Bournemouth v Everton preview: John Stones fit for FA Cup clash
By Lewis Jones
Last Updated: 20/02/16 5:58pm
Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants his players to put their late collapse against Bournemouth in the Premier League to the back of their minds in the FA Cup fifth-round clash on Saturday.
The two clubs played out a 3-3 draw in November, with Junior Stanislas scoring a 98th-minute equaliser as Eddie Howe's men battled back from 2-0 down.
Defender John Stones is fit for this game after recovering from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since the end of January.
The England man has missed the Toffees' last four matches but has trained normally this week.
New signing Oumar Niasse is likely to have to wait for his debut as he is still recovering from minor wrist surgery while midfielder Muhamed Besic (hamstring) is out.
Meanwhile, Howe confirmed he would be making changes but told reporters he would be leaving his selection "as a surprise".
He has no fresh injury or suspension worries but long-term absentees Max Gradel, Tyrone Mings and Callum Wilson (all knee) are still a long way off returning to the squad.
Paul Merson's prediction
This is a big football match for Martinez. Everton can't get into the top-four, so a cup run could be their only chance of success this season. They shouldn't be where they are in the Premier League - they're on the second page of the league! It's not good enough with that team.
The league fixture between these two summed up Everton's season. They took a 3-2 lead in the 90th minute but ended up drawing the game 3-3 still. I do fancy Everton to get quite far in this competition but I think they'll need a replay to get through this tie.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds 5/1)
There have been 18 goals scored in the four meetings between the two teams.
Romelu Lukaku has scored in each of his three FA Cup appearances for Everton and also netted against Bournemouth in the Premier League earlier this season.
Everton have lost just one of their last 12 FA Cup matches away from home (Excl. penalties - W7 D4 L1).
Bournemouth haven't beaten a top division side in the FA Cup since 1984 and overall have won just three of 32 matches against clubs from the top flight (W3 D7 L22).
Arouna Kone has scored first half goals in both of Everton's previous two FA Cup games.
Nine of Bournemouth's last 10 goals scored in the FA Cup have come from different goalscorers.
The Toffees have only failed to score in one of their last 13 games on the road in all competitions, netting 10 goals in their last four away trips.
Everton are Sky Bet's 6/5 favourites for the victory with Bournemouth 9/4 while the draw is priced at 12/5. Both sides head into the tie with double-figure odds in the outright, with the Cherries at 33/1 and Everton at 14/1. Lukaku heads the first goalscorer betting at 4/1 while Benik Afobe is considered the hosts' main threat at 6/1, with the strike duo 6/1 to both find the net.