As the FA Cup hits the quarter-final stage, every team left will have their eyes on lifting the trophy in May and while the draw has kept the remaining big guns apart, there’s still some top ties this weekend.
Home draws should see Chelsea and Spurs through but Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool might have to go to replays to arrange a potential rematch later in the competition.
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Everton v Sunderland (Saturday 12.45pm)
Before their shocking midweek beating at the hands of a Steven Gerrard-inspired Liverpool, Everton would have been strong favourites for this tie. But given that defeat and Sunderland’s form under Martin O’Neill, this game might be too close to call.
Both sides are flying high in the Premier League form table having each gained 13 points from their last eight games, meaning a fourth draw in the last six Everton-Sunderland match-ups is on the cards.
Accumulator Selection: Draw @ 23/10
Tottenham v Bolton (Saturday, 5.30pm)
Ever since the FA began courting Harry Redknapp for the England job, Spurs’ league form has hit a significant slump, so this cup tie against Premier League strugglers Bolton will prove a welcome distraction.
The Trotters have lost on their last five straight visits to the Lane – including a 3-0 league defeat earlier this season – and with Owen Coyle’s side having kept just two clean sheets all season, Spurs’ plethora of attacking talent should be able to keep that run going.
Accumulator Selection: Tottenham @ 7/25
Chelsea v Leicester (Sunday, 2.05pm)
What a difference two weeks makes. Chelsea have gone from Premier League laughing stock to England’s only Champions League quarter-finalists.
A 2-0 FA Cup win over Birmingham kick-started the Roberto Di Matteo revival and with morale now restored to the club, they will fancy their chances of maintaining their new-found form against another Championship side from the Midlands who they last lost to over a decade ago.
Accumulator Selection: Chelsea @ 7/25
Liverpool v Stoke (Sunday, 4pm)
Their midweek derby win and Carling Cup triumph have rescued a Liverpool season that was threatening to drift into mediocrity, but lifting the FA Cup would make this a truly successful campaign for the Reds.
To do that, they will have to correct their disappointing home form (just five wins from 14) and while they knocked out Stoke en route to the Carling Cup final, the Potters may prove a tougher nut to crack in FA Cup competition, where they have lost just twice in 13 ties.
Accumulator Selection: Draw @7/2
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