Everton have had an easy path to the FA Cup quarter-finals, registering three comfortable wins against Tamworth, Fulham and Blackpool in the early stages of the competition. However, a crushing 3-0 defeat in their Merseyside derby match against Liverpool will be fresh in their minds as they proceed to this FA Cup tie. However, Everton have not lost the last 15 Premier League and FA Cup games against Sunderland.
Sunderland, on the other hand, have been good as they come out of a convincing 2-0 victory against mighty Arsenal to make it to the last eight of this competition. Also, the Black Cats pulled of a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Liverpool, who, as mentioned above, completely demolished the Toffees. However, the Black Cats have been weakened by many injuries and suspensions especially those to key players Lee Cattermole and Stéphane Sessègnon.
Everton probable team: Howard; Neville, Heitnga, Distin, Baines; Coleman, Fellaini, Osman Drenthe; Cahill, Jelavic
Sunderland probable team: Mignolet; Bardsley, O'Shea, Turner, Bridge; Larsson, Colback, Gardner, McClean; Bendtner, Campbell.