Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield United: Draw or Sheffield United Double Chance – 2.02
QPR’s dreadful record in the FA Cup is up there with anything Chas and Dave have ever produced.
The Rs have won just two ties in the competition in the last 10 years, as a mixture of other priorities and players who just aren’t very good have combined to produce something of a horror show.
Sheffield United arrive at Loftus Road in the playoff places in League One, but with memories of their run to last season’s cup semi-finals still very fresh they can cause an upset and drag Harry Redknapp’s men to Bramall Lane, or perhaps dump them out of the competition entirely.
Yeovil v Manchester United: James Wilson to score at any time – 2.38
Louis van Gaal has reportedly confirmed that youngsters Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson will start this Sunday afternoon jaunt to Huish Park, and of the pair you’d think that Wilson would be the one who was more prepared for it.
The forward, who has been at United since the age of seven, has made fleeting appearances in the first team this season following his introduction to it under Ryan Giggs in the last campaign when he scored twice against Hull City.
With superstars all around him Wilson simply has to take chances such as this one, and he’ll be worth backing to find the net.
Chelsea v Watford: Chelsea to win and both teams to score – 2.90
Chelsea always seem to get draws such as this one in the FA Cup, and it has suddenly become a much more important game given the debacle at Tottenham on New Year’s Day.
They should win against a Watford side who have performed in fits and starts in the Championship this season, but only three teams in the division have scored more than them as they’ve reached fifth, and so they should at least find the net.
Stoke v Wrexham: Stoke to win and both teams to score – 3.35
Sunday is 23 years to the day since Wrexham caused one of the greatest FA Cup upsets of all-time when they shocked Arsenal at the Racecourse Ground, which is all well and good until you realise that it will have absolutely no impact on this match at the Britannia Stadium at all.
These days Wrexham are a mid-table Conference outfit who will in all likelihood lose to Wrexham-born Mark Hughes and his Stoke team, but with forwards Louis Moult and Andy Bishop set to return they can at least find the net against a team who have only kept one clean sheet in their last eight at home.
Arsenal v Hull: Tomas Rosicky to score at any time – 4.50
For an outside bet it could be worth backing Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky to find the net in the repeat of last season’s final, as Hull City come calling to the Emirates Stadium.
The Czech has featured more often for the Gunners recently, scored against Tottenham at this stage of the competition last season and netted against QPR recently. He’s worth a small stake.