Two FA Cup winning managers go head-to-head - but who will come out on top?

FA Cup

Everton and QPR may be in different divisions but they share one key attribute ahead of their third-round tie - both of their managers have won the cup.

FA Cup weekends always mean fiercely contested clashes and 2014 is sure to be no different.

One such encounter might go somewhat under the radar this time around, though, especially with Arsenal's north London derby with Tottenham sure to steal the limelight.

That particular encounter is Everton against QPR - and it is special, of course, because the managers of both sides have won the FA Cup in recent years.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez was triumphant last year, going all the way with lowly Wigan Athletic, while QPR boss Harry Redknapp lifted the trophy in 2008 with Portsmouth.

The two coaches are at different stages in their career, meaning their respective positions could not be more different. Martinez's Everton side are flying high in the Premier League, while Redknapp's Rangers are facing a tough battle to achieve promotion from the Championship.

But both men are still at the top of their game, while they also have a lot of respect for the Cup.

So don't expect a one-sided affair.

Former Spurs boss Redknapp has admitted that he may rest players during Saturday's tie but QPR have a squad full of experience and talent that goes beyond their first-choice XI. The west London side have also just ended a run of three games without a win, beating Doncaster 2-1 on New Year's Day.

By contrast, Everton have dropped points in two of their last three games and will not be immune to an upset.

Martinez, more than most, will have strong memories of the last time the Toffees played an FA Cup match at Goodison Park - because his Wigan side beat them 3-0.

The last word might just go to the Spaniard however, with a Redknapp side of a couple of years ago perhaps standing a much stronger chance of getting a result against top-class opposition.

But it will still be fascinating to see two of the finest managers in the country go head-to-head, especially in a competition they have both won.

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