Everton welcome Tottenham to Goodison Park in the fifth round of the FA Cup this evening in a tantalising clash between Premier League teams.
It should be a closely-contested tie, with Everton seventh in the top flight and Tottenham eighth, and with both clubs likely to deploy strong starting XIs in an attempt to advance and end their respective trophy droughts. The hosts’ last piece of silverware came in this very competition in 1995, while Spurs lifted the League Cup trophy in 2008. Jose Mourinho’s side have another shot at glory when they take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final in April but will be no less motivated to progress here in any case.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton were comfortable 3-0 winners against Sheffield Wednesday in the last round of the FA Cup, while Tottenham dispatched Wycombe with similar ease in a 4-1 victory. In their last outing, Everton twice came from behind to draw 3-3 with Man United, while Spurs ended a poor run by beating West Brom 2-0. This evening’s meeting will round out the night’s FA Cup action, with Man City away to Swansea, Sheffield United hosting Bristol City and Leicester taking on Brighton in another all-Premier League clash. Follow live updates from the FA Cup fifth-round tie between Everton and Tottenham at the conclusion of Swansea vs Man City.
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KYLE WALKER SPEAKS TO BT SPORT
“[On his goal] It was a cross, but we’ve deserved a bit of luck with the way we’ve been playing. We’ve made a few changes from last season, tactically, the way we press and move the ball around. Since I joined we’ve kept the same philosophy. The gaffer knows what he wants and he’s proved it at many teams. [On Swansea] They’re good, the coach there was at the England setup and I’ve seen what he does with the youngsters. They’ve done well in the Championship and we didn’t want to come here and get surprised. Professional win and we move on to the weekend.”
Player ratings as Raheem Sterling guides Man City past Swansea in FA Cup
Swansea 1-3 Man City: Walker, Sterling and Jesus see City through to the last eight
FULL-TIME: SWANSEA 1-3 MANCHESTER CITY
That’s it! Job done for City, who progress into the sixth round with a comfortable victory over an in-form Swansea side. The Premier League leaders – thanks to goals from Walker, Sterling and Jesus – continue their relentless winning run.
SWANSEA 1-3 MANCHESTER CITY (90+1’)
There’ll be two minutes of added time.
SWANSEA 1-3 MANCHESTER CITY (87’)
City continue to hog the ball, easing towards yet another victory.
SWANSEA 1-3 MANCHESTER CITY (84’)
Close! Jesus flicks the ball into the path of Doyle, who races away down the right. He surges into the box, with Foden open at the back post. But the teenager goes for goal from a tight angle instead, much to the bemusement of Guardiola on the touchline. The shot flashes wide.
SWANSEA 1-3 MANCHESTER CITY (83’)
There’s no real sign of Swansea mounting a late comeback but they’ll be pleased with their efforts since City’s third goal, which could have led to a capitulation.
SWANSEA 1-3 MANCHESTER CITY (81’)
Mahrez whips a cross into the box and Torres stretches to reach it. It’s too long for him, and Woodman is out to push the ball away from the onrushing Mendy.
SWANSEA 1-3 MANCHESTER CITY (79’)
City work the ball out to Mahrez on the right and he fizzes in a shot from a tight angle. Woodman saves with his foot.
GOAL! SWANSEA 1-3 MANCHESTER CITY (WHITTAKER 77’)
What a moment for Whittaker! The 20-year-old, on as a substitute, receives the ball on the edge of the box, and hits a low shot on the bounce past Steffen and into the bottom corner. It’s really well taken and gives Swansea some consolation.
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