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Everton v City (FA Cup) - City to win to nil

Serial winners Manchester City travel to Goodison Park to face Everton in their FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday evening, with the hosts hoping to reach Wembley for the first time since 2016.

Despite winning all three FA Cup games at home this season, Everton have been in wretched form at Goodison in the league of late, scoring just four in seven home games in 2021, losing five, including a very disappointing defeat to Burnley last weekend. The two sides have met on Merseyside this year already in which City took all three points, this being the fourth game in a row where they have won here.

Pep Guardiola’s side have been imperious on all fronts of late, but their away winning run has now been stretched to 13 games after winning at Fulham on Saturday. They have also conceded just six goals in their last 16 games on the road, and with a goal-shy Everton next up, that record could be improved again.

City won their fourth and fifth round ties away from home by three goals to one and have also won 3-1 on three of their last four visits to Goodison Park, and another 3-1 win for them is priced at 10/1, but our tip is for City to win to nil here, priced at 13/10 with Sky Bet

Everton v City Prediction



Bournemouth vs Southampton: Bournemouth to win

Bournemouth and Southampton will battle it out for south coast bragging rights in this season’s FA Cup when the pair meet in the quarter-finals at lunchtime on Saturday at the Vitality Stadium.

Despite being in the division below their next opponents, you can make a strong case for Bournemouth progressing here. They are in decent form in the Championship, winning three and drawing one of their last five games sees them sit 7th, just outside the playoff places. With no league game for two weeks now, the Cherries can afford to fully prioritise this tie without needing to have one eye on any upcoming fixtures in the league, an issue that has usually plagued lower-league sides in this competition in recent years.

On the other hand, Southampton are nose-diving down the Premier League table. Sunday’s defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion was their ninth in 12 games, as they have gone from league leaders in November, to just seven points from safety now. Ralph Hasenhuttl may opt to rest some players to avoid injuries, but with an international break to come, this would seem like a pointless precaution to take.

Our tip is for Bournemouth to take advantage of Southampton’s woeful form and win here, priced at 16/5 with Sky Bet.

Bournemouth vs Southampton Prediction



Leicester v United: United to win in extra time

Two teams in the Premier League’s top four will put their league commitments to one side this weekend and focus on reaching the last four of the FA Cup, as Leicester City welcome Manchester United to the King Power Stadium.
Leicester do not have the best record against Man United, failing to win any of the last seven here at the King Power, with their last home win being the famous 5-3 from 2014. Their last four defeats in all competitions have all come in home games too.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led United to three semi-finals last season, and he is on course to lead them to the same three again this season. Having already reached the Carabao Cup semis this season, they are now one win away from reaching the same stage of the FA Cup, with the Europa League also a possibility too.

The Red Devils have kept seven clean sheets in their nine away games in 2021, but they have won just four of them, drawing the other five. They also needed extra-time to see off West Ham United in the last round after drawing 0-0 in 90 minutes, and in this stage last season they needed extra-time to beat Norwich City too.

The sides drew 2-2 in their Premier League encounter at the King Power in December, and we expect this game to be close again, with United just edging it after extra time, priced at 10/1.

Leicester v United Prediction



Aston Villa vs Spurs: Spurs to win + Over 2.5 goals

Despite being an FA Cup weekend, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur face off in a very important Premier League encounter on Sunday, with both sides chasing those illustrious European places.

Since Jack Grealish has been missing through injury, Aston Villa have fell off the pace slightly in terms of European qualification, winning just one of their last five games, scoring three goals in that time. However, Dean Smith revealed they expect to have their talisman back for this match, a huge boost for Villa in an attacking sense.

Despite paying the price for a very cautious approach in the north London Derby last week, Tottenham still looked very dangerous at the end when they opened up and went for it. Therefore, it is no surprise to see they have scored four goals in five of their last ten matches, with their very obvious abundance of talent up front.

Both games between these sides last season saw both teams score and over 3.5 goals, with Spurs winning a thrilling encounter 3-2 at Villa Park. We expect a similar match here, especially with the return of Jack Grealish imminent.

Spurs to win with over 2.5 goals is available at odds of 5/2.

Villa v Spurs Prediction



Fulham v Leeds: draw and under 2.5

Fulham continue their battle to avoid the drop at Craven Cottage on Friday night, a place where they have enjoyed little success this season, as they host an out-of-form Leeds United outfit.

Goals at Craven Cottage, or any game involving Fulham for that matter, are scarce. Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City was the first time in nine Fulham games where over 2.5 goals have been scored, and another blank by Scott Parker’s side means they have now scored just two goals in their last ten at home, and over the course of the league season, they have averaged just 0.5 goals here.

Leeds are, surprisingly, not in great scoring form themselves, having failed to find the net in four of their last five games, while the recent results away from Elland Road present a worry for Marcelo Bielsa, having lost their last three on the road against West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal, respectively.

Fulham have drawn five of their last 11 games and a draw has been the most common result in this fixture over the last nine head-to-heads, with five. Our tip is for this to be a low-scoring draw, with under 2.5 goals, priced at 10/3.

By Andrew Delaney

Fulham v Leeds Prediction