Everton v Reading Betting Odds

Beckford's brace against Sunderland at the weekend moved him onto eight goals for the season and along with Louis Saha Everton now have a potent and fearful attacking partnership

In one of three FA Cup fifth round ties still to be resolved Everton host Reading, the only remaining representatives from the Championship.

David Moyes' team come into this game high in confidence having beaten the holders Chelsea in the last round and allayed any lingering relegation fears with a comfortable 2-0 win over Sunderland at the weekend.

Reading, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last four and harbour faint aspirations of sneaking into a Championship play-off spot. The Roylas will be without goalkeeper Adam Federici while Shaun Cummings and captain Ivar Ingimarsson are both rated doubtful.

Marouane Fellaini, Tim Cahill and Jermaine Beckford will all be assessed in the build up to the game but Louis Saha should be fine to play after escaping unhurt from a car crash on Sunday.

What a difference a fortnight makes

Just two weeks ago Moyes was tearing his hair out at the performances his side were producing. Everton were grappling with the perils of expectation and reality and captain Phil Neville was forced to admit his side were in a relegation battle.

A fortnight on and The Toffees are in the top half of the Premier League table, have an odds-on chance of reaching the FA Cup quarter finals and all is rosy on the blue half of Merseyside. Where defeat against Sunderland on Saturday may have forced Moyes to keep one eye on upcoming Premier League fixtures, the win over the Black Cats has now allowed Everton to focus fully on their FA Cup ambitions.

With Manchester United and Arsenal set to meet in the last eight this season's competition offers Moyes a chance of earning Everton their first trophy since 1995 and the first of the Scot's managerial career.

Reading manager Brian McDermott has promised to 'attack the game and try to win it' and that should result in an appealing spectacle for the neutral. But the Premier League outfit are expected to have too much for their opponents who sit 20 places lower in the football league pyramid.

Everton are 1/2 in the 90 minutes match odds betting and just 1/4 to progress to the next round. Reading are 11/4 to make it to the FA Cup quarter final for the second consecutive year, 13/2 to win at Goodison and 3/1 to force the game into a replay.

Welcomed attacking riches

Everton's main problem in recent seasons has been the lack of goalscorers at the club. Moyes took a punt in the summer by brining in Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford now, after a slow start to life in the Premier League, the gamble looks to be paying off.

Beckford's brace against Sunderland at the weekend moved him onto eight goals for the season and along with Louis Saha Everton now have a potent and fearful attacking partnership; something that hasn't been said about the Toffees for a very long time.

If Saha can stay fit for the majority of the remainder of the season then Everton could not only climb the Premier League table but could also find themselves contesting a Wembley final.

Both strikers are priced at 5/1 to open the scoring this Tuesday evening with odds of 7/5 available on each of them to find the back of the net at anytime in the game.

Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 28/02/2011 - 18:38 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Everton

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