Midweek Preview: Everton Unlikely To Be Able To Help Rivals Against City6 min read
Manchester City cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier to two points with an emphatic 3-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday League – ahead of the Reds’ visit to West Ham on Monday evening.
City are in league action midweek and once again Brand Ambassador Michael Owen looks ahead to the midweek League and FA Cup 4th Round replay action exclusively with BetVictor.
FA Cup replays:
Brentford v Barnet
Brentford have won eight of their ten FA Cup home games against non-League opposition and it is hard not to think Barnet missed their chance at the Hive of becoming just the fifth non-League side to reach the 5th Round of the competition in the last twenty-five years.
The initial tie was a cracking Cup tie which ended 3-3 and Barnet have now drawn their last two games 3-3, having lost a 2-0 and 3-1 lead at Carshalton in the FA Trophy at the weekend.
Brentford were two-goals down inside the opening 10 minutes to Blackburn at Griffin Park at the weekend before coming roaring back with five unanswered goals. I feel the Championship Bees will gain a comfortable victory.
Brentford to win to nil
Correct score 2-0
Newport County v Middlesbrough
The winners will have the dubious pleasure of entertaining Manchester City in the 5th Round and I feel Boro can build on an excellent 3-2 win at the Hawthorns in the Championship on Saturday.
Boro meet Leeds United at the Riverside in the Championship next weekend and promotion remains the major objective for Tony Pulis, but I feel they can edge a low-scoring game at Rodney Parade.
Boro to win
Correct score 0-1
QPR v Portsmouth
Former England boss Steve McLaren has faced Portsmouth seven times previously with different clubs – and not yet finished up on the winning side (D4 L3).
Despite coming away with nothing to show for it, Rangers had 21 shots at Wigan on Saturday and I feel it will be the R’s who make it through to Round 5 and a home tie with Watford on Saturday week.
QPR to win and both teams to score
Correct score 2-1
Wolves v Shrewsbury Town
Wolves look full of goals at present in the Premier League and the feeling is that the Shrews had their chance of a giant-killing act when they led 2-0 with just a quarter of an hour to go in Shropshire.
Wolves were far too good for a disappointing Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday whilst the League One outfit have shipped seven goals in their two League games since the original tie.
Correct score 3-1
Michael’s midweek FA Cup treble: Brentford, QPR and Wolves
Everton v Manchester City
Everton have lost three of their last four home PL games and, as well as City midweek, the Blues must also entertain Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal between now and the end of the season. These are worrying times at Goodison.
In their current form it is highly unlikely that they can stop City as they just don’t have the personnel or organisation to frustrate the champions in the same way as Newcastle did at St James’ Park last week.
Sergio Aguero’s predatory instincts were too much for Arsenal at the Etihad on Sunday and the Argentinian striker will relish the opportunity of facing the Everton defence at present.
City to win and both teams to score
Correct score 1-3