1. Arsenal v Hull City – Threatening Tigers To Be Tamed By Gunners
It’s a repeat of the 2014 FA Cup final and the third season in a row that these two teams have gone head-to-head in this competition.
Despite Hull’s excellent form and their position at the top of the Championship it’s hard to see anything other than an Arsenal victory.
However, Arsene Wenger will rest players with Barcelona on the horizon. Steve Bruce has said he will also give a few fringe players a chance, showing both sides have bigger haddock to throw in the fryer. The Yorkshire outfit may not have enough to oust the Gunners but they have scored 47 goals in the league this term and you have to fancy them to nick one here.
Both teams to score 2.07
2. Reading v West Brom - Royals Stopping Baggies Bouncing
It seems that every game West Brom are involved in is something of a snooze fest but this one could be different. If you’re looking for an upset then you should look no further.
The Baggies are set to have four key players missing including defensive stalwarts Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson. Tony Pulis’ men have stumbled to this point, needing replays against Bristol City and Peterborough to advance.
Reading love this competition. They made the semis last term and the quarters in 2010 and 2011. Home advantage could be huge for the Royals, who have lost just 3 of 16 matches at the Madejski in the Championship.
Reading to win 2.82
3. Watford v Leeds – Hornets Making A Run For The Cup
Never will you see two more contrasting managers stood side-by-side on the touchline. The elegant and likeable Quique Sanchez Flores will look even more resplendent when he is cruelly placed next to the brash and distinctly unlikeable Steve Evans.
Watford are safe already in the top-flight and it is pretty much case of mission accomplished, so why not have a go at the Cup?
They probably will and with no loss in nine against Leeds they should emerge comfortably here. Five of their six home wins this term have been to nil and their visitors haven’t scored in two games.
Watford to win without conceding 2.60
4. Bournemouth v Everton – Dodgy Defences Serving Up A Shambles
When these two met in November there were goals everywhere. A 3-3 thriller saw two goals after the 95th minute in one of the games of the season.
It’s hard to see anything different here. Everton’s defending borders on laughable at times and they simply can’t seem to shut a game down, they are far and away the Premier League’s under achievers. Bournemouth aren’t exactly water tight either, as they showed in conceding five goals in their last two.
The Toffees need this more than the Cherries. A loss here and their season has been a massive failure and Martinez will have questions to answer.
Over 3.5 goals 3.35
5. Blackburn v West Ham – Bilic’s FA Cup Love To Shine Through
This still reads like a boring, middling top-flight fixture but instead it is a chance of an upset. Nevertheless, that isn’t one that should really happen.
Blackburn have steadied themselves recently, losing one of their previous six in all competitions but Slaven Bilic has made no secret of his love for the FA Cup. The Croatian claimed he would rather win this trophy than finish in the top four.
That means a strong Hammers side will head north and this year you feel something big might happen at West Ham. What better way that saying goodbye to Upton Park than with a trophy?
West Ham to win 2.30
6. Tottenham v Crystal Palace – Adebayor Back At The Lane
There is no logic at all behind this, other than it would be a good story wouldn’t it?
The Togo international is going to get a lively reception from his former supporters but he may thrive in that environment. See knee slide against Arsenal for Manchester City.
He has started to look close to full match fitness and notched against Watford last time out.
Adebayor to score 4.60
7. Chelsea v Manchester City – Harsh Lesson For City’s Kids At The Bridge
The kids are set to get a shot for Man City in this clash, while Guus Hiddink will not worry about playing a pretty much full strength side.
Chelsea lost to PSG but the away goal will have added confidence and they are unbeaten in eight at Stamford Bridge. John Terry misses out but Branislav Ivanovic looked more than comfortable filling in in midweek.
City’s youngsters may get the run around here if Pellegrini opts to make mass changes.
Chelsea -1 to win 3.20
8. Shrewsbury v Manchester United – LVG To Be Twisted By Mellon’s Men
It’s not exactly been a great week for Louis van Gaal. First his team lost to the 19th best team in the Premier League, then they lost to a team who were formed in 1999 and now they face an outfit who are 19th in League One.
A loss here would end Van Gaal’s stint at Old Trafford for sure. For many, the embarrassment in midweek should have done that. If the Red Devils don’t score early then this could be awful for the Dutch manager and the travelling supporters will let him know.
The Shrews have lost four of their last six at home but there seems no depths to which this United team cannot plummet. Would it be that big a surprise if they didn’t win here?
Shrewsbury or Draw - Double Chance 3.30