ARSENAL v MANCHESTER CITYSunday 23rd April 2017 - Kickoff: 1500hrsFootball - England - FA Cup Betting Tips
The second FA Cup semi-final this weekend features another Premier League clash with Arsenal taking on Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon with both teams having surrendered their league title ambitions.
It’s been a disappointing campaign so far this season for Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal team as The Gunners currently occupy sixth place in the English top flight, their worst league position for many a season, and a Europa League place now appears their best chances of european football participation as they are seven points adrift of today’s opponents Manchester City for a Champions League qualifier spot.
In Arsenal’s favour though is their recent results against Manchester City which have seen The Gunners claim three victories, three draws and just one defeat to Manchester City which was City’s 2-1 home win over Arsenal in the league back in December.
Onto Manchester City, and the highly anticipated new reign of manager Pep Guardiola was supposed to have sparked Manchester City into title challengers for the Premier League once again, but their season hasn’t shaped up to be the case at all.
City sit in fourth place and find themselves 11 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea as they are in danger of having to qualify for next season’s Champions League and may even yet need to settle for a disappointing Europa League spot.
Something in Manchester City’s favour ahead of this cup clash though is that they’ve captured back-to-back wins over Hull City and Southampton, so they too have reasons to be upbeat about their chances at Wembley today.
To sum up, both of these teams have been horribly exposed on the european stage recently, and while both teams possess impressive attacking talent, their respective defences give cause for concern. This FA Cup semi-final may well represent the final chance to redeem these club's disappointing seasons.
I’ll therefore back both teams to score here, which, incidentally, has happened in six of their last seven meetings in all competitions.
Pick: Both teams to score @ 1.55 Sportingbet
23rd April 2017 /
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CHELSEA v TOTTENHAMSaturday 22nd April 2017 - Kickoff: 1715hrsFootball - England - FA Cup Betting Tips
The top two sides in the English Premier League will face off against each other in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium with London clubs Chelsea taking on Tottenham on Saturday evening, which could potentially be a dress-rehearsal for the Premier League title race.
Chelsea’s challenge for the Premier League title has faltered in recent weeks following defeats to Crystal Palace and Manchester United in their last four games overall, and the pressure is perhaps beginning to tell on Conte’s players who have seen a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League being whittled down to just four.
Manager Antonio Conte should have first choice goalkeeper Courtois back from an ankle injury, but will be without key defender Cahill who is suffering from a stomach bug. Diego Costa, Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso are also doubtful for this clash and it’ll be interesting to see if Conte goes for stick or twist here considering Chelsea’s title ambitions.
Tottenham head into this FA Cup semi-final in blistering form following their convincing 4-0 home win over Bournemouth in the Premier League which became Tottenham’s seventh straight win in the English top flight.
Confidence is high among the Tottenham camp as Spurs have reduced Chelsea’s seemingly unassailable 10-point lead at the top of the league to just four points, and while the league title race has been put on hold temporarily, the outcome of this match could well shape the destiny of who wins the Premier League this season.
Manager Pochettino will be without injured trio Rose, Lamela and Winks but with the likes of Kane, Eriksen and Alli in their armoury, along with winning momentum behind them, Tottenham appear to be in better shape to succeed here.
Pick: Tottenham AH0 @ 2.01 bet365
22nd April 2017 /
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CAMBRIDGE UNITED v LEEDS UNITEDMonday 9th January 2017 - Kickoff: 1945hrsFootball - England - FA Cup Betting Tips
The third round of the FA Cup has almost been completed, and my next pick features an intriguing contest between League Two outfit Cambridge United and Championship high-flyers Leeds United at Abbey Stadium on Monday night.
The hosts, Cambridge United, have made a solid start to their League Two campaign as we sit at the halfway stage of the season, and they currently occupy 9th place just one point behind the play-off pack.
The U’s have also won six of their last seven matches in League Two, so they’ll head into this cup fixture bubbling with confidence having won their last three matches on home turf with wins over Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra and Notts County.
