By News Team
25th June 2020
While the Premier League continues this weekend with a limited schedule, it’s the turn of the FA Cup to take centre stage as we reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
With fixtures taking place across Saturday and Sunday, we’ve previewed three of the ties to keep an eye out for.
Red Devils to keep unbeaten run going
Norwich welcome Manchester United to Carrow Road on Saturday evening in the first of the weekend’s quarter-final ties, with both sides coming into this one with rather contrasting fortunes.
The Red Devils are the 52/100 favourites for the win and that is understandable given that they are on a run that has seen them go 13 matches without defeat, while they enter this game off the back of an excellent 3-0 win over Sheffield United and look to have a midfield pairing in Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes capable of rivalling the best.
Norwich, in contrast, have picked up just one win in eight and have suffered 20 defeats in the Premier League this season to leave them facing relegation square on with six points between them and safety. The Canaries are 5/1 to cause an upset on Saturday, though with United having scored 33 goals and conceded just three in their unbeaten run that looks unlikely.
United fans will have been excited about what they’ve seen from Pogba and Fernandes thus far, with the Sheffield United win the first time the duo have started alongside each other. Expect this partnership to continue to flourish if given another chance at Carrow Road – both players are 5/1 to be named man of the match on Saturday.
Arsenal to turn it on in the cup?
Arsenal travel to Sheffield United on Sunday for what is all set up to be an intriguing affair at Bramall Lane, given the two sides are also competing with each other in the Premier League for a European spot.
While Sheffield United sit above the Gunners in the league table, it’s Mikel Arteta’s side that enter this clash as the 7/5 favourites, with the Blades 15/8 for the win. Neither side have been in great form in the Premier League in recent weeks, but it’s Arsenal’s record in this competition that arguably gives them the edge.
No club has won the FA Cup more times than the Gunners, who have 13 triumphs to their name, including three wins in the last six finals. But while that more recent success came under Arsene Wenger, it won’t be lost on Arteta, who himself was a Gunners player in the 2014 and 2015 victories.
With things not going great in the league for Arsenal, Arteta will be determined to go further in the FA Cup to give his side’s campaign extra momentum, so expect his players to turn up here. They are 7/1 to win both halves.
Chelsea too strong for Leicester?
Of all the quarter-finals this weekend, it’s Chelsea’s trip to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester that really whips up some excitement. It’s fourth versus third in the Premier League, and with no replays at this stage of the competition, something’s got to give on Sunday.
Despite Leicester’s home advantage and superior position in the league, it’s Chelsea who are the slight favourites at 6/4, and given the Foxes’ form of late, that’s of little surprise.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have picked up just one win in their last six league games and have failed to score in four of those, while top scorer Jamie Vardy has just two goals in his last 12 appearances and is stuck on 99 in the Premier League. Leicester are 17/10 for the win on Sunday.
Frank Lampard’s side are joint-second favourites to win the FA Cup at 7/1 and will fancy their chances of edging past Leicester here and going all the way. Given the Foxes’ recent profligacy in front of goal, backing Chelsea could be the way to go, while Leicester not to score is priced at 12/5.