despite currently sitting second from bottom in the Championship table, Wednesday have resurged somewhat under the guidance of caretaker boss Neil Thompson.
The Owls recorded back-to-back Championship wins while defeating Exeter City 2-0 in the third round as they head to Goodison Park on a five-game unbeaten run.
Speaking to reporters, Ancelotti says his Everton side must approach the game well.
“We have to approach this game against Sheffield Wednesday well. They’re coming with all of their strength, and they’re a strong, physical team that wants to compete with us. We have to be ready for this. They’re a good team, and they played well in the last game. It’s true that they had problem with the virus, but I think they’ll come back with good motivation. It’s a big challenge for them to play against us – we know this and we have to respect this,” the Italian remarked.
Everton come into the game off the back of a Premier League win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Toffees reached round four by defeating Championship side Rotherham United at home last time out, with the Millers taking the game to extra time before losing 2-1.
Wednesday will be up against it at Everton. However, the FA Cup has often provided a platform for shock results and the Owls know the pressure will be on the hosts to go through.
Thompson should name a strong Wednesday line-up after two weeks off.
The Championship is no doubt the Owls’ priority with a game at Coventry City in midweek but maintaining momentum after their Covid outbreak even if a defeat occurs will be key.