FA Cup Quarter Final Preview, Betting Odds and Predictions
Just eight teams remain in the FA Cup and this weekend that will go down to four. With just two of the top six Premier League teams left in the competition, there is a chance that a different name will be on the trophy this season, and a few teams will fancy their chances. Teams like Watford, Crystal Palace and Brighton will have to wait a long time to find a better opportunity to make the FA Cup semi-finals, and in a one-off game at a neutral venue, who knows what can happen.
Of the top clubs, it is the two Manchester teams that are left in, and both travel away this weekend for their quarter finals. City have the easier task, travelling away to face Championship side Swansea, while United have a tricky game against Wolves, who are having a great season so far.
FA Cup Predictions
Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
Swansea 0-3 Manchester City
Wolves 1-0 Manchester United
Millwall 0-0 Brighton
Watford vs Crystal Palace
These two both know they have a solid chance of making the semi-finals here, and this is especially the case for Watford. The Hornets are playing far better than many people expected them to this season, and they deserve a ton of credit for that. They were among the favourites for relegation at the start of the season, and now they are looking good for a top half finish and a possible FA Cup semi-final.
Crystal Palace are more than likely going to be safe this season, but they are still involved in the relegation battle and need points to remain safe. At times we have seen them play fairly well, and look better than a relegation club, but consistency has been their problem. I think that will trouble them again here, and I am backing a Crystal Palace win in this one.
Swansea vs Manchester City
City are aiming to win four trophies, and they have one of those in the bag already, with a Carabao Cup win. The Premier League and Champions League are more important to them than this, so don’t be surprised to see them rest some players for this game. That shouldn’t cause them too much of a problem though, they are by far and away the best squad in the Premier League, and even with multiple players missing they have a number of others who can step in and deliver.
Swansea have been a little disappointing in the Championship this season, and look set to finish around mid-table. They are in the second tier after years in the Premier League and it was expected that they would perform better than they have done. This game offers them a big stage though, and a chance to cause a massive shock.
I don’t think they will, and even if we assume that we will see a weakened Manchester City team on Saturday, I still expect the outcome to be a comfortable win for them.
Wolves vs Manchester United
I think this is the best tie of the round, and a genuine chance of an upset here. We have seen Wolves adapt to life in the Premier League brilliantly, and in their first season in the league, they are on course for a top half finish, which is a very impressive achievement. Yes, they have spent a lot of money, but they have put a squad together well and adapted their tactics to suit the league.
Manchester United have had quite a turn around under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he is certainly facing his toughest period so far. His squad has been hit hard with injuries, and they were comprehensively beaten by Arsenal last weekend. They have just recorded a superb win over PSG in the Champions League, but things look as though they are beginning to take their toll on the squad.
With a top-four battle and a Champions League quarter-final to come, this competition is certainly the least important to United, and that could mean further changes to their starting eleven to rest players with those two in mind.
I think this is where the upset happens this week, and I am backing a narrow win for Wolves.
Millwall vs Brighton
I see this being the tightest game out of all four, and while I am not as confident that Millwall will beat Brighton, I am confident they will be able to keep it tight, and I could see this game going all the way with extra time and possibly even penalties. We have already seen Millwall shock Everton this season, and while they are not one of the best teams in the Championship, they are difficult to play against and break down.
Brighton have a massive opportunity here, they face a Championship team for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, and that should get the fans very excited. However, in recent weeks we have seen them struggle a little, and they have been dragged back into the relegation battle as a consequence of that. They will have one eye on that, and may even choose to rest a couple of players here, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see them field a full strength team having said that, because of the opportunity on offer.
These games are all decided on the day, and I think we will see a draw here in 90 minutes, with the winner coming late in the day either in extra time or on penalties.
FA Cup Betting Odds
As far as the outright betting goes for this competition, Manchester City are already odds on to lift the trophy, priced up at 4/5. They have Manchester United in behind them as you would expect, priced up at 10/3 with the others all much bigger. Should either of the two Manchester clubs get knocked out this weekend then expect the other one to decrease massively in price.
Elsewhere, Wolves are 8/1 and should they claim the scalp of Manchester United this weekend expect them to halve in price. The rest are all double figures, which represents their chances right now, but if one of the big guns goes out then this becomes a little more open.
For the games this weekend, Manchester City are priced up at 1/10 to win at Swansea, and I expect they will form many accumulators for punters. Watford look interesting at 27/20 at home to Crystal Palace, and that will appeal to plenty of punters no doubt, even as a single. In the biggest game, Wolves are 11/5 to upset Manchester United, while the away side are 5/4 to make it to the semi-finals. Rounding off things on Sunday, the draw between Millwall and Brighton can be backed at 11/5 in 90 minutes in a game that I think could go all the way.
FA Cup Betting Offers
Coral – Enhanced New Customer Acca @ 70/1
Fancy a new account and a huge priced accumulator this weekend? This offer from Coral gives you both. With two favourites in the FA Cup and two in the Premier League, this offer gives you an acca for the weekend priced up at 70/1, far bigger than normal.
The teams involved are Manchester City and Manchester United in the FA Cup on Saturday, and Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday. All four are favourites to win their individual games, and this accumulator at the enhanced price pays far greater thanks to this offer.
The maximum stake on this bet is £1, and the winnings will be paid out to you in free bets for the enhanced price, and cash for the standard price. This is a great way to back a big priced acca this weekend, and give your new account the perfect start.
William Hill – Golden Goal Wolves vs Manchester United
This is a new offer from William Hill and is available on the Wolves vs Manchester United game on Saturday, which looks to be the pick of the games this weekend. This is a great offer, and if you go with this one you are looking for your team to score the first goal of the game. If you back a team to win that game in 90 minutes, and they score the first goal but then go on to draw or lose the game, William Hill will pay you out in real cash, with winnings up to a maximum of £50.
For example, Manchester United are 5/4 to win the game on Saturday night. If you back them to win the game, and they score first but then go on to lose, you will still be paid out as a winner. You will receive back your £40 stake money, plus the £50 profit the bet would have given you, meaning that you can still back a winner, even when your team loses. This is only available on the named game, and the offer can be used by both new and existing customers.