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Everton head to Oldham’s Boundary Park on Saturday looking to put themselves just 90 minutes away from Wembley.

Here we preview the FA Cup fifth round encounter with the help of stats, facts and numbers…

1Everton FA Cup hat-tricks scored in the post-war era. Graeme Sharp is the only player to have netted a treble in the competition since 1946, sticking three past former Toffees stopper Martin Hodge in a 5-0 third round win at Sheffield Wednesday in January 1988. The Goodison legend also had a managerial spell at Oldham from 1994 to 1997.

Graeme Sharp

2 Occasions on which Everton have won four or more successive ties away from home in the FA Cup (having not been drawn at home during that time). The Blues did this between 1968-89 and 1984-86 (five wins). Our current sequence of away FA Cup victories stands at three following last season’s victory at Sunderland and the more recent triumphs at Cheltenham Town and Bolton Wanderers.

5 Previous occasions the two teams have been drawn together in the FA Cup. Oldham have won three of those ties, prevailing in 1912/13, 1989/90 and most recently at Goodison Park in 2007/08. Everton won the first two FA Cup meetings between the sides, in 1907/08 and 1911/12.

7 Unbeaten away matches in the FA Cup for the Toffees. Of those games, five have been won, while games at Liverpool in 2009 and Chelsea in 2011 were drawn. The tie against Liverpool was eventually won at Goodison Park in a replay, while a penalty shootout victory at Stamford Bridge also ensured we went onwards in the competition.

Blues celebrate the winning penalty

7 Goals scored by Everton in the FA Cup this season, all by different players. Our first seven FA Cup goals in the last two seasons we have reached the final – in 1994/95 and 2008/09 – were also scored by seven different players.

18 Years since the Blues last faced a team who had knocked out our neighbours Liverpool in the previous round. In our triumphant 1995 run we defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 in the semi-final after they had won at Anfield in the sixth round.

19 Previous meetings between the two teams in all competitions at Boundary Park, with Everton victorious on five occasions. The most recent encounter was in September 1993, when the Toffees won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Tony Cottee.

The Blues celebrate Tony Cottee's decisive goal in September 1993's 1-0 win at Boundary Park.

23 Years since Everton were drawn away from home three successive times from the third round onwards. In 1990 we defeated Middlesbrough (after a replay) and Sheffield Wednesday before, in what is hopefully not an omen, Oldham ended our hopes in the fifth round.

100 The percentage success rate of David Moyes in games at Boundary Park since becoming a manager. The Scot recorded two 1-0 victories there as Preston boss in 1998/99 and 1999/2000.

John Heitinga smashes home the winner

250 Away matches in all competitions for Moyes as Everton manager after Saturday. In the FA Cup, the Blues boss has won six and drawn three of his 12 games away from home.

All stats courtesy of Gavin Buckland (@GavinBuckland1)

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