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March 27, 2012 8:00 PM BST
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 43140‎
David Vaughan 57′ (OG)

Sunderland - Everton Preview: The Black Cats hope home advantage will help to secure a first appearance at the new Wembley

Martin O'Neill welcomes back several key players who missed the first match, but the Toffees will not roll over as they look to continue their impressive recent FA Cup record

By Daniel Cross



Bardsley, Kyrgiakos, Turner, Bridge
Larsson, Gardner, Cattermole, McClean
Sessegnon, Bendtner

Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Bainies
Osman, Neville, Fellaini, Cahill, Drenthe

Sunderland are without centre-back John O’Shea, who is struggling with a hamstring injury. Kieran Richardson (calf), Wes Brown (knee) and Titus Bramble (shin) are all still injured as well.

Phil Bardsley and Sebastian Larsson should shake off illness in time for the game and the Black Cats welcome back captain Lee Cattermole, who has been suspended for the last four games.

The game will probably come just too soon for Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Seamus Coleman (thigh) to make the Everton first XI, but both may feature on the bench.

The visitors are also without playmaker Steven Pienaar, who is cup-tied, but they should welcome back Royston Drenthe after the winger was left out of Saturday’s victory over Swansea City.

  • These two teams have an identical Premier League record, having each won 11, drawn seven, and lost 12 games so far this season.
  • Everton have made it to the last eight of the FA Cup more often than any other side, appearing 41 times.
  • Both teams have played twice since their initial fixture, each winning once and drawing the other.
  • The two sides have previously been drawn together 11 times in the FA Cup, with Sunderland progressing on four occasions and Everton on seven.
  • Everton have gone 15 games unbeaten against the Black Cats, a run including 11 wins and four draws.
  • Both of the previous games between the sides this season have finished 1-1.

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Available Squads
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
6Michael TurnerDefender
2Phil BardsleyDefender
16Sotirios KyrgiakosDefender
3Wayne BridgeDefender
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
23Nicklas BendtnerStriker
1Craig GordonGoalkeeper
27Matthew Kilgallon Defender
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
7David MeylerMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
10Dong-Won JiStriker
10Fraizer CampbellStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
4John HeitingaDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
4Darron GibsonMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
18Phil NevilleDefender
17Tim CahillMidfielder
19Magaye GueyeStriker
18Nikica JelavicStriker
24Marcus HahnemannGoalkeeper
6Phil JagielkaDefender
34Shane DuffyDefender
2Tony HibbertDefender
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
16James McFaddenStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
Players to Watch
Nicklas Bendtner
Nicklas Bendtner
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Nicklas Bendtner has the ability be a match-winner for the home team. The Danish striker is hitting form for the Black Cats, with three goals in six games, including the opener against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The Arsenal loanee is also very good in the air, and if James McClean and Sebastian Larsson can provide good deliveries into the box, Sunderland are sure to be a threat.
Leighton Baines
Leighton Baines
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
3 1 0 0
The left-back is likely to provide the away side’s biggest threat. Not only is he a dead-ball specialist (proved by his expertly taken free-kick against Swansea on Saturday), but his raiding runs up the left hand-side are hard to pick up for the opposition.

Sunderland’s right-midifelder is going to have to work hard tracking back as Baines will run forward at every opportunity. And when he does get into a crossing position, the 27-year-old usually finds a team-mate in the box.
Both teams go into this game on the back of good wins, but they are missing important players. Whoever gets the first goal will be important in a tight game, but Sunderland’s home advantage should see them progress.
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