FA Cup Quarterfinals
With Manchester City having been upset by Wigan last round, the doors are wide open in this competition for all the remaining clubs to get their hands on a piece of silverware this season. Let's take a look at the odds to win the whole thing offered by William Hill:
Interestingly the highest odds at +5000 have been assigned to the Wigan who were able to slay the giant in this competition. For them to win the whole thing they'd have to go through 3 more Premier League teams, but since it's March Madness time, could they be this competition's cinderella?
Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham were all dumped out of the Champions League and only have this competition left if they wish to hoist a trophy this season.
Tottenham, who need to survive the next few weeks without Harry Kane have not been able to claim any silverware under this current regime, and without question this is their best opportunity yet. On form and on paper they are the best team left in this competition.
At +225 you could find worse ways to invest some capital. The only issue is, until a team has shown you they can win...how much can you trust them?
Leicester vs Chelsea
And speaking of trust, how much trust has England's Champion earned? Not much in my estimation. They simply can't get out of their own way.
At the Camp Nou on Wednesday, they gave up 3 really bad goals, created several really good chances and converted none. It's the type of performance that would leave the team more discouraged than anything else. Sunday March 18th at 12:30pm they go the King Power stadium to take on a rested and ready Leicester side who will look at this as a real opportunity to get a spot in the semis at Wembley. All the value rests with the home side.
Leicester +0.5 (-135)
Manchester United vs Brighton
United may also have a hangover from their abysmal midweek Champions League exit. Earlier this season when the Seagulls came to Old Trafford they sat very deep and compact. United eventually got the breakthrough and escaped with a 1-0 victory.
Don't be shocked to see something similar this Saturday. United will get the Lion's share of possession and probably have a difficult time finding openings.
Brighton will be looking to play on the break and score against the run of play but ultimately United will gind out the ugly wins that has become their calling card this season.
United to win and keep a clean sheet (-110)
Wigan vs Southampton
Southampton just fired their manager and now limp into their Sunday morning fixture with Wigan who will probably look at this game the way a hungry dog looks at a steak. For a lower tier club like Wigan, the chance to give their loyal supporters a trip to Wembley and play a Cup semifinal will not be taken lightly.
Southampton will need the upcoming international break for their new manager Mark Hughes to work with the squad and get them out of relegation. But a couple of days won't be enough for him to win this game. Let's not forget that before he was fired by Stoke the Potters had the Premier League's worst defense. Wigan have no reason to bottle this one.
The value rests with the home side here as well.
Wigan +0.5 (-135)
English Premier League
If you play Premier League fantasy this is a nightmare of a week unless you have the full compliment of Liverpool players. United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham do not play this weekend in the league.
Liverpool vs Watford
This was a crazy 3-3 draw at the beginning of the season at Vicarage Road. Watford have been a Jekyl and Hyde project all season. Last weekend they played a very entertaining and wide open game at the Emirates but weren't able to convert on any of the chances they created.
They also gave up a ton of chances and the Gunners punished them adequately on route to a 3-0 win. One hopes that for sheer entertainment purposes they take the same positive attitude to Anfield. The rest will hopefully take care of itself.
Both teams to score and Liverpool wins (+163)
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- Spanish - Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid.
- Italian - AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus.
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