FA Cup 2016/17 Quarter-Finals Preview and Betting Tips

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Updated Tuesday 14th March 2017, 12:16 PM


The magic of the FA Cup has cast its spell over English football again this season and the eight remaining teams are ready to take to the stage to try and conjure up some more excitement. Non-league Lincoln City, who have already pulled a few rabbits out of hats to reach the quarter-final stage, will be hoping their greatest surprise is still to come, but could the bookmakers really be fooled this weekend?

The Fixtures

Saturday

Middlesbrough v Manchester City

Middlesbrough have made it through to the sixth round of the FA Cup without having to face top-flight opposition, and they go into their clash with Man City in dismal form after sliding into the relegation zone. They have struggled for goals all season and are unlikely to be able to contain a Man City side that has really begun to click into gear over the past few weeks. While Boro will hope to keep it tight, City could well run out convincing winners if they make a fast start.

  • Winner: Man City 2/5, Draw 18/5, Middlesbrough 7/1 - BetVictor
  • Top Tip: Man City to win to nil - 13/10 at BetVictor

Arsenal v Lincoln City

Having already claimed the scalps of Burnley, Brighton & Hove Albion and Ipswich Town, Lincoln City now have a chance to topple one of the Premier League’s giants and carry on their remarkable FA Cup run. They are flying high at the top of the National League and will be full of confidence, but it is hard to say whether this is a good time to play Arsenal or not. Fresh from a Champions League humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich and a loss to Liverpool which dropped them out of the top four, the knives are out for Arsene Wenger more than ever before and surely he will rally his troops to ruin Lincoln’s party. Lincoln will have a clear game-plan and be full of ferocious determination, but the Gunners should win by a comfortable margin.

  • Winner: Arsenal 1/10, Draw 11/1, Lincoln 22/1 - Coral
  • Top Tip: Arsenal to win by three goals - 7/2 at Paddy Power

Sunday

Tottenham Hotspur v Millwall

Spurs have produced some scintillating football over the past few weeks, including a 4-0 victory over Stoke City and 3-2 triumph against Everton. Harry Kane’s goal tally from those two matches stands at five, and he also scored a hat-trick in the previous round of the FA Cup against Fulham. It would be a brave man to leave him out at the moment, and he will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing London rivals Millwall. The Lions may be 17 games unbeaten in all competitions, but they risk being outclassed at White Hart Lane.

  • Winner: Tottenham 2/11, Draw 13/2, Millwall 14/1 - Betfred
  • Top Tip: Harry Kane to score a hat-trick 13/2 at Bet365

Monday

Chelsea v Manchester United

The tie of the round pits Premier League leaders Chelsea against their former boss Jose Mourinho and FA Cup holders Manchester United. The Red Devils’ only defeat since November came in the EFL Cup semi-final against Hull City and they still won over two legs, and a much closer game can be expected than the 4-0 home win at Stamford Bridge in October. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended, but Mourinho’s men still have the quality and defensive discipline to compete with the Blues. There are no replays in the quarter-finals this year, but a draw at 90 minutes looks worth a punt at 27/10, in a tie which could go all the way to penalties.

  • Winner: Chelsea 5/6, Draw 27/10, Manchester United 7/2 - Coral
  • Top Tip: Draw - 27/10 at Coral

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.


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