Shrewsbury Town v Chelsea: Both Teams To Score – 2.00
Wait, what? The all-conquering Premier League leaders (well, conquering all but the final 30 seconds at Old Trafford) to concede to little Shrewsbury Town from League Two? Yeah, why not?
The Shrews have scored 23 goals in the league this season to rack up the best goal difference and have won their last four games, three of which came at home and featured them putting the ball in the net 10 times.
Chelsea are surely going to re-jig their defence here, but even if they don’t, thanks to Robin van Persie they’ve now kept just one clean sheet in six away games this season. It’s on.
Liverpool v Swansea: Rickie Lambert To Score At Any Time – 2.43
Tonight’s the night that a misfiring Liverpool forward can finally hit the target, with Mario Bal… er, Rickie Lambert set to be given the nod to start upfront against Swansea City at Anfield.
It’s been difficult for Lambert to adjust to Reds life simply because he’s not had much game-time, and when he has played he’s had to put up with everyone telling him just what a dream come true it must be for him to pull on the red shirt.
Expect plenty of people to describe it as ‘an emotional moment’ when the boyhood fan finally hits the net.
Liverpool v Swansea: Over 3.5 Goals – 2.60
The stars were aligned and pigs flew as Liverpool managed to keep a clean sheet at home to Hull City at the weekend, but they also forgot to score a goal.
Normal service should be resumed for what is likely to be an attractive, entertaining contest with Swansea City at Anfield, a fixture which would have brought in this bet on each of the last three occasions it’s been played on Merseyside; a 3-1 win for the Swans at this stage of this competition two years ago, and 5-0 and 4-3 wins for Liverpool in the last two Premier League seasons.
Shrewsbury Town v Chelsea: Andre Schurrle Anytime Wincast – 2.65
So Shrewsbury might well hit the net against Chelsea but of course Jose Mourinho’s men will win the game, and one of the players who can help them do just that will be Andre Schurrle.
The German World Cup winner would be a star at most other Premier League sides, but at Chelsea he has to settle for cameos like the one he got in the closing stages of the game at Old Trafford at the weekend, when he got a close up view of Van Persie’s equaliser.
The Egyptian Mohamed Salah might also be a name to consider in this market, but Schurrle provides the more convincing case.
Bournemouth v West Brom: West Brom To Win – 2.80
It’s a second meeting with a West Midlands team in four days for Bournemouth, but this one seems primed to be a very different story.
The Cherries’ remarkable 8-0 win at an ailing Birmingham in the Championship at the weekend might be seen as perfect preparation for this meeting with the Baggies, but Alan Irvine’s side must sense a chance in this tournament now, with two goals in the final three minutes to beat Hull City 3-2 in the last round proving crucial to their upturn in form.
Back Irvine’s men to bring the Championship side back down to earth with a bump.
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