Everton will be looking to avoid another famous FA Cup upset when they travel to Cheltenham in Monday night's live televised third round clash. The Toffees head to Whaddon Road as an illustrious top-flight club but they have been on the wrong end of their fair share of giant killings in the past and League Two outfit Cheltenham will be right up for this one.
It is Everton who start 4/11 odds on favourites to win the match with Bet 365, while Cheltenham are 9/1 to cause a shock. The draw is currently 17/4 and Everton manager David Moyes will be keen to get the job done quickly after seeing his side lose several matches against lower league opposition over the years.
The Toffees lost 2-1 to Shrewsbury at this stage of the FA Cup 10 years ago, as well as to Oldham five years ago and they have lost to Leeds in the Capital One Cup this season too. They will be wary of those past results and they might make heavy weather of it against a Cheltenham side who are enjoying a fine run in League Two.
Mark Yates has guided his team to fourth in the league table as a small squad bid for promotion. They have won eight and only lost two of 12 of their league matches at Whaddon Road this season, scoring in each of the last 10 there. They have only failed to score once at home all season in fact and both teams to score looks a decent bet at evens on Monday.
Both teams have scored in each of Everton's last 17 matches and Cheltenham boast enough of a goal threat to create a few nervous moments for the top-flight side. The pace of Jermaine McGlashan could prove important and he is a juicy 18/1 to be first goalscorer after scoring his third goal of the season in the recent 4-0 win over Wycombe.
It is Everton players who dominate the first goalscorer market though and Victor Anichebe could be worth a look at a best price 13/2 with B365. David Moyes could be tempted to rest some of his regular starters which could open the door for Anichebe, who scored the winner in Everton's 2-1 victory at Newcastle in mid-week. Anichebe had only been on the pitch 90 seconds before scoring at St James' Park and he now has five goals in 11 appearances this season.
He ensured that Everton have now only lost two of 11 matches away from home all season as they sit comfortably in fifth place in the Premier League. They should have enough about them to cope with the physical threat of a lower league team on Monday and the method of first goal to be a header could be worth a look at 4/1, while the correct score of 3-1 to Everton can be backed at 10/1.
Cheltenham v Everton Form
Check the season's statistics for both Cheltenham and Everton, plus the odds ahead of Monday's match.
Cheltenham v Everton Tips
Tip #1: Both teams to score @ evens with Bet365.
Tip #2: Method of first goal to be a header @ 4/1 with Bet365.
Tip #3: Everton to win 3-1 @ 10/1 with Bet365.
Correct Score Odds
20/1 Cheltenham 1-0
40/1 Cheltenham 2-0
22/1 Cheltenham 2-1
14/1 Draw 0-0
17/2 Draw 1-1
20/1 Draw 2-2
6/1 Everton 1-0
11/2 Everton 2-0
15/2 Everton 2-1
First Goalscorer Odds
15/4 Nikica Jelavic
5/1 Marouane Fellaini
5/1 Apostolos Vellios
13/2 Steven Naismith
13/2 Victor Anichebe
8/1 Magaye Gueye
8/1 Steven Pienaar
9/1 Leon Osman
9/1 Leighton Baines
11/1 Thomas Hitzlsperger
12/1 Chris Zebroski
12/1 Shaun Harrad
Odds supplied by Bet365.com, who provide live betting in-running for all FA Cup matches.
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