Despite winning countless plaudits for maintaining a consistently competitive Everton team, the one thing missing from David Moyes’ tenure on Merseyside is a piece of silverware.
The Scot’s chances of rectifying that shortcoming this season lie in the FA Cup, where his side host Wigan in a quarter-final clash this weekend.
Having beaten the Latics in their last two home games, the hosts will see this as a rather benevolent draw, and are 4/9 (1.44) favourites with Bet Victor to come out on top.
Roberto Martinez tends to prioritise Premier League survival over cup exploits, and with a number of changes anticipated, his team are underdogs at 7/1 (8.00) to collect their first win at Goodison in eight years.
Four of the last six encounters between this pair have ended in a draw, and you can get odds of 15/4 (4.75) on this one finishing all square.
The Toffees have certainly provided good value for money in this competition so far, with their five previous ties producing an impressive 17 goals.
With seven goals scored in the two league meetings between these two clubs this season, another high-scoring match seems likely, particularly given the teams’ recent fragility at the back.
With just two clean sheets between them in the last 16 combined matches, odds of 20/23 (1.87) look very generous on both teams hitting the back of the net on Saturday – a bet that would have paid out in seven of the hosts’ last eight and five of the visitors’ last six.
Unusually for a left-back, Leighton Baines has perhaps been Everton’s most eye-catching performer this season, and is currently in the most prolific form of his career.
Having honed his ability from set pieces during his time at the DW Stadium, he has put this strength to good use against his former club since leaving, scoring three times in his last six against Wigan.
The England international already has two FA Cup goals to his name his term, and offers solid value at 16/5 (4.20) to make it three in this game.
|Both team to score at 20/23 (1.87) with Bet Victor
||Leighton Baines to score anytime at 16/5 (4.20) with Bet Victor
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