Everton will go in search of their first league since September when they take on improving Sunderland on Sunday.
Since a 3-2 win away to WBA in the last weekend in September, the Toffee’s have lost two and drawn one with fixtures with Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal proving very difficult for the club.
A third successive defeat was avoided midweek as the club overcame the stern challenge of Norwich in the Capital One cup. The win, achieved via a penalty shoot-out, secured a place in the last 8 of the cup.
The focus this weekend however will be on climbing back up the table with their recent results cause a slide down to the standings to 11th, 2 places and a point below their deadly rivals, Liverpool.
Martinez made a number of changes midweek, the most high profile being Darron Gibson’s appearance in the middle in place of the suspended Gareth Barry and Ramiro Miro stepping in for the injured Phil Jagielka.
Regular keeper Tim Howard should return after being rested while Arouna Kone could resume bench duties after starting midweek. Seamus Coleman is set to miss out however with a stomach bug.
In addition to being without Jagielka, Martinez will also be missing Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert, Muhamed Besic and Stephen Pienaar this weekend.
Sunderland meanwhile will be without Fabio Borini for the trip to Merseyside.
The Black Cats were somewhat fortunate to beat Newcastle 3-0 last weekend however that won’t be the message from new manager Sam Allardyce as he looks to build on a first win of the season.
The three points garnered from the north-east derby was enough to to move the club on to 8 points, still in the bottom three but level on points with Bournemouth.
Sunderland won 2-0 when the sides met in May with Danny Graham and Jermaine Defoe scoring the goals and another win this weekend could see the club climb as high 16th.