Wednesday, March 24, 2010

FA Cup Tips

Today’s major sporting events come from the world of English football and we’ll be previewing the biggest three matches from this evening’s fixtures. Read on as we look at the FA Cup Quarter Final Replay between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham as well as two of the night’s four Premier League matches.

Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham:

When these two sides last met they played out a 0-0 draw at Craven Cottage in what was an exciting and action filled encounter. Spurs ‘keeper Heurelho Gomes was outstanding in the first leg and is the reason that these two sides are meeting to play for a place at Wembley to meet Portsmouth in the FA Cup Semi Final and with Fulham having a poor record on the road, they will believe that they can advance to the final four stage.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last ten home games in all competitions while Fulham have only won one of their last ten away games – the win being at Accrington Stanley in the cup. These two sides also met at White Hart Lane on January 26th in the league, with Spurs coming out 2-0 winners. With these formlines I feel that Spurs will be ones progressing to Wembley. Recommends: Tottenham Hotspur -1 on the match handicap market @ 17/10 with Roman Pavlyuchenko to score anytime (should he be fit and start the match) @ 10/11.

Manchester City v Everton:

This match is a big match with both sides needing the victory if they are to stage any meaningful attack on the fourth Champions League spot in the Premier League. A win for Man City will see them leapfrog Spurs into fourth by a point with both sides having played the same amount of games. Everton currently sit ten points behind Spurs and eight behind City and need a victory to close the gap after their terrible first half of the season.

Manchester City’s strong point this season has been their home form and they remain unbeaten after eighteen games at the City of Manchester Stadium in all competitions. They have won thirteen games and drawn five, although two of those draws have been in their last two games. Everton have not won in four away games, with three losses and a draw to their name. However, they looked like they were making an improvement against Birmingham City last time out, and were threatening. I don’t think either side will get the win, which is a result that won’t help either side.

BetRepublic Recommends: Back the draw @ 23/10 with both sides to score @ 4/6.

Portsmouth v Chelsea:

This last week hasn’t been a good week for either of these two sides. Portsmouth finally received their nine point deduction for going into administration and made relegation almost certain, were fined one million pounds and revealed that they could no longer play Aruna Dindane as another performance for him would invoke a clause that they cannot afford to pay. Chelsea were dumped out of the Champions League by former manager Jose Mourinho and after only managing a 1-1 draw at Blackburn they were overtaken by Manchester United and Arsenal at the top of the table. This is their game in hand and need to win it to move back into second place, just one point behind Man Utd.

This should be an entertaining game, but Chelsea should take the three points back to London despite having won only one of their last five away games. Both sides have been scoring goals, with Portsmouth scoring in all of their last fifteen home games, and Chelsea have been conceding them on the road, so with Chelsea being at odds of 1/4 to win the match my bets will not be on the match markets.

BetRepublic Recommends: Back both sides to score @ evens and there to be more than 2.5 goals in the match @ 6/10.

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By Antony Jordan

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