Date: 12th March 2016 at 10:57am
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Two teams who will be looking to effectively keep their seasons alive meet at Goodison Park when Everton host Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The Toffees lie 12th in the Premier League table with almost no chance of being sucked into the relegation battle, while they would need to win the majority of their remaining nine games to make a serious push for a European spot.

As a result, the FA Cup appears to be Roberto Martinez’s last chance of success this term, and the Spaniard will be well aware that a trip to Wembley awaits the winner of this contest.

He might not be so happy that the match is at Goodison though – the Merseyside outfit have won just one of their last eight home games, and were beaten 3-2 there by West Ham last Saturday, despite leading 2-0 with 12 minutes left to play.

Meanwhile, this is also Chelsea’s last chance of winning some silverware after they were disappointingly knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.

The Blues are 10th in the Premier League, and still pushing for a spot in the Europa League, but Roman Abramovich will surely be keen to end the campaign on a high – and a win in one of the world’s most exciting cup competitions would certainly deliver that.

The team from west London certainly reached the last-eight in style, they were 5-1 winners against a youthful Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in the previous round.

Team News:

For the hosts, full-back Bryan Oviedo is doubtful after suffering from a chest infection, while Aaron Lennon will face a late fitness test on a hamstring problem.

Kevin Mirallas is banned following his red card in the loss to West Ham, but Gareth Barry and Tom Cleverley could be involved after recovering from illness.

Chelsea will decide whether to risk captain John Terry, who has returned following a hamstring injury, and a late decision will be made on Diego Costa, who limped off in the Champions League defeat to PSG at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

League Position: Everton – 12th (38 pts); Chelsea – 10th (41 pts)
Previous Meeting: Chelsea 3-3 Everton (January 16, 2016)
Form: Everton – WWLWWL; Chelsea – LWWWDL
Key Men: Everton – Romelu Lukaku; Chelsea – Willian
Shoot Says: Everton 0-1 Chelsea

 
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