Paddy’s Preview: Cheltenham Town vs Everton

The Toffees travel to League Two side Cheltenham Town on Monday night for their opening game in this season’s FA Cup.

Everton haven’t lost a third-round FA Cup tie in four seasons and the five-time Cup winners are 1/3 with Paddy Power to continue that run at Whaddon Road while the Goodison Park outfit are 11/1 with Paddy Power to lift the trophy outright this season after narrowly losing out at the semi-final stage last season at Wembley.

David Moyes’ side last four Premier League games have ended in a 2-1 scoreline with the Toffees on the winning end three times. Paddy Power make Everton 15/2 to win by that score on Monday night.

Everton have battled back from a goal down in their last two away games (Newcastle, West Ham) and are 8/1 to come from behind and win against Cheltenham Town who ran out 2-1 winners against Hereford United after extra-time in the last round.

Victor Anichebe scored in both those away wins but the Nigerian international will have to break his scoring duck in the competition as he has yet to score in 12 appearances (seven as sub) in the FA Cup.

Paddy Power make Anichebe 4/1 to score in their Insurebet First Goalscorer market.

Manager David Moyes has praised his side’s attacking flair and believes there are more goals in this side after Wednesday night’s win.

“We were fantastic with our football,” Moyes said.

“How we didn´t go in at half time a couple of goals up I don’t know. You can only ever go onto the next game. We´ll try and keep going, take it one game at a time; it´s very simple.”

Man-of-the-moment Leighton Baines has four goals in 20 FA Cup appearances with three of those coming in wins against Tamworth (pen), Scunthorpe and Carlisle (pen) in the opening-round games for the past three seasons.

Baines is 12/1 to get the game’s opening goal or 9/1 to work his magic and score first for Everton against Mark Yates’ side that harbour giant-killing ambitions.

Paddy Power bet 17/10 that a penalty is awarded in the game and 7/2 that the Toffees score from the spot against Cheltenham Town live on ESPN.

England international Leon Osman has four goals in 21 appearances in the FA Cup and is 7/1 to score first for Everton on Monday night.

With the Toffees scoring in 18 successive Premier League games goals look assured in this game and Paddy Power make it 4/6 that over 2.5 goals are scored in the game. The Toffees to score exactly two goals is a 9/4 chance while Everton to win and three or four total goals in the game is 15/8 with Paddy Power.

Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman have shown their commitment to Everton’s cause by signing long-term deals but Moyes mightn’t be able to rotate his squad as much as he would like as Darron Gibson, Kevin Mirallas and Tony Hibbert are on missing.

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