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FA Cup Best Bets: Southampton win & Brighton to do the business

| 16.02.2018

FA Cup fever returns this weekend, with 16 sides looking to continue their route to Wembley. Amongst the fixtures are a few potential giant-killings, as well as a pair of all-Premier League clashes.

We’ve picked out four of the biggest games, to give you our top tips on the action. And you can check out our full preview of Chelsea v Hull City here.

But we kick off with the Sky Blues’ trip to the South Coast…

Brighton & Hove Albion v Coventry City

Cov may have knocked Premier League Stoke City out of the FA Cup this season, but their recent form suggests a repeat of that feat is highly unlikely.

The Sky Blues have lost each of their last three games, and visit a Seagulls side who’ve enjoyed three victories in five at home – including a 3-1 defeat of West Ham United.

Glenn Murray has been a key part of the hosts’ good form, with five goals in his last eight games. Murray to Score Anytime at 5/4 looks good value, while the Brighton -1 handicap at 21/20 also seems generous.

However, Coventry should at least bag a consolation – having scored in five of their last six matches. Brighton to Win and Both Team to Score at 29/10 could be the pick of the bets.

West Bromwich Albion v Southampton

This game could offer a much-needed morale boost to the victors, with both sides struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

The pair’s Head-to-Head record points to a Saints victory. They’ve won each of the last three meetings, including a 3-2 victory at The Hawthorns a fortnight ago.

It’s Southampton who are also in the better form. West Brom have shipped nine goals in their last three matches, losing all three. Southampton to Win is 13/8, though we fancy a Saints victory and Over 2.5 Goals at 19/5.

If you’re looking for a safe call, Mauricio Pellegrino’s men have seen at least one goal scored before the break in each of their last eight games. First Half: Over 0.5 Goals at 4/7 is likely to come good.

Huddersfield Town v Manchester United

The Red Devils are a model of inconsistency this term. But one thing you can generally count on is that they won’t be involved in a goalfest. None of their last nine games have seen both sides register, so BTTS – No looks backable at 4/5.

Just one of United’s last seven Premier League games has produced over two goals, including a 2-0 win over the Terriers at Old Trafford earlier this month. Under 2.5 Goals at 19/20 could be a smart call.

With the visitors facing the possibility of a third successive away defeat, Double Chance: Huddersfield or Draw at 13/8 could prove popular. Especially so with Jose Mourinho’s men losing on their last visit to the John Smith’s Stadium.

Rochdale v Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs came within nine minutes of exiting the competition to Newport County in the last round, before forcing a replay at Wembley. And they could struggle on another difficult surface against League One Rochdale.

Dale have won two of their last three games – including cup victory over Championship Millwall. While victory here is too big of an ask, the Rochdale +3 handicap at 8/13 is appealing.

The hosts have won two of their last three games. Ian Henderson has been their main man of late, with four goals in his last four outings. He’s 10/3 to Score Anytime.

Meanwhile, with Keith Hill’s men having opened the scoring in four of their last five games, First Team to Score: Rochdale looks a lively longshot at 5/1.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.