Hatters or Trotters Next in the FA Cup

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Round three of the FA Cup may not be over yet for Everton, but the draw for Round 4 has been made and it has thrown up two potential tasty ties should the Toffees make it through.

The 0-0 away draw against Crystal Palace means that a replay at Goodison is in the offing, and if Sean Dyche's men can make it past The Eagles, a home match against either Luton or Bolton awaits in Round 4.

Rather than looking ahead to the next round of the FA Cup, Sean Dyche will, as ever, be taking it one game at a time.

The Toffees boss is known for functioning in the here and now and he will be making sure that his squad will be concentrating on seeing off Palace rather than thinking of any possible matchup with Luton or Bolton.

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Good Omen

When it comes to taking on Crystal Palace at Goodison in the replay, fans can take solace in the fact that Everton have already got the better of Roy Hodgson's side earlier in the season. The football betting odds have Everton as strong favourites to make it through, and they will be buoyed by the fact that Dominic Calvert Lewin's red card has been rescinded, allowing him to line up in the replay.

Fancied by the majority of free football tips, Dyche will be hopeful that his side can once again show the grit that seen them register a 3-2 win at Selhurst Park back in November. A late Idrissa Gueye strike was enough to see off Palace on that occasion, and although that player will be missing due to the African Cup Of Nations, confidence is still high amongst fans that their beloved Toffees can make it through to Round 4.

Hatters Or Trotters?

After Premier League rivals Luton were surprisingly held to a scoreless draw by League 1 Bolton earlier in the month, it is very much up in the air about who Everton may face in the next round if they can get the better of Palace.

Luton will, of course, be favourites to make it through, but Bolton will have the home advantage, and the Toughsheet Community Stadium will be rocking. Ian Evatt's side are currently competing at the top end of League 1, and have proven themselves to be a tough nut to crack, particularly on home soil.

Luton, one of Everton's relegation rivals in the Premier League, have exceeded expectations with their performances this season and will be arriving in Bolton in form after two wins in their last three games. They have also given the likes of Man City, Chelsea, and Arsenal scares in recent times, and Rob Edwards' side will be hopeful that it will be confident that it will be The Hatters that can make it to Round 4 and a possible tie with their Premier League foes.

Luton have already got one over on Everton this season, registering a well-deserved 2-1 win at Goodison earlier in the campaign. That was at a time when Sean Dyche's men were struggling for results, however, and the Toffees currently look like a different beast on the pitch.


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