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  • April 14, 2012
  • • 12:30
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: H. Webb
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Liverpool - Everton Preview: The Toffees have been eliminated at this stage more times than any other club in the history of the FA Cup

Kenny Dalglish's side head to Wembley possessing a good record against their Merseyside rivals having defeated them in the last three semi-final meetings


PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL

Jones
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Henderson, Gerrard, Spearing, Maxi
Suarez, Carroll

EVERTON

Howard
Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Drenthe, Gibson, Fellaini, Osman
Cahill
Jelavic


Liverpool have something of a goalkeeping crisis as first choice Pepe Reina and back-up Doni are both suspended for the game at Wembley. That means Brad Jones should start in goal with the recalled Peter Gulacsi taking his place on the bench.

Martin Kelly is expected to be fit for Saturday's game but Glen Johnson is also on the road to recovery having played 50 minutes away at Blackburn as they compete for the right-back slot.

Further forward, Lucas Leiva remains a long-term absentee whilst Charlie Adam is not expected to be passed fit following a knee injury.

Everton have far fewer concerns and only Jack Rodwell is out through injury as he continues to battle recurring hamstring troubles.

David Moyes is without Steven Pienaar though, who is cup-tied after playing for Tottenham in the FA Cup earlier this year.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Liverpool versus Everton is the most played semi-final fixture in the history of the FA Cup
  • However, on all three occasions that Liverpool have beaten Everton in the semi-final, they have gone on to lose the final.
  • The Reds have only kept one clean sheet in their last 12 competitive games.
  • This will be Liverpool's 23rd FA Cup semi-final. They have made it to the final 13 times.
  • Just three sides have win the League Cup and FA Cup in the same campaign: Arsenal (1992/93), Liverpool (2000/01) and Chelsea (2006/07).
  • Everton have been eliminated at the semi-final stage 11 times - more than any other club in the history of the competition.
  • Amazingly, the Toffees have made the final of the FA Cup the last six times they have reached the semi-finals.
  • Everton won the first FA Cup clash between the two sides in 1906 but Liverpool have triumphed in the other three semi-finals.
  • This will be Liverpool's 23rd FA Cup semi-final. They have made it to the final 13 times.
  • Nikica Jelavic has made an impressive start to his Goodison Park career, scoring five in his first 10 games - including once in the FA Cup already.

Players to watch

A. Carroll

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Andy Carroll looked on form against Blackburn and was a real handful even when leading the line alone after Doni's sending off. His last-gasp winning header showed a glimpse of the Newcastle Carroll that showed no mercy in front of goal. While he may not have done enough to claim a starting spot, he may well feature at some point and with his new-found confidence, expect him to trouble Everton.

N. Jelavić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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At the other end, David Moyes' Croatian hitman will be tasked with finding the back of the Reds' net. He has started well and shown himself to be a talented penalty box finisher, so if Everton can carve a chance for him, I expect Jelavic to have a say in this tie.

Editor's Prediction

History says Liverpool will win, FA Cup omens send a mixed message, whilst my head thinks it is going to be Everton's day. I do not think we saw the real Toffees in their 3-0 Anfield loss and on neutral soil, I predict a Moyes triumph.  

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Liverpool

Everton

Wins
1
4
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
Draw
Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
74%
22%

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 0
Everton FC EVE
Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 1
Everton FC EVE
Liverpool FC LIV
3 - 1
Everton FC EVE

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