We take a deeper look at the 1/16 finals of the FA Cup which is set to feature many superb games.
The matches that will be played this weekend in the FA Cup are looking to offer plenty of right incentives for punters to place bets and enjoy the beautiful game. A total of 24 sides will go up against one another as they all aim to reach the final where they will have the opportunity to lift the prestigious Cup trophy.
• Southampton seem too strong for Crystal Palace
• Tottenham and Leicester will go head to head
• Liverpool should be able to beat Bolton
According to UK gambling news, Preston North End will play against regular League One rivals Sheffield United. This match should prove to be pretty exciting for many fans and betting enthusiasts alike. Crystal Palace will play Southampton away while Tottenham will try and beat Leicester at White Hart Lane. And lastly on our list Liverpool will host Bolton in a game that should see the hosts emerge as victors.
Preston vs Sheffield United and Southampton vs Crystal Palace
Preston North End and Sheffield United both play in the same division (League One) so this match can be viewed as just another league game for them, although in reality they will be fighting for a far more coveted prize than just a League One title. Preston have secured 6 wins, 6 draws and 1 loss while playing at home and not sit high in 4th place.
Their opponents on the other hand find themselves in 7th spot with an overall of 36 points from 24 games so far. They have managed to win on 5 occasions while playing on the road however they have also lost 5 times and tied twice. Bet365 is certain that Preston has the capacity to pull off a win 2.15 (23/20), while Sheffield United have been assigned underdog odds 3.60 (13/5).
Southampton will host Crystal Palace and judging by their individual results in the Premier League so far this season the former side has a far better record and has even defeated bigger sides. This is why online sportsbooks in UK favor them to clinch a win 1.57 (4/7). Ronald Koeman’s side currently sit in 3rd place ahead of Manchester United and have recorded 7 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses at home.
Crystal Palace are located in 13th position with a total of 23 points from 22 games. While playing away from home they have managed to record only 2 wins, while the rest of the matches resulted in 6 draws and 4 losses. A draw for the match has been set at a high 4.00 (3/1) although that event is not likely.
Tottenham vs Leicester and Liverpool vs Bolton
The Spurs have put all of their hopes in making progress in the league, however they struggled at times this season. Their record at home stands at an impressive 6 win, however they have also lost on 4 occasions and tied twice, which is part of the reason that they now occupy 6th place in the Premier League and are on the verge of breaking it into the top 5.
Now Tottenham will have a chance to make a stamp in the FA Cup and they have pitted against Leicester City, a team that is last in the Premier League with only 17 points. They also maintain a dire away record which stands at 2 wins, 1 draw and 8 losses. Bet365 has ranked them as outsiders 5.00 (4/1) for this clash while Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been given favorite odds 1.61 (8/13).
Liverpool will go up against Bolton at home, a game that at first glance seems to be an easy test for the hosts although they have also known to blunder on several important occasions. The Reds have a home record of 4 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses, stats that are drastically different from last year’s results which saw them clinch second spot in the league.
They currently sit in 8th position with only 35 points from 22 games, so they will be looking to make their presence known in the FA Cup. Their next opponents Bolton Wanderers play in the Championship and they stand in 15th place out 24 spots. Under UK gambling laws, Bet365 believes that Liverpool should easily overcome 1.33 (1/3) the visiting side, while a draw seems unlikely 5.50 (9/2). A win for Bolton is completely out of the question 11.00 (10/1), considering the difference between the two clubs.