And then there were eight. We are now into the business end of the FA Cup campaign and all eight teams will fancy their chances of a Wembley semi-final. It should be another huge weekend in England’s oldest club competition.
With three matches taking place on Saturday and one on Sunday, punters can keep track of their FA Cup betting accumulators throughout the weekend. There will be a few four-folds out there and we’ve got a tasty 13/1 selection for punters to get stuck into.
So enough chitchat – let’s get down to the best FA Cup tips of the weekend. Scroll down for our four picks ahead of Saturday’s opening fixture. Wembley is 90 minutes away and it is time to see whether the remaining clubs sink or swim.
WATFORD vs Crystal Palace (12:15pm)
Currently eighth in the Premier League table, Watford are enjoying a very successful season.
Javi Gracia’s men are playing some superb football and the Hornets, unbeaten in their last 14 games excluding fixtures against the top six, will fancy their chances ahead of this clash.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are still very inconsistent. The Eagles have plenty of potential but Roy Hodgson’s men are prone to slipping up on the big stage. It is difficult to put too much faith in this hit-and-miss Palace side.
Watford have won both Premier League meetings this season and a third successive victory over the Eagles beckons. 13/10 for the Hornets to march on looks like a good price.
TIP: Watford to win @ 13/10
PREDICTED SCORE: Watford 2-0 Crystal Palace (Priced at 19/2 with 888sport)
Swansea City vs MANCHESTER CITY (5:20pm)
Swansea are unbeaten in their previous seven home fixtures and the Liberty Stadium crowd will be hoping for a good performance on Saturday evening.
Advancing to the semi-finals would be the stuff of dreams but a positive showing will suffice with fans.
The visitors will be expecting to get the job done with minimal fuss. City put seven past Schalke on Tuesday night and this one could get ugly for Swansea if Pep Guardiola’s side go for the throat.
Guardiola’s side look destined to challenge for the quadruple and City will have this marked down as a win. 22/25 for the Premier League champions to win to nil is the way to go.
TIP: Manchester City to win to nil @ 22/25
PREDICTED SCORE: Swansea 0-3 Man City (Priced at 13/2 with 888sport)
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS vs MANCHESTER UNITED (7:55pm)
Wolves have been ‘best of the rest’ behind the Premier League top six this season – much to the delight of the Molineux faithful.
Based on this year’s efforts, we could see the west Midlands side challenge at the top of the table in the coming years.
Manchester United slipped up at Arsenal on Sunday but the Red Devils will take positives from that performance. On another day, it could have been different for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
This one could go either way. Sitting on the fence and taking the 8/11 for both teams to score may be the best bet – even considering United’s incredible run of form.
TIP: Both teams to score @ 8/11
PREDICTED SCORE: Wolves 1-2 Man United (Priced at 8/1 with 888sport)
MILLWALL vs BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (2pm)
Millwall are imposing on home soil and the Lions will try to win the psychological battle - expect mind games in the pre-match press conference.
If the Championship side start well, it could turn out to be a tricky afternoon at The Den for Brighton.
Chris Hughton will have his side fired up and ready to go on Sunday afternoon. The Seagulls have the quality to get the job done but Brighton cannot afford to take their foot off the gas.
Again, this is a difficult contest to predict. Goals could be the order of the day and 22/25 for both teams to score is the sensible pick.
TIP: Both teams to score @ 22/25
PREDICTED SCORE: Millwall 1-1 Brighton (Priced at 5/1 with 888sport)
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*