MNF: West Brom v Everton
Preview & Odds PLUS ’68 Cup Final Memories

West Bromich Albion v Everton, Premier League, Monday 20th January, 8pm. Live on SkySports1


WBA:   23/10   DRAW:  23/10    EVERTON:   5/4


WBA wins: 58   Draws:  35   Everton wins: 65

Selected Bets:

Both Teams to Score:   YES:  4/6   NO:   11/10

Everton to come from behind and win:  10/1

West Brom to win:  1-0:  9/1, 2-0: 17/1,  2-1: 10/1,  3-1: 25/1, 3-2: 30/1

Draw:  0-0: 9/1, 1-1: 11/2, 2-2: 12/1, 3-3: 50/1

Everton to win:  1-0:  7/1, 2-0: 10/1, 2-1: 8/1, 3-1: 16/1, 3-2: 25/1

First Goalscorer: Lukaku: 9/2, Anelka: 7/1, Mirallas: 7/1, Baines: 12/1

BOBBY’S BET OF THE DAY – Anytime Goalscorer; Baines: 4/1

Odds courtesy of PaddyPower

Jeff Astle and Bobby Hope hold the cup aloft in 1968

Astle’s Finest Hour

Perhaps it wasn’t the greatest of matches, but the 1968 Cup Final was a remarkable one for a number of reasons;

*The 1968 Cup final was the first final to be televised live in colour.

*West Brom won with a Jeff Astle goal three minutes into extra time. The goal meant that Astle had scored in every round of that season’s competition.

*Dennis Clarke became the first substitute to be used in an FA Cup final when he came on for West Bromwich Albion.

*Both teams wore away strips, Everton wearing bright amber shirts and blue shorts and West Bromwich Albion in white shirts and shorts with red socks.

This was Albion’s tenth final and they won the cup for the fifth time and in doing so qualified for the 1968–69 European Cup Winners’ Cup. They haven’t appeared in a final since.

Did You Know: Legend has it that on the evening of the 1968 FA Cup Final triumph the words “ASTLE IS THE KING” appeared in large white letters on the brickwork of Primrose Bridge in the heart of the Black Country. The bridge quickly became known locally as “the Astle Bridge”. When the council removed the letters, they re-appeared a few days later.

A campaign was launched to have the bridge officially named in his honour following Astle’s death in 2002, but this has so far been rejected over fears of vandal attacks by supporters of rival teams, as the area also has a high percentage of Aston Villa and Wolves fans.

FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, May 18th, 1968

EVERTON: Gordon West, Ray Wilson, Brian Labone, Tommy Wright, John Hurst, Alan Ball, Colin Harvey, Howard Kendall, John Morrissey, Joe Royle, Jimmy Husband

WBA: John Osborne, Doug Fraser, Graham Williams, Tony Brown, John Talbut, John Kaye, Graham Lovett, Ian Collard, Jeff Astle, Bobby Hope, Clive Clark

Att: 99,665



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