Visitors Leeds United have enjoyed somewhat of a revival under manager Garry Monk as he has led Leeds to a play-off position at the halfway stage of this season, following numerous seasons of disappointment from former managers at Elland Road.
Leeds currently sit in fifth spot in the Championship and their current form has been very impressive indeed as they’ve won four of their last five league matches with wins over Reading, Brentford, Preston North End and Rotherham United along with earning a point in a 1-1 draw away at Aston Villa.
Leeds have also banged a few goals in of late too with strikers Wood (13 goals) and Doukara (4 goals) being the most likely anytime goalscorers for the visitors here tonight.
Leeds in particular, won’t want this match going to a replay with chasing a play-off place in mind, so I’m expecting an open and attacking cup-tie here.
Pick: Over 2.25 @ 1.68 Comeon
8th January 2017 /
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NOTTS COUNTY v BOREHAM WOODTuesday 15th November 2016 - Kickoff: 1945hrsFootball - England - FA Cup Betting Tips
Notts County lost their second match on the bounce on the weekend when they were handed a heavy 4-0 defeat away at Blackpool in League Two but they return to their Meadow Lane ground to host non-leaguers Boreham Wood in this FA Cup 1st round replay.
County had previously lost away at Sunderland in the EFL Trophy to the Under-23 side, but with home advantage here on Tuesday night and with just one defeat from their last ten matches on home turf in this competition, The Magpies will be confident of their passage through to the 2nd round.
Notts County forwards Stead and Forte have both played at higher levels in their careers having played for Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich Town, Southampton and Oldham Athletic respectively, and they should be able to take advantage of any defensive lapses by Boreham Wood this evening.
Onto the visitors then, and Boreham Wood were also on the losing side on Saturday as they lost 1-0 away at Bromley in the National League which makes it back-to-back losses for the non-league outfit ahead of this FA Cup 1st round replay in Nottingham.
Defeats at Lincoln City and Bromley away from home in the non-league top flight are not great preparation for taking on a League Two side away from home, and although they’ve performed pretty well on the road in this division, the step up in quality may be their undoing here.
In the FA Cup, Boreham Wood have failed to win in their last four away matches with their last away win coming in a 2-0 win at Maidstone United back in 2013.
Pick: Notts County to win @ 1.83 Bwin
13th November 2016 /
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COVENTRY CITY v MORECAMBETuesday 15th November 2016 - Kickoff: 1945hrsFootball - England - FA Cup Betting Tips
Coventry City’s six-match unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end on Saturday when they lost 1-0 at home to League One leaders Scunthorpe United at the Ricoh Arena, but the Sky Blues have a chance to rectify things to a degree when they take on League Two side Morecambe in Tuesday night’s FA Cup 1st round replay.
Coventry were held to a 1-1 draw at the Globe Arena against Morecambe last week, and no doubt tonight’s hosts Coventry will be looking to finish the job in normal time on Tuesday evening to progress to the next round.
Prior to the defeat to Scunthorpe United, Coventry had actually put together a staggering 14-match unbeaten run at home in all competitions including having won their last four home matches on the trot, and they should bounce back with a win this evening.
Visitors Morecambe also tasted defeat on the weekend as they went down to a 2-0 loss away at Wycombe Wanderers which ended a run of four matches without defeat away from home in all competitions for The Shrimps.
Morecambe possess a fairly limited pedigree in the FA Cup due to being a non-league side for the bulk of their existence since 1920, and they’ve managed to register just one away win from their nine matches played on the road in the FA Cup which was a 1-0 win at Rochdale back in 2012.
Since then, they’ve lost at tonight’s opponents Coventry City as well as Dover Athletic and drew at Dagenham & Redbridge in a 0-0 stalemate.
This really should be a home win for Coventry, particularly considering their solid form on home turf in recent times.
