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FA Cup

  • 27 March 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 43140

Sunderland - Everton Preview: The Black Cats hope home advantage will help to secure a first appearance at the new Wembley

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
Sessegnon, Bendtner

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Players to watch

N. Bendtner

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Nicklas Bendtner has the ability be a match-winner for the home team. The Danish striker is hitting form for the Black Cats, with three goals in six games, including the opener against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The Arsenal loanee is also very good in the air, and if James McClean and Sebastian Larsson can provide good deliveries into the box, Sunderland are sure to be a threat.

L. Baines

Position: Defender

Games: 1

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The left-back is likely to provide the away side’s biggest threat. Not only is he a dead-ball specialist (proved by his expertly taken free-kick against Swansea on Saturday), but his raiding runs up the left hand-side are hard to pick up for the opposition.

Sunderland’s right-midifelder is going to have to work hard tracking back as Baines will run forward at every opportunity. And when he does get into a crossing position, the 27-year-old usually finds a team-mate in the box.

Editor's Prediction

Both teams go into this game on the back of good wins, but they are missing important players. Whoever gets the first goal will be important in a tight game, but Sunderland’s home advantage should see them progress.

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Reader's Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland
Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton

Top 3 Predictions

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