Home Bankers In The FA Cup Tonight
The two fifth round FA Cup ties this evening bring together home sides who are in the top eight in the Premier League and opponents who play in the Championship. The DOUBLE on Leicester to beat Sheffield United and Chelsea to beat Hull pays 4/5 with bet365 and that could be the bet of the weekend.
Sheffield United are just outside the playoff positions and Hull are one place above the relegation zone. There are 24 teams in the Championship which means 46 matches so it’s debatable whether the FA Cup is a help or hindrance but on balance it’s not the priority for the two teams from the second tier. Chelsea and Leicester can progress to the sixth round.
Team selection could be key to Chelsea’s margin of victory. They certainly have bigger fish to fry in the form of a Champions League match against Barcelona on Tuesday and qualifying for next season’s competition. Assuming Manchester City are home and hosed four teams are in contention for the three remaining slots.
If Eden Hazard does not play Chelsea are less effective but they have a deep enough squad to beat Hull with the second string on the pitch. Recent history would suggest a comfortable passage to the last eight because Chelsea have scored two goals or more in their last six fixtures against Hull. The wager to take advantage is CHELSEA -1 in the handicap markets at 8/15 with Ladbrokes.
We have been banging on about Leicester’s chances in the FA Cup this season for some time now. They can move a stage closer to the final by beating Sheffield United tonight. The manager of the Championship team has rested players in Cup matches in the past and promotion is a massive target. Premier League class and motivation make LEICESTER a great bet at 8/13 with William Hill to win in 90 minutes.
IF YOU SAY RUN Can Improve Enough To Win
Sandown stages a half-decent card for a Friday and the highlight is a Grade 2 mares’ novices’ hurdle (2.25pm). If you believe in Racing Post Ratings Midnight Tune has something in hand. However, there is a runner proven on heavy ground which is the projected going today. IF YOU SAY RUN can improve enough to win this race and you can back the mare at 4/1 with Coral.