It's Cup-fixture time again, and League One side Oldham Athletic will be looking for another upset five years on after beating Everton at Goodison. The players have already spoken about dedicating a win to former manager Paul Dickov who masterminded the upset of Liverpool in the previous round, before being relieved of his duties a week afterward.
David Moyes should not be guilty of the complacency that the red half of Merseyside showed against the Latics. After being knocked out of the League Cup by a decidedly-average Leeds United, Moyes has sent out stronger sides for the FA Cup and we should expect no less again in tomorrow's televised game. Everton did not play up to their potential last weekend and will have to stay strong at the beginning of the game as the raucous home crowd at Boundary Park will attempt to throw the visitors off. Everton are currently 59 places ahead of their opponents on the table.
Team News -
Victor Anichebe picked up a knock against United last weekend, and Nikica Jelavic should be reinstated to his starting position. Sylvain Distin has also recovered from his illness and should start in defence. Tony Hibbert and Seamus Coleman are both still out with injuries.
Caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk will not have either of his goalscorers from the last round, with on-loan Reece Wabara being recalled by Chelsea and Matt Smith still recovering from the shoulder injury that knocked him out. Striker Robbie Simpson will face a late fitness test but Connor Murray, Cristian Montano and Paul Murray will all miss the game.
Keys To The Game -
Everton need to stay focused and play their game, a tactic which served them well in earlier rounds. Not conceding early will definitely be a bonus and allow the Toffees to establish themselves in the game. Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini will need to be on top of their games once again if Everton are to make this easy for themselves.
Oldham pestered and pressured Liverpool into making mistake after mistake when they beat them. They will attempt to do more of the same roared on by their home crowd. Ex-Everton striker Jose Baxter has been the key man for the Latics and he will have added incentive to shine against the side that released him last season.
Match Facts -
- Everton last beat Oldham in the FA Cup in 1912. They haven't beaten the Latics since.
- The Blues are unbeaten in their last seven FA Cup games
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- The Toffees have scored seven times in the Cup this year, all from different players.
- Oldham are sitting in fourth-last position in the League One, a relegation spot.
- The Latics have only three wins in their last twelve games, with two in their last three matches.
- Oldham is in the Fifth Round for the first time since making the semi-finals in 1994.