There are a couple more FA Cup games to enjoy in the capital this Sunday, starting with Tottenham‘s trip to Crystal Palace.
Spurs went out of one domestic Cup competition to a London rival midweek and will be reluctant to do so again this afternoon. However, they are struggling with a lack of firepower up front due to injuries and an international call up.
Palace come fresh into the game off an impressive performance at Anfield last weekend. Yes they lost, but they caused Liverpool all kinds of trouble, scoring three times at the league leaders. This should fill them with confidence.
The conditions are there for an upset, but it’s only 2/1 for a Palace win so it doesn’t seem worth taking that punt. Instead we’ll look at individual goal scorers. Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic has scored four times in the last nine league games for the Eagles. He is best priced at 4/1 to score anytime today, but we don’t think there will be many goals so we’ll take the 11/1 on offer that he scores first.
We stay in the capital for today’s second game, Chelsea hosting Sheffield Wednesday.
The hosts will be buoyed by reaching the Carabao Cup final midweek but are likely to make changes for this clash. And the main interest today could be one of those changes – will Gonzalo Higuain play?
Chelsea have captured the Argentinian striker on loan from Juventus, and this is just the sort of test he requires to prove his fitness for the weeks ahead. He scored a Serie A record 36 goals in 2015-16 for Napoli under current Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. That said, he’s no certainty to start.
Instead we’re going to assume a stuttering start by Chelsea, given the uncertain nature of the team selected, and go with a draw at halftime before they win at full time.
Palace/Spurs: Milivojevic to score first, 1 pt, at 11/1, bet365
Chelsea/Sheffield Wed: Draw at halftime, Chelsea win at full time, at 7/2, Unibet
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