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
Bardsley, Kyrgiakos, Turner, Bridge
Larsson, Gardner, Cattermole, McClean
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.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- 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.
- Sunderland have progressed in nine of their last 13 FA Cup sixth-round ties. The hosts are 9/1 with Bet365 to beat Everton 2-1 in this match.
- 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.