Everton defender Bryan Oviedo eyes Newcastle United victory

Everton Bryan Oviedo

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Bryan Oviedo is hoping Everton can take the momentum from their FA Cup fourth-round victory over Carlisle into Wednesday’s home clash against Newcastle United.

The Toffees made the trip to Brunton Park on Sunday hoping to put their League Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City behind them and the players duly delivered.

Arouna Kone opened the scoring inside the first two minutes before goals from Aaron Lennon and Ross Barkley secured a comfortable victory for the visitors, who have been drawn away at Bournemouth in the next stage of the competition.

Oviedo impressed in the 3-0 win at Carlisle and the Costa Rica international is enjoying a good run in the first team due to the absence of right-back Seamus Coleman.

The latter has been on the bench in recent weeks after recovering from injury but the Irishman, who is expected to make Martin O’Neill’s squad for Euro 2016, could find it hard to earn his starting spot back straight away.

Immediate attentions will now be turned towards the visit of Newcastle to Goodison Park on Wednesday and the hosts will be hoping for a repeat of the 1-0 success at St James’ Park on Boxing Day.

Oviedo, who will be pushing for another start, was pleased with the professional in Cumbria and the defender is eyeing a double over the Magpies.

He told evertontv: “It wasn’t easy – this is the FA Cup – and away games are always hard. But now we are focused completely on the game on Wednesday against Newcastle United.”

Everton are firm favourites at 1.67 to clinch all three points, a draw is priced at 4.00 while the relegation-threatened visitors are the big outsiders at 5.00.

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