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AFC Bournemouth and Reading prepare for FA Cup action

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hopes to enjoy a good cup run Photo: ITV

Football previews by Oliver Birch

AFC Bournemouth vs Everton

Bournemouth return to FA Cup action this weekend as Everton travel to the Vitality Stadium for the 5th Round tie, and if the meeting between these two in November is anything to go by, it could be a cracker.

Everton had been leading 2-0 through goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku, before Adam Smith’s 80th minute strike reduced the deficit to 2-1.

And when Junior Stanislas grabbed his first of the game tolevel the score with three minutes of normal time remaining, it looked to have rescued an unlikely point for the Cherries.

However Ross Barkley’s 95th minute goal swung the momentum in Everton’s favour as the away side looked set to snatch all three points, before Stanislas’ dramatic equaliser in the eighth minute of stoppage time capped off one of the most remarkable games of the season, to level the tie at 3-3.

The Cherries saw off local rivals Portsmouth in the fourth round following Marc Pugh’s late header, but head into this weekend off the back of two consecutive home defeats to Stoke and Arsenal respectively.

Everton’s inconsistencies meanwhile continued last weekend,as the Toffees suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to West Brom, following an impressive run of three straight 3-0 victories, starting with their fourth round victory over Carlisle.

Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings, Callum Wilson and Max Gradel are still all out with long-term knee injuries, while Everton boss Roberto Martinez confirmed new signing Oumar Niasse (wrist) will miss the tie.

Centre-back John Stones will travel to the South Coast however, after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Kick-off 1715, Saturday 20 February

West Brom travel to the Madejski Stadium Credit: ITV

Reading return to FA Cup action this weekend, as Premier League side West Brom travel to the Madjeski Stadium for the fifth round tie.

The Royals are without a victory this month following two consecutive 0-0 draws against Burnley and Wolves respectively, and a 2-1 defeat away to Ipswich.

Brian McDermott’s men have been in fine goal-scoring form in the FA Cup however, following a 4-0 victory over Walsall and a 5-2 demolition of Huddersfield in a third round replay.

West Brom meanwhile needed a fourth round replay and penalties to progress past League One’s Peterborough, and head into the fixture following a 1-0 victory over Everton last weekend.

The sides have met five times in the competition since 2006,with the Royals thus far unbeaten against the Baggies with three victories, two of which were replays following two draws.

Reading boss Brian McDermott enjoyed a 3-2 victory over West Brom during his first spell in charge, with three goals in the last nine minutes completing the comeback to give his side all three points.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis will be without Callum McManaman (ankle) and James Morrison (hamstring), but Gareth McAuley and Rickie Lambert could both return.

Kick-off 1500, Saturday 20 February, Madjeski Stadium