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Cardiff City Stadium | 31st August 2013 15:00 | Attendance - 27344

Cardiff City v Everton

Team News

Darron Gibson and Antolin Alcaraz have both resumed full training - but neither are likely to be risked at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Martinez has stressed time and again that the nature of Gibson's knee injury is such that he'll need to be ushered back in slowly, while Alcaraz, who had been battling a hamstring problem, has played just 45 minutes of football since completing his summer transfer to Goodison Park.

Meanwhile, Martinez confirmed Tony Hibbert came through his first outing of the campaign unscathed, the veteran right-back having played 66 minutes of Wednesday's Capital One Cup win over Stevenage.

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Darron GibsonDarron Gibson, who is back in full training.


Cardiff go into Saturday's game riding high on the crest of a wave following their first ever Premier League win against Manchester City on Sunday.

The Bluebirds shocked the big-spending Citizens with a 3-2 victory in South Wales, a brace from striker Fraizer Campbell proving the undoing of Manuel Pellegrini's side.

A midweek 2-0 win at James Beattie's Accrington Stanley also saw Cardiff cruise into the third round of the Capital One Cup, a game for which Malkay Mackay made 11 changes.

Everton head across the border having been forced to extra-time by League One Stevenage in their own cup  tie on Wednesday, a late strike from Marouane Fellaini finally seeing off Graham Westley's men at Goodison Park.

Prior to that, the Blues had drawn both their Premier League games - away at Norwich and at home against West Brom – meaning Martinez is on the prowl for his first league triumph.

Fraizer CampbellFraizer Campbell celebrates what proved to be Cardiff's winner against Manchester City.

Last Meeting
Almost 34 years have passed since Everton last faced Cardiff City. The two teams were drawn against each other in the League Cup second round in August 1979 and the Blues progressed after winning the two-legged tie 2-1 on aggregate.

The Toffees were victorious in the first match 2-0 thanks to a brace from forward Brian Kidd. And even though the Welsh outfit triumphed 1-0 in the return meeting at Ninian Park, it was not enough to prevent the Blues from advancing.

Historically, the two clubs have met on 33 occasions, with Cardiff holding the advantage having recorded 13 wins. The Blues have 12 victories to their name, while there have also been eight draws.

The last league meeting of the two teams - in April 1962 - resulted in an 8-3 home win for Everton, a hat-trick from Roy Vernon adding to goals from Billy Bingham, Jimmy Gabriel, Dennis Stevens, Derek Temple and Alex Young. The away fixture that season ended in a 0-0 draw.
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