Everton v Chelsea

11 Mar

Leighton Baines celebrates scoring for Everton against Chelsea in the FA Cup in 2011


Everton eliminated Chelsea on penalties when the sides last met in the FA Cup in 2011

TEAM NEWS

Everton full-back Bryan Oviedo is doubtful following a chest infection, while Aaron Lennon’s hamstring problem will also be assessed.

Kevin Mirallas begins a ban but Gareth Barry and Tom Cleverley should be fit after recovering from illness.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is doubtful with a tendon injury which forced him off in midweek, while Eden Hazard’s hip problem will also be assessed.

The Blues may again be without John Terry, who has a hamstring injury.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Guy Mowbray: “The winners Wembley-bound at least once; the loser’s season as good as over before Easter.

“Roberto Martinez says he doesn’t see it as ‘make or break’, but that is surely the reality for a manager under increasing scrutiny.

“He talked this week of the “Goodison Park effect”, but supporters can only do so much.

“One win in their last eight home league games and Everton’s tendency to lose leads will inevitably bring a nervous tension to the usual noise.

“Chelsea can play on that, and it might not be a bad thing to get away from Stamford Bridge after Wednesday’s Champions League disappointment.

“Winning the FA Cup is a must to save a desperate season that has the feel of the end of an era for London’s Blues.”

Twitter: @Guymowbray

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “When you see the work of the players and then you don’t get the rewards you deserve, it is painful.

“[It is] a pain we share with all the fans. The frustration is there. We’ve seen outstanding signs this season and that is why it is so frustrating to see in games where we are winning, we throw it away.

“I don’t see it as a make-or-break (game). I see it as the type of game we want to be involved in. We have the advantage of playing it at Goodison, and we could achieve something really special.”

Chelsea midfielder Oscar<!–

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Everton and Chelsea have been paired together nine times in the FA Cup – with Chelsea prevailing in six of those ties, and Everton advancing on three occasions.
  • However, Chelsea have never won an FA Cup game at Goodison Park (L1, D2).
  • The sides last met in the competition in 2011, when Everton went through after winning a fourth-round replay at Stamford Bridge via a penalty shoot-out.
  • The Toffees have won five of their last nine home games against Chelsea in all competitions (D1, L3), scoring in each of those matches.

Everton

  • The Toffees have lost five of their last seven FA Cup quarter-finals, including the last two.
  • They have reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the fifth time in eight seasons.
  • Roberto Martinez’s men have lost three of their last four home games.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored in each of his four FA Cup appearances for Everton.
  • Aaron Lennon has scored in five of his last seven appearances and has six goals in 2016 – compared to just four in the previous three calendar years.

Chelsea

  • The last time the Blues lost an FA Cup quarter-final was against Barnsley in 2008. Since then they have won four of five matches at this stage, drawing the other at Manchester United in 2013.
  • Guus Hiddink has won all six of his FA Cup matches in charge of Chelsea.
  • Diego Costa has scored or assisted 17 goals in his last 15 games in all competitions (11 goals, 6 assists).

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