EVERTON could be facing an under-strength Wigan side as they bid to reach Wembley on Saturday.
The Blues host Roberto Martinez’s Latics in the quarter-final of the FA Cup at Goodison, and the Spaniard has admitted he may change his usual first team to preserve his most experienced players for their Premier League relegation struggle.
Martinez has made significant changes in previous FA Cup rounds, and after his side were thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool at the DW Stadium on Saturday he is more inclined to rotate his personnel again for the cup tie.
"Success in the Cup is something we want, but never at the price that it would affect our league campaign," he said ahead of Saturday lunchtime's tie.
"That's something I will never allow to happen. Our situation is a dangerous one and the position we are in after losing to Liverpool means we need to find the best possible team to carry on playing in the league."
In the fifth round Martinez's selection decision was a success as his side dispatched Huddersfield 4-1. But he recognises that Everton will be an altogether sterner test.
"The Cup game will give us the opportunity to make changes," he added. "Not to rest people, but maybe to find people who deserve to be in the team and to develop real competition.
"Those who have played in the Cup deserve an opportunity and need to show what they can do against Premier League opposition."
Blues fans are urged to get their tickets early ahead of this Saturday’s game.
With Wembley in sight, tickets have been selling fast since they went on sale to season ticket holders last Thursday and lengthy queues formed at Goodison Park this weekend when the tickets went on general sale.
Everton officials are encouraging supporters to act quickly to secure their seat for the match, which kicks off at 12.45pm.
Prices start from £31 for adults and half-price for juniors for the FA Cup quarter-final and all 2012/13 season ticket holders purchasing their ticket prior to matchday will receive a £5 discount.
Visit the Goodison Park Box Office, call 0871 663 1878 or visit evertonfc.com/eticketing. Alternatively you can buy your ticket from the Liverpool city centre ticket outlets at Everton Two or the TicketQuarter in Queen Square.