6th June 2020



13th January 2015

Roberto Martinez was pretty bullish about his side's chances of beating West Ham at the Boleyn on Tuesday night after Romelu Lukaku set up the replay with a last gasp leveller at Goodison.

The Toffees boss says that the 21-year-old Belgian forward could be the deciding factor in their FA Cup replay against a West ham side in 7th in the Premier League

The Belgium international scored deep into injury time at Goodison Park earlier in January to snatch a third-round replay after James Collins appeared to have put Sam Allardyce's men through.

Lukaku - a club-record £28million signing during the close season - followed up that leveller with an impressive display against Premier League champions Manchester City as Everton again struck late to salvage a home draw. But overall, his form has not been top notch - so far.

Despite impressing regularly on loan at Goodison last term, he has struggled to make the same impact since completing the permanent move, having failed to score in six matches before the cup tie.

"Throughout the [City] game, I thought Romelu looked back to his best from a physical point of view," the Spaniard told Everton's official website.

"When he has that pace and power with the quality that he has, he becomes really strong for us. You can see when he faces people one on one that he is really sharp. He was a really good outlet and a good threat.

"It's a sign of what's to come in the second half of the season."

West Ham also drew 1-1 on Saturday after Andy Carroll's superb first-half strike was cancelled out by Mark Noble's own goal against Swansea City.

With Allardyce having missed the game due to a chest infection, assistant Neil McDonald took charge, although the former Blackburn boss is expected back on the touchline at Upton Park for this match.

The Key to West ham though is their league position. Last season allardyce was lambasted for playing a youth side at Nottingham Forest beacuse of injuroes and a Capital 1 Cup semi-final. They have no such worries this time and the FA Cup offers another route to Europe for the hammers.

On top of that they have lost just trhee at home and all against sides above them at the time.

The 7/5 with Hills has to be taken.

Joe Ross