facupWe are down to the last eight teams in the FA Cup and we pick out a few wagers for this weekend's quarter finals

 

 

 

 

 

Let's start with an update on the outright betting to lift this trophy.

 

Man City 16/10

Liverpool 5/2

Chelsea 4/1

Everton 10/1

Palace 14/1

Southampton 14/1

Middlesbrough 40/1

Nottingham Forest 40/1

Odds quoted are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change

 

Saturday - Middlesbrough 5/1 Draw 27/10 Chelsea 5/10

 

Having already knocked out Manchester United (penalty kicks) at Old Trafford and then Spurs (1-0 extra time) in a home tie Middlesbrough are not to be underestimated. They have been particularity strong at home under Chris Wilder and although they are on the fringes of the Championship play off race they will be up for this.

 

Chelsea have already been to Wembley this season, losing the League Cup final to Liverpool. They progressed in the Champions League in midweek and have so far coped really well with all the uncertainty surrounding the future ownership of the club.

 

An interesting contest and I fancy goals for both teams.

 

Bet: Both teams to score ? (yes) at 8/10

 

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Sunday - Crystal Palace 9/10 Draw 22/10 Everton 26/10

 

Palace have won at home to Stoke and Hartlepool and away at Millwall, scoring exactly 2 goals in all the previous rounds and they now face top flight opposition for the first time in this cup run. Everton ought to be rejuvenated after a vital 1-0 home win over Newcastle in a league game on Thursday night, grabbing a late winner despite playing with 10 men.

 

Although they beat Everton 3-1 in an earlier league game at Selhurst Park Palace's home games are often tight and I can see this finishing all square in 90 mins.

 

Bet: Match result draw at 22/10

 

 

Sunday – Southampton 8.25/1 Draw 3.75/1 Man City 0.28/1

 

Southampton booked their quarter final spot with a 3-1 home win over West Ham but since then they have lost 3 successive league games. They held City to a 1-1 draw at this ground in a league game staged in January and will need to recapture their best form if they are to be competitive.

 

City's lead in the EPL title race is down to 1 point but with an international break coming up they can focus on the FA Cup. I would be very surprised if City trip up here but I give the Saints a sporting chance of contributing to the scoring .

 

Bet: Both teams to score? (yes) at 0.93/1

 

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Sunday – Nottingham Forest 8.75/1 Draw 9/2 Liverpool 0.23/1

 

Forest have been drawn at home in all the previous rounds and their victims include Arsenal (1-0) and Leicester (4-1). They are just outside the play off places in the Championship and have lost just 1 of their last 14 across all competitions.

 

Liverpool have banked the League Cup, made the last 8 of the Champions League and they are right on City's heels in the title race. A team sheet would be a handy weapon to have as they have had a pretty hectic schedule but I doubt Klopp will take Forest lightly.

 

Bet: Liverpool to score in both halves? (yes) at 8/10

 

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Note, odds are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change

 

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