FA Cup Quarter-final Preview: Wigan and Leicester Can Upset the Odds5 min read
We’re down to the last eight in the FA Cup and Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their shock Champions League exit midweek – the Red Devils host Brighton at Old Trafford, but they have been eliminated in three of their last quarter-finals in the competition.
2013 winners Wigan Athletic will be eyeing another Premier League scalp against a Southampton side who appointed former Stoke boss Mark Hughes earlier in the week.
Swansea City v Tottenham
Any club side in the world would miss Harry Kane and his goals but Spurs have to show they are not a one-man band at the Liberty Stadium against an improving Swansea side.
Spurs are unbeaten in their last 15 games against the Swans in all competitions although the South Wales outfit did pick up a point at Wembley earlier in the season.
Son Heung-Min stepped up to the plate in Kane’s absence at the Vitality Stadium last weekend and the South Korean might again be the difference given he has scored nine times in his last 10 FA Cup starts.
Son Heung-Min to score at anytime at
Manchester United v Brighton
I think United will be stung by their midweek Champions League defeat, and the criticism of their performance against Sevilla, and expect them to bounce back against Brighton.
Romelu Lukaku has scored 11 goals in his last 10 FA Cup appearances and the only tie in that period he failed to score in was against United in the 2016 semi-final for Everton when he missed a penalty for the Blues.
You have to go back to 1986 for the last time Brighton won an away FA Cup match against top-flight opposition and they may have to wait at least another twelve months to buck that trend.
United halftime/fulltime at
Wigan Athletic v Southampton
Wigan have already beaten Bournemouth, West Ham and Manchester City en route to the last eight and it will be interesting to see what side new Southampton manager Mark Hughes fields at the DW Stadium given their current position in the Premier League.
There are no replays in the quarterfinals this year and it would be no surprise if the tie went to extra-time or penalties but if there is to be a winner in 90 minutes, I think the 2013 winners might edge out the Premier League side.
Wigan draw no bet
Leicester City v Chelsea
Chelsea have won twelve of their last 15 games against Leicester but the champions had a tough game at Barcelona midweek and they will have to be at their best against a Foxes side who put four past West Brom last weekend.
Chelsea cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves after they hit the woodwork no less than four times over the two legs against Barca and it is hard not to conclude that Lionel Messi was the sole difference between the sides.
This looks sure to be a close entertaining affair and I can see opportunities at both ends – but if there is to be a winner in 90 minutes perhaps the hosts can shade it.
Leicester City Draw No Bet at
My weekend wager:
Bournemouth, Manchester United and Liverpool at