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Everton v Blackpool

Team News (new)

Phil Jagielka (knee), Leon Osman (foot) and Jack Rodwell (hamstring) are yet to return, but Seamus Coleman did play for the reserves on Tuesday afternoon. Striker Nikica Jelavic missed the game against Chelsea due to a strained stomach muscle.
Blackpool were without Matt Phillips for their 3-1 win over Doncaster in midweek. Seasiders boss Ian Holloway chose to make five other changes for that match, given his side are playing three games within a 10-day period.

Form (new)

Everton: WDWWDD. Chelsea (h), won 2-0; Wigan (a), drew 1-1; Manchester City (h), won 1-0; Fulham (h), FA Cup, won 2-1; Blackburn (h), drew 1-1; Aston Villa (a), drew 1-1; Tottenham (a), lost 2-0

Blackpool: WDWWWD. Doncaster (a), won 3-1; Portsmouth (h), drew 1-1; Sheffield Wednesday (a), FA Cup, won 3-0; Cardiff City (a), won 3-1; Coventry City (h), won 2-1; Sheffield Wednesday (h), FA Cup, drew 1-1

Match Stats (new)

1) This is the first ever encounter between Everton and Blackpool in the FA Cup.

2) The Blues have lost just two of the last 26 meetings between the two clubs.

3) Opposing managers David Moyes and Ian Holloway both scored in the Bristol derby of September 1987. Moyes netted for City, whilst the Blackpool boss scored for Rovers in a 3-3 draw.

4) Everton's biggest victories over Blackpool were 5-0 home wins in March 1949 and November 1962.

5) This season is only the second time the Blues have been drawn at home in six successive cup ties. The first was during the 1968/69 campaign.

What They Say

Everton's Leighton Baines: "It's a massive game for us against Blackpool - for us and for the fans. We're all desperate for that cup run again after we reached the final in 2009. We know how much we all enjoyed that and we'll be needing the support again.”

Blackpool midfielder Ludovic Sylvestre after the fourth round replay at Sheffield Wednesday: “We knew the prize if we won was to play Everton and it is a cup game, so anything can happen. We know they are a good team but we will do our homework on them. And if we can play at our best and stick to our strengths, then hopefully we can get a win and go into the sixth round.”

Last Meeting (new)

February 5, 2011. Everton 5-3 Blackpool. Louis Saha bagged four goals as the Blues came out on top in an eight-goal thriller. The former Toffees striker opened the scoring at Goodison before Alex Baptiste levelled for the Tangerines. Saha struck again, only for Jason Puncheon to reply and Charlie Adam to put the visitors ahead. Everton hit back, with Saha notching further goals either side of Jermaine Beckford's volley to secure the victory.
Classic Match (new)

November 6, 2010. Blackpool 2-2 Everton. Blues midfielder Tim Cahill notched his 50th Premier League goal as his side twice came from behind to earn a point at Bloomfield Road. With less than 10 minutes played, Neal Eardley curled a fine free-kick beyond Tim Howard to set things off, but just four minutes later Cahill had evened the scoring with a trademark header. After the interval, Blackpool started the more lively, David Vaughan putting the hosts 2-1 up from inside the box. The Toffees again hit back straight away, with Seamus Coleman scoring against the side with which he had spent part of the previous season on loan.

Us And Them (new)

Blackpool and Everton have some illustrious connections over the years. As a result, we've been able to field a strong XI of players that have played for both clubs.

George Wood starts in goal ahead of a back three of Matt Jackson, Gary Rowett and Gary Ablett.

The midfield is comprised of Alan Ball - signed by the Blues from Blackpool for a then-record fee in 1966 - and current Tangerine Keith Southern. On the wings are Seamus Coleman and Alex Stevenson.

Up front in our 3-4-3, there'll be goals aplenty from Fred Pickering, Mike Newell and Ephraim 'Jock' Dodds.

Ticket Info (new)

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Betting (new)

Official Betting Partner 188BET have chosen their top betting picks ahead of this weekend's game. They are:

Everton to win @ 1.45 (4/9)
Everton to win the first half @ 2.03
Over 2.5 goals in the match @ 1.89
Everton to win 3-1 @ 10.00 (9/1)
Everton to score the first goal @ 1.30 (3/10)
Everton to win the first and second half @ 2.10 (11/10)
Nikica Jelavic to score first @ 4.50
Darron Gibson to score first @ 8.50
Denis Stracqualursi to score first @ 4.50



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