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  • 9 March 2013
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  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
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Everton - Wigan Preview: Latics out to seal historic FA Cup semi-final appearance

Everton - Wigan Preview: Latics out to seal historic FA Cup semi-final appearance

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The Toffees are looking for their second consecutive cup semi-final trip to Wembley against Roberto Martinez's side, who are recovering from a thumping defeat to Liverpool


Everton are set to name a near full-strength starting XI as manager David Moyes searches for his first trophy in 10 full seasons in charge at Goodison Park.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard could miss out with a back injury that kept him out of the 3-1 win over Reading, while Tony Hibbert continues to recover from calf surgery. First-choice central-defender Phil Jagielka is also missing after undergoing ankle surgery, with Johnny Heitinga set to step in.

Wigan could hand a first start to Paraguayan central-defender Antolin Alcaraz after six months on the sidelines. Elsewhere, Martinez is set to play his strongest side, meaning Arouna Kone, who has hit four goals in his last three games, will start up front alongside Franco Di Santo.

On-loan Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi could make the substitutes bench after recovering from an ankle injury but Mike Pollitt (hip), Ivan Ramis (knee), Ben Watson (broken leg) and Albert Crusat (knee) remain absent.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Everton are looking for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the second year running and for a third time in four seasons.
  • Nikica Jelavic has only scored one goal for Everton in 2013 so far, coming in the FA Cup third round victory at Cheltenham.
  • Everton are unbeaten in their last nine matches against Wigan, with the Latics' last victory coming in November 2008.
  • Roberto Martinez's are looking to reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time in their history.
  • The Latics last reached this stage of the cup 26 years ago in 1987.

Players to watch

K. Mirallas

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Belgian attacker has had a huge impact since returning from a troublesome hamstring injury, scoring on his last two starts to help the Toffees to two 3-1 victories over Oldham and Reading respectively. He provides his side with some much-needed pace, the sort that Wigan's creaky backline have struggled to handle all season.

A. Koné

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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While many players return from the Africa Cup of Nations tired, Kone's minimal presence in the Ivory Coast's starting XI has resulted in a refreshed and reinvigorated returning presence to Wigan's attack. Has given the Latics' attack a cutting edge that they have often lacked and has already scored at Goodison Park this season in his side's 2-1 defeat in December.

Editor's Prediction

Everton and David Moyes appear to be seriously prioritising success in the FA Cup this season and that extra motivation should be enough to give them progress over a Wigan side that will be more concerned with preserving their Premier League status. The pace of Mirallas and aerial power of Marouane Fellaini could just be too much for Wigan to handle.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Everton

Wigan Athletic

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
Draw
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Wigan Athletic FC Wigan Athletic
74%
19%

Top 3 Predictions

Everton FC EVE
2 - 0
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Everton FC EVE
2 - 1
Wigan Athletic FC WIG
Everton FC EVE
3 - 1
Wigan Athletic FC WIG

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