It’s FA Cup quarter-final weekend and Roberto Martinez takes his struggling Wigan Athletic side to Merseyside looking to lead his club into the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in their history.
The stats, however, seem to favour Everton. As well as the fact that they are unbeaten at home in 2013 and reached the semi-finals of the same competition last year, some of the more obscure facts appear to back up their claims as well.
Here are five of the best – check them out below and then read our full preview of the match right here.
1. Leighton Baines hardly ever loses Everton v Wigan matches
Leighton Baines has started 14 matches between Everton and Wigan, on both sides, and has lost just one of them. Of the other 13 meetings he has started, his team have won six of them and drawn the remaining seven.
With this in mind, it looks unlikely that if Baines starts, as he is expected to do, that Everton will taste defeat.
Baines has also scored four goals in the fixture since switching the DW Stadium for Goodison Park and he is on offer at 3/1 to score at any time in this one.
2. Everton won the only ever cup tie between the sides
Everton and Wigan have only ever met in any cup competition once in their history – an FA Cup tie at Goodison Park back in 1980. Everton won the game 3-0 thanks to goals from Bob Latchford, Joe McBride and Brian Kidd, before eventually being knocked out at the semi-final stage following a 2-0 defeat to trophy winners West Ham.
A repeat of that 3-0 scoreline this time around is available at 9/1.
3. Everton have a great record against Wigan at Goodison Park
Wigan haven’t beaten Everton since November 2008, and they haven’t won at Goodison Park since September 2005. Everton have won five of the last six against the Latics at home, scoring an average of more than two goals per game and conceding an average of just 0.5 goals, with the help of two clean sheets.
Everton to win to nil is priced at 29/20.
4. Roberto Martinez has a terrible FA Cup record
Roberto Martinez might be one of the most respected managers around, but his FA Cup record leaves a lot to be desired. In 2007/08, his Swansea side took two games to see off non-league Horsham before being knocked out by Havant and Waterlooville in the next round.
His record at Wigan is equally disappointing, falling to Notts County in 2009, Swindon Town in 2010 and Bolton Wanderers in 2011. A trip to Goodison is unlikely to herald a change of fortunes.
Wigan are out at 51/20 to progress to the next round, including any possible replay.
5. Wigan love a goalfest
Wigan have played 28 games in the Premier League this season and, incredibly, 21 of those have featured three or more goals, making them the over 2.5 goal kings in the top flight.
And when you consider that ten of Everton’s 14 league fixtures at Goodison Park have contained three or more strikes – only Wigan themselves and Manchester United have a higher ratio on home soil – another game of over 2.5 goals is surely nailed on at 31/50.