Saturday’s 2-minute FA Cup preview

Published by on February 17, 2017

Chelsea and Manchester City make up the picks of the action in Saturday’s FA Cup draws.

Wolves vs Chelsea

Antonio Conte should have none of the troubles Liverpool faced in playing Wolves. Their Molineux hosts are 18th in the Championship, which makes last month’s win over Jurgen Klopp’s men all the more remarkable.

The Blues are just 7/2 to win the double now, as they can afford to put all their efforts into the FA Cup having established an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League. You definitely wouldn’t put it past them.

Huddersfield vs Manchester City

Incidentally, the one side who have any real hope of catching Chelsea are now Manchester City. They face Huddersfield without Gabriel Jesus, but it remains to be seen whether Sergio Aguero will be risked. For first goalscorer then, it makes sense to back either Kelechi Iheanacho at 7/2, or someone like Raheem Sterling, who’s at 6/1.

Milwall vs Leicester

If ever there was an upset there for the taking, it’s here. Milwall need to capitalise on Leicester’s confidence crisis. The Lions are 15/8, but Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes needed a replay and extra time to beat Derby County in the last round. Milwall are 9/1 to win it 2-1.

Middlesbrough vs Oxford

This makes an interesting one for the ‘both teams to score’ acca. Middlesbrough’s defence isn’t technically all that special, but Aitor Karanka has them thoroughly organised. In their last four games, they’ve conceded just two goals, but they’ve only scored two as well. The only real choice here is to back ‘Boro for a narrow win – they’re 5/2 to win by exactly one goal.

Burnley vs Lincoln

It’s not quite the Premier League away day that Lincoln dreamed of, but this should be where their phenomenal FA Cup run comes to an end. A lot of people will fancy the minnows at 10/1, but Burnley go into this game off the back of holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw, so they shouldn’t have too many problems.