Pick: Coventry City to win @ 1.50 Ladbrokes
13th November 2016 /
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BRISTOL ROVERS v CRAWLEY TOWNTuesday 15th November 2016 - Kickoff: 1945hrsFootball - England - FA Cup Betting Tips
Following a 1-1 draw at Crawley Town, Tuesday evening’s hosts Bristol Rovers now appear to be in the driving seat for this FA Cup 1st round replay when they return to the Memorial Stadium to take on League Two outfit Crawley Town on home turf.
Bristol Rovers suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat away at Millwall in League One on the weekend, but home form in recent weeks has been quite steady as The Pirates have captured wins over Port Vale, Gillingham and Fleetwood Town and have lost just once on home soil in their last six league matches.
Rovers possess some dangerous attacking personnel too in the shape of leading goalscorer Matty Taylor (11 goals), along with support from Easter and Montano as Rovers look to progress to the next round in this year’s competition.
Visitors Crawley Town were also on the losing side on the weekend when they went down to a 3-1 defeat at home to Cambridge United which meant that Crawley have now gone seven matches without a win in all competitions.
Crawley are also without a win from their last five League Two matches and they sit in the bottom half of the English fourth tier having to make the tough trip away to Bristol Rovers in this FA Cup 1st round replay having lost their last three matches on the trot.
Defeats in League Two away at Cheltenham Town and Carlisle United along with a heavy 4-0 loss at Southampton Under 23’s in the EFL Trophy can’t be good for their confidence.
Interestingly, these two sides met in the 2013/14 season FA Cup and after a 0-0 draw, Bristol Rovers ran out 2-1 winners in the replay - tonight could be a repeat of that result.
Pick: Bristol Rovers to win @ 1.50 Unibet
13th November 2016 /
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PETERBOROUGH UNITED v WEST BROMWednesday 10th February 2016 - Kickoff: 1945hrsFootball - England - FA Cup
Peterborough United earned a replay in the FA Cup following a creditable 2-2 draw away at The Hawthorns and they may well fancy their chances of pulling off an upset at London Road against their more illustrious Premier League opponents tonight.
Peterborough took all three points in the following match away at Chesterfield in a 1-0 win in League One, so they’ll head into tonight’s cup replay in good spirits with nothing to lose and a good record under their belts on home turf.
The Posh have lost just once in their last nine at London Road and that was a 1-0 loss to top of the league Burton Albion, but with strikers Maddison and Coulibaly up front, the hosts could cause a few problems here this evening.
Onto West Brom, and they’ll probably be kicking themselves that they didn’t finish off League One outfit Peterborough United on the first time of asking at The Hawthorns as extra games at this point of the season tends to hinder sides in the top flight, especially West Brom as they have one eye on avoiding the bottom three in the Premier League.
A 1-1 draw at home with Swansea City and the weekend defeat away at Newcastle United will have done little to lift their confidence, and I daresay they’ll be looking to kill this tie off tonight without the need to go into extra-time.
The Baggies possess a useful attacking trio of Berahino, Rondon and Anichebe though, so they may well also trouble the scorers at London Road.
Pick: Over 2.25 @ 1.70 Comeon
9th February 2016 /
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LEICESTER CITY v TOTTENHAMWednesday 20th January 2016 - Kickoff: 1945hrsFootball - England - FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
Leicester City and Tottenham meet for a third time in four matches when the two Premier League sides do battle once again, this time in the FA Cup third round replay at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday night.
Leicester City were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw away at Aston Villa on the weekend but they can switch off from the pressures of Premier League football this evening as they look to progress in the cup competition against a Spurs side who are also in the frame for european football next season.
Foxes strikers Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez present a real danger up front for the hosts who, incidentally, have lost just once in their last 14 home matches at the King Power, and their best chance of success is to return to their attacking style of football.
Visitors Tottenham bounced back in emphatic style on the weekend as they romped to a 4-1 win over Sunderland at White Hart Lane which ended a run of three matches without a win as they drew with Everton in the league and Leicester City in the FA Cup 2-2 along with a defeat to The Foxes in the league.
