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Thursday 18 September K.O. 20:05

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Arteta Makes Bench

Arteta Makes Bench
Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta has been named as a substitute for the FA Cup clash with Birmingham.

The Spanish playmaker is back in the Everton squad for the first time in almost a year, after rupturing his cruciate knee ligament in the Premier League against Newcastle United last February.

The sight of Arteta on the bench will be great news for manager David Moyes and the fans, while the starting line-up remains unchanged from the win over Manchester City.

That means that Tim Howard starts in goal, with a back four of captain, Phil Neville at right-back, Leighton Baines on the oppposite flank and Sylvain Distin and John Heitinga as the central defensive pairing.

A midfield quintet of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini, Tim Cahill and Landon Donovan.

And the Blues' leading scorer Louis Saha will lead the line in a 4-5-1 formation.

Midfielder Leon Osman also returns to the squad after suffering a hamstring injury.

Everton XI: Howard, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Saha, Donovan, Distin, Cahill, Neville, Pienaar, Baines, Fellaini. Subs: Nash, Arteta, Vaughan, Osman, Coleman, Duffy, Baxter.

Everton's official betting partner, Paddy Power, have some great odds for today's game. Here is just a selection:

14/1       Donovan 1st goal – double the odds exclusive

6/1         Saha 1st goal

16/1       Pienaar 1st goal

17/2       Everton win 2-1

For more great odds on the game, click here

Mark LynchSeeing Arteta on the Bench will be a massive boost for the rest of the squad, and i wouldnt bet on seeing him involved at some point today, i think that Everton will do Birmingham with little effort this afternoon, and then we will see the rise of the MIGHTY BLUES COYB...

Saturday 23rd January 14:52 Report Comment

Hannah HickinsonBest news I've heard in a while now, our midfield will be quality with Mikel and Felli in! COYB!

Saturday 23rd January 14:47 Report Comment

Benjamin SchmidtCOYB Arteta plus Cahill equal goals. I'm really hoping my American Boy Landon can find the back of the net

Saturday 23rd January 14:41 Report Comment

kris howardi heard a few ppl saying arteta was gonna be on the bench 4 da blues 2day but didnt beleive it,glad to see ur back n if u play hope ur not hacked,hope da blues perform well again like da last few games,keep pressuring the ball and hard work coyb

Saturday 23rd January 14:34 Report Comment

David ClarkWelcome back Mikky - we've missed you badly. Hope you get 10mins at the end of the game as a taster. The crowd is going to go mental when you're name's read out. COYB.

Saturday 23rd January 14:25 Report Comment

Yusuf Ali PeerbayeGreat News. COYB. Easy win today. 2-0 :)

Saturday 23rd January 14:24 Report Comment

Ashlee GunnellCOYB's, Arteta,Arteta,Arteta

Saturday 23rd January 14:22 Report Comment

Rob LeighYESS!!!! Great to have Mikel back- hopefully he'll get a cameo apperance at the end then be ready for Wigan. Sunderland is too close i feel. IN MOYESY WE TRUST though so i'm sure he'll be used carefully. Just hope Man City don't get any idea's about our players after we killed em last week!

Saturday 23rd January 14:21 Report Comment

Benjamin SchmidtCOYB This is awesome news. Put Mikel in and Cahill will score

Saturday 23rd January 14:17 Report Comment

Igor VeigaGood luck, Mike!

Saturday 23rd January 14:16 Report Comment

Mike Coughlanfollow follow follow lets raise the roof today with this song welcome back mikie

Saturday 23rd January 14:14 Report Comment

mike carrBRILLIANT NEWS!!! Hopefully he gets to play a part in todays game, if not at least we should expect him back soon! COYB Wembley again this year :-)

Saturday 23rd January 14:14 Report Comment

Carl HoweyIt's been a long time coming, welcome back Mikel.

Saturday 23rd January 14:13 Report Comment
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