FA Cup: Stevenage v Everton match preview
A look ahead to this week’s FA Cup fixture at Broadhall Way
Friday 24 January 2014
Saturday’s late fixture sees Stevenage take on Everton for the second time this season, as the League One side plot revenge for the Toffees’ close fought victory over them in the Capital One Cup Second Round earlier on in the season, which took extra time to separate the two teams.
That win was Roberto Martinez’s first as Everton manager, and the man who led Wigan to FA Cup glory last year, has seen his team kick on since as they push for a Champions League spot in the Premier League.
On the other hand, Stevenage’s fortunes have fared much worse, as they find their League One status in jeopardy, sitting at the foot of the table. Nevertheless, the League One side will take heart from their cup runs in recent years, in which they beat Newcastle in 2011 and took Tottenham to a replay in 2012.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 5.30 pm
Everton 2 (Deulofeu, Fellaini) Stevenage 1 (Freeman), Capital One Cup, Second Round, August 2013.
Everton have won the FA Cup 5 times in their history, the most recent in 1995 when they beat Manchester United 1-0.
The furthest Stevenage have got in the competition is to the Fifth Round in 2012.
Stevenage have lost just three of their last 11 home games in all competitions.
Everton head into the game having only lost once in their last 16 games in all competitions.
Stevenage to win: 12.5
Everton to win: 1.32
TV: Live on BT Sport 1 HD at 5.30pm. Highlights on ITV at 10.45pm
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