FA Cup Quarter Finals Preview
Eight clubs remain in the FA Cup and this weekend we will be down to four. With just two of the top six Premier League clubs left in the competition, there will be a few teams who feel like the door is open for them to get to Wembley and cause a surprise. Premier League teams Watford, Crystal Palace, Brighton, and Wolves if they can shock Manchester United, will all fancy themselves as contenders to win this trophy, and in a one off game on a neutral venue, they are more than entitled to believe that.
Watford vs Crystal Palace
Watford are having a far better season than many expected them too, in fact, at the start of the season they were amongst the favourites for relegation. They are up in 8th place, while their opponents here Crystal Palace are down in 14th and still in the relegation fight with just a few games to go.
What we have seen from Watford this season has been a class above what any of the potential relegation candidates, including Crystal Palace, have shown. They are still in good form now, with three wins from their last five league games, and this is a big opportunity for them to reach the semi finals.
Swansea vs Manchester City
Those hoping for a surprise winner of the FA Cup wanted the two Manchester clubs to be drawn together but that was not the case. City travel away to Championship side Swansea on Saturday and even though they are highly likely to rest players in favour of their Premier League and Champions League bids, they should still be far too strong for Swansea, who are only mid table in the Championship.
Of all the four games this weekend, this should be the most straight forward one, and a comfortable win for Manchester City.
Wolves vs Manchester United
Fancy a shock in the FA Cup this weekend? This could be the game for it. Wolves are having a fantastic season during their first year back in the Premier League, and are currently up in 7th position. They should have no problems finishing in the top half, and they can throw everything they have at this game.
Manchester United can’t really do the same, with a top four battle, a Champions League quarter final and injuries to contend with. All that caught up with them a little last week against Arsenal, and it may do again here. Even if they choose all of their available stars, their team is still weakened by injuries, which opens the door for Wolves.
Home advantage and a massive opportunity to reach a cup semi final makes me fancy Wolves a little here.
Millwall vs Brighton
The final game of the weekend, and the only game to be played on Sunday. A big opportunity for Brighton, although they have found themselves dragged into the relegation zone in the last few weeks, when they should really be out of the way by now.
Millwall are by no means one of the best teams in the Championship, but they are very difficult to beat and they look sure to cause Brighton problems on Sunday. This could be a game that goes all the way, with extra time and possibly even penalties needed to split these two in what looks like being a tight encounter.
FA Cup Betting Tips
- Watford to beat Crystal Palace @ 27/20
- Manchester City to beat Swansea @ 2/15
- Wolves to beat Manchester United @ 9/4
- Millwall & Brighton 90 minute draw @ 23/10
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