Everton boss Roberto Martinez is under increasing pressure to arrest a slump in form that has seen his team pick up just one Premier League win in eight and lose four on the spin.
The distraction of an FA Cup tie may well be welcome then as the Spaniard looks to take some of the heat off his players but given his side’s dire league form, he can’t make too many changes as Toffees supporters will be looking to the famous knockout competition for a pick-me-up.
The Blues host West Ham in the third round and although they’re considered favourites, they Merseyside outfit are understandably on the drift at 21/20 with Paddy Power.
Bet365′s 14/5 about the tie requiring a replay could attact cash given Everton’s poor form and the Hammers’ own recent wobble but confidence is so low in the Toffees camp that they have to be opposed at Goodison Park, where fans will be quick to turn on them if they don’t make a decent start.
Admittedly, Sam Allardyce’s side may have lost two of their last three but those games were against Chelsea and Arsenal so they can be forgiven and subsequently the visitors are simply huge at 29/10 with Boylesports.
Some punters of course, may want to bet a touch more carefully and BetVictor’s 7/4 marked against West Ham in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market offers that opportunity but in the circumstances the value undoubtedly lies in an away win; it’s just a shame that the price has come down significantly in the last few days.
West Ham to beat Everton – 29/10 (Boylesports)