Everton will be full of confidence when they take on League Two outfit Dagenham and Redbridge in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Toffee’s took a huge step towards securing their place in the final of the Capital One cup with a first leg 2-1 win over Manchester City, and it promises to be a good old fashioned cup tie at Goodison this afternoon.
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Goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku sealed the success, although the win came at a big expense with Seamus Coleman suffering a calf injury. The Republic of Ireland international is set to miss up to four weeks of action which will be a big blow to the Toffees.
Also injured were midfielder Tom Cleverley and in-form striker Lukaku. Former United star Cleverley suffered a lesser calf problem while Lukaku taking a knock to the ankle.
While Coleman is definitely out of the clash with the league two outfit, Cleverley and Lukaku will be assessed although chances are they will not be risked with bigger games to come.
Manager Roberto Martinez revealed post the win over City that Champions League football and not cup glory was crucial to keeping his rising stars at the club, telling ESPN,
“I don’t think winning a cup will keep the young players. I think qualifying for the Champions League could help to keep young players.”
Everton currently sit 11th in the Premier league table, 9 points off fourth place Spurs.
Dagenham and Redbridge meanwhile are third from bottom of League 2 and will welcome the distraction of a cup game.
The club have won their last two games and have some familiar faces in their squad, including fromer Sunderland defender Nyron Nosworthy and 40 year old Jamie Cureton.
Cureton will have fond memories of Everton.
The then 19 year old made his debut for Norwich against the club. Cureton has helped his side to the third round via wins over Morecambe and semi-professional side, Whitehawk of the National League South.
Both games have required replays and the Daggers would relish another bite of the Cherry at Goodison on Saturday.
It should be an intriguing clash with predictably Everton overwhelming favourites to progress to the next round at 1/5.
Those who are hopeful of an FA Cup giant killing can pick up odds of 18/1 on the away win, which would certainly be one of the greatest should the Daggers progress.
You can watch all the action with Bet365 and their live streaming service at 15:00 this afternoon.