FA Cup: Arsenal and Spurs to avoid giant killings

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It’s FA Cup quarter-final weekend, which means there’s still time for a few upsets.

Those backing minnows Lincoln City are likely to be disappointed, however, as even a dejected Arsenal are likely to avoid this potential banana skin.

Tottenham, meanwhile, welcome Millwall for the last ever cup game at White Hart Lane.

A 2pm kick-off isn’t likely to dampen the mood in what’s likely to be a feisty encounter.

Arsenal vs Lincoln City

Well – what a week it’s been for the Gunners. This is a game where nothing good can really come out of it for Arsene Wenger. Arsenal win, and it’s expected, and anything less, he’ll be vilified. Alexis Sanchez is at 5/2 to score first, but with his recent attitude problems, it remains to be seen whether he’ll even start. In any normal season, you’d expect Arsenal to end Lincoln’s FA Cup dream with a real thrashing, but the Emirates is a pretty poisonous place right now.

Recommended bet: Arsenal to win by two goals – 7/2

Spurs vs Millwall

Tottenham have had a pretty route to the fifth round, having played Aston Villa and Wycombe Wanderers, both at home. They needed first-teamers to overcome both those sides, however, and Millwall will be well up for this one, so they could well nick a goal. After this, Spurs don’t play again until Sunday, so Harry Kane could make a rare FA Cup appearance.

Recommended bet: Tottenham to win and both teams to score – 15/8

Middlesbrough vs Manchester City

‘Boro will be feeling a lot more confident after watching Stoke keep out City on Wednesday night. With any Middlesbrough game this season, it’s usually best to back under 2.5 goals, as that’s happened in their last six Premier League games. Aitor Karanka’s men are pretty solid at the back, but Sergio Aguero has been in decent form and Leroy Sane has started to come to life for City.

Recommended bet: City to win with under 2.5 goals – 5/2

Chelsea vs Man United

United will be without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the Swede is bound to be a big loss. Jose Mourinho will be needing to think about the Europa League in the back of his mind, whereas Chelsea can afford to focus on getting to Wembley whole-heartedly. The Blues are therefore more likely to put out a stronger team. It’s worth remembering too, that the last time these sides met at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea won 4-0, though United have improved massively since then.

Recommended bet: Chelsea to win and Diego Costa to score – 7/4