An all-Premier League clash awaits when Bournemouth hosts Everton in the FA Cup fifth round at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
Both teams will fancy their chances of making a deep run in the FA Cup this season, with Everton going into this match as the favoured side. The fact that relegation is not tied around Everton's shoulders like an albatross will work in Roberto Martinez's team's favour, with Bournemouth, while doing splendidly in their maiden Premier League season, still not quite out of the woods yet.
Bournemouth currently lie in 15th in the English Premier League, four points above the relegation zone. It goes without saying that Premier League survival will be Eddie Howe's priority, so that might just give the edge to Everton, who drew 3-3 the last time they came to the Vitality Stadium, in the EPL.
"We'd love to progress," Howe told the club website. "I'll leave the team selection as a surprise. But there will be some changes, we've got a good squad.
"I expect an open game on Saturday. Both teams want to win and we all remember the last time they came here. Hopefully this time we can win, it's a big game for everyone at the club. The carrot is there as we've only ever reached the quarterfinals once in our history."
Everton has been up and down in the Premier League this season, which sees them lying in 11th place, and having just missed out on a Capital One Cup final – they lost in the semifinals to Manchester City -- they will want to make the most of this FA Cup opportunity, and try and go as far as they can.
"The FA Cup is a competition we respect and I think we showed in the League Cup campaign that we're a team that can wish to be successful," Martinez told Everton's official website. "But it's still the fifth round and there's still a long, long way to go to be talking about the competition in terms of winning it or not."
Where to Watch Live
Bournemouth vs Everton is scheduled for a 5.15 p.m. GMT (10.45 p.m. IST, 12.15 p.m. ET) start. Sony Six and Sony Six HD will broadcast the match live in India, with the online live streaming option on Sonyliv.
BBC One is the place to be to watch the FA Cup fourth round tie in the UK, with the live stream option on BBC iPlayer.
Viewers in the US can watch AFC Bournemouth vs Everton live on Fox Sports 2, while the action can also be live streamed on FoxSoccer2Go. Sportsnet World and Watch Sportsnet are the choices to watch the FA Cup game live in Canada.
ESPN and ESPN Player will broadcast the match live in Australia. Bein Sports will show the FA Cup fourth round clash live in the Middle East and North Africa, with the live streaming option on Bein Sports Connect.