Everton will be looking for a morale-boosting display when they take on Blackpool in a pre-season friendly this Sunday.
Frank Lampard’s Toffees have been woeful so far this summer, losing 2-0 to Premier League rivals Arsenal before being smashed by MSL side Minnesota United.
Lampard had some stern words for his men following their poor tour of the USA and he’ll want a response at Bloomfield Road.
Everton’s Premier League opener against Chelsea is fast-approaching and with the club still struggling in the transfer market, fans are eager for some good news.
The Merseysiders will need to impress against Championship side Blackpool or the pressure will ramp up on Lampard even before the new campaign gets underway.
Blackpool v Everton: Date and start time
This pre-season clash will take place on Sunday, July 24.
Kick-off at Bloomfield Road will be at 3pm.
Everton take on Dynamo Kyiv at Goodison Park next Friday before hosting Chelsea in their top-flight opener the following weekend.
Blackpool v Everton: TV channel and live stream
Everton fans can watch this game using the club’s TV service.
To watch the match, fans must sign up to become digital members of the club.
Digital membership costs £35 for adults and unlocks all of the Toffees’ pre-season games.
talkSPORT will have regular updates throughout the day while talkSPORT.com will have all the reaction.
To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
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Blackpool v Everton: Team news
Everton look set to still be without Asmir Begovic, Andros Townsend, Allan and Seamus Coleman.
Townsend is still recovering from a long-term injury, while Begovic has picked up an ankle knock.
Coleman might not even be fit for the Premier League opener against Chelsea, while Allan is also injured.
Blackpool v Everton: What has been said?
Everton boss Lampard: “The players have to work and understand we were in a relegation battle for a large portion of last season.
“As a club, it [the Minnesota game] reinforced the situation in terms of what we need to do with the squad, because it has to be stronger than what we saw.
“We’re all [as a club] very collectively joined up on that and it reinforces the thoughts we’ve all got.
“It’s important to think in that way because you want to get better and personnel is key.
“There is no doubt about it. When you think of where we were last year, we have lost a big player in Richarlison…we wish him well, but our club now continues.
“We know there is a void in forward areas, we are short in numbers there. Also, through the team, there are things I want to strengthen, and I can be honest about that, because a club like Everton has to have a competitive squad.
“The players must be up for the fact they have to fight to play in the team. For me, that starts on day one of pre-season and ends at the end of the season.
“That’s the disappointing thing tonight for me – the lads have trained well and trained hard out here but that performance [against Minnesota] should give them a lot to think about on the plane home, because it’s certainly given me a lot to think about.”
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