Degsy's Hoping For A Dry Weekend

Liverpool's tie against Bournemouth brings back damp memories for Degsy. He's backing Sturridge to score first while Crystal Palace are a decent price to beat the holders...

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Bournemouth v Liverpool
The layers aren't expecting a shock here and go 2/5 that the Reds prevail against Bournemouth, a place where I once got so drunk I wet myself and spent the evening sleeping in a Greggs doorway due to being unable to negotiate the path back to my hotel. I hope I won't be filling my kecks with wee this weekend. And also that Daniel Sturridge scores first here, having backed him at a thoroughly acceptable 7/2.
Betting: Sturridge to score first at 7/2 (bet365/Bet Victor)

Birmingham v Swansea
With Premier League survival their main aim one wonders aloud if Swansea will rest a few here? If they do, the Blues would surely represent a spot of value at odds approaching 3/1.
Betting: Birmingham to beat Swansea at 29/10 (Bet Victor)

Bolton v Cardiff City
Wilfried Zaha looks to be heading to Cardiff on loan but the lightning fast 21-year-old would have to be registered by noon today to be considered for this one. Again team news is going to be crucial if you are considering a lump either way, but with both sides really toiling in their respective divisions (The Trotters were thumped 7-1 by Reading last weekend) I make Cardiff a spot of value if anything at 9/5 at the Reebok.
Betting: Cardiff to beat Bolton at 9/5 (bet365)

Manchester City v Watford
The Man City juggernaut rolls on and one cannot see them slipping up here as they eye an unprecedented quadruple this season. Manual Pellegrini has three strikers operating at the very peak of their powers and I can see them swatting the Hornets aside here. It's 5/6 that they win by three goals or more and that looks a safe bet given their recent onion bag exploits. If you fancy being slightly more ambitious however look to back a 3-0 scoreline at the Ethiad with young prodigy Marcos Lopes again in the thick of things.
Betting: Manchester City to win 3-0 at 6/1 (Ladbrokes/Paddy Power)

Southampton v Yeovil
The Saints should reach round five without much fuss and Adam 'You never used to be like this' Lallana could be a bet at 2/1 to score against The Glovers. He's scored two in his last three matches and one of those was in the FA Cup as Southampton beat Burnley by the odd goal in seven.
Betting: Lallana to score anytime at 2/1 (Betfred)

Sunderland v Kidderminster
The Black Cats were responsible for my favourite laugh-out-loud moment of the week. It followed their Python-esque penalty shoot-out win against Manchester United when a clearly sozzled ManYoo fan rang 999 demanding to speak with Sir Alex Ferguson and protesting to Greater Manchester Police that his team were "absolutely knackered". The call is not quite as entertaining as 'sock robber' (see YouTube), but it's up there. Fabulous Borini worked his socks off during that midweek League Cup success and I like him at 4s to open the scoring against a Kidderminster side who should be out of their depth.
Betting: Borini to score anytime at 4/1 (Hills/Sky Bet)

Wigan v Crystal Palace
I make The Eagles, a side transformed since the appointment of Tony Pulis, massive value at 13/5 to KO the Cup holders. Wigan were spanked 3-0 by Doncaster last weekend and needed two attempts to see off those giants of the European game, MK Dons, in the last round. It's a crazy price really when you think about it.
Betting: Crystal Palace to win at 13/5 (Sky Bet)

Stevenage v Everton
In the long and illustrious history of the old trophy, has there ever been a manager who has won the FA Cup in consecutive seasons with different clubs? I would doubt it but cannot rule out Bobby Martinez achieving the feat this year. His Everton look a really strong side and have the firepower on their day to trouble anyone.
Betting: Everton to win to nil at 6/5 (Ladbrokes)

Chelsea v Stoke City
Andre Schurrle hasn't hit the heights at Chelsea so far but with Juan Mata on his way he should get the chance to start against Stoke and the German looks a fair bet to find the net. He bagged two in Chelsea's 3-2 defeat away to Stoke in December.
Betting: Schurrle to score first at 13/2 (bet365)

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e was right to leave, but not just because of the money City were coming into. If I remember rightly he had a reasonable amount of chances to shine at City, but he never passed the bloody ball. Loads of aimless dribbles and 40 yard shots and not much else. I would say that if he had learnt to be a bit more of a team player he may have done better at City.

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