FACup 3rd Round Preview: Everton v  QPR

Bryn Lennon

Roberto Martinez begins his assault on the trophy he won last season with Wigan Athletic with a home tie against Queens Park Rangers. Martinez masterminded our downfall in the quarter finals (with a bit of help from Phil Neville!!) en route to lifting the trophy with a win against Manchester City. Now he tries to emulate that success with Everton.

The Toffees have no new injury worries ahead of Saturday's game at Goodison Park. Sylvain Distin joined Phil Jagielka and Gerard Deulofeu in the treatment room all with hamstring injuries, although the Frenchman's is not thought to be too serious and he should return for next week's visit of Norwich City.

John Stones should continue to partner Antolin Alcaraz after an impressive display by the pairing against Stoke City.

Roberto Martinez will assess the likes of Tony Hibbert and Bryan Oviedo with a view to making a couple of changes. However, this is a competition the Spaniard should take very seriously, and will.

I would not be surprised to see Hibbert come in for Seamus Coleman, and Nikica Jelavic replace Romelu Lukaku who has looked off the boil over the festive period. I expect want away Dutch defender John Heitinga to take his place on the bench.

The R's are expected to make some changes to their starting lineup given the congested schedule over the Christmas and New Year.

Despite being low on numbers at the back, former blues defender Richard Dunne is expected to sit this one out, along with Danny Simpson.

On loan full back Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been given permission to play by Tottenham Hotspur, but youngster Tom Carroll has not.

Fans' "favourite" Joey Barton should play!

QPR come to Goodison off the back of a 2-1 win against Doncaster Rovers after losing against Leicester City and Nottingham Forest, and picking up a point against Watford, albeit without scoring a single goal.

Summer signing Charlie Austin has scored 12 goals this season and will be the Londoners' main danger.

Everton come off the back of a dominant but frustrating performance at Stoke City, where an injury time penalty from Leighton Baines secured a point. We have been going well in the league and despite not always playing well, we have still managed to pick up 2 wins and a draw, only blighted by a frustrating 1-0 defeat at home v Sunderland, which was the only home defeat of 2013.

In the last meeting at Goodison Park, goals from Darron Gibson and Victor Anichebe earned Everton a 2-0 win, and a repeat of the scoreline regardless of performance would be more than welcome.

When asked this morning whether he preferred to win the FA Cup or a place in the Champions League, boss Roberto Martinez explained "that is like asking who I love more, Mum or Dad. I love them both!"

What do you think? Comments below.

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