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Goodison Park | 15th March 2014 15:00 | Attendance - 38018

Everton v Cardiff City

Team News

Roberto Martinez will continue to monitor the fitness of Phil Jagielka and Steven Pienaar in the lead up to Saturday’s clash with Cardiff City.

Jagielka has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem, while Pienaar was substituted during the second half of last weekend’s game at Arsenal.

Martinez said: "Steven had to come off so we'll assess him over the next couple of days.

“We'll make a really late decision on Phil in terms of the weekend just to make sure he is fully fit for the remainder of the season. He's recovering really well."

Arouna Kone, Darron Gibson, Bryan Oviedo and Lacina Traore are all still out.

Cardiff City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a near full strength squad to select from, with central defender Ben Turner the only doubt.

Juan Cala is back available following an illness, while Wilfried Zaha and Craig Bellamy are pushing for recalls after both didn’t feature in the Bluebirds’ 3-1 win over Fulham last weekend.

Form

Everton can rely on home comforts as they bid to bounce back from last Saturday’s FA Cup exit away at Arsenal.

Since losing to Sunderland on Boxing Day, the Blues have won their last six matches at Goodison, including a 1-0 success over West Ham United a fortnight ago.

Romelu LukakuRomelu Lukaku netted the winner in Everton's last Goodison outing against West Ham.

That defeat to the Black Cats at the end of 2013, means Everton now boast a record of having lost just one of their last 22 home league matches.

Victory for the Toffees this weekend would temporarily close the gap to fifth-placed Tottenham to two points. Spurs are in action on Sunday when they host Arsenal in the North London derby.

Cardiff travel to Merseyside with the unwanted record of having failed to score in eight of their last 10 away top-flight games.

However, last time out, the Welsh outfit arrested a run of three straight defeats with a much-needed win over rock-bottom Fulham.

That victory lifted Cardiff up to 18th position in the table, level on points with West Bromwich Albion who sit just one place outside the relegation zone.

Last Meeting

Cardiff City 0-0 Everton – August 2013

Everton were left frustrated on their first ever trip to the Cardiff City Stadium in August.

The Blues could not find a way past the home side’s defence in what proved to be Marouane Fellaini’s final game for the Club before departing for Manchester United.

Cardiff v EvertonPienaar tussles for possession in the corresponding meeting with Cardiff back in August.

For those who remember it, Cardiff's last league trip to Goodison Park was one to savour for the hosts.

It was way back in April 1962 and the Bluebirds were sent packing back across the border on the wrong end of an emphatic 8-3 scoreline.

Roy Vernon was the hero of the day, the striker's hat-trick adding to further goals from Jimmy Gabriel, Dennis Stevens, Derek Temple, Alex Young and future Toffees boss Billy Bingham.

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