Everton vs Swansea 02/16/2014 Free FA Cup Soccer Pick and Preview
Swansea vs Everton
Sunday 16th February 2014 13:30(GMT)
The Line: Everton 11/20 Draw 3/1 Swansea 4/1 See the Latest Odds
TV: ITV; Fox Soccer to go
Everton boss Roberto Martinez knows exactly what it takes to win the FA Cup having led Wigan to the Cup last year. Everton fans will be hoping that Martinez can repeat the feat with the Toffees who havent won a major cup since lifting the FA Cup in the 90's. With Romalu lukaku still missing through injury Mirallas and Naismith will be expected to lead the line up front. Ross Barkley could possibly be the player to play in that position but the youngster has gone off the boil in recent weeks and is doing most of his good work coming off the bench. But Everton are strong through midfield and defence with Jagielka, Barry, Distin,Baines and coleman all very solid. Goodison Park has been a fortress for Everton this year, only one loss all season and that coming when Tim Howard was sent off and gave away a penalty in the same incident.
Swansea after sacking Michael Laudraup have won a derby game against Cardiff and drawn away to Stoke in the game following it. To me the sacking was un called for and premature, Swansea have been more unlucky than most teams this year and I think that given time Laudraup would have turned this around. This game represents a tough one for Swansea though with a trip to Goodison one of the toughest on the Premier League schedule this year. Swansea though have a better forward line than Everton at this moment in time, Wilfred Bony is a handful for anyone and with the help of Routledge and Dyer can cause Everton problems.
I'm going to take both teams to score here, I think Everton may struggle to put this game away with their lack of options up front and I think Swansea are well capable of giving anyone a game on their day. Swansea have also won away from home in both previous outings in the cup at Manchester United and Birmingham. Take both teams to score and follow me on twitter@antonpippo