By News Team
9th February 2021
The FA Cup returns with some mouth-watering fixtures this midweek with plenty of Premier League sides squaring off as they battle it out to reach the quarter-finals.
We take a look at the standout fixtures below.
Martial to dominate the Hammers once again?
Tuesday evening sees West Ham travel to Old Trafford as they get ready to face a Manchester United side who have the upper hand when it comes to previous cup meetings between the two. United have won their last three FA Cup ties against West Ham with the most recent meeting between the two sides coming in the 2015-16 season.
The dangerman to keep an eye out for this time around is Anthony Martial, who is currently priced at 6/4 to find the back of the net. Martial has been involved in nine goals in 10 appearances against West Ham in all competitions and the Frenchman will be keen to continue his brilliant record on Tuesday evening.
Although West Ham are currently in strong form, their record against Premier League sides in the FA Cup is something that will worry David Moyes. West Ham haven’t won any of their last eight away FA Cup games against Premier League opponents and, as a result, the Hammers head into this one as 4/1 underdogs. United are the 8/13 favourites.
Is it Everton or Spurs’ year?
Everton host Spurs on Wednesday evening as both sides battle it out to end their long wait to win the trophy.
Everton last won the FA Cup back in 1995 but Carlo Ancelotti and his side will want to end the 26-year wait this season. The Toffees have defeated both Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday to reach the fifth round and with another home draw, they will be eyeing up a place in the quarter-finals. Dominic Calvert Lewin has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season and he is priced at 13/10 to find the back of the net anytime as he approaches the 20-goal mark.
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side, meanwhile, will be on the road for the third round in a row but after wins against Marine and Wycombe, they know that this test will be far harder. Spurs head into this one as 7/4 favourites – could this be the year they finally get their name back on the trophy? We should be set for goals here and Spurs to win with both teams to score is 9/2.
Offensive struggles vs defensive woes at Molineux
Thursday evening sees Southampton travel to Wolves with both sides eager to end their recent struggles and seal a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Wolves booked their place in the fifth round of the cup after defeating Chorley by a rather modest one goal to nil. Wolves have seriously struggled to find the back of the net since they lost their main man Raul Jimenez to injury, but a stat that will fill their fans with confidence is that Southampton have only managed to defeat Wolves once in their previous 10 fixtures in all competitions. Wolves head into this fixture as 11/8 favourites on Thursday evening, boosted by a recent upturn in results.
Southampton saw off Arsenal in the fourth round of the cup after a 1-0 victory back in January but since then, they have had a torrid time. Southampton have lost their last four games in a row with the standout loss coming last week when the Saints were embarrassed 9-0 by Manchester United. With Southampton conceding 12 goals in their last two games, it is understandable why they head into this fixture as 21/10 underdogs.