David Moyes' side were poor in defeat to relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers last time out and will hope to avoid further embarrassment in the shape of a cup upset
Hibbert, Distin, Heitinga, Baines
Donovan, Barkley, Neville, Cahill, Drenthe
Tait, Francis, Kanyuka, Habergam
Thomas, Barrow, McDonald, Courtney, Shariff
However, the Scot would hope those players aren’t missed as the Toffees face a side four stages below them in the Football League pyramid.
This could mean run-outs for youngsters Ross Barkley and Apostolos Vellios and starts for out-of-sorts midfielder Tim Cahill and reserve goalkeeper Jan Mucha.
The Blues are unlikely to be able to shuffle their pack much at the back given their well known lack of squad depth and it should be a strong-looking defensive lineup.
Tamworth manager Marcus Law has gained a bit of a reputation amongst the Lambs’ fans for his squad rotation and therefore it is rather difficult to pick an expected lineup for the Staffordshire side.
Despite not featuring in last weekend’s draw with Alfreton, keeper Jonathan Hedge is expected to oust Joe Collister due to his superior experience.
Club captain Paul Green is expected to miss out after he was informed that Tamworth’s Birmingham Cup tie against Bedworth Town would not count as part of his three-match ban for a sending off against Luton Town.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Tamworth’s greatest success came in 1989 as they lifted the FA Vase trophy after beating Sudbury Town at Wembley.
- Everton on the other hand have a rich history in this competition having won it five times, most recently in 1995.
- The Blues came closest to repeating that feat in 2009 as defeated finalists against Chelsea.
- Toffees manager David Moyes (pictured right) has the chance to register the 300th win of his managerial career on Saturday.
- Tamworth have never gone beyond the 3rd round of the FA Cup, having featured twice before in 2005-6 and 2006-7.
- The Lambs’ highest ever attendance is 4,920 for a 1948 clash with Atherstone Town. Everton's is, incredibly, almost 15 times more than that as they once hosted 78,299 for a league encounter with Merseyside rivals, Liverpool.
- Former Arsenal legend Paul Merson signed for Tamworth on loan from Walsall in 2006 but retired from football after featuring just once for his new club.
- Tamworth striker Kyle Patterson once counted Everton’s Landon Donovan as a team-mate at LA Galaxy, even providing an assist for the USA star on his debut for the MLS outfit.
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