Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has predicted Everton to win Tuesday’s FA Cup third-round tie against West Ham United.
Roberto Martinez’s Everton are in a poor run of form at the moment and have lost their last four league matches, but Lawrenson expects them to return to winning ways.
“Everton cannot buy a win at the moment - they have lost four in a row and have a lot of injuries,” the 57-year-old told BBC Sport.
“The biggest difference between the Toffees this season and last season is that they are no longer difficult to beat.
“It might suit them that they are playing West Ham, whose manager Sam Allardyce never strikes me as the biggest fan of the FA Cup.
“I am going for a horrible, scrappy 1-0 win for Everton, but I don't think Toffees manager Roberto Martinez will mind how they get it, as long as they stop the rot.”
Lawrenson is basing his prediction on the assumption that West Ham are not going to take the FA Cup seriously, but given the London club’s season so far, they could well do so.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce could put some extra focus on the FA Cup and try to take his team as far as possible.
The Hammers have been struggling since the festive, and they will also be keen to return to winning ways and gain some important momentum.
The tie on Tuesday will prove to be hugely competitive and is too close to call.