By News Team
4th March 2020
Places in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup are up for grabs as three of the remaining fifth round matches take place on Wednesday evening. Read on for some of our best bets from the games.
Spurs to wing it in attack against Canaries
Tottenham host Norwich in their quest to book a place in the last eight of the competition, having lost to Wolves just three days prior. This will be a good chance for Jose Mourinho’s men to pull out an encouraging performance, knowing that they beat the Canaries here in the Premier League thanks to goals from Dele Alli and Son Heung-min.
The latter, of course, is still out of action after sustaining a broken arm and Harry Kane is also not yet in contention following surgery on a torn hamstring. It will be interesting to see how much, if at all, Mourinho will rotate the squad but Alli to be first goalscorer at 4/1 could still be prudent.
Norwich churned out a great result when beating Leicester at Carrow Road in their most recent game so they will be in good spirits coming into this one, although it’s Spurs who are still the 8/15 favourites.
Foxes can run riot at home
As mentioned, Leicester are another side looking to bounce back after a disappointing league performance at the weekend and next welcome a visit from Birmingham City, who find themselves in 15th place in the Championship following four successive draws.
Jamie Vardy may still be ruled out, meaning Kelechi Iheanacho could be called upon again, with the Nigerian responsible for scoring the winning goal in Leicester’s fourth round match against Brentford. He’s 11/4 for first goalscorer.
The Foxes will be looking to do more than just enough to progress in order to build some positive momentum ahead of their next league outing. Particularly given that since that last FA Cup match against the Bees, they were eliminated from the Carabao Cup by Aston Villa and have only amassed two from the last 12 league points available.
With that in mind, you may want to take advantage of the enhanced odds available for Leicester to win by four or more goals (in 90 minutes) at 9/2, having previously been priced up at 15/4.
Pep’s eyes firmly on the prize
Manchester City make the hop across to Sheffield to pay a visit to Sheffield Wednesday in their fifth round clash. The hosts have been leaking goals of late, which is just another reason as to why City are as short as 3/20 to win in 90 minutes.
The newly-crowned Carabao Cup winners will get right on to their next quest for silverware, they are the reigning FA Cup holders after all. They sealed that win emphatically when thrashing Watford 6-0 under the Wembley arch and we could see another rout here.
Garry Monk’s Owls outfit did knock Brighton out of this cup in the third round, though, so have it in them to produce an upset. They will be buoyed knowing that the last meeting between these sides at Hillsborough ended in a 1-1 draw in the 2006/07 FA Cup but it’s too hard to look past City.
While it’s hard to predict how many of Pep Guardiola’s best players will be rested, Gabriel Jesus to score two goals or more in 90 minutes has been enhanced from 3/1 to 4/1. The Brazilian has put 18 goals away for his club in all competitions this season so could be the value bet.