Everton v Sunderland
Everton will be without two midfielders for the visit of Sunderland. Darron Gibson remains sidelined with a knee injury, while the on-loan Steven Pienaar is cup-tied, having already played in earlier rounds of the competition for Tottenham.
Key duo Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon are both suspended for Sunderland as a result of their red cards in the recent 1-1 draw against Newcastle. Kieran Richardson also limped out of the derby contest with a calf strain and is a doubt, but striker Nicklas Bendtner is expected to recover from a knee problem.
Everton (last six): LWDWWD. Liverpool (a), lost 3-0; Tottenham (h), won 1-0; QPR (a), drew 1-1; Blackpool (h), FA Cup, won 2-0; Chelsea (h), won 2-0; Wigan (a), drew 1-1.
Sunderland (last six): WDLWLW. Liverpool (h), won 1-0; Newcastle (a), drew 1-1; West Brom (a), lost 4-0; Arsenal (h), FA Cup, won 2-0; Arsenal (h), lost 2-1; Middlesbrough (a), FA Cup, won 2-1.
1) David Moyes has not lost in 14 meetings against Sunderland as Everton boss, with 10 wins and four draws.
2) The only FA Cup meeting between the sides under David Moyes was the Toffees’ 3-0 win on 2005 at the fourth round stage.
3) The teams have met eight times in the FA Cup at Goodison, with Everton winning seven and losing once.
4) Everton beat Sunderland 3-0 in 1966 on the way to final glory at Wembley.
5) Our 6-4 extra-time victory over Sunderland in the cup in 1935 was regarded as Goodison’s greatest ever game before the Bayern Munich match 50 years later.
6) Tim Cahill has netted seven goals in his career against the Black Cats, including a FA Cup semi-final winner for Millwall in 2004.
7) Martin O’Neill has lost once in 13 visits to Goodison Park as a player and manager – in Aston Villa’s 3-1 defeat in the fifth round in 2009.
8) Everton have been drawn at home in seven successive cup ties for the first time ever in a single season.
9) Paul Bracewell uniquely appeared in FA Cup finals at Wembley for both teams.
Everton's Phil Jagielka: "The boys have been doing really well and hopefully we can continue the decent cup run we have had. After Tuesday’s result it puts a little bit more pressure on the cup because 3-0 is not good enough.”
Sunderland's David Vaughan: "Everton are a really strong team, especially at home, and it’s going to be a really difficult game for us. The home game we played in the league against them was a tight one. We can’t let them have any easy opportunities and hopefully we can get some ourselves. Anything but a loss would be good for us there, but hopefully we can get a win."
December 26, 2011. Sunderland 1-1 Everton. A hard-earned draw for the Blues gave some Boxing Day cheer. First-half substitute Jack Colback put the hosts in front with a deflected effort on 25 minutes, but the Toffees drew level just after the restart when Lee Cattermole brought down Leon Osman in the box. Leighton Baines fired home the resulting spot kick.
November 24, 2007. Everton 7-1 Sunderland. A relentless Toffees side put Roy Keane's men to the sword in explosive fashion at Goodison. Yakubu and Tim Cahill each bagged a brace and strikes from Steven Pienaar, Andrew Johnson and Leon Osman gave Everton their biggest win under David Moyes.
Players that have played for both clubs include goalkeeper Thomas Myrhe, current Blues Academy boss Alan Stubbs, Kevin Kilbane, John Oster, Gavin McCann, Don Hutchison and Paul Bracewell, who was on the losing side for both teams in FA Cup finals.
Tickets for Saturday’s match against Sunderland at Goodison Park have sold out. Free live updates and commentary will be available here on evertonfc.com.
Official Betting Partner 188BET have chosen their Top 5 Betting Picks of the week. They are:
Everton to win @ 1.91 (10/11)
Everton to win 2-1 @ 8.5 (15/2)
Everton to win 3-2 @ 32 (31/1)
Denis Stracqualursi to score first @ 7.5 (13/2)
Royston Drenthe to score last @ 11 .00 (10/1)