Setting The Scene
Wanderers turn their attention back to the FA Cup this weekend, as Dougie Freedman’s men welcome Everton to the Reebok for their fourth-round clash.
The Trotters overcame Sunderland over two ties in the third round, as two second-half strikes from Marvin Sordell sealed a 2-0 victory at the Stadium of Light last weekend.
The victory booked the Whites a date with Premier League high-flyers Everton this Saturday afternoon after David Moyes’ side successfully navigated past Cheltenham Town in the previous round.
Goals from Nikica Jelavic, Leighton Baines, Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini secured a comfortable 5-1 victory over the League Two side, as the Toffees continued their good run of form.
The Blues are currently chasing a Champions League place and sit fifth in the Premier League. Moyes’ side have only lost three league games during the current campaign, while picking up nine wins including victory over Manchester United on the opening day of the season.
The Toffees enjoyed a successful cup run last season, reaching the last four, but the Blues suffered a narrow semi-final defeat to Merseyside rivals Liverpool at Wembley.
The Everton faithful will be hoping to go one step further this season, but they first have to get past a Wanderers side full of confidence after securing back-to-back clean sheets against Sunderland and Crystal Palace over the last 11 days.
One To Watch - Marouane Fellaini
Belgian international Marouane Fellaini has been an instrumental part of David Moyes’ midfield this season, making 18 Premier League appearances and scoring a club-high eight goals.
The all-action midfielder moved to Goodison Park in September 2008 from Standard Liège for a club record fee of £15million and has gone on to make over 150 appearances for the Toffees.
The 25-year-old, who has won 38 caps for Belgium scoring five goals, currently tops the team’s goal scoring charts and he was on target again in the last round of the FA Cup scoring Everton’s fifth goal against Cheltenham.
Mark Davies (shoulder), Matt Mills (thigh) and Keith Andrews (thigh) will all definitely miss out through injury, while striker Tom Eaves and winger Gregg Wylde are both cup-tied having played for Bristol Rovers and Bury respectively in the competition earlier this season.
David Wheater has stepped up his recovery from a knee injury, but this weekend’s FA Cup tie comes too soon for the defender.
Manager David Moyes will check on the fitness of Seamus Coleman before Saturday’s clash at the Reebok, after the winger limped off at St Mary’s on Monday. Darron Gibson has been struggling with a similar problem in recent weeks, while Tony Hibbert continues his recovery from calf surgery.
But the Toffees will be buoyed by the return of the fit-again Kevin Mirallas after he made a 20-minute cameo against Southampton earlier this week.
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Man In The Middle - Martin Atkinson
West Yorkshire-based referee Martin Atkinson will take charge of Saturday afternoon’s FA Cup fourth round tie. He has so far shown 103 yellow and one red card in 27 games this season.
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