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Two in-form sides meet looking to book a quarter-final place

By Ben Hampshire.   Last Updated: 17/02/12 11:00am

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The magic of the FA Cup returns to Goodison Park on Saturday with Championship play-off contenders Blackpool making the trip to Everton.

With a place in the quarter-finals at stake, both sides enter the clash in form with Blackpool unbeaten in seven while Everton have registered nine points in their last five top-flight outings.

David Moyes' side go into the encounter having taken big scalps in recent weeks with three points against Chelsea last time out after a shock 1-0 victory over league leaders Manchester City at the end of January.

Meanwhile, the Seasiders have continued to keep their promotion campaign alive with 16 goals since the turn of the year helping them to five wins and two draws, consolidating fourth place in the Championship table.

Goal-fest

The two last met a year ago in the Premier League when Everton prevailed in an eight-goal thriller which saw Blackpool surrender a 3-1 lead to lose 5-3 on Merseyside.

Despite recent results the Toffees have struggled at home this season, winning just five of their 10 home fixtures while Blackpool boast a record of 11 wins on the road this campaign.

Ian Holloway's side have netted 27 goals on their travels giving them the best away scoring record in the second-tier but only Doncaster and Ipswich have conceded more away from home.

Goals from Denis Stracqualursi and Marouane Fellaini sank Fulham to see Everton through to the fifth round while Blackpool had to endure a replay against Sheffield Wednesday.

Team news

Moyes will be without defender Phil Jagielka who is still recovering from a knee injury while midfielders Leon Osman and Jack Rodwell are also sidelined.

New signing Nikica Jelavic missed out on last weekend's win against Chelsea due to a strained stomach muscle.

Everton could be boosted by the return of Seamus Coleman who made his comeback from injury on Tuesday to score for the reserves as they beat Newcastle 6-3.

The Seasiders beat Doncaster 3-1 in midweek but had to do so without winger Matt Phillips who was struggling with a tight hamstring.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher made his comeback to the side to score two goals in midweek to stake his claim for a place in the starting line-up.

Holloway was also lifted by the return to action of defender Ian Evatt as his side are in the midst of three games in the space of 10 days.

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