Caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk will be hoping a victory over Everton in the fifth round of the FA Cup will be enough for the board to consider him as the next permanent boss of Oldham Athletic. Paul Dickov masterminded the 3-2 victory over Liverpool in the fourth round, but he has since stood down as manager due to the club’s ongoing trouble in League One.
Everton have been in good form this season and secured a 2-1 victory at the Reebok Stadium to eliminate Bolton from the cup, though they are coming into the fixture off the back of a 2-0 defeat to league leaders Manchester United. The last time the two sides met was also in the FA Cup, with Oldham claiming a shock victory at Goodison Park in the 2007/08 third round.
David Moyes will be looking to midfielder Marouane Fellaini to lead the attack, with the Belgian international leading the scoring charts with 11 goals this season. They have been unstoppable in the FA Cup this season, scoring seven goals through seven different scorers in just two games, following a third round 5-1 victory at Cheltenham, and it’s very hard to see Oldham knock-out both Merseyside clubs in a single cup run.
PAST THREE MEETINGS...
Everton 0 Oldham 1 (McDonald), FA Cup, January 2008.
Everton 2 (Preki, Stuart) Oldham 1 (Sharp), Premier League, March 1994.
Oldham 0 Everton 1 (Cottee), Premier League, September 1993
Everton are the third most successful side in the FA Cup in terms of games won, having triumphed in 220 out of 409 games – only Manchester United and Arsenal have more.
Out of eight FA Cup meetings between the two, Oldham have three wins, Everton have two and there have been three draws.
In all competitions, they have played each other 39 times. Oldham lead with 14 wins to Everton’s 13, with 12 draws being played out.
Oldham’s leading goal-scorer this season is former Everton youth player Jose Baxter. The 21-year-old has scored 11 goals this season.
Oldham to win: 10
Everton to win: 1.36
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