FA Cup Round 5 Preview: Derby Could Cause Upset At Brighton
Meanwhile, in form Bristol City host Wolves while Chelsea welcome Manchester United in the pick of the ties
It is the oldest cup competition in club football around the world and this coming weekend the fifth round of the FA Cup is set to get underway. On Saturday afternoon (16 February) Derby head to an out of sorts Brighton, while the following day Bristol City will be confident of causing a giant killing against Wolves. On Monday evening, Manchester United head to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.
First things first
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Where should I be investing my money?
First up, the clash between Brighton and Derby on Saturday afternoon. Brighton are currently struggling for both form and confidence, and have now gone six league games without a win – they are priced at 10.00 to make it all the way to the FA Cup final this season.
Derby, in stark contrast, are in fine form and can come into this match confident of causing an upset. The Rams are unbeaten in their last six matches across all competitions, and they currently sit seventh in the EFL Championship table, level on points with Middlesbrough in sixth.
Regarding this match, it is Brighton who come in as the clear favourites to win the tie. You can back the home side to progress at just 1.83, while Derby are out at 4.33 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.50, according to Oddsshark.
And given their recent form we believe that Derby could spring an upset. A narrow, 1-0 win for the visitors is priced competitively at 12.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment, while a combo bet of a Derby win, coupled with a “No” to both teams scoring, is at 7.50.
Bristol City could take down Wolves
The following day, Bristol City host Wolves knowing they are capable of a giant killing. City sit fifth in the EFL Championship table and have won an astonishing nine games in a row across all competitions – they can come into this cup tie filled with confidence.
Wolves will be no pushovers however. They are enjoying an excellent season in the Premier League and sit seventh having gone unbeaten in their last six games across all competitions – they come in at just 4.33 to reach the FA Cup final in May.
And it is Wolves who come in as the clear favourites to win the game. You can back the visitors to pick up the victory at just 1.85 while Bristol City, despite home advantage, are out at 4.20 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.50.
Again, we think the underdog could do enough to progress. A narrow, 2-1 win for Bristol City is priced at 15.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$75 pay out, while you can more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at 2.10.
Chelsea need a response against United
And finally, the Monday evening game comes from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea host Manchester United in the pick of the ties from the fifth round. The Blues are in need of a response after being thrashed 6-0 by defending Premier League champions Manchester City this past weekend.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have just lost their first game under boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer, going down 2-0 at home against PSG in the UEFA Champions League. This will be a huge test for the novice coach as we wait to see how he reacts to his first setback in the United dug-out.
And while the betting is relatively close, it is Chelsea who come in as the favourites to go through to the next round. You can double your money by backing Chelsea to win at 2.00, while United are out at 3.60 to do the same – a draw comes in just under at 3.50.
And we are expecting home advantage to be a deciding factor in this game. A comfortable, 2-0 win for Chelsea comes in at 10.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$50 pay out, while you can also double your money by backing under 2.5 goals in the game at 2.00.
FA Cup round 5 fixtures:
Friday, 15 February
(4.75) QPR x Watford (1.80); draw (3.40)
Saturday, 16 February
(1.83) Brighton x Derby (4.33); draw (3.50)
(4.00) AFC Wimbledon x Millwall (1.95); draw (3.30)
(29.00) Newport County x Manchester City (1.050); draw (13.00)
Sunday, 17 February
(4.20) Bristol City x Wolverhampton Wanderers (1.85); draw (3.50)
(5.25) Doncaster Rovers x Crystal Palace (1.57); draw (4.20)
(2.45) Swansea x Brentford (2.90); draw (3.25)
Monday, 18 February
(2.00) Chelsea x Manchester United (3.60); draw (3.50)
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