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FA Cup betting tips: Reds to be pushed by flying Forest

| 19.03.2022

FA Cup betting tips and odds

It is FA Cup quarter-final weekend as Championship clubs Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest look to continue their odyssey against Premier League clubs.

Boro are 11/2 to beat European champions Chelsea on Saturday, while Forest are available at twice the odds to beat Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool 24 hours later.

We have FA Cup betting tips on all four matches, but get the ball rolling at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough v Chelsea (Sat, 17.15, BBC 1)

Boro have already accounted for Manchester United and Tottenham in the last two rounds, both of which went to extra time, so they are seeking a hat-trick of wins against traditional top-six clubs this weekend.

Chelsea are back in the country having reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 4-1 aggregate win against Lille, and have withdrawn their request to have this tie played behind closed doors on the back of the government’s sanctions on the club and its owner Roman Abramovich which means they are unable to sell new tickets.

Despite the Premier League club being up for sale and its future in question, the players continue to give it their all on the pitch and this looks like a game too far for Boro, who are also in the play-off picture in the Championship.

Boro drew 1-1 and 0-0 with United and Spurs inside 90 minutes, coming through on penalties and extra time respectively, and while a draw looks tempting at 16/5, the Blues to win and under 3.5 goals at 5/4 is the first of our FA Cup betting tips.

Crystal Palace v Everton (Sun, 12.30, ITV)

Everton boss Frank Lampard could possibly do without the headache of an FA Cup quarter-final with the club in a precarious position near the foot of the Premier League table, but with the international break around the corner perhaps this tie is a welcome distraction from their relegation worries.

Lampard’s counterpart Patrick Vieira, meanwhile, could not be happier having watched his side stretch their unbeaten run to four games with a goalless draw against leaders Manchester City, the team they beat 2-0 at the Etihad in October.

Saturday’s opponents have lost their last four Premier League games without scoring and are only outside the bottom three on goal difference from Watford, so confidence is low.

The Toffees lost 3-1 at Selhurst Park in their top-flight meeting two weeks before Christmas, so another win for the Eagles looks the way to go at 11/10 as the next of our FA Cup predictions.

Southampton v Man City (Sun, 15.00, BBC 1)

City have faced clubs in all of the bottom three divisions in reaching the last eight where they finally come up against a Premier League club.

Southampton, 9/1 to win inside 90 minutes on Sunday, have accounted for Swansea, Coventry and West Ham to reach this stage, all of which produced goals at both ends which can be backed at 10/11, while both teams to score, over 2.5 goals and either team to win is available at 6/4.

Both Premier League meetings were drawn this season, but Saints have lost their last three games against Aston Villa, Newcastle and Watford, so we’ll go for City to advance and concede at 9/5.

Nottingham Forest v Liverpool (Sun, 18.00, ITV)

Forest, like Middlesbrough, have taken two Premier League scalps en route to the quarter-finals, but Liverpool represent a significant step up in class compared with Arsenal and Leicester.

That said, they were impressive in dismantling the Foxes 4-1 and will not go out of the competition for lack of trying.

Liverpool remain on course for the quadruple having beaten Arsenal 2-0 on Thursday which has moved them to within a point of leaders Manchester City, so Jurgen Klopp is likely to make changes here as he has done throughout the competition.

The Reds have conceded in all three games, so an away win and both teams to score is the last of our FA Cup betting tips at 7/4.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Warren Barner