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FA Cup

  • 7 January 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • The Abbey Business Stadium, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 6891

Cheltenham Town - Everton Preview: The Robins look to shock five-time FA Cup winners

Cheltenham Town - Everton Preview: The Robins look to shock five-time FA Cup winners

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After facing Premier League opposition in Tottenham at the same stage last season, Mark Yates hopes for a different result against David Moyes' in-form Toffees side


Cheltenham Town

Jones, Elliot, Bennett, Jombati
Pack, McGlashan, Carter, Penn
Mohamed, Harrad


Duffy, Heitinga, Distin, Oviedo
Naismith, Neville, Hitzlsperger, Gueye
Vellios, Anichebe

The Robins hope experienced midfielder Darren Carter can recover from a knock to the knee he took during the 1-0 loss to Oxford United on New Years Day.

Manager Mark Yates has a choice to make with his strikers. Shaun Harrad and Kaid Mohamed have performed well in the FA Cup this season and were only substitutes against Oxford, while Darryl Duffy and Jeff Goulding have impressed in League Two.

On-loan Reading duo Jake Taylor and Lawson D'Ath will both miss out as their loans expired on Jan 2, but the club could look to bring the former back after catching the eye during his eight appearances for the club.

The away side look set to rest a number of first team players for their trip to the Abbey Business stadium with regulars such as Tim Howard, Marouane Fellaini and Leon Osman expected to miss out.

Young defender Shane Duffy could feature at right-back with Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman (hamstring) both missing through injury, along with midfielder Darron Gibson (thigh) and forward Kevin Mirallas (hamstring).

  • Cheltenham Town midfielder Darren Carter is their only player to have Premier League experience, with Birmingham City and West Brom.
  • The home side are looking to make the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2002 when they made their best run ever, reaching the fifth round.
  • The Robins have had a relatively easy passage to the third round, having played non-league clubs in their previous two rounds, but took to extra time in the second round to get by Blue Square Bet Premier side Hereford United.
  • Cheltenham have only failed to score in one home match this season, when they lost 3-0 to Accrington Stanley at the start of September.
  • Everton have won the FA Cup five times in their history, placing them in joint eighth place in the all-time winners list along with Chelsea and West Brom.
  • Their most recent triumph came in 1995 when they shocked Manchester United. The closest they have come since was a final appearance against Chelsea in 2009.
  • Striker Victor Anichebe (pictured) has scored five goals so far this season, only one goal behind his best for a season.
  • The Toffees have only failed to score once when playing away from Goodison Park, that came on the same day as Cheltenham failed to score at home as Everton lost 2-0 away to West Brom on September 1.

Players to watch

D. Carter

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The former Premier League player may come up against fellow veterans in Phil Neville and Thomas Hitzlsperger in the centre of midfield and will be hoping to outshine the Everton duo. The 29-year-old has been one of Cheltenham's best players this season and his five goals so far from midfield have helped them to fourth place in League Two.

S. Naismith

Position: Attacker

Games: 2

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The Scotland international has made an inconsistent start to his career at Goodison Park. The 26-year-old will be looking to put in a performance that will cement his place in the Everton starting line-up in the coming weeks and will be hoping for a goal or two against a side that have conceded 33 goals League Two this season.

Editor's Prediction

Despite David Moyes presumably resting many first team players for the game at the Abbey Business Stadium, the Toffees will still have too much class for the League Two promotion contenders. This could be an oppportunity for a number of Everton players to impress their manager as they look to make another run at FA Cup glory.

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