THERE are three more FA Cup replays on Wednesday and if they’re as exciting as the matches at West Ham and Wolves we’re in for a treat.
Unfortunately the Hammers’ game didn’t finish the way I wanted but they’ve got no excuses for letting a 1-0 lead slip against 10 men.
Tonight team news as important as always but the early news from the Ipswich camp suggests they should be opposed at home to Southampton.
The Saints looked good in winning 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday and I expect Ronald Koeman to make changes – but his side could be much more settled than the one Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy is forced to send out.
Ipswich have been hit with a virus and as well players struggling McCarthy will have one eye on Saturday’s Championship game at Millwall as he focuses on fighting for promotion.
Midfielders Cole Skuse, Teddy Bishop and Jay Tabb were all sent home from training on Monday and are set to miss out and McCarthy admits he’s down to the bare bones.
So while Southampton aren’t banker material – and I’d like to see both starting line-ups – I’m taking a chance on them at a best 20-23 with McBookie and BetVictor.
Ipswich are 7-2 with the same firms to spring a shock while the draw pays 11-4 at bet365.
Spurs will also rotate and in-form striker Harry Kane is one of those in line to be rested for their White Hart Lane meeting with Burnley.
Erik Lamela and Ryan Mason are doubtful, Nabil Bentaleb is at the African Nations and DeAndre Yedlin is ineligible.
Burnley captain Jason Shackell is a doubt and if he doesn’t make Michael Duff could return after almost two months out with his own calf injury. Kevin Long (knee), Stephen Ward (ankle) and Matt Taylor (Achilles) are all sidelined.
The other tie features Bradford at home to a Millwall side whose January signings Paris Cowan-Hall, Dan Harding, Stefan Maierhofer and Shaun Cummings are all ineligible. Centre-half Mark Beevers has been struggling with an ankle injury while right-back Carlos Edwards (knee) and midfielder Nicky Bailey (calf) are long-term absentees.
Bradford have a fantastic recent cup record and I’m considering them at 29-20 with McBookie to spring a shock.
Andrew Davies Billy Clarke both hope to return but on-loan keeper Jordan Pickford will play no part following his dismissal in Saturday’s home defeat to Rochdale. He has not been given permission to play by parent club Sunderland anyway so Ben Williams will start.
(20-23, McBookie, BetVictor)
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