FA Cup Preview: Everton - Sunderland
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 semifinal.
By Daniel Cross
Neville, Distin, Heitinga, Baines
Drenthe, Fellaini, Osman, Pienaar
Bardsley, Turner, O'Shea, Bridge
Larsson, Gardner, Cattermole, Colback, McClean
After celebrating his 10-year Goodison Park anniversary on Wednesday, David Moyes will be looking to bounce back from the lackluster 3-0 defeat away at rival Liverpool with a place in the FA Cup semifinals.
Moyes will most likely rotate his squad after resting several players in Tuesday’s derby, but Everton is 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 and a draw against rival 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 which has picked up impressive home wins over the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and, most recently, Tottenham.
Sunderland welcomes back skipper Lee Cattermole from suspension, but Stephane Sessegnon is still banned. There are doubts over the fitness of Nicklas Bendtner (knee) and Kieran Richardson (calf), while Wes Brown and Titus Bramble are not expected back in training until the end of the month.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Everton has scored exactly two goals in all three of its FA Cup matches this season.
- The club has also won its last four home games in all competitions, without conceding a goal.
- In addition, it has won its last four home games against Sunderland in all competitions, scoring 14 and conceding one.
- To make matters worse, Sunderland hasn’t won at Goodison Park since David Moyes became Everton manager 10 years ago.
- Everton has made it to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup more often than any other side (41).
- Sunderland has made it through in nine of its last 13 FA Cup sixth-round ties.
- These two teams have previously played each other 11 times in the FA Cup. Everton has progressed seven times, Sunderland four.
- The two teams have identical Premier League records - won 10, drawn 7, lost 11.
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Top 3 Predictions
Everton 2-1 Sunderland
- 17.07 %
Everton 1-2 Sunderland
- 14.02 %
Everton 2-0 Sunderland
- 10.98 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 20, 2013||Sunderland 1 - Everton 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Nov 10, 2012||Everton 2 - Sunderland 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 9, 2012||Everton 4 - Sunderland 0|
|FA Cup (FA)||Mar 27, 2012||Sunderland 0 - Everton 2|
|FA Cup (FA)||Mar 17, 2012||Everton 1 - Sunderland 1|
|Dec 14, 2013||Everton 4 - Fulham 1||EPL|
|Dec 8, 2013||Arsenal 1 - Everton 1||EPL|
|Dec 4, 2013||Manchester United 0 - Everton 1||EPL|
|Nov 30, 2013||Everton 4 - Stoke 0||EPL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Everton 3 - Liverpool 3||EPL|
|27||Ahmed El Mohamady||Midfielder|