Tottenham Hotspur make the long trip north to Merseyside on Wednesday, ready to face off with Everton for a place in the FA Cup Quarter Finals.
Jose Mourinho’s side were buoyed by the return of Harry Kane against West Brom at the weekend, where they were able to snap a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 home victory thanks to goals from him and Heung-min Son.
The striker – who has 20 goals and 14 assists in 30 games this season – was clearly missed by his side, given they created just 0.96 expected goals across the two and half matches he missed.
It remains to be seen whether Jose Mourinho will risk his star man for this one, especially with a Premier League game against Manchester City on the horizon.
Their hosts for the evening have also had a somewhat mixed bag of results recently; sandwiching an uninspiring 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle with encouraging performances against Leicester, Leeds and, most recently, Manchester United
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s second goal in two games, after not scoring in seven straight, was enough to salvage an unlikely point in the 95th minute at Old Trafford.
That goal extended Everton’s unbeaten away run to seven games, but it’s here at Goodison Park that they’ve struggled of late.
The Toffees have failed to win any of their last four home games against Premier League opposition, losing three times and finding the net once.
In fact, since Bernard’s goal against Manchester United on November 7th, Everton players have only scored once from open play – James Rodriguez’ stunner against Leicester.
Whilst a top four finish is a priority for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who are three points from Merseyside rivals Liverpool in 4th with two games in hand, the side they fielded in the previous round tells me he’s taking this competition seriously.
They were basically at full strength to take on Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, routing them for a 3-0 victory, and I imagine there won’t be many changes from last weekend’s game here.
With that in mind, I’ll be leaning towards the home side in this one. The 17/10 about them winning outright doesn’t really appeal, so take the 10/11 about Everton Draw No Bet with BetVictor.
This comes with the added safety that if the match is as boring as Manchester United v West Ham was last night, we’ll at least get our money back.