Friday 10 May:
Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are all set to contest tomorrow’s FA Cup Final at Wembley with fully fit squads after contrasting performances in the Premier League this season. Everton, curently 13th, can finish as high as 10th but they have played a game more than the teams above them that they can catch. Tottenham are three points clear of second-place Manchester United at the summit of the table, though have also played one game more.
Everton will be looking to end a run of three straight defeats without scoring in eight days, going down 3-0 at Anfield, 2-0 at Arsenal and slipping to a 1-0 defeat hosting West Brom. You have to go back twenty-nine matches to find Tottenham’s last defeat in any competition, a 3-2 defeat at Wigan Athletic, a run of form that sees Spurs still competing for three trophies: the FA Cup, the Premier League, and Thursday’s Europa League Final.
Route to the Final
- R3: Rotherham United 0 – 2 Everton
- R3: Fulham 0 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur ; Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Fulham
- R4: Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 1 Everton ; Everton 3 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion
- R4: Sheffield United 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
- R5: Everton 3 – 2 Reading
- R5: Watford 1 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur
- R6: Everton 2 – 0 Cardiff City
- R6: Leicester City 0 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
- SF: Everton 1 – 0 Swansea City
- SF: Manchester City 1 – 3a (aet) Tottenham Hotspur
Having gone all the way to the final, it’s no surprise that Everton and Spurs are joint top-scorers in the FA Cup this season with 12 goals apiece, though they’re joined by Chester City. Individually, Nikica Jelavic (4) is Everton’s top scorer, with Emmanuel Adebayor (3) leading the line for Tottenham.
SkyBet have announced the latest odds for score at full-time: Everton: 7-2 Draw: 9-4 Tottenham: 4-6F (SkyBet)
FA Challenge Cup Final
Saturday 11 May 2013
Everton v. Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Mike Dean (Bradford)
Livetweet highlights from @realtimeFM:
#FM13 FA Cup Final. EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Oviedo, Mirallas, Neville, Gibson, Gueye, Naismith, Jelavic.
#FM13 FA Cup Final. TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Sandro, Huddlestone, Livermore, Sosa, Bale, Defoe.
4′ Massive call for referee Mike Dean in the opening stages after Defoe goes down under a challenge in the box from Jagielka. Verdict: dive.
6′ Fiery start here at Wembley. Phil Neville and Jake Livermore are at handbags, and join Defoe in the book. Three yellows already.
25′ Still goalless at Wembley. Gareth Bale has twice come close for Spurs, cutting inside and fizzing shots over from the 18.
HT: Everton 0 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur
58′ GOAL TOTTENHAM! Huddlestone smashes Spurs into the lead in the FA Cup Final. Sosa’s freekick is palmed away by Howard and TH reacts 1st.
67′ Barkley does well to lose his marker on the edge of the area, but his powerful drive is saved low down by Lloris.
80′ Adebayor looks offside but the flag stays down, his shot hits the post and Sigurdsson slams the rebound inches wide.
FT: Everton 0 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur