Break from Premier League rigour to send Everton to Wembley

According to Roberto Martinez, Everton aren’t enjoying playing at home at the moment and are a far more impressive side when playing on their travels.

It’s just as well, then, that the Spaniard’s charges somehow managed to better the might of Manchester City at Goodison Park three weeks ago to put themselves 90 minutes and a favourable result away from the Capital One Cup final.

The Toffees travel to the Etihad Stadium for the second leg of the semi-final needing only a draw thanks to their 2-1 win in the first. Should they keep Manuel Pellegrini’s mob at bay, they’ll reach their first domestic final for seven years.

A break from league assignments, along with the freedom of the road, should help the Evertonians achieve their goal.

The Premier League has seen Martinez’s men go winless in five, but when domestic cup competitions are involved the side have won three on the spin.

Therefore 5/1 looks a lofty price on the visitors winning in Citizen country, while the 1/1 that the Toffees simply qualify for Wembley looks equally appealing.

Ladbrokes offer respective odds of 10/21 and 8/11 about City in those same markets, although with their starting XI likely to be rotated for Everton’s visit the prices are best avoided.

If you’re looking for the security of an odds-on punt, then take the 8/13 on both teams scoring, a bet which has landed in 13 of the hosts’ 17 home games in all competitions.

Finally, the game is Ladbrokes customers’ last chance to snap up the Double Odds 1st Goalscorer offer, where Sergio Aguero is the 5/2 favourite to score first.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.