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It's the FA Cup Quarter-Finals this weekend. A number of big sides have already been eliminated including Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal. Initial glances at the odds suggest Tottenham, Manchester United, Southampton, and Chelsea should reach the last four but we all know football isn't that easy! Let's hear your predictions! Straight off the bat, I'm backing Wigan to upset Southampton! :ok

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Swansea vs Tottenham

It's an all-Premier League tie in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals this weekend with 14th placed Swansea taking on 3rd placed Tottenham. A lot of people are suggesting this could be the first piece of silverware that this talented Spurs side win that triggers many more down the line. It will be a tough task though against a Swans team that appear rejuvenated of late.

This competition has been far from an easy path for both of these sides. Swansea drew with Championship leaders Wolves 0-0 in the 3rd Round before prevailing 2-1 after a replay at the Liberty Stadium. Carlos Carvalhal's side needed a replay again in the 4th Round after drawing 1-1 with League 2 side Notts County away. The Swans did cruise through the replay with an 8-1 victory. The 5th Round was more business-like with a 2-0 win over Championship club Sheffield Wednesday at home.

Tottenham have also relied on the replays to progress through some unpredictably sticky matches. Their campaign started with a relatively straight forward 3-0 win over League 1 team AFC Wimbledon at Wembley. A late Newport County equaliser held them to a 1-1 draw in South Wales before they won the replay 2-0 against the League 2 outfit. The 5th Round then saw Mauricio Pochettino's side concede late again to draw 2-2 away to League 1 Rochdale before hammering them 6-1 in the replay.

Since Carvalhal's was appointed on 28th December, 2017, Swansea have seen a marked improvement in their form. They have suffered just 2 defeats in 16 matches in all competitions. However, one of those losses was a 2-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium to their opponents this weekend.

Spurs are still licking their wounds from their Champions League elimination last week. The 4-1 victory away to Bournemouth eased the pain slightly but the anticipated month-long absence of leading scorer Harry Kane will hurt. On the plus side, Tottenham remain unbeaten in domestic competition since 16th December, 2017.

The last time these two sides met was one of Carvalhal's first games in charge. The side has become a lot more cohesive since then so I'm unlikely to back them to suffer a repeat showing. I think the odds backing a Spurs win are very poor. They showed against Bournemouth that they can still deliver without Kane. In fact, it seemed certain players stepped up more. It'll be a tight game. I can see Swansea getting a draw and taking the replay back to Wembley. I certainly can't see Spurs winning by more than the odd goal.

Swansea +1 AH @ 2.15 with 888Sport

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.91 with William Hill

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Swansea City v Tottenham

Swansea City: Andy King (3/1 m), Andre Ayew (4/0 f)(both cup-tied), Jordan Ayew (30/6 f, top scorer, suspended), Leroy Fer (20/1 m), Wilfried Bony (15/2 f), Renato Sanches (12/0 m), Angel Rangel (3/0 d)

Tottenham: Dele Alli (29/6 m, probably in), Toby Alderweireld (10/0 d, doubtful), Harry Kane (29/24 f, top scorer)


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Football Facts and Streaks regarding FA Cup

Man Utd have won 86% of their last 7 games in FA Cup.
Tottenham are undefeated in their last 14 games against Swansea in all competitions.
Man Utd have kept a clean sheet in 71% of their last 7 games in FA Cup.

You can find interesting 94 Football Betting Streaks for 17.03.2018 on this link ...

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Man Utd V Brighton

i am still not sure of the team for tonight's match, but from what I can gather Chris Hughton wants to give it a good go. Man Utd are playing typical Mourinho football, (i.e., nothing special), and he said Brighton were the hardest team they had played this season, when Albion lost 1-0 in their last meeting. 

You would expect Utd, to be fired up after their CL defeat this week, and if they play to their full potential, then they will beat Brighton comfortably.

However, expect the unexpected. If Brighton can get into the lead, then the crowd could be in a negative mood like they were after the Sevilla game.

im going to be a devil and go for an early Brighton goal.

SX go 71-74 on the time of the first Brighton goal. I'll lose 19 points max if we fail to score.

I'm hoping we go for it like we did against Arsenal.


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Wigan vs Southampton

If there is one FA Cup this weekend that has the potential cupset warning sign pointing right at it then it's this clash between League 1 side Wigan and struggling Premier League club Southampton at the DW Stadium. It's a complete contrast on season fortunes here with the Latics soaring high at the summit of the third tier of English football and the Saints sitting slap bang in the top flight relegation zone.

Paul Cook's team have already taken three Premier League scalps in the form of Bournemouth, West Ham, and Manchester City. The prospect of taking on a demoralised Southampton side will be no daunting situation for the northerners. The only possible spanner in the works is that Mauricio Pellegrino has gone and has been replaced by Mark Hughes.

Speaking of Hughes, is he the right man to turn things around at the south coast club? His record so far with his previous clubs is about average. He tends to start slowly at clubs too before his philosophy really takes hold. I can't help but feel he's the wrong appointment at the wrong time for Southampton.

Let's not forget, there is still an entire division separating these two clubs. So Wigan are rightly still the underdogs. That said, I really think they have to be backed here. At least opt for a double chance. If you watched Southampton's display against Newcastle last week it was that bad that it's hard to see how they can turn things around so drastically in just 7 days.

Wigan to win @ 4.00 with Bet365

Anytime Scorer: Will Grigg @ 3.75 with Betfair

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Leicester City vs Chelsea
2018, March 18, 17:30 hrs (CET Time)
FA Cup - Quarterfinals

Leicester City seeks to reach the semifinals with the aim of winning a title this season, as well as Chelsea, as the Premier League is very complicated, as Manchester City must go through an epic debacle to give options to other teams.

The Leicester arrives better in the recent form, as it has four games without losing, with two wins in that period, just the victory against Sheffield United to reach this instance and visit against the WBA. He has 8 home games without losing, with four draws and four wins, highlighting the draw 2-2 against Manchester United last December, however is in 8th position in the Premier League, 16 points behind the 5th which is the Chelsea.

For its part Chelsea comes with low morale but looking for revenge after their elimination in the Champions League, losing 3-0 away to Barcelona, the team has had a bad performance in what could be considered his queen stage, having three defeats in the last four games, against rivals like Manchester City, Manchester United and the one against Barcelona, for a team that is looking to compete at that level are complicated results to digest, although on the positive side it could be seen that they only lost for a goal against the two teams of Manchester, but the category defeat at the hands of Barcelona leaves it without arguments.

In addition to the above has five games with consecutive defeats of visitor, then he had a run of five games without loss of visit.

I think it will be an even match, since it's a match at 90 minutes, where the league's statistics become irrelevant, and considering the clashes between them, where in the last ten games, have been 1 victory for Leicester City, two ties and seven wins for Chelsea. The last three games at King Power Stadium, Chelsea have taken victory in all of them. So I think it will recover from the game against Barcelona and will give a better performance, the Leicester will pay for the broken plates, but it will not make it easy, so the Asian handicap I see it as the best option.

Chelsea -0.25 AH with 7 units @ 1.72 at Asianodds

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Leicester City 1 - 1 Chelsea

- 3.5 units

Chelsea took the early lead, but was unable to hold it, an Leicester at '76 tie the match, it was until overtime that Pedro provide the lead to Chelsea, which was to be definitive.

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