Cup Preview – Ice station Zebra

Everton travel to Boundary Park for a Saturday tea time kick off in search of a place in the FA Cup Quarter Finals.

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As Everton travel to Oldham for the pick of the 5th Round ties, they would do well to reflect on their recent cup record against the team from Greater Manchester. A shock home defeat in 2008 compounded the Blues poor record against the Latics, following a famous defeat back in 1990 over three tight and controversial matches.

Judging by the previous two FA Cup ties this season, David Moyes and Everton are very unlikely to make the same mistake that neighbours Liverpool made. Brendan Rodgers fielded a team totally unprepared to take on both the occasion and archaic conditions facing any opposition when they travel to take on Oldham at Boundary Park. Conditions are so far removed from the pampered conditions expected by Premier League players, Joe Royle christened the ground “Ice station Zebra”.

In contrast to Liverpool, David Moyes will field a full strength team, designed to put the game to bed in similar fashion to the visit to Cheltenham in Round 3.

Likely XI: Howard; Neville, Baines, Distin, Jagielka; Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Mirallas; Fellaini, Anichebe.

Our video footage comes from a 5th Round tie the last time the Blues won the Cup. In 1995 Everton were drawn at home against Premier League opposition in Norwich City. Ex Oldham manager Joe Royle was in charge of Everton, who totally overwhelmed the Canaries to record a 5-0 victory.

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