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  • 17 March 2012
  • • 12:45
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: A. Marriner
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Everton - Sunderland Preview: Black Cats looking for first win at Goodison Park in over 10 years

Martin O'Neill's men travel to Merseyside looking to end a woeful record, while the Toffees will look to make the most of home advantage and reach a Wembley semi-final


PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON

Howard
Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Drenthe
Cahill
Jelavic

SUNDERLAND

Mignolet
Bardsley, Turner, O'Shea, Bridge
Colback
Larsson, Gardner, Meyler, McClean
Campbell

After celebrating his 10-year Goodison Park anniversary on Wednesday, David Moyes will be looking to bounce back from the lacklustre 3-0 defeat away at rivals Liverpool with a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Moyes will most likely rotate his squad after resting several players in Tuesday’s derby, but Everton are still without Darron Gibson, who is crocked with a knee injury until next weekend at the earliest.

After a sumptuous start to his Sunderland career, boss Martin O’Neill’s impact his stalled slightly in recent weeks. A heavy loss to West Brom, following by a draw against rivals Newcastle were overshadowed by an impressive three points against Liverpool last time out.

O’Neill will be hoping to take that confidence into the game against a side who have picked up impressive home wins over the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and, most recently, Tottenham.

Sunderland are still without the suspended Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon, while there are doubts over the fitness of Nicklas Bendtner (knee) and Kieran Richardson (calf). Wes Brown and Titus Bramble are not expected back in training until the end of the month.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Everton have scored exactly two goals, in all three of their FA Cup matches this season.
  • They have also won their last four home games in all competitions, without conceding a goal.
  • In addition, they have won their last four home games against Sunderland in all competitions, scoring 14 and conceding one.
  • To make matters worse, Sunderland haven’t won at Goodison Park since David Moyes became Everton manager ten years ago.
  • Everton have made it to the quater-finals of the FA Cup more often than any other side (41).
  • Sunderland have made it through, in nine of their last 13 FA Cup sixth-round ties.
  • These two teams have previously played each other eleven times in the FA Cup – Everton have progressed seven times, Sunderland four.
  • The two teams have identical Premier League records - won 10, drawn 7, lost 11.

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Players to watch

N. Jelavić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Croatian, who joined Everton from Rangers in January, made an immediate impact on his first Goodison start by netting the winner against Tottenham last weekend.
Having been rested for the Merseyside derby with Liverpool on Tuesday night, the striker now looks set to return to the starting XI and will be relied upon to score the goals for David Moyes’ side.
The Croatian, who joined Everton from Rangers in January, made an immediate impact on his first Goodison start by netting the winner against Tottenham last weekend.


Having been rested for the Merseyside derby with Liverpool on Tuesday night, the striker now looks set to return to the starting XI and will be relied upon to score the goals for David Moyes' side.

J. McClean

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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James McClean is the danger man for Sunderland. He epitomises their devastating counter-attacking style, with tireless work rate and good early crosses into the opposition penalty area.

The Irish youngster is a bit of a traditional winger. He loves to beat his opponent and get in a cross immediately – something which isn’t all that common in football these days.

The Black Cats will probably play on the break at Goodison Park, and McClean is sure to give whoever he is up against, a torrid time.

Editor's Prediction

Sunderland will look to lure Everton on to them, and then counter-attack with speed and precision. Everton will probably aim for a measured approach and the likely return of Leon Osman will give them another creative spark.

I think Everton will have just a little too much for the away side, and the Black Cats’ woeful record at Goodison will continue.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Everton

Sunderland

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
Draw
Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland
55%
31%

Top 3 Predictions

Everton FC EVE
2 - 1
Sunderland AFC SUN
Everton FC EVE
1 - 2
Sunderland AFC SUN
Everton FC EVE
2 - 0
Sunderland AFC SUN

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