The FA Cup has been reduced to 32-teams who line-up this weekend to do battle for a place in the last-16, and we’ve got tips for Derby v Leicester on Friday night, as well as the Saturday afternoon games between Burnley and Bristol City, Crystal Palace vs Manchester city, and Tottenham vs Wycombe.
Derby vs Leicester (Friday 19.55)
The Premier League Champions are barely recognisable in the Premier League this season compared to last year’s heroes, yet it’s been a different story in the cups with a good run in the Champions League, and a good away win against Everton in the last round of the FA Cup. They’ve also beaten Derby in 8 of the last 9 encounters between the two teams, including the 2013/2014 League Cup. Derby won’t go down without a fight, but the 7th placed Championship side have already lost twice in January to poorer opposition.
Leicester @ 17/10 (Various Bookies)
On their current home-form of 7 wins in 9 matches, with the two defeats coming against top-6 sides, Burnley should arguably be 4/6 to beat some of the Premier League sides – however you can get that price for them to beat Bristol City. Burnley also won both the matches between the two sides in the Championship last season, making it 5 wins and a draw from their last 6 encounters – and they look massive value to beat a side who are 20th in the Championship and have lost all 3 of their Championship matches in January.
Burnley @ 4/6 (Various)
Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Saturday 15.00)
Two teams who are very much out of form at present but, whilst Crystal Palace put together a good cup run last season, their record against Manchester City in recent years is dreadful with 11 defeats in 12 games, and two of those were in the League Cup. 7 of City’s 11 victories were won to nil, making the 13/8 for City to win to nil a tempting price. However, with City’s defence shaky at best, it might be better to keep things simple and take the 4/7 for a City win.
Manchester City @ 4/7 (888, 32 Red)
Tottenham vs Wycombe (Saturday 16.00)
I expect Spurs to win, but odds of 1/6 make little appeal. However, in the knowledge that this is Wycombe’s Cup Final, a dream draw which will likely lift abilities to new heights under an adrenalin-fuelled rush that few of their players have experienced before – they may just grab a goal. Okay, so Spurs have the meanest defence in the Premier League but, to counteract that, this would be Wycombe’s 20th consecutive match in which they’ve scored. There’s also a chance that if Spurs wrap the game up early they’ll take their foot of the gas and let Wycombe in for a consolation goal – so the bet is both teams to score.
Both Teams To Score @ 5/4 (10 Bet)