WATFORD spent last season dreaming of the Premier League – now they’re eyeing a trip to Wembley.
The Hornets have fought their corner since promotion and should be one of the lesser lights looking to progress in the FA Cup today.
Their opponents are a Leeds outfit who continue to flounder in the Championship and are going backwards after a good start under new boss Steve Evans.
Watford are likely to put out a strong side and are 4-6 at bet365 to win and 9-5 with Paddy Power to win by more than one goal.
Troy Deeney has scored six goals in his last six appearances against Leeds – only once failing to hit the target. Deeney has scored in each of the last four meetings between these clubs and is 9-2 withbet365 to break the deadlock and 7-5 to net at any time.
Watford have only lost four of their 48 FA Cup matches at home to lower-league opposition while Leeds have won two of 23 against higher-divisions rivals. It’s stats that suggest there won’t be a shock at Vicarage Road.
Bournemouth and Everton are another two sides who should be eyeing a run to the semis if the last-eight draw is kind to either of them.
They meet on the south coast but with Bournemouth now just four points above the drop zone it’s their visitors who could be more focused and likely to field a full-strength side.
Everton are stuck in mid-table and cup success would be the highlight of a mediocre season for boss Roberto Martinez. His men are 13-10 with McBookie and bet365.
Holders Arsenal will rotate ahead of next week’s Champions League clash with Barcelona but there are suggestions Championship high leaders Hull will do the same so this could be a dull affair.
It was 2-0 when they met in the Cup last season and under 2.5 goals looks a shout again at the Emirates at 10-11 with betfair.
Today’s other tie sees Reading entertain West Brom and if there’s a shock it could be here. The Baggies squeezed by League One Peterborough on penalties and while Reading are better they are inconsistent.
Reading are a best 9-5 at McBookie but I’m taking draw no bet at 9-10 with William Hill as we know Tony Pulis sides are tough to break down.