4 to Watch (weekend 28/29 Jan 2012)

This entry was posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012

FA Cup Fever strikes!!! 

So we have another weekend where the phrases ‘magic of the cup’, ‘romance’ and ‘cup-tie atmosphere’ are all likely to be trotted out more often than Steve Redgrave at an awards ceremony. Nevertheless, we’ll pretend to be enthused. Here is your 4 to watch.

Speaking of clichés, the FA Cup is often described as a, “welcome distraction” for any under-siege manager. For Harry Redknapp, a trip to Vicarage Road is very much a welcome distraction, albeit from the beak, rather than the league. Spurs will make changes tonight, but with reserves such as Pavlyuchenko up their sleeve, they have enough quality to beat a side 18th in the Championship. The Russian has scored one every other game over his last ten, and at 13/10 with Bet365, we fancy him to notch tonight.

Saturday lunchtime sees Manchester United travel to Anfield, to face a side which has lost just once on home soil under King Kenny. Given the fierce nature of the rivalry, neither side will want to lose and we like the draw at 9/4 with bet365. Additionally, both sides have scored in four of their last five meetings so the 8/11 Ladbrokes offer on both teams socring appeals.

West Brom host Norwich on Saturday, and having lost their last five home games, we like the look of the away side at 3/1 with Ladbrokes. The Canaries arrive in good form, with just one defeat in nine and they’ve found the net on all of their last seven away trips. A repeat of their 2-1 win in the league a fortnight ago is available at 14.0 on Betfair.

Aston Villa are in impressive away form (having won four of last five) but we think Arsenal should have too much for them. The Gunners have scored exactly one goal in each of their last five home games and they could scrape a 1-0 victory at 7/1 with Ladbrokes.

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