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FA Cup Preview - Everton v Sunderland

Martin O'Neill speaking ahead of this weekend's clash with Everton Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill says his team will be chasing a trip to Wembley when they travel to Everton in the FA Cup quarter-final this weekend.

The Black Cats have tasted victory at Goodison Park only twice in the last 30 years, but go into the game high in confidence after overcoming Arsenal in the previous round.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's match, O'Neill said:

We're playing strongly. We know how important the game is. It's a big match for both clubs. We would love to try and stay in the competition.

– Martin O'Neill, Sunderland AFC Manager

He added: 'It won't be easy, but then you wouldn't expect a quarter-final tie away from home to be easy. It's one I think the players are looking forward to."

Nicklas Bendtner is expected to be available for the game despite suffering a knee injury during last weekend's 1-0 win over Liverpool. The Danish international had to be carried off on a stretcher but has made a quick recovery. However left-back Kieran Richardson is out with a calf strain.

If Sunderland win against the Toffees, it would be their first match at Wembley since the famous Division One play-off final defeat to Charlton Athletic in 1998.

Tomorrow's game will be live on ITV1 from 12:30pm.

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