Everton host Swansea in another all-Premier League FA Cup Fifth Round clash, with the Toffees unexpectedly rested after their game against Crystal Palace midweek was postponed due to adverse weather conditions.
Swansea’s trip to Stoke went ahead though, and so their travels resulting in a hard-fought draw must surely mean the Welshmen are more tired than the Merseysiders at the moment. Couple that with Everton’s home advantage, and it seems difficult to look past an Everton win, which would give manager Roberto Martinez an enjoyable evening against one of his former clubs.
Recent form would also indicate an Everton win, with six wins from their last seven games, but new Swansea boss Garry Monk will be hoping his players can up their game and prove their worth to the first-team.
The game is also the first time these two sides have met in the competition since 1954, when Everton won 3-0. That game was also the only other occasion of this fixture, and it looks hard to look too far past a repeat result 50 years on.
Swansea are no pushovers, and will certainly not be thrashed performance-wise, but on recent form Everton look by far the more comfortable protein, especially considering the constant goal threat of Romelu Lukaku. Wilfried Bony should offer enough of a risk for Everton to ensure a certain tightness at the back, and with Lacina Traore eligible the goal threat is more than evident.
Get on an Everton win, and while it seems quite possible that the final scoreline may not fully reflect the performance there is certainly a goal or two in it for the Toffees.
Everton are heavily fancied in this one – 8/13 from protein365 reflects that
Swansea are 11/2 with Paddypower
The draw is 3/1 with proteinVictor
Should he participate, Lacina Traore is Everton’s top choice to score first – 9/2 is available from Totepool
Wilfried Bony is Swansea’s usual favourite, and Bwin are offering a nice 9/1 on the Ivorian to give the Swans the lead.