Everton v Wigan Athletic
David Moyes is likely to be without Phil Jagielka who required surgery on his ankle following a collision with Adam Le Fondre in the 3-1 win over Reading. The Blues boss will also check on the fitness of Tim Howard after the American goalkeeper was forced to sit out last Saturday’s game against the Royals – the first league match he had missed in five-and-a-half years.
Roberto Martinez has already revealed he will make a number of changes to his team from the one that was beaten 4-0 by Liverpool. Former Everton academy midfielder Callum McManaman has started all four of the Latics’ FA Cup fixtures this season and could be restored to the starting line-up. Fit-again centre-half Antolin Alcaraz is also expected to be handed his first start since August after recovering fully from a groin injury.
Last outing: Everton 3-1 Reading, Saturday 2 March
Last six: DLDLWW
The Blues are chasing a third successive home victory after fending off the advances of Oldham and Reading in the last week-and-a-half. In the Premier League, David Moyes’ side have already taken four points off Wigan this season, drawing 2-2 at the DW Stadium in October before shading the Boxing Day meeting at Goodison Park 2-1. Encouragingly, Everton have hit something of a purple patch in front of goal after notching nine times in their last four games.
Last outing: Wigan Athletic 0-4 Liverpool, Saturday 2 March
Last six: DDLWWL
The last four fixtures highlight Wigan’s unpredictability this season. They have thrashed Huddersfield 4-1 and Reading 3-0, but have been thumped 4-1 by Chelsea and 4-0 by Liverpool. Defensive problems have been Roberto Martinez’s main scourge, with the Latics leaking an average of two goals per game during their 28 Premier League fixtures to date. Saturday is their fourth successive away tie in the FA Cup this season – a run which has brought wins at Bournemouth and Macclesfield, plus that stroll at Huddersfield Town.
1 – Everton are unbeaten in their last nine matches against Wigan, a run which stretches back to April 2009. The sequence was started with a 4-0 home Premier League victory where goals from Marouane Fellaini and Leon Osman, plus a brace from Jo, comprehensively secured three points.
2 – Everton have a 100 per cent FA Cup record against the Latics, albeit the two clubs have only met once previously in the competition. This was in the fourth round in 1980, with the Blues winning comfortably thanks to goals from Joe McBride, Bob Latchford and Brian Kidd.
3 – David Moyes has faced four different Wigan managers during his time as Everton boss. They are Paul Jewell, Chris Hutchings, Steve Bruce and Roberto Martinez.
Everton 3-1 Wigan Athletic, 17 September 2011
Apostolos Vellios and Royston Drenthe scored their first goals for Everton as the Toffees snuck past Wigan at Goodison Park last season. It wasn’t all plain sailing for David Moyes’ side as the Latics took an early lead through a deflected Franco Di Santo strike, but Phil Jagielka’s close-range header made the game all-square at half-time. The scores stayed level until the final 10 minutes, when the Blues were rescued, firstly thanks to Vellios’ header and then Drenthe’s stoppage-time drive.
Everton 2-1 Wigan Athletic, 26 December 2012
Second-half goals from Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka ensured Everton were victors when Wigan last visited Goodison Park on Boxing Day. The Blues were coasting towards their fifth home league win of the campaign, but Arouna Kone’s 82nd-minute strike set up a nervy finish. The result made it seven Premier League games unbeaten for Everton, although that run did come to an end four days later against Chelsea – the only visiting team to have taken all three points at Goodison this season.
During David Moyes’ tenure, Everton have only previously played twice on 9 March. Two seasons ago John Heitinga scored in a 1-1 home draw with Birmingham City and in 2008 Andy Johnson’s strike proved to be the difference when the Blues visited the Stadium of Light. On this date in 1971, Goodison Park hosted a European Cup quarter-final, with Panathinaikos the visitors from Athens. The first leg finished 1-1 but a scoreless draw in the second meeting saw the Greek champions progress on away goals.
The obvious link between Everton and Wigan is current Blues left-back Leighton Baines, who made 162 appearances for the Latics before moving to Goodison Park in the summer of 2007. The England man has since scored three times for the Toffees against his former club – all of which have come from the penalty spot. Other players to have worn both shirts include Carlo Nash, David Unsworth, Matt Jackson, Kevin Kilbane, Peter Beagrie, Marcus Bent and Stuart Barlow.
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant referee: Steve Child
Assistant referee: Andrew Garratt
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick
Tickets for the visit of Wigan are still available. To buy, click here , call 0871 663 1878 or visit the Park End Box Office at Goodison Park, Everton Two in Liverpool One or TicketQuarter in Queen Square. For those who can’t make it to the game on Saturday afternoon, free live commentary will be available on evertonfc.com from 12.40pm.
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 3-1: 10/1
Everton to be winning 2-0 half time/Everton to win 3-0 full time: 25/1
Leighton Baines to score first: 10/1
Kevin Mirallas to score first and Everton to win 2-1: 25/1