Betting Previews: FA Cup- 6/1/18
Norwich City vs Chelsea- Overview
With Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City flying at the top of the Premier League, Antonio Conte takes his Chelsea side to Carrow Road in the hope of some silverware success this season.
Norwich City have not had the greatest of success since their drop back to the Championship and Daniel Farke’s side continue to struggle falling behind their hopes of a return to the top flight.
They currently sit thirteenth in the Championship and Farke has not been able to emulate the success of his fellow German David Wagner with his calculated approach to football, however things have gone slightly better for the canaries in December and are unbeaten in their last three.
Despite the high flying of Manchester City Chelsea still look very strong and will offer a very stern test to Norwich and Antonio Conte still offers a lot of similarities to his side that won the Premier League last season.
Norwich are best priced at 13/2 on BetBright and if you fancy a solid home performance a draw is best placed at 15/4 with Betway.
As you can imagine the odds of Chelsea winning are small with most bookies with a price of 1/2 is looking the best with BetVictor.
Depending on the sort of side Chelsea decide to put out it’s one we could see goals in and you can find odds of 8/13 currently with Sky Bet for over 2.5 goals.
Wolves vs Swansea- Overview
In one of Christmas’ most unlikely appointments, Carlos Carvalhal didn’t get of to a bad start in Wales picking up a dramatic win against Watford.
However despite Wolves being a Championship side it’s hard to say they aren’t favourites for this tie as they sit high flying at the top of the Championship and playing some incredible football.
The hosts will certainly be full of confidence looking unstoppable at Mollinuex with the pedigree of Diogo Jota, Rueben Neves and Leo Bonatini in their ranks.
The interesting thing will be how seriously both sides take it with Wolves on course for a return to the Premier League and Swansea fighting for their lives to stay in it.
The visitors go in to this game severely low of confidence but there will be the hope amongst the Swansea fans that Carvalhal has injected some of that back in to them and despite survival being the highest priority there is no doubt that a loss to lower opposition will only dampen things further.
Wolves are favourites with Ladbrokes best priced at 7/10 and Leo Bonatini is at 4/1 to be first goalscorer with Sky Bet.
Manchester City vs Burnley
It was a fairly one-sided affair when these two faced each other in the league last time out but Burnley should still come into this game with fine confidence at causing an upset and have proved to be no pushover this season.
There’s no denying that Guardiola’s Citizens are completely flying right now both domestically and Europe but just how seriously is Pep going to take this competition? We have seen already him drop key players in the League Cup and escaped a minor scare against Leicester City with many of the younger squad featuring.
The Clarets are on course to achieve a memorable season in the Premier League with some magnificent form seemingly fearing no one.
Whilst their current form may not be the best there is no telling what the magic of the FA Cup may bring but Sean Dyche’s men will have to be clinical.
For some reason I cannot see too many goals in this one and can see it being quite a cagey affair. A draw is priced at 13/5 with Sky Bet with as much as a 0-0 draw at 8/1.
There is of course still the possiblity, with the scoring ability of City, the potential for goals and you can get a price of 13/20 with Betway for City to score in both halves.
Norwich vs Chelsea (Chelsea win)
Yeovil vs Bradford (Bradford win)
Wolves vs Swansea (Wolves win)
Brentford vs Notts County (Brentford win)
Blackburn vs Hull (Blackburn win)
Exeter vs West Brom (West Brom win)
19.9/1 with Sky Bet: £5 returns £104.51.
My predicted upset of the round is Luton Town to win away at Newcastle.