The draw was made on The One Show on BBC1 by Jermaine Jenas and, just to add a touch of normality, Heston Blumenthal – sticklers for tradition the BBC, as you can tell.
The Blues have faced Man Utd eleven times in the FA Cup, with the bragging rights currently split evenly with both sides having won five games, although Everton did win the “tied” game on penalties in the most recent of the FA Cup meetings between the two sides in the semi final in 2009.
We have also faced West Ham eleven times in the FA Cup, winning four and drawing three, but it is the most recent Cup meeting between the two sides that sticks out for many, with Everton losing on penalties at Upton Park last season.
The tie will be played at Wembley and will be Everton’s 26th appearance in an FA Cup semi final (not including replays) and after the last one ended in disappointment, Roberto Martinez will be determined to put his stamp on the competition in the Everton hot seat.
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