Reading v Everton
David Moyes will be hoping that all of Everton’s international stars returned from their respective games unscathed. Prior to the break, Tony Hibbert (calf), Darron Gibson (thigh) and Victor Anichebe (hamstring) had all missed fixtures, while Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) was substituted in the victory over Sunderland last weekend.
Reading have concerns over midfielders Jimmy Kebe (groin) and Danny Guthrie (thigh), as well as goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder). Jem Karacan remains sidelined as he recovers from a knee ligament injury.
Reading: DDLDLD. Norwich City (h), drew 0-0; QPR (a), drew 1-1; Arsenal (h), League Cup, lost 7-5 AET; Fulham (h), drew 3-3; Liverpool (a), lost 1-0; Swansea (a), drew 2-2.
Everton: WDDDDW. Sunderland (h), won 2-1; Fulham (a), drew 2-2; Liverpool (h), drew 2-2; QPR (a), drew 1-1; Wigan (a), drew 2-2; Southampton (h), won 3-1.
1) There have only been eight previous meetings between the two sides, with the Blues winning five and losing two.
2) The Toffees have hit the woodwork 11 times in the Premier League season – more than any other team.
3) Everton have scored 21 goals in their opening 11 league matches, the highest at this stage of the season since 22 in the 1982/83 season.
For plenty more stats ahead of the game, read our ‘Magic Numbers’ feature by clicking here.
Everton 0-1 Reading, 1 March 2011. Everton's FA Cup dream came to an anti-climactic end after a surprise home defeat to Reading. Despite dominating possession, the Toffees couldn't find an answer to Matt Mills' strike, as the defender lashed home a loose ball following a Royals free-kick on 25 minutes.
Reading 0-2 Everton, 23 December 2006. The Blues gave fans an early Christmas present in the form of all three points at the Madejski Stadium. Andy Johnson opened the scoring when Mikel Arteta picked out the striker inside the box on 13 minutes. Johnson then turned provider by feeding James McFadden before the Scot shrugged off two challenges to fire past Marcus Hahnemann.
On 17 November 1894, Everton visited Anfield for the first time in the league. The game ended 2-2, with the Blues finishing the season as runners-up, while Liverpool were relegated from the First Division.
On 17 November 1984, Everton won 4-0 at home to Stoke City. Two goals from Adrian Heath as well as strikes from Peter Reid and Trevor Steven ensured the Toffees stayed top of the league and on course to finish as champions.
Players that have appeared for both sides include John Oster, Michael Branch and Martin Keown.
Marcus Hahnemann, who had eight seasons with the Royals, spent the 2011/12 campaign at Goodison but did not feature for the first-team.
Former Reading stopper Chris Woods is currently a goalkeeping coach with the Blues and the United States national team.
Referee: Mr M Atkinson.
Assistant Referee: Mr P Kirkup.
Assistant Referee: Mr J Flynn.
Fourth Official: Mr A Marriner.
Our allocation for this game has SOLD OUT.
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 @ 5/6
Everton to come from behind to win @ 8/1
Leon Osman to score at any time @ 4/1
Marouane Fellaini to score at any time @ 6/4
Everton to win 2-0 @ 17/2