Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray was on the ball with an 11/1 double and 5/1 treble in the last round in the FA Cup. He’s joined The Paddy Power Blog to give his insight on the fourth-round matches coming up all weekend.
This weekend’s Andy’s gone for a Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester treble which pays about 3/1 with Paddy Power. [Tweet this tip]
And for those who fancy a Cup-set double he’s gone for Brighton and Bolton – both at 4/1 – to shock Arsenal and Everton that returns £250 to a £10 stake.
Stoke v Manchester City, Saturday, Live ITV1, 12.45
This is the third time these side’s have met this season and the last two meetings at the Britannia have ended 1-1. I don’t see City will lose this and it could well be another 1-1 draw as I don’t see more than two goals. Under 2.5 goals is 4/5 with Paddy Power and that looks about right. Stoke will have that 4-0 loss to Chelsea in the back of their minds so they will make themselves hard to beat.
But for me City will get a replay at least and the draw is 13/5 with Paddy Power.
Manchester United v Fulham, Saturday, Live ESPN, 5.30pm
Fulham pushed United all the way last August when Alex Ferguson’s side ran out 3-2 winners. The Red Devils manager will rest some of his players but I9 expect Wayne Rooney to play as he needs the games after injury. Fulham aren’t in great form and Dimitar Berbatov will want to prove a point
And if Berbatov scores, Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles on the match.
But I really can’t see beyond a comfortable win for United even with some tweaking to their team.
Brentford v Chelsea, Sunday, Live ESPN, Noon
I’m really looking forward to this game and I think Uwe Rosler has done a magnificent job at Brentford. The Bees will do really well to hang onto him in the longer term and this will be a test for Chelsea. Rafa Benitez’ side looked a bit limp against Swansea and will want to get that semi-final exit out of their system. Brentford were beaten last week which was their first defeat in about 15 games but the visitors should have enough in their locker to see this out.
The FA Cup is Chelsea’s only real option of silverware domestically this season and they’ll want to be in the fifth round draw.
Leeds v Tottenham Hotspur, Sunday, Live ESPN, 2pm
If Leeds turn up with all guns blazing they can give Spurs a real game of it at Elland Road. But they have to iron out the inconsistencies in their play. The put Everton out of the Capital One Cup earlier in the season so they are dangerous on their day. But Spurs should have too much quality for them. Spurs at 8/11 with Paddy Power are my fancy to win this.
Oldham v Liverpool, Sunday, ITV1, 4pm
Liverpool are going well at the moment but it depends what side Brenda Rodgers puts out. He almost paid the penalty in the last round against Mansfield and just scraped through 2-1. If he plays one of his strongest sides I think they’ll win well. But if he rests some big players then Oldham may have a chance. Daniel Sturridge will want to play and improve his fitness and has scored three goals in his last three games and you wouldn’t bet against him scoring at 3/1 in Paddy Power’s first goalscorer market.
Bolton v Everton, Saturday, 3pm
David Moyes would dearly love to win a trophy after 10 years with the club. Everton to win at 7/10.
Brighton v Arsenal, Saturday, 3pm
The Seagulls beat Newcastle and Gus Poyet’s side will be up for this against the Gunners. I can see it going to a replay and the draw is priced at 11/4.
Derby v Blackburn, Saturday, 3pm
Derby and Blackburn drew 1-1 in the nPower Championship and it wouldn’t surprise me if this went to a replay with the draw chalked up at 5/2.
Huddersfield v Leicester, Saturday, 3pm
Leicester have already beaten Huddersfield in the league twice this season and with Simon Grayson gone I think the Foxes will win again at 5/6.
Hull v Barnsley, Saturday, 3pm
Barnsley have started to put a few results together but Hull will want to put this to bed early and I fancy Steve Bruce’s side to win this at 7/10.
Macclesfield v Wigan Athletic, Saturday, 3pm
They did the business against a weakened Cardiff side but this might be a bridge too far from Macclesfield and I’d be happy to side with Wigan at 4/7.
Middlesbrough v Aldershot, Saturday, 3pm
Tony Mowbray’s team’s form has dipped a bit recently but they should have enough about them to beat Aldershot at 1/3.
Norwich v Luton, Saturday, 3pm
A good draw for Luton but Norwich will expect to win and need to win to kick their season on again. The Canaries for me at 1/3.
QPR v MK Dons, Saturday, 3pm
This could be a tricky tie for QPR but I think Harry Redknapp will use it as part of their survival campaign and play a strong side. QPR should prove too strong at 8/13.
Reading v Sheffield United, Saturday, 3pm
Whan a Premier League side is at home against a lower league side you always have to fancy a top-tier side and I do. Brian McDermott’s side for me at 7/10 with Paddy Power.