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Only one upset in the Cup says Andy Gray, who’s backing Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal

It's a defining weekend of the season for one of my former clubs.

by Andy Gray | January 7, 2016

I love the cup. It’s always interesting to see the teams put out by the big Premier League clubs.
On paper, there’s a couple of interesting ties, but I’m only predicting there’ll be one major upset. There’s too much of a gap in quality between the league these days for anything noteworthy to happen. I think the big teams can really send out a message to the rest.

Exeter vs Liverpool – BBC 1 – Friday 19:55

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Liverpool have had really good cup results against the odds. There are no real cup upsets these days, probably down to the deep squads. Exeter have lost four in a row, and Liverpool will want to send a statement out to the rest of the teams in this competition. They’ll ring the changes, but should still have enough
Andy’s bet : I’m saying Liverpool 3-1 at

Wycombe vs Aston Villa – BT Sport 2 – Saturday 12:45

I fear for my old club, they need to find form and quick. Wycombe are on the fringes of promotion, and will be up for this. I hope Remi Garde plays a really strong side. A win from anywhere will lift the fans, and I’m saying they’ll get it here. It won’t be easy, but Villa need this

Andy’s bet : Aston Villa to win at

Man United vs Sheffield United – BT Sport 2 – Saturday 5:30pm

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LVG will make a lot of changes, as he should. His United team have found a little bit of form, and they will have more than enough for the Steel City side. I can see them putting three or four past them if they really want to

Andy’s bet : United to win to nil at

Oxford United vs Swansea – BBC 2 Wales – Sunday Midday

Swansea’s away record has been dreadful. and it does not get any easier. Oxford are four points off the top of League 2. Alan Curtis has done a decent job since he’s come in. Oxford may rest some players because they are in a promotion fight, but if they don’t, it could be interesting
Andy’s bet : The gap is too big between the two leagues – Swansea to win 2-1 at

Chelsea vs Scunthorpe – BT Sport 2 – Sunday 2pm

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Chelsea will take this seriously because they’re out of the league. They might make changes, give a few league players a rest. But the memory of Bradford  from last season will focus the home side. Chelsea to win to nil could be value.

Andy’s bet : Chelsea 3-0

Spurs vs Leicester

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Leicester have gone off the boil slightly, and this is very tricky for them. Pochettino is the new Tinkerman, he makes a lot in the Europa League. Ranieri has nothing to focus on bar this and league games. If Tottenham put out a strong side, they’ll win

Andy’s bet : Spurs 1-0

Andy’s quick picks:

Arsenal vs Sunderland – Arsenal

Sunderland will make life hard for them, but Arsene Wenger has seen this all before. Back to back champions

Birmingham vs Bournemouth – Birmingham

Birmingham have been going quite well, and this is the shock result for me.

Doncaster vs Stoke – Stoke

Stoke will  respond to the poor performance midweek

Everton vs Dag & Red – Everton

Middlesbrough vs Burnley – Middlesbrough 

Norwich vs Man City – Draw

City’s away from has been brutal, lost again midweek in Goodison. Small surprise

Southampton vs Crystal Palace – Southampton

Palace have a couple of injuries – Southampton win

Watford vs Newcastle – Watford

West Brom vs Bristol City – West Brom

West Ham vs Wolves – West Ham

Hammers won the last two, if it was at Molineux I’d back Wolves, but it’s not, so West Ham to win

 

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