Everton to host Chelsea in FA Cup quarter-finals in a repeat of 2009 final

The Toffees beat Bournemouth 2-0 on Saturday in the fifth round and will now face Guus Hiddink's side with a place in the semi-final up for grabs.

Everton to host Chelsea in FA Cup quarter-finals in a repeat of 2009 final
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink celebrates with Ashley Cole as Everton's Steven Pienaar is left dejected in the 2009 FA Cup final. (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Everton will face Chelsea at Goodison Park in March with a place in the FA Cup semi-finals up for grabs in a repeat of the 2009 final.

Roberto Martinez's side reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the fourth time in five seasons as goals from Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku ensured the Toffees passage into the next round with a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth.

A repeat of 2009 final

The tie will be a repeat of the 2009 FA Cup final, when Guus Hiddink was in charge of the Chelsea side whcih came from behind to defeat David Moyes' Everton.

Everton made a dream start when striker Louis Saha put them ahead after just 25 seconds - the quickest goal in Cup final history. However, Chelsea cameback strongly and equalised through Didier Drogba's header before Frank Lampard fired home the winner from 25-yards with 18 minutes left.

Everton will be looking for revenge when the two sides meet next month, but they will take in confidence having scored three times twice against Chelsea this season. A Steven Naismith hat-trick saw the Toffees beat last season's Premier League champions 3-1 at Goodison Park last September, before drawing 3-3 away last month when Chelsea scored a 97th minute equaliser.

The 2009 final still remains the closest the Toffees have come to adding to their trophy cabinet since lifting the FA Cup in 1995, but a win against Chelsea will leave Roberto Martinez's side just one step away from another Wembley final.

Steven Naismith scored a perfect hat-trick to help Everton beat Chelsea 3-1 last September. | Image: Getty Images
Steven Naismith scored a perfect hat-trick to help Everton beat Chelsea 3-1 last September. | Image: Getty Images

Home draw a 'perfect challenge', says Martinez

Everton have the sixth best away record in the Premier League, losing only once away from home this season, while they have won just four of their 14 league games at Goodison Park. However, Roberto Martinez believes a home FA Cup quarter-final draw is the perfect "challenge" for Everton.

Martinez, speaking after the Toffees' victory over Bournemouth, said that given the opportunity he would like a "home draw" because although his side have produced "very good" performances at home, the results "haven't been good enough."

The Everton boss added that a home tie will be the perfect "challenge" to focus on turning "good performances into good results" which would make for a "very strong" end to another frustrating season.