Cheltenham v Everton
David Moyes may be tempted to shuffle his pack following a demanding run of fixtures which has seen Everton play four matches in the space of just 12 days. Two definite absentees for Monday’s tie will be midfielder Darron Gibson and right-back Tony Hibbert, who are recovering from thigh and calf injuries respectively.
The Blues will need to keep an eye on forward Shaun Harrad, Cheltenham’s top scorer this season with seven goals, while ex-West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End midfielder Darren Carter has also chipped in with five strikes since joining on a free transfer in the summer. Former Everton youth product Connor Roberts, who left Merseyside in the summer, is expected to be on the bench, as first-choice keeper Scott Brown has so far played in every game this season.
Last outing: 0-1 (a) Oxford United, 1 January 2013
Last six: WWDLWL
Cheltenham start 2013 in a promising position in League Two with automatic promotion seemingly a realistic aim. They sit just one point outside the top three and six behind table toppers Gillingham. To reach the third round of the FA Cup, the Robins brushed aside Yate 3-0 in the first round before edging out Hereford United 2-1 via a replay in the previous stage. The Gloucestershire-based club have been in fine form at Whaddon Road this season, winning eight and drawing two of their 12 home league games.
Last outing: 2-1 (a) Newcastle United, 2 January 2013
Last six: WDWWLW
Everton have negotiated their way past the FA Cup third round in each of the last four seasons and David Moyes will be confident this can be achieved again given his team’s recent run of results. The Blues have taken nine points from the last 12 available in the Premier League and are one win away from moving back into the coveted Champions League qualification positions.
The only previous match between the two clubs was in April 1990, a testimonial for Nick Jordan and Ray Baverstock. A crowd of 3,050 assembled at Whaddon Road to see Cheltenham prevail 1-0 courtesy of Simon Brain's goal.
The third round draw has pitted Everton against lower league opponents regularly over the last 15 years. Generally, the Blues have brushed aside whoever has stood in their path, including Bristol City (2-0, 1999), Watford (2-1, 2001), Plymouth (3-1, 2005) Macclesfield Town (1-0, 2009), Carlisle United (3-1, 2010) and Tamworth (2-0, 2012). However, the Blues need to look no further than the losses to Shrewsbury (1-0, 2002) and Oldham Athletic (1-0, 2008) to be reminded that potential upsets can occur in the oldest knockout competition in world football.
One tie omitted from the above list of recent third round wins was the clash against Scunthorpe United two years ago. Again selected for live television coverage, Everton ensured there was to be no shock scoreline at Glanford Park as they ran out comfortable 5-1 victors. Goals from Louis Saha, Jermaine Beckford, Seamus Coleman, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines eased David Moyes’ side into the draw for the last-32 in front of over 7,000 fans in Lincolnshire.
Players who have represented Everton and Cheltenham Town are few and far between, although Andy Gray spent the final season of his professional career with the Robins in 1989/90, scoring seven goals in 20 league matches. Current Blue Luke Garbutt spent last term on loan at Whaddon Road, while Scott Brown – a former professional at Everton – represented Cheltenham for three years between 2007 and 2010. Two others who have connections to both clubs are Brett Angell and Jimmy McCambridge.
1) It has been seven years since Everton were last held to a draw in the FA Cup third round. In 2005/06 it took a replay to beat Millwall, with Tim Cahill scoring against his former club in a 1-0 win at Goodison.
2) Everton have only failed to score once in their last 13 FA Cup third round ties. This was against Oldham Athletic in 2008.
3) The last Evertonian to score a hat-trick in a third round match was Graeme Sharp in a 5-0 thumping of Sheffield Wednesday in 1988. This occurred in the tie’s third replay – the first three meetings between the teams had all finished 1-1.
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referee: Steve Child
Assistant Referee: Harry Lennard
Fourth Official: Keith Stroud
Everton were allocated just over 1,000 away tickets for the tie and these sold out within a couple of days of going on sale. For £12, fans are able to watch a live screening of the game in the 1878 Brasserie at Goodison Park with a meal and a pint included in the price (click here for more information). Alternatively, live commentary will be available on evertonfc.com.
Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Monday’s game. Here's a short selection:
Everton to win: 1/3
Everton to win 3-0: 15/2
Anichebe to score first: 6/1
Heitinga to score anytime: 17/2