Venue: Goodison Park
Date: Saturday 12th March 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
With our midweek defeat in the Champions League still far too fresh in our minds, we’re back at it in today’s late kick off, for an FA Cup tie against Everton.
The Toffees haven’t done particularly well at home in the league lately but that won’t stop them coming into this game feeling a bit more optimistic than us. Weary after our Champions League exit and probably without Costa and JT again – at least from the starting XI – I expect us to find ourselves under pressure early on.
Going into today’s late game, Everton manager Roberto Martinez says “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 interim manager Guus Hiddink meanwhile, says “We had a difficult loss [against Paris St-Germain] and just two days to recover physically, psychologically and mentally. It’s always a blow when you’re knocked out (even when) by a good team. Now the players have to respond. Mentally, it’s very important they’re resilient.”
For Everton, Kevin Mirallas is suspended, Bryan Oviedo (infection) is doubtful and Aaron Lennon (hamstring) will get a late test. Gareth Barry and Tom Cleverley are expected to be available.
For Chelsea, Zouma (knee) remains out long term, John Terry (hamstring) and Diego Costa (hip) both get late checks and Eden Hazard is surprising ok for selection despite taking himself off against PSG midweek.
EVERTON (Possible line-up): Robles, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, Besic, Lennon, Barkley, Lukaku
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Willian, Hazard, Traore.
Chelsea 3-3 Everton (16th January 2016)
~ Today is the 9th meeting of Everton and Chelsea in the FA Cup
~ Chelsea have won 6 of the 9 FA Cup meetings
~ Chelsea have never won an FA Cup game at Goodison Park
~ Everton won the last FA Cup meeting between the two clubs (2011)
~ Everton have won five of their last nine home games against Chelsea in all competitions
~ Everton have lost five of their last seven FA Cup quarter-finals
~ Everton have reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the fifth time in eight seasons.
~ Everton have lost three of their last four home games.
~ The last time Chelsea lost an FA Cup quarter-final was against Barnsley in 2008.
~ Guus Hiddink has won all six of his FA Cup matches in charge of Chelsea.
~ Chelsea draw a lot!
More doom and gloom I’m afraid.