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FA Cup semi-final: Everton to play West Ham or Man Utd at Wembley

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Everton have been drawn against West Ham or Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next month, with Crystal Palace playing Watford in the other game.

West Ham and Man Utd drew 1-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday, with a replay required at Upton Park to decide who will join Everton at Wembley.

It is undoubtedly the toughest of the three possible outcomes but Everton have no reason to be afraid of the challenge. Roberto Martinez's side have shown they can compete with the best in the division this season.

They also have a habit of shooting themselves in the foot, just like they did in the final 10 minutes against West Ham two weeks ago.

However, they also conceded last goals at Bournemouth and Chelsea in the league only to gain revenge in the FA Cup so why not against West Ham or Man United?

Louis van Gaal's side eased past the Toffees 3-0 at Goodison Park in October, though Everton were undoubtedly affected by the passing of former manager Howard Kendall earlier that day.

Kendall's first major trophy as Everton boss was the FA Cup in 1984 thanks to a 2-0 win over Watford. No-one wants to get ahead of themselves but with Watford having every chance of reaching the final the opportunity is there to pay the ultimate tribute to our most successful manager.

Don't mess it up, Everton.

The games will be played the weekend April 23rd and 24th, with the exact dates likely to be decided by a combination of the TV broadcaster and the police in the coming weeks.