Arsenal fans might moan that their team don’t win trophies anymore, although Everton supporters have been waiting a lot longer.
Marouane Fellaini among the best Premier League players this season.
It was 1995 when the Toffees beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final, with David Moyes yet to win any silverware at Goodison Park despite being regarded as one of the best managers in the club’s history.
Perhaps this is their year to win the same competition and they are hot favourites to beat Wigan on Saturday and book their place in the Wembley semi-finals where they could potentially face Millwall or Blackburn.
First thing’s first and Moyes will have the Merseyside outfit focused on victory in this encounter, with Sky Bet going 1/2 that they beat the Latics at home for the second time in the campaign.
Everton were too strong for Reading when beating the Royals 3-1 on Saturday, having triumphed against Oldham by the same scoreline in an FA Cup fifth round replay. Another 3-1 success could be on the cards here and BetVictor are on hand to offer attractive odds of 12/1.
After all, the Toffees don’t really do clean sheets unless they are playing Swansea, with Both Teams to Score backers having a field day with Moyes’ men this season. Goals have been flying in recently and 20/23 about both sides finding the net looks a fair price indeed.
Wigan appeared to be staging a typical end-of-season resurgence after wins against Huddersfield and Reading, although a 4-0 drubbing at home to Liverpool threw a massive spanner in the works and there was fisticuffs between Latics players at the DW Stadium last weekend.
Roberto Martinez would clearly accept defeat in this game if it meant top flight survival and the home matches against Newcastle and Norwich on the horizon are more important than the prospect of reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.
Even so, the Lancashire side enjoyed a 4-1 win at the Galpharm in the last round and might enjoy the distraction of this cup run at a time when league points are scarce. Coral go 7/1 about Wigan claiming an unlikely win against Everton and reaching the last four themselves.
The main man for the Toffees this season has been Marouane Fellaini, with the Belgian standing out defensively and offensively all campaign. Bet365 go 11/2 about him scoring first in this game although his compatriot could be the player to back instead.
Kevin Mirallas is the same odds and has found the net during Everton’s last two matches, with the winger having achieved full fitness after a couple of injury setbacks at the club since arriving from Olympiakos. You can get odds of 40/1 that he bags a hat-trick just as Luis Suarez did on Saturday against the same opponents.