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Everton vs Reading – Hosts to seal easy progression

| 01.03.2011

Everton have already comprehensively dumped Scunthorpe out of this season’s FA Cup and they can now be expected to do something similar to the final remaining Championship side still left in the competition.

Match Odds

The showdown is one of three fifth round games still to reach a conclusion with Everton priced at 8/15 in the FA Cup betting odds to see off Reading.

Everton come into the game high on confidence after beating holders Chelsea in the last round and they are also unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions at Goodison Park.

Reading have gone four games without tasting defeat and are 6/1 to progress into a sixth round encounter with either Manchester City or Aston Villa.

They have already been responsible for knocking one Premier League team out of the FA Cup this season when disposing of West Brom in the third round.

To Score At Any Time

Everton boss David Moyes is likely to leave it late before naming his team to face Reading, as a number of players will have to overcome late fitness tests.

Louis Saha and Jermaine Beckford are primary candidates to be picked in attack if fit, but the former has been troubled by a hamstring injury and recently crashed his Ferrari, while Beckford is a doubt with a groin problem.

Saha is 4/5 to score at any point in the FA Cup betting if selected, while Beckford can be backed at 11/10 in the same market.

For Reading, Noel Hunt has scored in three consecutive games and is available at 3/1 to extend this run, while Shane Long is 9/4 to score for the fifth time in six outings.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.