Everton v Wigan
Everton will have Darron Gibson available for selection after the Club lodged an appeal over the midfielder’s red card picked up in Saturday’s 2-1 win at West Ham. However, Marouane Fellaini (suspension), Kevin Mirallas (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman could miss out once again.
Wigan could welcome back Gary Caldwell (hamstring) back to the starting line-up after the defender returned to the bench for the 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal. Fellow centre-half Ivan Ramis (hamstring) is another that boss Roberto Martinez will be casting an eye on ahead of the game, but Ben Watson (leg) is ruled out until the New Year.
Everton: WDWDDD. West Ham (a), won 2-1; Stoke (a), drew 1-1; Tottenham (h), won 2-1; Man City (a), drew 1-1; Arsenal (h), drew 1-1; Norwich City (h), drew 1-1.
Wigan: LLDLLW. Arsenal (h), lost 1-0; Norwich City (a), lost 2-1; QPR (h). drew 2-2; Newcastle (a), lost 3-0; Man City (h), lost 2-0; Reading (h), won 3-2.
1) Everton last played at Goodison on Boxing Day in 2007 - capping Christmas with a 2-0 win over Bolton. The scheduled game against Birmingham in 2010 was postponed.
2) There have been seven previous meetings between David Moyes and Roberto Martinez, with the Blues boss winning three and drawing four.
3) There have been 47 matches played at Goodison since Everton last played out a 0-0 draw - against Wigan in December 2010.
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Everton’s Victor Anichebe: "At Everton you are always going to get chances. You always know that the manager is always going to need his players. At the moment, Felli and Kevin are out, but we have got other players who can come in and help the team, like we showed at West Ham. Hopefully we can keep progressing through this Christmas period and keep the momentum going.”
Wigan midfielder James McCarthy: “Everton are a tough side and they’ve proved that with their results this season, especially in the manner they beat West Ham United because we know that they’re a tough team to beat. We all know what to expect from Everton because they have a very versatile style.”
Wigan 2-2 Everton, 6 October 2012. A late penalty from Leighton Baines earned Everton a share of the spoils against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. An enthralling game ended 2-2 after the first quarter of the contest had yielded three goals, with Baines keeping his nerve from the spot in the 87th minute. Wigan took the lead with just nine minutes on the clock when Arouna Kone turned past Tim Howard. Within seconds of the restart Steven Pienaar provided an inch-perfect delivery and Nikica Jelavic planted a firm close-range header into the net. Franco Di Santo then restored the hosts' advantage before a foul on Kevin Mirallas gave Baines the chance to level.
Everton 4-0 Wigan, 5 April 2009. Brazilian striker Jo was the hero of the day as he grabbed a brace to help the Blues record an emphatic win over the Latics. Leon Osman’s clever pass on the half-hour mark fed the on-loan Manchester City man and he provided a composed finish from 20 yards to open the scoring. No more than a minute after the interval the hosts’ lead was doubled, Marouane Fellaini meeting Tony Hibbert’s cross before neatly side-footing past Chris Kirkland. The Belgian also had a hand in Everton’s third just five minutes later when his shot was parried by Kirkland, allowing Jo to pounce and net his second of the game. And, on 60 minutes, a near carbon copy of events saw Osman tap home an easy fourth following another saved effort from Fellaini.
On 26 December, 1957, Everton beat Bolton Wanderers 5-1 just 24 hours after being held 1-1 at home by the Trotters. A Burnden Park crowd of 23,462, recovering from their Christmas Day festivities, saw goals from Jimmy Harrris, Dave Hickson and Jack Keeley, with Brian Harris grabbing two.
With not much distance between the two clubs geographically, the near-neighbours have shared a number of players over the years. Here’s our XI of those to have worn the shirt for both sides.
In goal, we’ve gone for a back-up goalkeeper for the Blues between 2008 and 2010, Carlo Nash.
Current Everton left-back and September’s Player of the Month Leighton Baines of course features in defence, alongside David Unsworth and Matt Jackson.
In the midfield, we have the wingplay of Kevin Kilbane on the left, Peter Beagrie and Joe Parkinson in the middle and Kevin Langley on the right.
And up top in our attack-heavy 3-4-3, the goals would come from Warren Aspinall, Marcus Bent and Stuart Barlow.
Referee: Mr L Mason
Assistant Referee: Mr A Garratt
Assistant Referee: Ms S Massey
Fourth Official: Mr M Oliver
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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 @ 1/2
Everton to win both halves @ 11/4
Everton to win 3-0 @ 10/1
Everton to draw 2-2 @ 14/1
Victor Anchebe to score the first goal @ 6/1