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Coral FA Cup Special! Everton win and both teams score at 3/1

| 06.01.2015

The last match of the FA Cup third round features Everton in action against West Ham United, and Coral are offering customers thrilling 3/1 odds, with a maximum bet of £20.

Roberto Martinez is an FA Cup winner, having lifted the trophy while in charge of Wigan Athletic, so he knows how to get results in this competition. The Spaniard will have his Everton side fired up for this one against the Hammers, who will be focusing more on keeping their European hopes alive in the Premier League.

Back in November at Goodison Park, the Toffees beat West Ham 2-1 in what was an entertaining affair. That day, Romelu Lukaku was on target, while Leon Osman dispatched a glorious winner on his 400th appearance for Everton. The match stretched their run to 14 unbeaten against the Hammers in the league, and form suggests that they can carry this momentum on in the FA Cup.

In a significant boost to the Toffees, West Ham have key absentees. Combative midfielders Alex Song and Cheikhou Kouyate have departed for the Africa Cup of Nations, while top scorer Diafra Sakho is undergoing tests on a back injury. However, they do have goals in their team, with tried and tested duo Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan capable of scoring from set pieces.

Despite a slight blip in form, Martinez is confident that they can get the outcome they are looking for.

“We need to get that positive result which would trigger our season and a bit of momentum, which I don’t think we have had,” he said.

“It is time to help each other, help the players enjoy their football and we will get the reward from it because the talent and quality is there.

“We are here to win games and build something for the future, not just for now, it is to build for the future and become a winning team.”



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.