Everton vs West Ham Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Everton vs West Ham | Tuesday 6 January, 2015 | Goodison Park | 19.45
Everton have lost their last four matches in the Premier League, falling to 13th in the table and will have their work cut out for them against West Ham in the FA Cup third round.
The Hammers are currently sitting at seventh place in the table after a series of surprising results and could well walk away victorious in Tuesday’s FA Cup clash, too.
For Everton the third round tie is an opportunity to return to their peak form after a run of nine games in which they’ve had just one win. Manager Roberto Martinez’ future with the Toffees is being called into question so he will be feeling mounting pressure to win at home on Tuesday.
Adding to Martinez’ worries are several injuries, including keeper Tim Howard (calf) and defenders John Stones and Phil Jagielka (both ankle).
Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto’o could be fit to return but Antolin Alcaraz will miss the game to serve a ban.
“I do feel that it is a game in which we have to perform well and win,” Martinez told reporters. “It will be a fantastic game of football and, from our point of view, it probably will be the start of something a give us a really good platform for the second half of the season.”
He continued, “The FA Cup is the best cup competition in world football in terms of a domestic tournament and we look forward to it.
“It is a good time, not to experiment because it is not a word that I like, but to open competition for the players and do it in a different tournament.
“We are playing at home and against a very good side who will come with an open approach.”
West Ham’s impressive start to the season has slowed slightly in recent games, with the Hammers now three games without a win. Boss Sam Allardyce is confident however that his men will bounce back at Goodison Park.
Allardyce will be pleased to have James Tomkins back in his squad after serving a one-game ban for collecting five yellow cards. He is somewhat hampered in his selection options, however by the absences of Alex Song, Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate who are out to play in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The sides met earlier in the League season at Goodison Park with Everton stealing a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Lukaku and Leon Osman.
Everton vs West Ham Betting Tips
Everton may be favourites to win at home but you’ll be better off betting on West Ham causing an upset, priced at 13/5 with Betway.
In the goalscorer markets you’re most likely to see Lukaku find the net first at 5/1 with Paddy Power.