From 20 teams, down to two, voting for the championship game kicked off at 10:30 a.m. ET on Friday and closed at 6:30 p.m. ET.
And the winner is…
With 63.05 percent of the vote, Carlo Ancelotti’s 12th-seeded Toffees captured the heart of PL fans all over America en route to championship game victory over fellow upset specialists, #6 Wolves (36.95 percent).
Before we go any further, if you’re unfamiliar: To make sure you’re not missing out on either March Madness or the business end of the PL season, we’ve gone ahead and merged the two competitions. The March Madness Final Four and Championship game were due to take place this weekend in Atlanta but now you will be voting on Tottenham v. Arsenal instead of Duke v. Kansas.
The Toffees are the favorites here, having knocked off Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
But this will be the first time in the tournament where Everton won’t have the benefit of a club many other teams hate as the opposition.
Wolves’ extra time win over Sheffield United was a first real scare of the tournament, and the Molineux set will hope its extra time performance was a showing of what it will do when faced with elimination.
It’s difficult to choose against Everton here, even if the Anfield faithful will move to the side of the Wolves. We’ll call it 54-46 to the blue side of Liverpool.
We hinted at this win on Wednesday given the exits of all the Premier League giants besides Liverpool, as supporters of Manchester United, Man City, Arsenal, Spurs, and Chelsea might leap at the chance to take the Reds off any throne.
But to say we saw this margin? The Toffees didn’t just beat their rivals; Carlo Ancelotti’s men stomped the Reds into online oblivion.
So who will Everton meet in the final after knocking off Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool?
Our Premier League March Madness tournament enters the Final Four stage on Thursday with two very intriguing ties.
After a wild Elite Eight which saw Everton and Sheffield United upset Chelsea and Man City respectively, we have two wonderful Final Four games set up as 20 Premier League teams are now down to 16.
#1 Liverpool host #12 Everton as the Toffees have upset Man United and Chelsea to reach the Final Four. #7 Sheffield United and #6 Wolves go head-to-head for a spot in the final as they continue to excite neutrals. These encounters will be close.