Holders Manchester City must do things the hard way if they’re to hold on to the FA Cup, a trip to Spurs awaits this evening and Pep Guardiola’s side will need to be at their best to keep their grip on the trophy.
Spurs are currently just three points behind City in the Premier League, albeit having played one game more, having had to deal with an extensive injury list. They’ll still be without captain Son Heung-min who is at the Asian Cup but the good news is that influential midfielder James Maddison looks set to return tonight.
The Citizens haven’t been short of injury problems either. Erling Haaland remains sidelined but Kevin de Bruyne’s return looks like it could inspire the champions to greatness once again.
Manchester City are in a good vein of form, winning six and drawing one of their last seven but in a one-off cup tie Tottenham look a bit overpriced at 10/3. Even more tempting is the 11/10 on Ange Postecoglou’s men in the Double Chance market. If you fancy City to win inside the 90 minutes it’s 7/10.
It’s a fixture that’s served up plenty of goals over the years, 15 of the last 29 meetings have seen over 3.5 Goals and the most recent was a 3-3 thriller at the Etihad at the start of December. The bookies are expecting a flurry of goals in North London this evening, with Over 2.5 at 4/9. Over 3.5 goals pays 11/10.
Both these sides are usually quick out the blocks and in the league no-one has scored more first half goals than these two and a couple of goals in the first 45 appeals at 11/10.
It should be an intriguing encounter at Stamford Bridge where a resurgent Chelsea welcome Aston Villa.
The Blues haven’t had much time to recover since their 6-1 win over Middlesbrough on Tuesday but they’ll be buzzing to have reached the EFL Cup final.
Villa’s best form has been at home this season but in Unai Emery they have a man who knows a thing or two about winning cup competitions.
A lot has been made about Chelsea having finally turned the corner but recent wins have come against teams in the bottom half of the table so punters shouldn’t get too carried away.
Again it could be the visitors that represent a bit of value here at 12/5.
Nottingham Forest’s matches have seen plenty of goals of late, their last six matches finishing 2-3, 3-2, 2-2, 2-1, 3-1 and 2-3. They make the trip to Championship side Bristol City who knocked out West Ham in the previous round.
It’s 6/4 that they repeat the feat, or you can have 1/2 on Forest qualifying.
The Premier League side are 6/5 to win inside the 90 minutes but the 5/4 on them netting two or more makes more appeal at 5/4.
- Spurs v City – Over 1 First Half Goal 11/10 Bet365
- Aston Villa to win 12/5 Bet365
- Over 1.5 Nottingham Forest Goals 5/4 Bet365
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