Everton v QPR
David Moyes should welcome back Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar to his squad after the pair completed their two-match bans against Spurs last weekend. Defender Tony Hibbert managed 67 minutes for the Club’s Under-21s on his comeback from calf surgery on Monday and could be available for selection. Phil Neville sat out Sunday’s trip to White Hart Lane.
Shaun Wright-Phillips, Luke Young and Samba Diakité are all doubts for QPR.
Last five: WLWWD
Last outing: Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Everton, Sunday 7 April
Last Sunday’s point at White Hart Lane extended Everton’s unbeaten league run to four matches. Prior to that, the Blues had won three straight games, all at home, defeating Reading, Manchester City and Stoke. David Moyes’ men have lost just once at Goodison Park in the league all season.
Last five: WWLLD
Last outing: QPR 1-1 Wigan Athletic, Sunday 7 April
Shaun Maloney’s 94th-minute free-kick broke QPR hearts as Harry Redknapp’s men threw away two precious points against relegation rivals Wigan Athletic last weekend. With just six league games remaining, the Londoners lie 19th in the table, seven points adrift of safety. They have also managed just 10 points on the road all season.
1) QPR have proven tough opponents for the Toffees since their promotion back to the Premier League in 2011. Last season's meeting at Goodison Park ended 1-0 to the visitors, while both games since have been 1-1 draws.
2) Everton's last Premier League victory over Rangers was in November 1995, Graham Stuart and Paul Rideout notching to give the Blues a 2-0 triumph at Goodison Park.
3) In total, the two sides have met 48 times in all competitions. Everton have won on 21 of those occasions and QPR 15. At Goodison, Everton have won 14 of 23 meetings, losing just five.
Everton defender John Heitinga: “I think we’ve got the same desperation [for points] as QPR. It won’t be an easy match. I remember the game at their place was tough as well. Everyone thinks it’s easy and you’ll win 4-0 but that’s not the way football is at the moment. They will come to defend."
QPR winger Andros Townsend: “The players aren’t giving up. We need three points, definitely. That would leave us on 27 points and then we've got two six pointers against Reading and Stoke coming up. The game against Everton is a massive game.”
QPR 1-1 Everton, 21 October 2012. It was a tale of two own goals as Everton were frustrated at Loftus Road back in October. The hosts took the lead just two minutes in when Junior Hoilett ran 60 yards before firing a shot which deflected past Tim Howard off the unfortunate Leighton Baines. The Blues hit back when Sylvain Distin's header ricocheted off the post and over the line via the back of goalkeeper Julio Cesar, but Steven Pienaar then saw red after picking up a second yellow card 29 minutes from time. A man down, the Toffees pushed hard for a winner but it wasn't to be as they headed back to Merseyside with just a point to show for their efforts.
QPR 2-3 Everton, 18 March 1995. Although the Blues would go on to lift the FA Cup two months later, as the Premier League season drew to a close, the Club’s top-flight status was still in the balance. However, a welcome three-point haul from Loftus Road would put the team on a run of just one defeat in 11 games to finish safely in 15th place. The afternoon started badly as QPR took the lead through Les Ferdinand on 36 minutes, and though Stuart Barlow levelled before the hour mark, the Blues’ celebrations were cut short when Kevin Gallen struck back almost immediately. Half-time substitute Daniel Amokachi continued to be a thorn in the Londoners’ side however, and his shot was converted past his own goalkeeper by Alan McDonald on 67 minutes to make it 2-2. Then, with just seconds remaining on the clock, Andy Hinchcliffe picked out the top corner with a fine free-kick to seal a memorable win for Joe Royle’s men.
Everton will be looking to break something of an April 13 hoodoo when they walk out on Saturday. The Blues have drawn each of their last four fixtures on this date, including their most recent - a 1-1 draw at Leeds United in 2004 which saw Wayne Rooney net his 17th and final goal for the Club.
The Blues' best result on 13 April was a 4-1 home win over John Bond's Norwich in 1974, an afternoon when Mick Buckley, George Telfer, Bob Latchford and Mike Lyons grabbed the goals.
Players who have played for both the Blues and the Rs include Matt Jackson, John Spencer, Peter Reid, Kevin McLeod, Dave Thomas, Mickey Walsh, Kenny Sansom, Andy King, Brett Angell, Marcus Bent and Peter Eastoe.
QPR’s former boss Mark Hughes also made 22 appearances during a brief spell at Goodison Park.
Referee: Mr L Mason
Assistant Referee: Mr A Garratt
Assistant Referee: Mr S Beck
Fourth Official: Mr A Taylor
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Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Saturday’s game. Here's our pick of the best:
Everton to win @ 4/9
Everton to win both halves @ 5/2
Everton to win 3-2 @ 20/1
Kevin Mirallas to score the first goal @ 5/1
Leighton Baines to score the last goal @ 10/1