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FA Cup betting tips: Big guns on the road in quarter-finals

| 18.03.2022
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FA Cup betting tips, odds and preview for the quarter-finals

The FA Cup has reached the quarter-final stage and trips to Wembley are up for grabs when all four ties take place this weekend.

The draw produced some intriguing matches with the three leading contenders in the FA Cup winner odds all being given away ties and here we assess some possible FA Cup betting tips for all four matches.

Middlesbrough v Chelsea (Sat, 5.15pm, BBC One)

Chelsea’s strange request to have their FA Cup quarter-final played behind closed doors was widely criticised before being quickly ditched and recent events mean Middlesbrough will have plenty of support from the neutrals in the first quarter-final of the weekend.

Boro are the 3/1 underdogs to go through and 11/2 to win in 90 minutes but will pay no attention to the FA Cup odds having already knocked Manchester United and Tottenham out of the competition.

A 1-1 draw and subsequent win on penalties at Old Trafford was followed by a 1-0 victory at home to Spurs and keeping things tight looks their best hope of an upset on Saturday, with under 2.5 goals priced at 21/20.

Chelsea reached the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek and are 1/2 to win in regular time at the Riverside as they look to reach the semi-finals without facing Premier League opposition.

So far they have beaten Chesterfield, Plymouth and Luton but they conceded on each occasion so an away win and both teams to score may be the best pick for FA Cup betting tips at 21/10.

Crystal Palace v Everton (Sun, 12.30pm, ITV)

Everton put their relegation troubles to one side this weekend when they can boost the morale of their supporters by booking a trip to Wembley.

The Toffees have had a relatively easy passage to the quarter-finals, beating Hull, Brentford and Boreham Wood to get this far, but confidence must be low after losing eight of their last nine league games and they are the 27/20 underdogs to progress.

Crystal Palace are 23/20 for victory in 90 minutes and will be hoping for a repeat of December’s league meeting at Selhurst Park when they were 3-1 winners thanks largely to Conor Gallagher’s brace.

Gallagher is 5/1 to open the scoring again and 17/20 to have a shot on target, while another 3-1 win is priced at 18/1.

Southampton v Manchester City (Sun, 3pm, BBC One)

Southampton are one of three teams to have played leaders Manchester City twice in the Premier League this season and managed to avoid defeat so they have some reason for optimism heading into their FA Cup tie.

September’s goalless stalemate at the Etihad Stadium was followed by a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s in January and 17/4 is available for extra time to be needed on Sunday.

Saints are 5/1 to get through but head into the game on the back of three straight defeats during which they conceded eight goals. A defensive improvement will be needed if they are to cause City any problems and the visitors are 23/20 to score at least three goals.

Pep Guardiola’s men have also managed seven clean sheets in their last nine matches in all competitions so a City win to nil looks worth considering for FA Cup betting tips at 23/20.

Manchester City, FA Cup betting tips

Nottingham Forest v Liverpool (Sun, 6pm, ITV)

Nottingham Forest have been one of the teams of the tournament so far and the City Ground will be rocking for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday evening.

Forest have been drawn at home in every round of this season’s FA Cup and have made the most of that luck, starting with a surprise 1-0 win against Arsenal in the third round.

That was followed by a 4-1 thrashing of local rivals Leicester before Forest came from behind to beat Championship rivals Huddersfield 2-1.

Steve Cooper’s men are 6/1 for an upset and will hope that Liverpool put out a weakened team which would be understandable given they are just a point behind Manchester City in the title race after beating Arsenal on Wednesday night.

A much-changed line-up has been the case in previous rounds and Liverpool conceded one goal in each of their FA Cup wins against Shrewsbury, Cardiff and Norwich.

The visitors to win and both teams to score is 9/5 while a Forest goal may prompt Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to bring on his star men later in the game.

That makes Liverpool to win from behind an interesting option for FA Cup betting tips at 15/2, while Forest are 10/3 to score first.

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All odds and markets correct at date of publication

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.