On Saturday at Goodison Park Everton host Cardiff City (Watch live on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) with the Toffees aiming to bounce back from their FA Cup defeat to Arsenal last weekend.
Everton’s season is at a pivotal stage, as top four hopes are starting to diminish but Roberto Martinez’s men are nine points behind Man City in fourth but have played two more games. Cardiff are at the complete opposite end of the spectrum, with the Bluebirds desperate to stay up.
Last weekend they beat Fulham in a massive relegation six-pointer, but Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side haven’t beaten Everton since 1956 and the last time they won back-to-back games in the top-flight was 1962. History is not on their side…
In team news Everton start youngster John Stones as Phil Jagielka is left out, while Cardiff start with Frazier Campbell up front ahead of a solid-looking midfield set up by Solksjaer.
Everton: Howard, Baines, Coleman, Deulofeu, Mirallas, Distin, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barry, Osman, Stones. Subs: Robles, McGeady, Naismith, Barkley, Garbutt, Alcaraz, Browning
Cardiff City: Marshall, Caulker, Medel, Campbell, Kim, Noone, Mutch, Cala, Theophile-Catherine, Fabio, John. Subs: Lewis; Whittingham, Jones, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Dæhli, Zaha