FA Cup preview: Saturday’s action

Published by on January 27, 2017

As the Premier League enjoys a brief hiatus, there’s plenty of opportunity for the magic of the FA Cup to rear its head this weekend.

Tottenham and Liverpool will both be out to avoid giant-killings at the hands of lower-league opposition, while Man City and Arsenal are both against teams from the top flight.

Here’s what to look out for in the best of Saturday’s action:

Southampton vs Arsenal

The Saints are already looking forward to one trip to Wembley after their League Cup semi-final against Liverpool. The bookies have this as a relatively straightforward outing for Arsenal, though, as they’re just 21/20 to progress. The Gunners are 3/1 to win by one goal, which seems a decent price as Claude Puel’s side aren’t going to roll over.

Liverpool vs Wolves

Jurgen Klopp needs his players to bounce back from that defeat in midweek. A draw with Wolves is at 5/1, which might seem unlikely, but it’s all the Reds could manage against Plymouth in the previous round and needed a replay to beat the League Two outfit. Of course, this all depends on whether Klopp fields a weakened team again, as he may be keen to give the likes of Ben Woodburn and Sheyi Ojo another outing.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

Both Sam Allardyce and Pep Guardiola have bigger fish to fry than the FA Cup. In fact, it’s the least of their worries, but Palace will be out to avoid an embarrassment. Man City to win but both teams to score is at 21/10, and Guardiola’s side have conceded six goals in their last two games. Even then, Palace aren’t exactly free-scoring, so it’s quite a risk – the Eagles have netted just three goals in their last six games.

Tottenham vs Wycombe

Tottenham should have the depth in their squad to dispense with Wycombe using their second-string players. In the third round against Aston Villa, the Lilywhites needed Dele Alli to come on and inspire them, but there are a few more likely candidates for first goalscorer, as the England international almost certainly won’t start. Heung-Min Son is at 3/1 to get on the scoresheet first, or he’s at evens to score and Spurs to win. Vincent Janssen could start up front, but he’s at 11/4 to score a rare goal. Even if he does feature, it’s probably not worth backing the Dutchman.