The Boxing Day clash at Goodison Park brings Everton and Wigan Athletic to the halfway point of the Premier League season in very different states of affairs.
Everton find themselves in fifth place and more handily placed than most previous years to make a concerted and realistic push for a place in the top 4.
Conversely, Wigan are at the wrong end of the table in an all-to-familiar fight against the drop down to the Championship.
David Moyes brings his side into the first of back-to-back home games off the back of a well-earned victory at Upton Park over West ham United. Roberto Martinez saw his team go down to a penalty by former Toffees star Mikel Arteta in their home defeat by in-form Arsenal.
Saturday’s win for Everton got them right back into the forefront of the challenge for a Champions League qualification place. Despite some poor refereeing decisions for both teams during that encounter in London, Moyes’ men had too much quality for the Hammers.