Everton take on Crystal Palace looking to extend their record-setting run of Premier League victories to eight which would keep them in the driving seat in the race for fourth place. With Gareth Barry squeaking past Sunday's yellow card amnesty and Phil Jagielka a few days away from being ready, Roberto Martinez is likely to have an unchanged squad from which to choose. KO is 7.45pm on Wednesday evening.
Everton recorded seven straight wins for the first time in the Premier League era, squeezing past relegation-threatened Sunderland thanks to a second-half own goal by Wes Brown. The defender helplessly diverted Gerard Deulofeu's cross past his own goalkeeper with 15 minutes left, handing the Blues a win they largely deserved despite a fairly lacklustre display.
Defender believes squad has the right level of confidence
Sylvain Distin says that Everton will travel to the Stadium of Light on Saturday confident, "but not overly so" of taking three points off struggling Sunderland and maintaining the pressure on Arsenal in the race for a place in the top four. "If anyone expects an easy game, they'll be wrong," the French defender says.
Roberto Martinez has highlighted the vital role that Everton's raucous home support can play when they're on song and has called upon supporters to match the atmosphere of the Arsenal game when Crystal Palace visit this evening.
Roberto Martinez says that having secured Everton's highest ever Premier League points tally, his team have nothing to lose and everything to gain as they battle Arsenal for fourth place over the final few games of the season.
Roberto Martinez represented Everton FC at the memorial service at Anfield to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster while Bill Kenwright led the tributes to the 96 victims and their families at Goodison Park.