Watford v Crystal Palace
We start off our FA Cup sixth round betting tips with Watford v Crystal Palace. The FA Cup is back on our screens on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 of March with each of the games shown live on TV thanks to the continued coverage of BBC and BT Sport. We have an all-Premier League clash to start us off as Watford get things moving when hosting London rivals Crystal Palace from 12.15pm on Saturday.
The perfect way to open your day of sports betting, this promises to be an entertaining match-up with both sides fancying their chances at taking a leap towards the famous old trophy. Watford has performed better than expected in the league so far and enjoy the advantage that comes with playing at home. Bookmakers are keen to support the locals and have priced them as the most likely winners of this tie, 11/8 sent out by Bet365. That seems fair and, on league form, you’ve got to expect Watford to progress.
Looking for the Win
Palace knows knockout football helps even things up a little and despite being on the road they will set-up looking to win the match. They bring decent league form into this one too, claiming vital wins over the likes of Leicester and Burnley recently as they have moved away from the relegation zone, helping ease their worries. Palace looks safe from the drop, meaning they can give this competition their full attention.
They scored an impressive away win over Burnley earlier this month when battling to a 3-1, a result achieved thanks to goals from Batshuayi, Zaha and a Bardsley OG. Fancy The Eagles to swoop on a famous cup upset? There’s a lot to like about the away win at 2/1 – best price with Bet365 – or you can take the draw at 11/5 with the same firm. This will be tight but we’re taking Watford to do the business.
Swansea v Man City
Championship side Swansea aims to save their season with a visit to Wembley, but they face the unenviable task of setting up against a Man City side who are chasing down a domestic clean-sweep, having already lifted the League Cup. The Swans are toiling in the second-tier and won’t be landing the promotion that was expected of them back in pre-season.
Periods of inconsistency means they’ll play another season in the Championship and the Welsh club were beaten by Sheffield Wednesday late last month. They did start March with an important win over lowly Bolton who finished the match with nine men, doing everything they could to hand Swansea the points. The home win here is so unlikely bookies are offering 15/1 (888Sport), with a draw priced at 13/2.
Man City needed penalties to see off Chelsea at Wembley in the final of the League Cup last month and although they are involved in a battle with Liverpool to retain their Premier League crown, they are shaping like the most likely champions at present, The Reds dropping points with a run of draws. The Cityzens beat Bournemouth on the road to start March on a high and had no trouble beating Newport away from home in the previous round of this competition, easing to a 4-1 victory.
Sane, Mahrez and a Fodden double were more than enough to see off a plucky opponent who surprised everyone when scoring through Amond near the finish. Both teams to find the net here is evens at Bet365, although we’d prefer no in the same market at 3/4 (888sport). The away win is 2/11 and that’s better than we expected to find. Worth a place in stacked accumulators.
Wolves v Man Utd
The final match of three from the FA Cup on Saturday and this delight will be played out live in front of the watching BBC cameras. Wolves know they face a tough test here and go into the tie as underdogs despite home advantage but Man Utd aren’t the force they were of the Sir Alex days and opponents know it, confident enough to go on the attack when matched with The Red Devils. Ole has improved things since taking over from Jose but there’s no reason why Wolves can’t win this match and book their place in the next round.
The hosts beat Cardiff at this venue to start March on the right foot and that win ended three games without a win. The Bluebirds are struggling for positives this season and found themselves behind early in the contest to a Jota opener on 16 minutes. Before Cardiff had time to regroup they were two behind, Jimenez smashing home a quickfire second. Despite that win, the trading team at Unibet have the locals marked at 27/10 outsiders of three in the match betting and that’s market best price, a draw going 13/5 (Bet365).
Good Start to the Month
Man Utd also made a winning start to the month but was made to work much harder for the points than many expected. The Red Devils enjoyed a home advantage over lowly Southampton but found themselves behind early in the contest, Valery rifling home on 26 minutes. That opened the game up and Pereira equalised early in the second half before Lukaku scored the first of his two goals on the day. Ward-Prowse levelled things again and the match looked to be heading for a draw before Lukaku grabbed a dramatic late winner with 88 on the clock. The Saints performed well but it was another game they came out of with nothing to show for their efforts.
Bookmakers have the away win as jolly and followers will find 11/10 at Unibet. That’s a nicer price than we expected to find and there’s enough there to deserve a place in our Saturday accumulators. That’s good enough to back as a super single if you’re willing to raise your stakes.
Millwall v Brighton
The last of our FA Cup sixth round betting tips is for Millwall v Brighton. The one FA Cup match taking place on Sunday and this looks to be the most competitive game of the round. Millwall fans have been starved of success for too long now and they are stuck at the wrong end of the Championship table again this term, so may just see this match as a distraction in their quest to beat the drop to League One. It’s a day for the supporters though and they’ll pack The Den and create a unique atmosphere. Millwall has battled their way to this stage and won’t be willing to bow out now without a fight. Home advantage has forced oddsmakers to give the Londoners a bit more respect than usual but Unibet offers a market best odds of 45/17, the draw 11/5.
Struggling for Points
Brighton comes from the league above, but they too are struggling for points and face the danger of being sucked down into the Championship. A run of defeats pulled The Seagulls to 15th in the table and at the start of March, they were just five points better than Cardiff and the bottom three.
They did secure a rare win at the start of the month when beating Huddersfield at home, Andone scoring the only goal of the afternoon on 79 minutes. That result came as a bit of a relief to manager Chris Hughton who knows every point at this stage is vital. The away win is favourite and the 6/5 offered by Ladbrokes is one of the better quotes out there. Take both teams to score at 10/11 with Bet365.