2012 FA Cup Quarter-Finals Betting Preview

March 15th, 2012 | Posted by in Tips & Previews

The FA competition has reached the Quarter Finals stage where it is down to 8 teams playing in the quarter finals to move win in order to reach the semi finals. Below we have Sportingbet Aust betting preview of the Everton Sunderland clash as well as the Chelsea Leicester City clash. We also have FA Cup betting odds comparing leading sportsbooks and online bookmakers FA odds

FA Cup Quarter-Finals

Everton v Sunderland – Goodison Park – Saturday 17th March 2012

With their league form impressive and both Manchester clubs having already fallen by the FA Cup wayside along with Arsenal, Everton fans could be forgiven for feeling that their side has a decent chance of making their first trip to Wembley since 2009.

And that belief will have been bolstered by the quarter-final draw which saw them avoid favourites Tottenham and Chelsea and instead secure a very winnable home tie against Sunderland.

Having now spent more than ten years in the Goodison Park hot-seat, Toffees’ boss David Moyes has performed another minor miracle this season in steering his side into the top ten despite having to work with an almost non-existent budget.

Little wonder then that the Scot has been touted as Sir Alex Ferguson’s long-term successor at Old Trafford and has more recently been linked with a move to Spurs who are expected to lose Harry Redknapp to England at the end of the current campaign.

Moyes himself remains tight-lipped on his future, but if he were to bid farewell to the Merseyside club come May, it would surely be fitting if he were to do so by leading them out at Wembley.

A run of just one defeat in their last ten league games has seen Everton clamber up to ninth in the table and although they were well beaten in the Merseyside derby in midweek, they will nevertheless be installed as warm favourites to down a Sunderland side with whom they fought out a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day.

Darron Gibson is the home side’s only major injury concern as he continues to battle a knee injury, while the likes of Phil Neville,Royston Drenthe,Leon Osman, Nikica Jelavic and Johnny Heitinga may well all return to the run-on side after Moyes rotated his squad for the Liverpool clash.

Sunderland coach Martin O’Neill, meanwhile, has also not gone short of praise since taking over from Steve Bruce at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats have swiftly been transformed from relegation candidates into a solid top ten outfit and currently sit one place above Saturday’s opponents on goal difference.

Combative, organised and dangerous on the break, the Wearsiders have lost only four of their last 18 games in all competitions and were worthy winners over Liverpool last time out.

Young Irish winger James McClean has been instrumental in their resurgence and will ask plenty of questions of the Everton defence with his fine close skills and searing pace, while much-maligned frontman Nicklas Bendtner won’t be lacking in confidence having scored twice in the last two games.

Unfortunately for the visitors, they will be without midfield enforcer Lee Cattermole who is again suspended, as is Stephane Sessegnon, while Kieran Richardson is a major doubt due to a calf injury.

And for those who like to take a fixture’s history into account before investing their hard-earned cash, you have to go back to November 1996 to find the last time the Black Cats left Goodison Park with a victory.

There won’t be much to choose between these two resurgent, hard-working sides, but with their magnificent fans behind them, Everton should make it through to the last four.

Prediction: Everton 2-1 Sunderland

Market: Everton$1.95, Draw $3.20, Sunderland $3.60 

 

Chelsea v Leicester City – Stamford Bridge – Sunday 18th March 2012

Leicester City have been left flying the flag for the Championship in this season’s FA Cup and they will have to produce a huge performance to continue their run into the semis at the expense of Chelsea.

Coming off the back of their superb Champions League display against Napoli in midweek, the West Londoners will be bursting with confidence and eyeing a fourth FA Cup Final appearance in six years.

So what can the visitors from the East Midlands do to pull off what would be the shock of the round?

Well, they can certainly take a note from what plenty of other sides have done successfully against the Blues this season, namely squeeze them in midfield and try and expose their lack of pace at the back.

Flying winger Lloyd Dyer is one man who will need no second invitation to try and get round the back of the home side’s defence and in Jermaine Beckford and David Nugent, City have two men with top flight experience who know how to get on the end of a cross.

Elsewhere, Neil Danns is a clever central midfielder who made his name with Crystal Palace and will relish the chance to test himself against Juan Mata and co, Kasper Schmeichel is a familiar figure in goal whose shot-stopping abilities just about compensate for his uncertainty on crosses and defender Sol Bamba is a towering Ivory Coast international who is hard to miss.

Now under the guidance of no-nonsense manager Nigel Pearson who has returned to the club for a second spell, the Foxes will head south on Sunday still languishing six points adrift of the play-off places having won three of their last five league games.

As far as the visitors’ early team news is concerned, right-back Lee Peltier is expected to recover from the thigh injury that ruled him out of Tuesday night’s win over Birmingham Cityand out-of-favour skipper Matt Mills may return at centre-back.

Stand-in Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo, meanwhile, will have to wait to see how his charges pull up in the wake of the Napoli game before making his final selection, although he is unlikely to have too many of his key men unavailable.

Chelsea have unsurprisingly dominated this fixture in recent years, losing just once to the Foxes in their last 12 meetings and you have to go back to 1982 to find the last time the visitors appeared in an FA Cup Semi-Final.

With absolutely nothing to lose and roared on by a massive travelling support, City have it in them to make life difficult for their Premier League hosts, especially if they grab an early goal.

But even if they are an ageing side badly in need of an overhaul, Di Matteo’s men should still have enough quality to move a step closer to yet another Wembley final.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 Leicester City 

Market: Chelsea $1.25, Draw $5, Leicester City $10

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