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Everton v Oldham: The Toffees shouldn’t come unstuck at Goodison Park

by Josh Powell | February 26, 2013
TIKA-TAKA: Forget that fancy Barcelona crap, this is proper football. Pic:Getty

TIKA-TAKA: Forget that fancy Barcelona crap, this is proper football. Pic:Getty

By Andrew Robinson | Everton v Oldham, FA Cup

Everton thought they had their FA Cup fifth round tie in the bag when they were 2-1 up at Oldham.

But, the League One side showed they know how to get things done against Merseyside clubs, when Matt Smith popped up with a last-minute equaliser to send the tie to a replay at Goodison Park.

Tonight’s game won’t be any easier for David Moyes’ men, who were troubled by the all-action style of the Latics.

Moyes’ side have been shaky when it comes to holding on to leads, as they showed at the weekend at Carrow Road, when they let an advantage slip to fall to a 2-1 loss against an out-of-form Norwich team.

The Toffees are in danger of throwing away a great start to the season and Moyes will be desperate to get them firing again. They are on offer at 1/6 with Paddy Power to show their class and make it through to round six, where they will take on Wigan Athletic.

Everton have a great recent record in the FA Cup and will fancy their chances of making it to Wembley again if they can dispatch Oldham.

But Oldham are in great form and are unbeaten in four games, making their 14/1 price very appealing.

They also have history as they famously knocked out Everton 1-0 in the third round in 2008, with a stunning strike from Gary McDonald. The Latics are 55/1 to repeat the result this time around.

Everyone loves a bit of FA Cup romance and tonight sees Everton old-boy Jose Baxter returning to the club where he was touted as the next Wayne Rooney, only to find he got no playing time.

He’s on offer at 16/5 to score anytime, 12/1 to bag the first goal and the same price to fire the last of the game and show the Goodison Park club exactly what they are missing. With each of them scoring plenty of goals and leaking at the back, a bet on both teams to score at even money looks very tasty indeed.

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