FA Cup roundup – February 2014

This entry was posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014

Ah, the magic of the cup is back and of course we’re truly delighted. All the managers involved are unquestionably going to select their strongest sides whilst all the teams who have been knocked out are cursing their luck at the opportunity for their players to have a rest. Well, something like that.

One such manager with selection dilemmas is Gus Poyet, whose Sunderland side are back in the relegation zone and with one visit to Wembley already secured, there’s an uncertainty over how strong a team the Uruguayan will select. Our gut feeling is he’ll likely leave a few of the first team out and as such you should back Southampton at 2.34 on Betfair now before the price comes in closer to kick off. The Saints have little to play for in the league and everything to gain in going one better than their defeat in the final to Arsenal in 2003.

Whilst Arsenal were of course humiliated by Liverpool last weekend we can’t believe that the bookmakers are pricing the two sides at such similar prices. Bet365 in fact have Arsenal as the outsiders to win this game at 9/5 and that quite simply is too big a price for an Arsenal side that has eleven clean sheets in their last twelve home games in all competitions. The alternative way to play this is to consider laying Liverpool at 2.68 on Betfair.

Cardiff’s current priority is staying in the Premier League so a visit of an in form Wigan side with just two defeats in their last 14 will be no formality for the Welsh side. The FA Cup holders will give everything to remain in the competition and a lay of Solskjaer’s side at 2.22 on Betfair certainly appeals. Let’s not forget Cardiff have scored just 12 goals in their 13 home games this season in all competitions, winning just three.

Our final selection is to back Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls have been in terrific form, unbeaten in eleven before losing to Wigan in midweek, whilst they have steered clear of a relegation battle that looked a certainty a few months back. Charlton meanwhile have lost three games in a row and sit in the relegation zone with their only away wins in 2014 coming in the FA Cup. The price could be more generous but at 21/20 with Bet365 we’re happy to back them.

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