IT’S FA Cup weekend and what a tough set of fixtures we are faced with.
Team news is vital but even looking at games just on stats and form as I do with the shortlist it’s difficult finding winners.
Look at some of the ties – West Brom v West Ham, Aston Villa v Leicester, Crystal Palace v Liverpool and Blackburn v Stoke – and you’ll see what I mean.
Arsenal should beat Middlesbrough but the men for the Riverside won at Man City in the last round and I fancy Derby at home to Reading unless Steve McClaren decides promotion is all or nothing and fields fringe men.
Even Monday’s match between Preston and Man United is tough to call going by the Old Trafford men’s recent form – and remember they drew 0-0 at Cambridge in the previous round.
Luckily there are also league games to focus and that’s where most of may games on the shortlist come from. Remember these are my initial thoughts having looked at form, stats and head to heads but not team news.
So let me know as usual if there is any team news or anything else that would put you off any of these teams.
Super Single shortlist
Blackburn v STOKE
C Palace v LIVERPOOL
Charlton v BRENTFORD
CREWE v Fleetwood
HARTLEPOOL v Stevenage
YORK v Tranmere
Kilmarnock v DUNDEE UTD
DUMBARTON v Cowdenbeath
QoS -1 v Alloa
Berwick v ARBROATH