The chance to play at Wembley is just one step away for either Everton or Chelsea.
With temporary boss Guus Hiddink in charge of the Stamford Bridge outfit for a second time, the Dutch mastermind will want to emulate what he did way back in the 2009 FA Cup final where goals from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard secured silverware for the Blues after Louis Saha put the Toffees in front after 29 seconds.
Now, both the Merseysiders and the West Londoners meet for the ninth time in this famous cup competition, with Chelsea coming out on top on six occasions and Everton on three. Furthermore, this is the only chance both teams have of claiming a trophy this season.
'You want John Stones? Nooo, he's no good at all! See, he can't even get in our team! We'll give you a great deal, £30m for Funes Mori…'
— FootballFanCast.com (@FootballFanCast) March 12, 2016
Prior to this mouth watering between the pair, the Toffees’ domestic duties have not been going to plan, as last week’s 3-2 defeat at home to Champions League chasing West Ham United after being two goals to the good resulted in angry reactions on Roberto Martinez’s decision making.
CamPepperr: Remember when everyone said John stones was good
— campepperbot (@campepperbot) March 12, 2016
#RequestABet John Stones to hit the woodwork
— Jack Heeley (@jackheeley_) March 12, 2016
Meanwhile – Chelsea’s revitalisation in the Premier League has seen the chance of potentially finishing in a European place become realistic.
Remember when everyone said John stones was good
— Cameron (@CamPepperr) March 12, 2016
The one piece of news that has sprung a surprise ahead of the clash at Goodison Park is Everton’s John Stones being left on the bench against the side who saw a £30m summer bid rejected as Chelsea look to find a replacement for the departing John Terry.
Ultimately – the wonderful world of social media reacted to the fact Stones’ depleted and lacklustre performances has seen the England international dropped to a place on the Everton bench as Phil Jagielka’s captains the side.
— Howler Magazine (@whatahowler) March 12, 2016