Everton, who are level on points with Manchester United with a game in hand, have the opportunity to leapfrog ahead of them into sixth place with a victory. John Stones is set to start alongside Sylvain Distin at center back with Phil Jagielka out with injury. Lukaku will be the lone striker, finding the net last week against West Ham. Pienaar should be able to start despite being picking up a slight injury. Duffy, Gibson, Kone, Oviedo, and Traore join Jagielka on the injury list.
Cardiff (4-1-4-1): Marshall, Fabio, Caulker, Turner, John, Medel, Noone, Mutch, Kim Bo-Kyung, Campbell, Jones
Cardiff, who sit at 18th need all the wins they can get in order to avoid relegation this season. With a vital 3-1 win against 20th place Fulham last week, Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to orchestrate a victory against the Toffees. Taylor and Turner are doubtful for the match, but Turner would probably be named in the first team despite carrying a small knock. With Turner back in the squad, Cardiff will have two of their main center defenders. Fraizer Campbell is set to start at left wing and will look to support lone striker Kenwyne Jones. Brayford, Hudson, Mason, Maynard are all set to miss the trip to Goodison park.
Liverpool to beat united Everton to beat Cardiff for their game in hand to go 3 clear of united Newcastle to beat Fulham and only 2 behind
— Kev Johnston (@KivLUFC) March 11, 2014
@Amye9901 I knew the odds would be low!! Man City to beat Hull & Everton to beat Cardiff I fancy on sat pal
— Gareth Lawrence⚽ (@gazzarinie) March 11, 2014
@Liam_con1 come meet me in morocco lol or come watch Cardiff beat Everton sat lol
— Paul Doherty (@Doccers10) March 11, 2014
The last time the two teams met at Cardiff City Stadium, the game ended 0-0. Meeting again at Goodison this weekend, we hope there will be goals.
Seamus Coleman gets the pick as a danger man this week. He has scored 5 goals from open play and with Everton’s home form being good, Coleman has only conceded one goal in his last three games. Expect a shutout from the Toffees this weekend.
Everton vs. Cardiff: An Alternative Preview
The last time Cardiff City played Everton at Goodison Park in the league was in April 1962 and the Toffees won 8-3.
Cardiff have won none of the last 11 Barclays Premier League away games (D2 L9) and lost the last seven in a row.
Everton have won 16 and lost just one of their last 22 Barclays Premier League home games.
The Welsh side have failed to score in eight of their last 10 Premier League away trips.
Cardiff have conceded more headed goals (10) than any other side in the Premier League this season.
Everton have conceded only twice from corners this season, only Tottenham can match this record.
Everton’s Seamus Coleman is the top-scoring defender in the Premier League this season with five goals, one ahead of Cardiff’s Steven Caulker (and Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel).
Everton have won each of their last six Premier League games played in March, conceding only one goal in the process.
Cardiff City have not won successive top-flight games since April 1962.
Cardiff have been ahead in a league-low eight games this season, but have dropped just five points in these matches (W6 D1 L1).