There are some key games this weekend in both the FA Cup and Premier League as the English season draws to a close. In Spain it has been one of the closest La Liga contests in years and Atletico Madrid are still challenging Barcelona and Real Madrid for the title.
In the FA Cup Arsenal (1.85 (17/20)) play Everton (4.75 (15/4)). Both sides have had good seasons, but both have seen their form falter a little in recent games. Arsenal concede only 1 goal every 2 games at home, so Everton will have their work cut out here to get a win. Everton's away form is actually pretty poor, and they've not performed well against the big sides away from home this season, losing to Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool, Man City, and Arsenal. (go to Arsenal v Everton preview)
Sheff Utd (2.25 (5/4)) play Charlton (3.50 (5/2)), and it's great to see that one of these sides will reach the semi-finals and get their day out at Wembley. United are on great form, winning their last 7, and in the FA Cup they've beaten some decent sides including Notts Forest, Villa and Fulham. At odds of more than Evens, Sheff Utd are great value here and we think they will continue their excellent cup run. (go to Sheff Utd v Charlton preview)
Hull (2.20 (6/5)) play Sunderland (3.60 (13/5)) in what looks like a tight low scoring game. Sunderland have already tasted cup success this year with a run to the League Cup final against Man City. They certainly have the cup experience this year and will definitely challenge Hull here. With both sides unable to score a lot of goals we're going for a draw and extra time. (go to Hull v Sunderland preview)
Man City (1.15 (2/13)) play Wigan (21.00 (20/1)). Although a City win is expected, Watford proved that City are susceptible to conceding goals in cup ties, taking a 2-0 lead at the Etihad earlier this year. Wigan are actually on great form and have been scoring goals – 11 in their last 4 games, including 4 goals away at Notts Forest last game. City should win this one, but perhaps a speculative bet on Wigan to score may be worth a punt. (go to Man City v Wigan preview)
In the Premier League Cardiff (2.35 (27/20)) play Fulham (3.20 (11/5)) in what must be classed as a real relegation dog fight. With 10 games to go until the end of the season and both sides probably 5 or 6 wins from safety, a win for either side here will be a massive boost. (go to Cardiff v Fulham preview)
Chelsea (1.57 (4/7)) play Spurs (7.00 (6/1)) on a weekend where Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City do not play because of the FA Cup games. This will give Chelsea a massive opportunity to go 7 points clear at the top, and 9 points clear of Man City. This game could be key to whether Chelsea win the title this year or not. (go to Chelsea v Spurs preview)
Man Utd (1.83 (5/6)) are away at West Brom (4.75 (15/4)), and if Man Utd are going to put together a late run of form and get a European finishing place this season then a win is essential. West Brom are 7 games since a win, and also 7 games since scoring more than 1 goal in a game. Sitting in 17th position in the Premier League they are perilously close to relegation this season. (go to West Brom v Man Utd preview)