Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Everton v Liverpool

Everton v Liverpool

FA Cup fourth round replay
Venue: Goodison Park Date: Wednesday, 4 February Kick-off: 2010 GMT

Everton manager David Moyes is likely to name an unchanged side for the FA Cup fourth round replay with Liverpool.

Moyes still has problems in attack as Yakubu, Louis Saha and James Vaughan all remain injured, while deadline day signing Jo is cup-tied.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has no new injury concerns, although full-back Phillip Degen has been ruled out for several weeks with a broken metatarsal.

Benitez could opt to play the same team that beat Chelsea last Sunday.

Everton (from): Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Anichebe, Gosling, Castillo, Rodwell, Neville, Osman, Arteta, Fellaini, Pienaar, Cahill, Nash, Yobo, Van der Meyde, Jacobsen, Jutkiewicz.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Hyypia, Aurelio, Dossena, Benayoun, Babel, Gerrard, Mascherano, Lucas, Alonso, Kuyt, Torres, Ngog, Riera, Cavalieri.


These Merseyside rivals drew 1-1 for the second time in a week when they met in the original tie, directly after the equivalent league fixture. Steven Gerrard was again on target to rescue a replay for the Reds, after Joleon Lescott had given Everton the lead.

This is the most frequently played fixture in FA Cup history. It will be the 22nd time they have met (including replays).

Liverpool have won nine and Everton six of the previous 21 meetings.

They last clashed in the FA Cup in 1991 in a fifth round tie that took three matches to resolve at a time that also saw Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish resign between the first and second matches.

The Toffees are seeking a place in the last 16 for the first time in four years.

The League ladder

Everton are four places below Liverpool in the Premier League table.


Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)

Next round

The winners will be home to either Doncaster or Aston Villa in the fifth round, scheduled for Sunday, 15 February - Kick Off 1430.


Current form

No win in four.

Not lost at Goodison Park, since Aston Villa eclipsed them by the odd goal in five on 7 December.

Recent FA Cup performance

Qualified for the last 16 once in six years, since reaching the quarter-finals in 2002.

The Manager

Victory away to Macclesfield in the third round was only the fifth FA Cup tie Everton had won in just short of seven years under David Moyes.

FA Cup fact

Joe Royle was at the helm when Everton won the Cup for the fifth and most recent time in 1995. Until Harry Redknapp's notable achievement with Portsmouth last season, Royle had been the most recent English manager to lift the trophy.


Current form

Undefeated in 16; won eight and drawn eight since losing away to Tottenham in the Carling Cup on 12 November - their only loss in 19 league and cup games.

Recent FA Cup performance

Qualified for the fifth round three times in the last five years, and went on to lift the trophy in one of those seasons (2006).

The Manager

Liverpool's victory on penalties over West Ham three years ago won for Rafa Benitez the only major domestic Cup of his managerial career.

FA Cup fact

Won the competition seven times; only Manchester United (11), Arsenal (10) and Tottenham (eight) exceed that.


All competitions

This is the 211th Merseyside derby. Liverpool are unbeaten in six; they have won three and drawn three since Everton's 3-0 home win on 9 September 2006.

FA Cup

This is the 16th time these Merseyside rivals have been drawn together in the FA Cup, which is a competition record.