Back early strike in Monday clash

David John previews Monday's FA Cup clash between Cheltenham and Everton and is going for an early goal.

Last Updated: 07/01/13 at 07:51 Post Comment   

Moyes: Keen to see off Monday's rivals and progress

Moyes: Keen to see off Monday's rivals and progress

Cheltenham v Everton (1945GMT ESPN)

David Moyes and Everton have slipped on the odd banana skin in this competition before and the Scot has revealed in the build-up that he is not keen to repeat the experience at Whaddon Road on Monday night.

While the main priority remains a chase for a top four - or better - finish in the Premier League, the Toffees do have a decent Cup pedigree having lifted the trophy five times in total, reached the final back in 2009 and the last four in 2012.

Moyes has consistently proven he is one of the elite managers in the game currently but still seeks a first piece of silverware to bring home to the Goodison faithful after 11 years and the FA Cup clearly offers an excellent chance to put an end to that statistic.

They are no bigger then 4/11 to get the better of their League Two rivals and despite Moyes being highly likely to rest the likes of Leighton Baines among others, fringe players like Bryan Oviedo and Ross Barkley will be under no illusion that progress into the fourth round is of the utmost importance.

Mark Yates' side stand in their way and the Robins manager has ensured his side will try and take their usual football-first approach and play their way past their opponents.

He is under no illusions - "we will "need to be at the top of our game" - but the fact they have the joint-best home record in League Two while Scott Brown has kept more clean sheets than other goalkeeper in the division suggests they are not going to be a complete pushover.

That said, the visitors are likely to start with Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic - the latter has been encouraged by Moyes to hurry up and rediscover his consistent goalscoring touch - and that sort of quality plain and simple makes a difference to any line-up at this level.

If the home side do stick to their plan of trying to knock the ball around, this should be pleasing to the eye and an early chance or two should be there for the taking.

So the advice is to back an opening goal hitting the onion bag before the 28th minute at 4/6 with Coral.

Verdict: Cheltenham 1 Everton 3


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy don't you call in Becks as well...and we will all have a lovely tea party!

kimosabi
United: Scholes helping out

M

ourinho is just a good-looking version of Allardyce (Fit Sam?). Clearly 19th century football isn't such a big deal after all?

Ezy_Rider
Chelsea Killed The Game Instead Of Playing It

S

tay put, Pep. Timothy Sherwood has this under control.

slowgraffiti
Guardiola plans Bayern stay

Footer 365

Europa League: Lima's late winner gives Benfica 2-1 victory in semi-final first-leg

Substitute Lima struck late to help Benfica to a 2-1 victory over Juventus in their Europa League semi-final first-leg.

Nicky Butt proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary boss Ryan Giggs

Nicky Butt says he is immensely proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary manager Ryan Giggs.

Europa League: Sevilla secure first leg lead in all-Spanish clash with Valencia

Sevilla toppled La Liga rivals Valencia in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final to claim a 2-0 advantage.

Mail Box

Guardiola Is No Better Than Moyes...

At least he wasn't in Bayern's defeat to Real Madrid, says one chap in the mailbox. Plus, more excitement over Van Gaal at Man United and thoughts on FFP...

Man United Fans Excited By Van Gaal Talk

Man United fans know who they want to replace David Moyes, with Louis van Gaal the favourite to take over at Old Trafford. Plus, thoughts on Real Madrid v Bayern Munich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property