The Latics earned themselves a replay after scoring a last-minute equaliser in the original tie, and Al Hain-Cole thinks that they can still trouble the hosts' shaky defenceAfter scoring twice to see off Liverpool in the previous round, Oldham’s giant striker Matt Smith bagged a last-minute equaliser against their Merseyside rivals to earn his side a money-spinning replay that Everton could really do without.
David Moyes was furious after another late goal saw his team slip to a 2-1 defeat away to Norwich at the weekend, and left the Toffees without a win in their last four outings.
The fiery Scotsman will be desperate to see his side get back to winning ways on Sunday, when they are overwhelming 1/6 (1.17) favourites with Paddy Power to ease past their League One opponents.
In contrast, the Latics are currently enjoying the longest winning streak of their league season, and may fancy their chances of causing what would be a huge upset at odds of 14/1 (15.00).
With 13 stalemates in 32 games this season, the Toffees have earned themselves an unwanted reputation as draw specialists, and you can get odds of 13/2 (7.50) on this match finishing all square.
The Merseysiders’ main downfall in an otherwise promising campaign has been a lack of defensive rigour, which has seen them keep just five clean sheets in 32 competitive matches.
This generosity at the back is sure to be tested by a visiting side that have hit the back of the net in each of their last six games, and usually reserve their most prolific performances for the cup.
With 13 goals in five cup ties under their belt, Oldham will be confident of getting on the scoresheet at Goodison Park, but are unlikely to become the fifth team to keep out their Premier League opponents in 32 games this year.
A bet on both teams to score would have paid out in 23 of the hosts’ last 26 games, and is therefore great value at odds of 11/10 (2.10).
Great things were expected of Jose Baxter when he became Everton’s youngest ever player five years ago, but the 21-year-old never quite managed to live up to his potential for his boyhood club.
Despite this, he is now leading the goal-scoring charts for Oldham and attracting attention from several bigger clubs. The former England youth international will be eager to impress back on his old stomping ground, and is well worth backing at odds of 10/3 (4.33) to score anytime.
|Both teams to score at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power
||Jose Baxter to score anytime at 10/3 (4.33) with Paddy Power
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.