Following the return of Champions League and Europa League action this week, were keeping the cup run going with an FA Cup preview and tips, which also include a tasty Championship double.
Dave’s Betting Tips
Acca –Chelsea/Arsenal/Watford/Everton – 1pt Win @ 10.04/1 with Betfred
Acca – Cardiff v Brighton/Preston v Sheff Wed – 1pt Draw Double @ 9.89/1 with Betfred
First Goalscorer –Diego Costa – 1pt Win @ 9/2 Boylesports
Chelsea v Manchester City
The pick of the weekends’ action is undoubtedly the game at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea host Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City.
City have had a couple of setbacks of late in the league, following defeats to title challengers Tottenham and Leicester, but will be looking get back on track in the FA Cup.
Chelsea’s form has improved dramatically since Guus Hiddink took the reins from Jose Mourinho, with the main catalyst being Diego Costa’s return to form.
Costa is available 9/2 and I feel that price is worth chancing in the first goal scorer market.
I think it will be a tight affair, but with the FA Cup being Chelsea’s main chance of silverware this season they will not be taking the competition lightly, whereas City’s priorities probably lie elsewhere, but I feel strongly that Chelsea are a team to side with on Sunday.
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Arsenal v Hull City
The FA Cup actually kicks off at lunchtime on Saturday with Arsenal taking on Championship leaders Hull City.
The home side have been in great form and a late winner last weekend against Leicester would have been welcomed by all at the Emirates. Hull City have also been in good form, but would have liked to have gone in to this game with a victory at home to Brighton last weekend.
Arsene Wenger will more than likely rest a couple of key players, however with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to come in to the team, they will have no shortage of proven Premier League quality on show. I expect no surprises at the Emirates and Arsenal should progress without an issue.
Bournemouth v Everton
The Saturday evening kick off is another all-Premier League affair where Bournemouth take on Merseysider’s Everton. The Cherries will be hoping for an improved performance than that of their last two home defeats, whereas Everton will be looking to bounce back from their 1-0 loss to West Brom.
Everton fans would love nothing more than a Wembley Cup Final, having narrowly missed out on a League Cup final, I’m convinced Roberto Martinez will be taking this game very seriously and I still believe Everton are a far stronger side than Bournemouth, so at the price they have to be added to my acca.