Everton manager David Moyes has blasted the decision that forces his team to play three games in six days.
The Toffees face Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday and Bolton Wanderers on the Premier League on Sunday before encountering Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the Carling Cup 48 hours later.
In contrast, Arsenal play Liverpool in the Carling Cup on Wednesday, prompting Moyes to say:"My philosophy's always been to try and put our best teams in whatever competition we enter, but I find the lack of respect we've been shown by the Carling Cup organisers really disappointing.
"We've been asked to play Tottenham at White Hart Lane on a Tuesday night after playing the previous Thursday and Sunday at Benfica and Bolton.
"I'm aware that other clubs will have a similar scenario but they haven't got games on Thursday and again on the Sunday.
"It could have quite easily been moved but for the decision to screen Arsenal v Liverpool on the Wednesday.
"That's the support you get for trying to put out your strongest teams in as many competitions as possible. If I was Carling, I'd question the people running the competition."