Oldham can make Everton wait

  • By: Dave Tickner
  • Last Updated: February 26 2013, 20:21 GMT

There's just one FA Cup fifth-round replay on Tuesday night as Premier League Everton take on Oldham.

Moyes' side may have to wait for a breakthrough
Moyes' side may have to wait for a breakthrough

The League One side are enjoying a decent run in the FA Cup having followed up their victory over Liverpool in round four with a late equaliser to bag a 2-2 draw in the original clash with the Toffees at Boundary Park.

While we expect Everton's class to tell, the two sides' recent formlines mean the Toffees may not have things all their own way.

Everton v Oldham

Everton have generally experienced seasons of two halves in recent years, tending to finish the campaign strongly but leaving their charge too late to claim honours or threaten the top-four places in the Premier League. The concern for the Toffees must be that this season is operating in reverse. Everton have been in and around the Champions League places throughout this campaign but back-to-back defeats - including Saturday's damaging late turnaround at Norwich - have left them with surely too much to do to overhaul two of the London trio immediately above them. The Toffees are now without a win in four games - including the 2-2 draw in the original clash in this FA Cup fifth-round tie - and have won only two of their last eight Premier League engagements. But despite their recent blip Everton have still lost only once at home this season in 14 games and this is an obvious step down in class; they will surely register a victory here and end Oldham's Merseyside-bothering cup fun. Indeed, with the top four looking an increasingly forlorn hope, the FA Cup may well be David Moyes' priority; a win here sets up a home quarter-final against Wigan and the very real prospect of Wembley glory. It's no great stretch to predict an Everton victory here - but nor will it make us wealthy at 1/6. Oldham have won their last three League One games and, with Everton unlikely to be feeling on top of the world after what went down at Carrow Road, it would be no surprise if the visitors were able to stay in this past halfway. Draw/Everton in the HT/FT market looks the best way to get a home win onside at a worthwhile price.

Verdict: Everton 2 Oldham 0


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