West Brom must travel to Aston Villa for the second time in five days, but they can expect a much more palatable result this time if Tim Sherwood’s cup record is anything to go by.
The Villans registered their first official victory under the former Tottenham boss’ stewardship in midweek and they just about edge favouritism to win at 9/5.
However, this FA Cup quarter-final clash looks like one of those rare times when such a situation looks no way to make a living.
During his short but combustible spell in charge of the Lilywhites Sherwood managed to win just one of his six knockout ties, losing four and drawing one of the remaining quintet.
Cup ties of a bragging-rights-deciding nature were a particular issue too.
Dumped from the Capital One Cup by London rivals West Ham on home turf in his first game at the helm Sherwood’s next cup sortie saw his Lilywhites outplayed by even more hated foes Arsenal in the FA Cup.
As a result West Brom look more enticing at 37/20 to avenge their midweek derby disappointment than the 2/1 draw despite winning just once in six away days under Tony Pulis.
The Baggies were brutally unlucky to lose in midweek, with a rush of blood to Ben Foster’s head allowing Christian Benteke to win the match from the spot.
Having bounded up to eight points north of relegation the Baggies have less reason than their hosts to be concerned with resting players or taking it easy.
Not that they’d have been doing so even if they were bottom of the league, with few managers as respectful to the knockout competitions as Pulis, who, in his Stoke days, refused to make concessions even for the Capital One Cup.
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