Everton's last 5 domestic results:Tottenham 1-0 EvertonEverton 3-1 Swansea
Everton v Cardiff City
Saturday 15th March
Premier League Match Day 29
- FA Cup (Traore, Naismith, Baines Pen)Chelsea 1-0 EvertonEverton 1-0 West Ham
(Lukaku) Arsenal 4-1 Everton
- FA Cup (Lukaku)Cardiff's last 5 domestic results:Cardiff 0-0 Aston VillaCardiff 1-2 Wigan
- FA Cup (Campbell)Cardiff 0-4 Hull Tottenham 1-0 CardiffCardiff 3-1 Fulham
(Caulker x2, O.G)
Everton crashed out of the FA Cup last weekend as they were defeated 4-1 by Arsenal in a score which flattered the the home side. Romelu Lukaku continued his return with 2 goals in 2 whilst Everton conceded their 7th penalty of the season. Everton have won each of their last 4 matches in the league and haven't had a draw at Goodison Park for 7 matches.
Everton own the 2nd worst record against bottom half teams this season despite just the one defeat although Everton have taken 6 points from the current 10th place team in West Ham and only Chelsea have played fewer matches against bottom half sides. Interestingly only 1 of the 6 draw came at home against West Brom earlier in the season, the other 5 were away to Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Norwich, Stoke, and West Brom
Cardiff ended a run of 4 defeats in a row at the weekend without scoring a goal in any of them as they beat Fulham 3-1 at home in what was Ole-Gunnar Solksjaer's second win as Cardiff manager in 9 Premier League matches. Cardiff going to this away game having lost each of their last 7 on the road which is the worst current run in the league (Norwich are next with 4). They've also failed to score on their last 3 trips which came at Tottenham, Swansea and Manchester United.
David Marshall has made more saves than any other keeper in the league this season having made 22 more saves than the next goalkeeper in Sunderland's Vito Mannone. Of the goalkeepers to play in 20 more matches, Marshall is the only goalkeeper who has averaged a save less than every 30 minutes. However, the goalkeeper has conceded more goals than any other this season (49) which goes to show how much worse off Cardiff would be without him.
Stats and Injuries
Long Term injuries Arouna Kone
, Darron Gibson
and Bryan Oviedo
along with loanee Lacina Traore
will all miss out this game whilst Phil Jagielka
and Antolin Alcaraz
are set to return. Steven Pienaar
also picked up a knock in his last outing. Cardiff will be without Mark Hudson
who has a hamstring injury whilst Andrew Taylor
has a knock.