FA Cup Best Bets: Southampton win & Brighton to do the business

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FA Cup fever returns this weekend, with 16 sides looking to continue their route to Wembley. Amongst the fixtures are a few potential giant-killings, as well as a pair of all-Premier League clashes.

We’ve picked out four of the biggest games, to give you our top tips on the action. And you can check out our full preview of Chelsea v Hull City here.

But we kick off with the Sky Blues’ trip to the South Coast…

Brighton & Hove Albion v Coventry City

Cov may have knocked Premier League Stoke City out of the FA Cup this season, but their recent form suggests a repeat of that feat is highly unlikely.

The Sky Blues have lost each of their last three games, and visit a Seagulls side who’ve enjoyed three victories in five at home – including a 3-1 defeat of West Ham United.

Glenn Murray has been a key part of the hosts’ good form, with five goals in his last eight games. Murray to Score Anytime at 5/4 looks good value, while the Brighton -1 handicap at 21/20 also seems generous.

However, Coventry should at least bag a consolation – having scored in five of their last six matches. Brighton to Win and Both Team to Score at 29/10 could be the pick of the bets.

West Bromwich Albion v Southampton

This game could offer a much-needed morale boost to the victors, with both sides struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

The pair’s Head-to-Head record points to a Saints victory. They’ve won each of the last three meetings, including a 3-2 victory at The Hawthorns a fortnight ago.

It’s Southampton who are also in the better form. West Brom have shipped nine goals in their last three matches, losing all three. Southampton to Win is 13/8, though we fancy a Saints victory and Over 2.5 Goals at 19/5.

If you’re looking for a safe call, Mauricio Pellegrino’s men have seen at least one goal scored before the break in each of their last eight games. First Half: Over 0.5 Goals at 4/7 is likely to come good.

Huddersfield Town v Manchester United

The Red Devils are a model of inconsistency this term. But one thing you can generally count on is that they won’t be involved in a goalfest. None of their last nine games have seen both sides register, so BTTS – No looks backable at 4/5.

Just one of United’s last seven Premier League games has produced over two goals, including a 2-0 win over the Terriers at Old Trafford earlier this month. Under 2.5 Goals at 19/20 could be a smart call.

With the visitors facing the possibility of a third successive away defeat, Double Chance: Huddersfield or Draw at 13/8 could prove popular. Especially so with Jose Mourinho’s men losing on their last visit to the John Smith’s Stadium.

Rochdale v Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs came within nine minutes of exiting the competition to Newport County in the last round, before forcing a replay at Wembley. And they could struggle on another difficult surface against League One Rochdale.

Dale have won two of their last three games – including cup victory over Championship Millwall. While victory here is too big of an ask, the Rochdale +3 handicap at 8/13 is appealing.

The hosts have won two of their last three games. Ian Henderson has been their main man of late, with four goals in his last four outings. He’s 10/3 to Score Anytime.

Meanwhile, with Keith Hill’s men having opened the scoring in four of their last five games, First Team to Score: Rochdale looks a lively longshot at 5/1.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.