Here’s Degs with all your FA Cup betting tips. Except if you were expecting something for Monday…
Arsenal v Hull City
It’s now over three years since Arsenal lost a game in the FA Cup and yet you can still get 4/7 on them beating Championship outfit Hull on Saturday. Yet before you smash into them with the entire kids’ college fund do remember that the Gunners face a make-or-break week with games against Barcelona and Manchester United. They won’t be at full strength but then neither will Hull given their sole aim this season is to get back among the mega bucks of the Premier League. I fancy an open game with a few goals and am picking the hosts to shade it but keep stakes sensible.
Betting: Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 27/10 (Bet Victor)
Bournemouth v Everton
These two played out one of the games of the season in the league a few months back as they fought out a 3-3 thriller. Neither will fancy a replay and I don’t think the Cherries would be overly devastated if they went out at this stage with survival – and not a sojourn to Wembley – the main priority for Eddie Howe’s men. The Toffees have been about as predictable as a ferret in a tumble dryer so far this season but have a side capable of going on and winning the FA Cup this season if they apply themselves. Away win.
Betting: Everton to win at 13/10 (Betfred)
Reading v West Brom
The Baggies have drawn four of their last six matches and Reading three over the same period. Sometimes in gambling (as in life) it pays to not think to much so just take a deep breath and lump on the draw here.
Betting: Reading and West Brom to draw at 9/4 (Betfred)
Watford v Leeds
If Messrs Deeney and Ighalo start, this one looks a home banker. Leeds will travel in great numbers, sing of great deeds of yesteryear but ultimately be outgunned by a Watford side who could go a long way this year if the draw stays kind to them.
Betting: Ighalo to score and Watford to win at 7/4 (Ladbrokes)
Blackburn v West Ham
Slaven Bilic clearly fancies a cup run judging by the strong sides he put out against Liverpool in the last round. Rovers are no great shakes these days and all the poorer following Boro’s successful ‘Free Jordan Rhodes’ campaign. Call me an old pervert but 5/4 about the away win here is making me a little moist.
Betting: West Ham to win at 5/4 (bet365)
Tottenham v Crystal Palace
On paper Spurs should cruise here but they were in Italy on Thursday night with a strong side out and are bang in contention for their first league title since the days before Chas & Dave had pubes. Palace are struggling but I see them scoring in this one and they could make it tough for Pochettino’s men.
Betting: Both teams to score at evens (Hills)
Chelsea v Manchester City
The tie of the round and it may seem crazy that Chelsea are odds-on with most firms to win this. They have been a shower of pure sh*t in the league for much of the season while Man City are still fighting on four fronts. But Manuel Pellegrini’s men are struggling having lost two on the spin and they too have some huge games coming up both domestically and in Europe (they travel to Kiev next week and so will be resting a few for this one, I would think). This is all about priorities. City have bigger fish to fry while this is Chelsea’s most realistic chance to claim some silverware. Ergo, home win.
Betting: Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 3/1 (Sky Bet)
Shrewsbury v Manchester United
Obviously this is ‘Cheeky Punt’s weekend preview’. This game takes place on a Monday night. Monday isn’t part of the weekend. So to those in the comments section who are constantly rhyming on about me not previewing Monday night games:
I would never tire of kicking you in the balls.