Taking a lead – which club will take a step closer to FA Cup glory?
Forget Crufts, there’s a trophy at stake here. We’re talking FA Pups, managers chasing doubles and trebles, and players with more on their minds than just a tummy scratch. It’s the quarter-final stage, and the Premier League pedigree are poised and ready to start picking each other off.
To kick off proceedings, Pep Guardiola takes his pack to Middlesbrough, who held City to a 1-1 draw back in November and beat them 2-0 last time they met in the FA Cup. In eight FA Cup meetings between these sides, City have won just two and are 7/1 to crash out of the cup tomorrow.
It has been what you could call a bad week at the office for Arsene Wenger. Not only did he lose 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Arsenal fans took to the streets of North London before the game to encourage the gaffer to leave his 20-year role at the club. It was the biggest protest from Gunners’ fans since the time they ran out of hummus in the executive seats.
On saying that, there are 88 league places between them and non-league Lincoln City and they should be able to secure a place in the semi-final. It’s a whopping 11/1 for the Imps to hold them to a draw in 90 minutes.
Millwall have already booted Leicester City, Watford and Bournemouth out of the Cup and face another dog fight against top-tier opposition at White Hart Lane tomorrow. Spurs have scored 12 in their last four matches in all competitions, but should expect a little bite back from The Lions. Tottenham to win and Both Teams to Score is 15/8.
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With a wet nose and shiny coat, Antonio Conte is out to secure the League/FA Cup double in his first season in England, and could humiliate Jose Mourinho again in the process. It was 4-0 when they met at Stamford Bridge in October and it’s 35/1 for a repeat on Monday.
If that happens, we vote Conte puts the Special One on a leash and parades him around the pitch.
Manchester United will be without their star man, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, after his and Tyrone Mings’ showdown at Old Trafford last week. Ibra’s elbow earned him a three-match ban, and was a move even Conor McGregor would be proud of.
Young pup Marcus Rashford may be expected to fill some pretty big boots, but he has scored eight goals in 32 league appearances since his first-team debut last year. He is 15/2 to score first on Monday