Everton v Tamworth
There was every chance David Moyes would have named an experimental team for this tie, but after Jack Rodwell, Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka all limped out of the midweek defeat to Bolton, he may now have little choice.
Everton go into the game having seen their four-game unbeaten run go up in smoke against Bolton in midweek.
The Lambs, meanwhile, are 15th in the Blue Square Conference but haven't won since booking their place in the third round with a 2-1 win over Gateshead in round two.
- Tamworth are the sixth non-league side Everton have faced in the post-War era, following Kings Lynn (1962), Bedford (1966), Altrincham (1975), Telford (1985) and Woking (1991). All those sides were beaten at the first attempt, apart from Altrincham who were finally overcome in a replay at Old Trafford after a 1-1 draw at Goodison.
- Everton have lost to three lower division teams in the FA Cup during the David Moyes’ era – Shrewsbury (2003), Oldham (2008) and Reading last season.
- The last non-league side to defeat the Toffees in the FA Cup were Swindon in 1912.
- The Goodison boss is looking for his 300th win as a manager – 186 so far at Everton following 113 at Preston.
Tamworth may well be a fixture in the Blue Square Conference, but they have punched above their weight in the FA Cup in recent seasons. This is the third time they have reached the third round in past seven years.
Back in 2006 they held then Championship club Stoke City to a draw at the Britannia before bowing out after penalties in the replay at The Lamb.
A year later they lost a third round tie at home to Norwich City.
And last season, Tamworth beat Crewe 2-1 in the first round before losing 3-2 to Carlisle in round two.
The Blues, meanwhile, are one of the most successful teams in FA Cup history - 13 times finalists and five times winners.
EFC keeper Tim Howard: “We all need to look at ourselves and get dusted down and get on with it against Tamworth because they will be right up for it. It is a big game for them and it is a big game for us because we need to give our fans something to cheer about – we need to make sure we are up for it.”
Tamworth boss Marcus Law: “I watched Everton against Norwich and met David Moyes, which was excellent of him, which was exceptional from him, to give me his time. It’s surreal. We had a Luton player on five times as much as my players the other day; now we’re talking 70 times as much when we play Everton. But I couldn’t be comfortable with myself if I hadn’t done my work to give us that 0.01 of a chance to win."
Tickets are still available for the home FA Cup game against Tamworth. Click here, or call 0871 663 1878. Prices - which were agreed after talks between the clubs - are £20 for adults and £5 for kids.