When the final accounting is made, as far as massive failures go for the 2015-16 Premier League season, Everton will be right up there with Chelsea. Especially if Chelsea do indeed recover to finish in the Europa League spots. That Roberto Martinez has failed to guide such a stellar collection of young talent to a top-end of the table finish would surely be a bigger story around the country, were it not for Leicester's magical ride-to-glory and Chelsea's fall-from-grace.
While Everton do have a game in hand, they're in fact below Chelsea in the table. Not something we would've ever expected, given their complete dominance over us in the 3-1 result at Goodison in the fall, and the lucky 3-3 draw we pulled out in the winter at the Bridge.
That said, the FA Cup is a different beast. Anything can happen in an elimination game. Both teams need this to try to save their seasons. Only one can survive and advance. Who will it be?
Date / Time: Saturday, March 12, 2016, 17:30 GMT; 12:30pm EST; 11pm IST
Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
Referee: Michael Oliver — England's best, for better or worse, is back for the fourth time this season. We're on a streak of four-straight draws with Oliver in charge, including last month's 0-0 against Manchester United.
Forecast: Cool, possibly drizzly
On TV: BBC One (UK); Fox Sports 2, Fox Deportes (USA); Sony Six (India)
Streaming online: Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer 2Go (USA); BBC Radio 5 Live (UK, radio); ChelseaTV (int'l, radio)
Everton team news: Disappointing results have been contagious at Goodison Park this season, as has some sort of infection that has recently sidelined Bryan Oviedo, Gareth Barry, and Tom Cleverley. It may not be the same infection, for all I know, but the end result's the same regardless.
Other injury doubts include Leighton Baines (ankle) and Aaron Lennon (hamstring). Whether any of them will actually miss out is unknown. Forever young Tony Hibbert and his understudy Tyias Browning will both be unavailable, as will frequently annoying Kevin Mirallas, who's suspended.
Speaking of frequently annoying, Steven Naismith has moved on since we last visited Goodison. But Romelu Lukaku remains, and remains dangerous as ever (and we don't have Kurt Zouma or Petr Cech this time to deal with him).
Everton have lost three of four at home, including last weekend's 2-3 reverse to West Ham United, who came from two down in the final 15 minutes to win. Roberto Martinez's men have kept just three clean sheets at Goodison all season. There will be goals.
View from the enemy: Royal Blue Mersey
Chelsea team news: John Terry and Eden Hazard both traveled, but remain doubtful, the latter more so than the former. Diego Costa is likely to miss out, but all other strikers are training and fit and available. I guess Falcao may not be match-fit just yet, though that's hardly of any consequence.
Outside of the two legs against PSG, Chelsea have done well enough in domestic competitions to be confident of securing a victory, or at least a replay. While our record at Goodison is hardly anything to write home about, 3 wins in the last 10 attempts, if there ever was a time for this this season for this squad, to step up, shut up, and put up, it is now.
Previously: In honor of birthday boy Didier Drogba, Happy 38th, Big Man (yesterday)!