FA Cup betting tips: Four Premier League clubs are in action looking to progress to the fifth round of the oldest national football competition in the world.
Man City vs Burnley
Burnley appear to have turned their season around after they made it five games unbeaten with their goalless draw at Watford at the weekend (W4 D1).
But the Clarets have had a terrible time at the Etihad since Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester City. Sean Dyche’s side have lost each of their last four trips, including an FA Cup third-round tie last season, with an aggregate score of 14-2.
The Premier League and Champions League will be City’s priorities this season, but they’ve proven that they’re still fighting for domestic cups.
City have won their last seven games on the spin, a run that includes a 10-0 aggregate win over. Burton to reach the Carabao Cup final and a 7-0 thrashing of Rotherham in the last round of the FA Cup – all with heavily rotated sides.
Both teams are expected to name weakened line-ups as they concentrate on the league, but there’s no doubt City’s B team could beat Burnley’s first team nine times out of 10.
Newcastle vs Watford
Newcastle and Watford meet for the third time this season having already played both of their Premier League games.
And despite Watford’s far superior position in the table as this sit 10 places and 12 points ahead, Newcastle were unbeaten in those two games. The Magpies edged a 1-0 victory at St James’ Park back in November and left Vicarage Road with a point last month.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has already conceded he has not got a squad capable of fighting relegation and a cup run, but their extra-time win over Blackburn in the last round did wonders for his players’ morale. The north east outfit followed it up with a dominant 3-0 victory at home to Cardiff last weekend – the first time they scored more than three goals in a single game all season.
But I believe Benitez when he says he’s prioritising Premier League survival. And with a tough visit of champions Manchester City on Tuesday, the Spaniard will no doubt rest his best players against Watford.
The Hornets, on the other hand, will have an extra day to prepare for their Premier League trip to Tottenham on Wednesday. And with the likes of midfielder Domingos Quina and striker Andre Gray at Javier Gracia’s disposal to mix things up, I rate the visitors’ chances.