Everton have been struggling in this season's Premier League and will be eager to progress in the FA Cup. Can the Toffees scrape past a high flying Hammers side?
The Everton fans were expecting so much at the start of the season. Where has it all gone so wrong? The Merseyside club sit thirteenth in the Premier League table following a dreadful first half of the season. Indeed, only five wins have been recorded since the start of the league campaign and Martinez will be under pressure to steer his side to success in the FA Cup.
The Toffees have enjoyed much more success in Europe, surging through the group stages of the Europa League with relative ease. Nevertheless they were dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Swansea City in the first round and the FA Cup remains the only realistic chance of some domestic silverware this season.
The hosts start this match as firm favourites, Bet365 amongst a host of bookmakers offering 11/10 for a Toffees victory tonight. Nevertheless they will be up against a West Ham side which has performed far better than even the most optimistic Hammers fans could have believed at the start of the season.
West Ham have displayed an attractive attacking style this term which has helped lift them to seventh in the Premier League table and they are certain to make life hard for the home side at Goodison Park this evening.
The Hammers don’t enjoy the most impressive FA Cup record of late, exiting the competition in the third round on the last four occasions. Nevertheless, relegation won’t be on their list of concerns this season and they can concentrate on a concerted effort in this competition, Boylesports offering an attractive 14/5 for a Hammers win.
Sam Allardyce’s men have failed to register a win in their last three outings, however two of those matches were against Chelsea and Arsenal and we perhaps shouldn’t read too much into that. They have performed far above expectations throughout the remainder of the season and we expect them to clinch the win tonight which would send them through to the next round of the competition where they will clash with either Doncaster Rovers or Bristol City.
The odds indicate that an away win may seem slightly ambitious, however West Ham have been in decent form on their travels and will be eager to avenge for their league defeat at Goodison Park in November.
The visitors can look to Diafra Sakho for much of their inspiration this season, the Senegalese striker proving himself particularly strong up front for the Hammers. He is a fans favourite at Upton Park and we fancy him to contribute towards the scoring this evening, Sky Bet offering 12/5 for him to score anytime.
The hosts may be more concerned about their precarious position in the Premier League and as such, this will be a great chance for the Hammers to progress in the competition.
Our betting tips
West Ham win – Boylesports 14/5
Anytime Goalscorer, Diafra Sakho – Sky Bet 12/5