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions which should hold them in good stead in tonight’s decider in the east midlands, and with attacking players such as Kane, Dele Alli, lamela and Eriksen, Spurs look good for a goal or two tonight as well.
Both teams will be keen to get this fixture done and dusted within ninety minutes without the need for extra-time or penalties with important Premier League fixtures due this weekend, so I reckon we could see some goals here tonight.
Pick: Over 2.5 @ 1.87 Unibet
19th January 2016 /
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GRIMSBY TOWN v SHREWSBURY TOWNMonday 7th December 2015 - Kickoff: 1945hrsFootball - England - FA Cup 2nd Round Betting Tips
National League outfit Grimsby Town entertain League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town at Blundell Park tonight for the right to progress into the possibly lucrative third round of the FA Cup, where a Premier League club may beckon.
This competition still remains vitally important to the lower league clubs as they look to cash in on a good cup run and none mores than Grimsby Town who have found it difficult to escape out of the non-league top flight since their relegation from League Two. However, The Mariners have enjoyed a more successful campaign so far this term as they currently sit in fourth place having won 7 of their 12 home matches to date.
In addition, only Wrexham with 30 goals have scored more on home turf than Grimsby Town who possess the likes of Amond (14 goals), Bogle (10 goals) and Pittman (3 goals) in their attacking personnel.
Visitors Shrewsbury Town have been handed the unenviable task of trying to get a result away from home up in a cold Cleethorpes on Monday night where a potential banana-skin awaits them and the prospect of crashing out of this year’s FA Cup.
The Shrews have struggled to find any kind of form in League One this season as they currently occupy a lowly 19th place in the English third tier, although they've managed to score and concede goals on a regular basis on their travels which is good for my pick tonight.
In addition, they've already chalked up a first round win away at Gainsborough Trinity so they’ll fancy their chances in Grimsby tonight too. Shrewsbury also possess some useful attacking talent in the shape of Collins, Kaikai and Barnett and they too could cause a few problems for the home defence.
All in all, this looks a difficult one to call but I’m confident that both teams can score here.
Pick: Both teams to score @ 1.77 Comeon
6th December 2015 /
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LINCOLN CITY v TRANMERE ROVERSTuesday 27th October 2015 - Kickoff: 1945hrsFootball - England - FA Cup Qualifier Betting Tips
It’s a quick delve into the most famous competition of all - the English FA Cup and the preliminary rounds are underway with an all-National League tie between hosts Lincoln City and visitors Tranmere Rovers next on my agenda.
Just two league places and just one point separate these two teams going onto tonight’s FA Cup qualifier as both teams have shown some reasonable form in the early stages of the National League season. Lincoln City still remain unbeaten at Sincil Bank with a solid record of 4-4-0 16/8 and have won four of their last five matches overall.
Lincoln’s forwards Rhead (11 goals) and Hearn (7 goals) look the best anytime goalscorer options with defender Beevers being the surprise supplier with 5 assists so far. The Imps have kept just two clean sheets on home turf though in their opening eight matches.
Visitors Tranmere Rovers currently sit in 5th place in the National League as they bid to make a swift return to the football league following their disappointing relegation from League Two at the end of last season.
They too hold a pretty solid record on the road so far this term with stats of 3-5-1 14/9 but they’ve managed just one win from their last four as they drew 2-2 with Wrexham and then suffered back-to-back defeats against Eastleigh and Barrow before turning over National League leaders Forest Green Rovers 2-0 on the weekend.
Rovers striker Mangan (7 goals) heads Tranmere’s goalscoring charts and he’s an experienced campaigner at this level. He’s assisted by Norwood (4 goals, 4 assists) up front, and these two are the usual suspects when it comes to goalscoring for the visitors.
Anything can happen in the Cup as we know, but I fancy both teams to score here tonight as they’re closely matched although the result really could go either way!
Pick: Both teams to score @ 1.83 bet365
26th October 2015 /
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