Cheeky Punt: Shock loss for Spurs, Rashford to score

Date published: Friday 17th February 2017 3:35

Burnley v Lincoln City
The fourth round of the FA Cup was the round of the underdog. So the burning question this Saturday is: Can plucky Lincoln do a job on Premier League outfit Burnley?

Survey says no. The Clarets are sitting pretty in twelfth position in the league and just might fancy a cheeky trip to Wembley as the draw has been kind to them thus far. Their home record is becoming the stuff of legend and they should be too sharp here for a game but limited Imps outfit.

Betting: Burnley to win to nil at 11/10 (Paddy Power)


Huddersfield v Man City
Huddersfield have scored in all but one of their home matches this season while Man City are another side not shy around the old onion bag. They scored three in the last round as they beat Crystal Palace and have a big enough squad to do a job on the Terriers here. He would never admit it publicly but Sergio Aguero has had a result with Gabriel Jesus getting injured and if he starts he can show why he’s still the cock of the Etihad. But I do fancy Dave Wagner’s men, who have won eight of their last nine, to give them an argument.

Betting: Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 2/1 (Hills)


Middlesbrough v Oxford United
Boro just don’t seem to have a goal in them at present and it took a screamer from Stewart Downing to save the day against lowly opposition in round four. This could go one of two ways: Boro strike early and put Oxford to the sword; or they don’t score early, the fans start getting restless and Aitor Karanka starts dishing out slaps behind the dugout as he’s furious with the punters who have the f**king temerity to boo his team.

Betting: No goalscorer at 10/1 (Betfred)


Millwall v Leicester City
This stinks of an upset. Millwall are unbeaten in 11 matches and deserved their win against Watford in round four. Leicester are turning into a bit of a laughing stock truth be told and if I was a Foxes fan, I wouldn’t be happy with my manager and my skipper swanning off to Monaco in midweek to pick up an award for what happened last season with the team currently in free fall. The Tinkerman needs to start tinkering as Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy have been stealing a living for weeks now and are so off the pace it’s untrue. 2/1 or better about the Lions looks a gift.

Betting: Millwall to win at 11/5 (betway)


Wolves v Chelsea
Wolves produced arguably the performance of the round to win at Anfield in January and they get another free swing here against a team they are expected to lose to. The Blues though, with no European distractions, have no real need to rest players and might be too strong. I’m not sure they merit the full treatment at 4/11 however, so the call is to invoke the spirit of Steve Bull while backing both teams to score.

Betting: Both teams to score at 19/20 (bet365)


Fulham v Tottenham
Let’s have it right, Spurs were s**te in Gent on Thursday night and Mauricio Pochettino will 100% ring the changes again here. They showed in Belgium that their squad is not the strongest and Fulham can take advantage here if Poch plays a few slinks. Spurs have won just three of their last 10 FA Cup away games so good luck to anyone thinking about smashing the mortgage on them at 4/5.

Betting: Fulham to win and over 2.5 goals at 11/2 (Paddy Power)


Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United
At a point in the mid 1990s this was the biggest game in town. Yet as United went from strength to strength, Blackburn, like the Spice Girls and Oasis, faded into obscurity. In the end, Alan Shearer left and went bald, and Blackburn went all s**t. They’ve not been higher than 20th in the Championship this season and their crude huffing and puffing should be no match for the Red Devils at the Theatre of Dreams. Marcus Rashford should get a gig up top on Sunday and if he does the 9/2 about him scoring first looks plenty acceptable.

Betting: Rashford to score first at 9/2 (bet365)


Sutton United v Arsenal
Sutton have seen off teams from the fourth, third and second tiers to get here but have landed the big one in Arsenal. And if ever there’s a time to play Arsenal it is now. They were gubbed 5-1 by Bayern Munich but still plenty of ex-Gunners in the media dare not say Wenger should fall on his sword. A few tried to deflect criticism from the manager but he surely needs to go, doesn’t he? The problem is he’s delivering for the suits upstairs (owner and shareholders) season on season in terms of financial gain but that means f**k all to fans who are paying a fortune to see them fail to compete with the very best. They’ll beat Sutton here but it’s not much consolation when they’ve been blown out the water in Europe yet again at the last 16 stage.

Betting: Arsenal to score in both halves at 21/20 (Stan James)


Degsy Bilton

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