Everton-Swansea City Betting Preview: Late drama can prove profitable for punters

The Toffees play host to the Swans and our tipster is expecting all of the drama to come in the second half
Everton and Swansea go head-to-head for a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in what promises to be an absorbing fifth round tie at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

The visitors, of course, disposed of Manchester United at Old Trafford in the third round before squeezing past Championship side Birmingham City in the last round to set up a tie against the Toffees.

Everton’s progress to the last 16 of the competition has been smooth, with Roberto Martinez’s side recording back-to-back 4-0 victories over Queens Park Rangers and Stevenage, respectively.

Martinez, of course, won the FA Cup with Wigan Athletic last season and the 40-year-old Spaniard will be eager to enjoy more success at Wembley with the Toffees this term.

Everton are warm favourites with the odds compilers to progress on Sunday, with Paddy Power offering just 4/7 (1.57) on a home win here, while the same firm go 11/2 (6.50) on the visitors enjoying a third successive away win in this season’s competition. The draw is rated as a 27/10 (3.70) chance with the same firm.

It is worth noting that the Toffees have lost just once in 14 competitive fixtures at Goodison thus far this term and the home crowd will expect Martinez’s men to end Garry Monk’s unbeaten start as Swansea boss.

Everton have scored at least twice in seven of their last eight matches in their own backyard and, with Swansea having conceded in each of their last 15 matches on the road in all competitions, the Toffees can be trusted to find the net here.

Therefore, the 4/6 (1.67) quote on offer from Paddy Power for Everton to net two or more goals looks to be a solid selection.

However, it should be noted that the league form shown by both clubs would suggest that those backing goals may need to be patient.

Incredibly, just 23 of the 63 goals scored in Everton’s 25 league games thus far this term have come in the first half, while 45 of the 69 goals in Swansea’s Premier League encounters this season have been scored after the break.

Therefore, the even money (2.0) quote on offer from Paddy Power for most goals to be scored in the second half appears to represent outstanding value and should be snapped up accordingly this weekend.

Most goals in the second half at even money (2.0) 2pts with Paddy Power

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