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Tottenham ended their three-game losing streak with a win over West Brom last time out, but the Baggies look destined for the drop and Jose Mourinho’s side have plenty of convincing to do following some abject recent performances.
The return of Harry Kane was a major boost as he opened the scoring, and given the manner in which the Portuguese coach takes domestic cup competitions seriously, the England captain will likely be involved in some capacity again.
Still, Tottenham have a trip to the Etihad three days later and with their league campaign faltering, it’s unclear exactly what kind of team he’ll name here.
Gareth Bale should be handed minutes as there appears little prospect of the Real Madrid loanee starting against Man City, but Heung-min Son could find himself in line for a rest and may well start from the bench, especially with the South Korean’s output dropping in recent weeks.
Giovani Lo Celso is out injured and Sergio Reguilon is a doubt, as is Dele Alli, though the latter’s potential return appears unlikely in any case given his lack of game time this season.
Carlo Ancelotti’s treatment room is clearing up and he’ll be glad to have midfielder Allan back in training, even if this game comes too soon for the Brazilian, but star creative force James Rodriguez is a major doubt after coming off against Man Utd with a calf complaint.
However, the Toffees aren’t short on firepower with the available quartet of Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alex Iwobi, though new arrival Joshua King is cup tied having featured twice in this competition already for Bournemouth.
Everton Draw No Bet
Although Mourinho has past form in the FA Cup, he’s only won four of seven matches in his current role, despite only having three encounters with Premier League sides (Southampton twice and Norwich).
His Tottenham side have been held to draws away at Middlesbrough and the Saints, while his other trips in this competition have come against weak opposition in the shape of Marine and Wycombe Wanderers.
The only time his team led at the break on their travels came in the mismatch versus the eighth-tier side, and given Spurs haven’t been ahead at half-time in five appearances in all competitions, we wouldn’t want to get behind that here.
Indeed, Everton have only trailed at the break once in 10 appearances now, drawing at that point in half of these matches.
Mourinho and Ancelotti have squared off seven times in their careers, with the former winning four and the latter taking the spoils in the others.
However, these have all been tight encounters, with five 1-0’s and two that ended 2-1. Everton outplayed Spurs on the opening day of the season and with home advantage, look a decent prospect draw no bet in what should be a tight encounter.