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
Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Osman, Fellaini, Drenthe
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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.