Middlesbrough v Manchester City
Boro are free-falling into the Championship as things stand and if you asked Aitor Karanka privately, and he answered honestly, he could probably do without this clash with Pep Guardiola’s men. The Teessiders have not won any of their last 11 league matches and it’s all because they have forgotten how to score goals. They drew 1-1 with City in November and I remember the game well as their last-gasp leveller had me self-harming with a Sky TV remote control (several lusty blows to my own skull) as I was waiting for the Citizens to win for a bundle. They’ll exact their revenge on Saturday though. The away win is an absolute wheelbarrow job.
Betting: Manchester City (-1) to win at 6/5 (Bet Stars)
Arsenal v Lincoln
Depending on who you believe, Arsenal are either in “great shape” or “broken”. Arsene Wenger thinks it’s the former while Gunners legend Charlie Nicholas feels it’s the latter. I tend to go with Champagne Charlie, despite the fact he’s been wearing the same earring since 1987. The Gunners were embarrassed by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, losing 5-1 in their own back yard as Ze Germans completed a 10-2 aggregate demolition. They should be far too strong for National League side Lincoln, who warmed up for this with a 4-0 midweek win over Braintree. The Imps are the first non-league side in 103 years to reach the FA Cup quarter finals, and while this will be the end of the road I fancy them to score against an Arsenal defence that looks all over the shop at the moment.
Betting: Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 9/4 (betway)
Tottenham v Millwall
The Lions have won three on the spin against Premier League opposition in this year’s FA Cup and since conceding two goals against Wimbledon on January 2, they have kept 11 clean sheets and shipped just one goal. They’ll be aiming for a second semi-final in five seasons here and it should definitely be worth a watch. It’s a free swing really for Millwall at White Hart Lane, and I fancy them to have a real go on Sunday.
Betting: Millwall (+2) to win at 9/5 (Stan James)
Chelsea v Manchester United
This fixture completes the FA Cup quarter-final action and Chelsea, who have won 12 off the belt at home and are running away with the league, look good things to beat a United side that will have to cope without Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Red Devils are the current FA Cup and League Cup holders and should be up for this with Don Jose going back to his spiritual home, but Chelsea should be backed with confidence to get the job done at HQ.
Betting: Chelsea to win to nil at 19/10 (Bet Victor)
Bournemouth v West Ham
There are a few Premier League fixtures also kicking around this weekend and struggling Bournemouth might have their hands full against a West Ham side unbeaten in three away games. The Cherries claimed a point at Old Trafford but they hardly looked convincing and they could struggle again here.
Betting: West Ham to win at 9/5 (Betfred)
Everton v West Brom
The Toffeemen have already beaten the Baggies this season and are in good form. This one reeks to the heavens of home win.
Betting: Everton to win and both teams to score at 16/5 (Bet Stars)
Hull v Swansea
Swansea have got their s**t firmly together since the arrival of Paul Clement and as a result perhaps won’t be feeling the same amount of pressure as Hull ahead of this one. The Tigers are second bottom but are still in touch with the rest – although they know they need to start picking up points and this is a golden opportunity. They’ll have to stop the marauding Fernando Llorente but if they do they look a fair shout here at 6/4.
Betting: Hull to win at 6/4 (Hills)
Liverpool v Burnley
Liverpool lost 2-0 to Burnley earlier this season despite boasting possession stats of over 80%. That’s a record in the Premier League era but don’t expect lightning to strike twice; the Clarets are pure horse s**t away from Turf Moor. They’ve picked up just two points from a possible 39 available on their travels so far and you can’t see them adding to that shambolic total at Anfield.
Betting: Liverpool to win 3-0 at 7/1 (Bet Victor)