All that stands between Everton and a return to Wembley is an intriguing Quarter Final tie against Roberto Martinez’s Wigan Athletic. A raucous and near capacity Goodison Park is sure to great the two teams as Everton look to end a 18 year trophy drought with FA Cup success.
Throughout the week we have looked back over a number of our previous Quarter Final ties, which have not only brought back some brilliant memories, but also served to remind what a fantastic and rich cup tradition Everton have. 5 FA Cup successes do not accurately reflect the consistency Everton have shown through the years and David Moyes remains desperate to add glory to his brilliant reign in charge of the Blues.
Ahead of the game David Moyes has called for the backing of the Everton support and he will be desperate for Everton to make full use of home advantage and secure a place in the Semi Final draw at the first attempt. The early kick off may dampen the atmosphere slightly, as will the reduced away following that Wigan are likely to bring across from Lancashire, but the Evertonians know that Saturday represents an excellent opportunity and the rewards of a place at Wembley should ensure Goodison is fully behind the boys in blue.
David Moyes will be forced into at least one change, with Phil Jagielka unlikely to play after suffering a serious gash to his ankle during last weeks Premier League victory over Reading. That win will have done Everton the world of good after the Blues suffered a difficult February they were relieved to get back to winning ways. Tim Howard is expected to have recovered from the injury which kept him out of the Reading game and will regain his place from Jan Mucha. Aside from injury, Moyes faces a huge decision over whether to stick with Nikica Jelavic who continued his baron run in front of goal or return Victor Anichebe to the first team after he completed his recovery from a bad back with a substitute appearance towards the end of last weeks match.
Our XI to start is: Howard; Coleman, Baines, Distin, Heitinga; Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Mirallas; Fellaini, Anichebe.
Our final piece of quarter final action comes from 1986 and a Gary Lineker inspired victory over Luton Town. Everton looked set to go out after going two goals behind, but Graeme Sharp and Adrian Heath earned the Blues a replay, before Gary Lineker scored the solitary goal to put Everton through to a Semi Final against Sheffield Wednesday.