Carlisle ready to stun the Toffees after nearly knocking Liverpool out of the Capital One Cup
Brunton Park will be packed to the rafters on Sunday afternoon, with Carlisle United hoping to pull off an almighty upset against Premier League opposition.
The Blues needed two matches to overcome Yeovil although this has set up a tasty encounter against Everton, with the Toffees arriving in Cumbria off the back of a 2-1 home reverse against Swansea City.
Roberto Martinez may be forced to field a weakened team in front of the BT Sport cameras given that the Merseyside outfit were in Capital One Cup action against Manchester City on Wednesday and Carlisle will want to take full advantage.
The Cumbrians are as big as 5,000/1 with BetVictor to win the FA Cup this season although the odds on Keith Curle’s team beating Everton are considerably shorter.
Bet365 offer 11/2 about them winning on Sunday and reaching the last sixteen of the competition, with Carlisle having come pretty close to beating Liverpool at Anfield earlier this term.
United landed a 1-1 draw against an understrength Reds team and took the tie to a penalty shootout, with the League Two side narrowly missing out although they will hope that home advantage can now tip the balance in their favour.
Ladbrokes offer a best price 1/2 about Everton and it remains to be seen whether Romelu Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu and Ross Barkley will be risked from the start.
BetVictor offer 15/4 about the game ending all square and it’s a result that will greatly please everyone concerned with Carlisle United, with the club then enjoying the proceeds from a replay including the possibility of another televised match.
Bet365 offer 9/2 that the League Two team qualify from the tie, while the dangerous Jabo Ibehre is a 12/1 shot to open the scoring on Sunday afternoon.
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The FA Cup tie against Everton is a welcome shot in the arm for a club who were hit by fierce weather conditions over Christmas which saw large parts of the city flooded including the football ground.
Now Carlisle will tackle Everton on a newly-relaid pitch and then hope to challenge for promotion from League Two this season, with the team spirit stronger than ever.
All odds were correct at time of posting.