An early Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Leeds meant that the FA Cup has been Everton’s only chance of silverware for quite some time but now Saturday’s defeat at Norwich has reduced yet further the Toffees’ already slim chances of qualifying for the Champions League, the cup is now very much their last hope of gleaning something from what had started out as a positive campaign.
It’s imperative that David Moyes’ men prevail in their fifth round replay against Oldham then and the added importance for the hosts should see them come out on top in the Goodison Park clash.
It’s a contest that looks set to be high-scoring, hence Ladbrokes’ market best of 4/9 for it to produce three or more goals. Moreover, it seems likely that both teams will find the net, an outcome bwin offer at a generous 5/4 and with that in mind Betfred’s 11/1 for a 3-1 Toffees triumph isn’t without appeal.
In what could be a fairly physical encounter, the hosts’ powerful players could prove pivotal as was the case in the first match when Phil Jagielka and Victor Anichebe struck for the Toffees.
As the latter is an injury doubt having missed the loss at Norwich, it might therefore be worth considering a few quid on Everton’s top scorer Marouane Fellaini, at 9/2 (bet365) to break the deadlock.