Everton's last 5 domestic results:West Brom 1-1 Everton
Everton v Swansea City
Sunday 16th February 13:30
FA Cup 5th round
(Mirallas)Stevenage 0-4 Everton
- FA Cup
(Naismith x2, Heitinga, Gueye)Liverpool 4-0 EvertonEverton 2-1 Aston Villa
(Naismith, Mirallas)Tottenham 1-0 EvertonSwansea's last 5 domestic results:Birmingham 1-2 Swansea
- FA Cup
(Bony x2)Swansea 2-0 Fulham
(Shelvey, O.G)West Ham 2-0 SwanseaSwansea 3-0 Cardiff
(Routledge, Dyer, Bony)Stoke 1-1 Swansea
Everton are likely to go into this game fresher than their opponents as their match at home to Crystal Palace was called off just half an hour prior to kick off. However it does mean Everton are still mulling over a harsh defeat to rivals Tottenham for that European spot. Everton have a rich history with the FA Cup. In the 1933 final, Everton players wore shirts numbered 1-11 which was the first major competitive game ever to have the players' shirts numbered. The 1966 final was the first time a team had come back from 2 goals down against 11 men to win the FA Cup as Everton defeated Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 in a final overshadowed by the World Cup Final.
Everton's defence is having a superb season so far having conceded just 26 goals in 25 games in the premier league which is bettered only Chelsea have conceded fewer goals (21). However the clean sheets have been few and far between recently having failed to keep out the opposition in their last 4 matches. On a positive note, Everton have won 3 home games in a row after defeating Southampton 2-1, Norwich 2-0 and Aston Villa 2-1 at Goodison Park. Everton's previous 2 FA Cup matches ended in 4-0 victories for the Toffees.
Possible Line Ups
Unlike Everton, Swansea were able to play a game in midweek. Although they probably wouldn't have minded a night off given that away to Stoke on a wet and windy night isn't the most enticing prospect along with the fact they are hosts to Napoli on Thursday night in their Europa League tie. Garry Monk followed up his début managerial win over rivals Cardiff with a point at the Britannia as Chico Flores scored his second of the season to secure a point for the Jacks.
The Europa League and FA Cup may come as a welcome distraction for Swansea as their league form this season has been nothing to write home about. They've had very little to shout about in matches against the top teams in the Premier League having taken just 4 points from a possible 36 from the current Top 9 thanks to a 2-2 draw against Liverpool and a 3-0 win over Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium in December.
Stats & Injuries
Everton are without long term injuries Darron Gibson
, Arouna Kone
and Bryan Oviedo
whilst Romelu Lukaku
has a foot injury and Anolin Alcaraz
is suffering from muscle fatigue with both set to return at the start of March. Swansea will be without Michu
who is still a week away from recovery whilst Jonjo Shelvey
is also a doubt.