Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray has joined Paddy Power to give his insight on Sunday’s two FA Cup games and Everton’s clash with Cheltenham Town.
Andy Gray’s 5/1 FA Cup treble
Swansea v Arsenal to draw and Liverpool and Everton to win
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Swansea v Arsenal, Live Sunday, ESPN, 1.30pm
The Swans beat Arsenal 2-0 in the Premier League a few weeks ago but the Gunners seemed to have sorted themselves out since then.
Their 1-1 draw with Southampton was a poor performance and Swansea will fancy themselves in this knock-out competition and are already semi-finalists in the Capital One Cup and play Chelsea in it next Wednesday night. I’m not sure what team Arsene Wenger will start with and I wouldn’t be surprised if this needed a replay also.
Mansfield v Liverpool, Live Sunday, ESPN, 4pm
A big occasion for Mansfield and Brendan Rodgers has a couple of big decisions to make. Will he start new-signing Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and rest Luis Suarez and will he given Steven Gerrard the day off or try to get the game won early?
I think Liverpool will have too much for Mansfield regardless and at 2/9 should be in the hat for the second round.
Cheltenham Town v Everton, Live Monday, ESPN, 19.45pm
I don’t think Everton will sacrifice a Cup run at the expense of finishing fourth in the Premier League. Not many people know this but I played for Cheltenham for six months before I started my TV work.
I’m very fond of the club but I don’t think David Moyes will let the Toffees slip up at this early stage in the tournament. They’ve enough in their squad to rotate and rest a few players but they’ll definitely want a result and I think they’ll get it.