Expert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray joins The Paddy Power Blog to give his insight on the weekend’s televised FA Cup quarter-finals and the Premier League showdown between Liverpool and Tottenham and Reading and Aston Villa.
Andy’s gone for Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United to deliver a home treble at 4/1 [Click to Tweet]
Everton v Wigan, Live ITV1, Saturday, 12.45pm
David Moyes desperately wants to deliver a trophy to the Goodison Park faithful. It’s their first home draw in the tournament and Everton can ask for no more.
Wigan could decide to concentrate on staying in the Premier League and maybe rest a few players and that will suit the home side. With a top-four place slipping away Everton will be doubly determined to get to a Wembly semi-final.
Nikica Jelavic is struggling for goals while Marouane Fellaini is a threat. But Leighton Baines takes the penalties and free-kicks and could reward punters at 10/1 to get the game’s first goal or 16/5 to score at anytime. Everton to score from the spot is 7/2.
Reading v Aston Villa, Live, Setanta Sports, Saturday, 3pm
Has Reading’s bubble burst? The 3-0 loss to Wigan was demoralising. Villa lost 1-0 to City last Monday and are in real danger of going down but in Christian Benteke have a match winner up front and he will be a handful for the Reading defence. Benteke is 5/1 to get the first goal and Villa are 21/10 to win and that is a good bet. Benteke to score at anytime and Villa to win pays 7/2 in the Wincast market.
Manchester City v Barnsley, Live ESPN, Saturday, 5.30pm
This is a massive ask for Barnsley. I think the handicapper has been generous to the Yorkshire side and City (-2) @10/11 looks the bet at least. I can see the Citizens winning to nil at 5/6 or even doing what they did to Leeds in the last round and winning 4-0 at 8/1 with Paddy Power.
Millwall v Blackburn, Live ESPN, Sunday, 2pm
This tie suits both clubs with the prospect of a Wembley visit on the horizon. Michael Appleton has done a good job since he’s taken over and Jordan Rhodes is always a goal threat and is 9/2 to get the first goal. It’s a hard one to call and even the bookies can’t split them. Blackburn won’t mind a replay at Ewood Park so I’m going to plump for the draw at 23/10.
Liverpool v Tottenham, Live Sky Sports 1, 4pm
There’s a belief and a confidence about this Spurs side that I haven’t seen for a while. But Liverpool have had two good wins after a sticky spell and in Luis Suarez have a top-class striker. I fancy both teams to score at 4/7 but with home advantage Liverpool can win this at 19/20. There won’t be much in this and a 2-1 scoreline sounds about right at 7/1 or Liverpool to win by exactly one goal is 13/5 in Paddy Power’s winning margin market.
Manchester United v Chelsea, Live ITV1, Sunday, 4.30pm
Alex Ferguson will make two or three changes to his starting line-up and they’ll be ready to go again. United will be bang up to win this game. I saw Chelsea in mid-week and they didn’t look great and Rafa may have to freshen things up too.
United should win this though and with all the controversy over Wayne Rooney mid-week I wouldn’t be surprised if he responded to his critics by hitting the back of the net.
There’s usually plenty of goals in their Premier League games and I’d look at both teams to score at 4/7 with Rooney to score the first goal at 9/2.
And if Wayne Rooney scores the last goal in this match, we will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles on the game.