Kick-off: 2000, 24/01/2021
Stadium: Goodison Park
TV: BT Sport
Everton are enjoying an impressive season in the Premier League and a favourable FA Cup draw could also have them dreaming of success in this competition.
The Toffees are again at home to Championship opposition from South Yorkshire – in a repeat of the 1966 FA Cup final – and are expected to put out a strong side as they return to action after a 12-day break.
They made hard work of getting past Wednesday’s neighbours Rotherham in the last round but a home win by more than one goal at 9/10 is our opening Everton vs Sheff Wed prediction.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Everton were given a scare in the last round when they laboured to a 2-1 extra-time win over Championship strugglers Rotherham.
Carlo Ancelotti’s gamble on resting key players almost backfired as a team registering eight changes almost suffered an upset.
Cenk Tosun’s early opener was cancelled out just after half-time and the scores remained level until substitute Abdoulaye Doucoure scored the eventual winner three minutes into the additional period.
With another home tie guaranteed in the fifth round should the Toffees get through, there is plenty of incentive to take the tie seriously.
Speaking after the Rotherham game, assistant manager Duncan Ferguson said: “It is very important, it is a priority for us, it gives us a chance to win a cup for the fans.
“It is a big competition for us and hopefully we can go as far as we can. We will carry on picking strong teams and take it really seriously. We won’t be chopping and changing.
“We are taking it seriously and picking the strongest team we could pick and hopefully we can go as deep as we can.”
With an important Premier League game against Leicester coming up on Wednesday, we suspect Ancelotti will be keen to take control of this match quickly with a view to resting key players in the second half.
If that is the case then 10/11 for the hosts to be leading at both half-time and full-time looks decent value in the Everton vs Sheff Wed odds.
A Look At Sheffield Wednesday’s Betting Odds
Wednesday have not been in action since their 2-0 win at League Two side Exeter in the third round, with much of the talk since then revolving around their search for a new manager.
A successor to Tony Pulis is yet to be appointed but Wednesday have at least gone five matches unbeaten in all competitions so seem in no rush.
They have already faced Premier League opposition this season but lost 2-0 at Fulham in the Carabao Cup and have only managed six away goals in the Championship.
No team in the second tier has scored fewer goals than Wednesday’s 15 so a home win to nil looks a solid pick at 21/20, while a repeat of last season’s 2-0 victory in the League Cup at 23/4 is our final Everton vs Sheff Wed prediction.
Wolves 1-2 EVERTON – Alex Iwobi, Michael Keane
Exeter 0-2 SHEFF WED – Adam Reach, Callum Paterson
Head-to-head: Sheff Wed 0-2 Everton
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