Everton v West Ham tips – take on leaky Toffees tonight
Roberto Martinez bidding to end a run of four straight defeats against the Hammers
January 6th, 2015
It’s all going a bit pear-shaped for Everton who have lost their last four matches and sit just four points above the Premier League relegation zone.
Before the season started, most people would have expected them to feature higher in the table than West Ham, although the Toffees are 11 points worse off and offer little value at 6/5 to win this evening’s FA Cup clash.
With Europa League commitments and a Premier League position to improve, Martinez won’t be in a hurry to field his strongest XI for tonight’s game, even if he has previously won the FA Cup with Wigan Athletic.
“I do think during a period when we have had four defeats in the league, we all need to do more” said Martinez.
“That’s the manager, the staff and the players. We all need to do more. And if it’s 5%, it’s 5%. We all need to do more. The way I see it is that I have seen a lot of character, a lot of responsibility and I think some of the players have been too affected by the bad results and the confidence has gone low for the right reasons.
“That’s something we need to get rid of and start enjoying our football again. The FA Cup could give us that; it’s a completely different game, a different situation where you don’t carry any luggage from what happened in the past. It’s a fresh competition that we need to enjoy.
“I trust the chairman, I trust the board and everyone at the football club to make sure we get through this period together,” Martínez said. “It’s a real challenge, a real test, but sometimes you need those sort of tests to find who is ready to take the football club forward and that’s important.”
West Ham on Draw No Bet @ 13/8 with Paddy Power