Injury-hit Everton travel to West Ham for FA Cup third round replay
FA Cup chances West Ham United (28/1) and Everton (25/1) meet for a third round replay in East London after drawing 1-1 at Goodison Park. They are 23/10 chances with Coral to share the spoils again in 90 minutes, and 11/2 to record that scoreline, which would send the tie into extra time.
The Hammers are certainly facing their bogey team, though, having failed to win in their last 15 matches against the Toffees across all competitions, and losing six of their previous seven at home. Everton, therefore, are 21/10 chances for victory in 90 minutes once more.
Roberto Martinez will also be able to call upon Romelu Lukaku, who has picked up in his last couple of games since being dropped to the bench against Newcastle United and Hull City. The big Belgian has scored against West Ham twice this term, including a late equaliser in the FA Cup, and impressed in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City, so is 6/4 to net anytime, and 11/2 to strike last again.
Throughout the [Man City] game, I thought Romelu looked back to his best from a physical point of view,” Martinez said. “When he has that pace and power with the quality that he has, he becomes really strong for us.
“You can see when he faces people one on one that he is really sharp. He was a really good outlet and a good threat. It’s a sign of what’s to come in the second half of the season.”
Everton, though, will be without a number of players for this trip. Tim Howard, Tony Hibbert, Sylvain Distin, Darron Gibson, James McCarthy, Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar are all still sidelined, after missing the recent match with Man City.
Sam Allardyce will have his own in-form tall frontman in Andy Carroll to call upon. The England international scored a stunner against Swansea City in the Premier League and is 6/4 to net again anytime.
West Ham have their own injury worries in Diafra Sakho, while Cheikhou Kouyate is unavailable as he is away with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, but they still have Enner Valencia (5/4 in the anytime market.
“Sakho [has] the back injury but Enner has come up top and played with Andy and that gives us that little bit of change into feet through Andy or in behind with Enner,” said Hammers assistant Neil McDonald.