FA CUP: OUR TOP TIPS FOR THE FIFTH ROUND

The FA Cup returns this weekend and things are hotting up as the final 16 teams fight it out for a place in the quarter-finals!

Can Sutton do the unthinkable and beat Arsenal? Will any manager risk uproar and field a weakened side? Can Manchester United continue their defence of the trophy?

Whatever happens, it’s going to be an exciting few days of action that’s for sure…

Saturday

Burnley v Lincoln (12:30pm)

This will be the end of the dream for Lincoln. Games are now coming fast and furious for them and they have lost their Cup Talisman Theo Robinson to Southend. Burnley are a well drilled team, especially at home, where they have an excellent record and Dyche will not tinker too much.

BEST BET: BURNLEY TO WIN 2-0 @ 5/1

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Huddersfield v Manchester City (3pm)

Both teams are producing the results in their respective leagues, with both hoping for league honours at the end of the season. This will be an open game with both teams eager to show their flamboyancy.

BEST BET: DRAW & BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE @ 17/4

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Middlesbrough v Oxford (3pm)

This will be a dour affair, but with Boro struggling to find consistency and Oxford in a rich vein of form be prepared for an upset!

BEST BET: OXFORD TO WIN @ 13/2

KARANKA

Millwall v Leicester (3pm)

How do you read Leicester at present? With difficulty I suggest and with Millwall enjoying a long unbeaten run, having already dispatch of two other premiership sides, be prepared for another upset.

BEST BET: MILLWALL TO WIN & UNDER 2.5 GOALS @ 9/2

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Wolves v Chelsea (5.30pm)

Having caused one of the upsets in the last round Wolves will be brought down to earth with a bump at an energetic Chelsea will ensure there will be no slip ups!

BEST BET: PEDRO TO SCORE ANYTIME @ 11/8

PEDRO

Sunday

Fulham v Tottenham (2pm)

A South London v North London derby always gets the juices flowing. Fulham will be relishing the challenge at their quaint Craven Cottage ground, but Tottenham’s experience should see them through.

BEST BET: SPURS TO WIN & OVER 2.5 GOALS @ 8/5

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Blackburn v Manchester United (4:15pm)

Blackburn are having a torrid season and with the well-oiled Mourinho machine gathering momentum this is a no brainer.

BEST BET: MARCUS RASHFORD TO BE FIRST GOALSCORER @ 15/4

RASHFORD

Monday

Sutton v Arsenal (7:55pm)

Congratulations Sutton, but sorry this is where it ends. With Arsenal’s rich FA Cup history and Wenger’s desperation for a trophy expect Arsenal to run out easy winners.

BEST BET: OVER 2.5 GOALS TO BE SCORED BY HALF-TIME @ 3/1

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MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Tuesday Twosome – a duo of top tips!

You already know that your club betting service gives you more than any other high street bookie: We give your club free kit and equipment – plus we give back 20% of revenues!

And now we are attempting to find a couple of bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Two out of three again on Monday, but you would have made money backing all of them. Here’s our offering for Tuesday, March 31…

Football: Italy v England

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England’s greatest: Wayne Rooney

Revenge for the 2-1 World Cup defeat, the latest goal-scoring escapades of Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney potentially becoming England’s all-time top scorer – there are plenty of talking points ahead of tonight’s friendly.

Italy (Odds: 2.42) have won 10 of the last 17 meetings, including three of the last five and England’s record against the Italians is not a good one – just two wins since 1977 (12 meetings).

Since the 2-1 World Cup defeat, England (Odds: 2.96) have won all seven of their matches but Italy away is the toughest test since the debacle of Brazil 2014. And no, we will not forget another one of Steven Gerrard’s finest hours against Uruguay.

Wayne Rooney is on course to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 all-time England goals, many of which were accumulated in the Home Internationals. It is unfair to compare the two – England were a greater force in World football in Charlton’s era, and the Three Lions rarely played minnows outside of the Home Nations as they do now.

No English player has scored 50 goals in international football. A Rooney hat-trick can take him to the magical half century of goals for England. He has 47 goals in 102 internationals, so his statistics suggest he is slightly odds against to score in any match for England.

Harry Kane scored the fourth-fastest goal as a debutant for England in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on Friday evening and is set to make his first start. We would not be backing him to score at any time, however.

A glance at his scoring record this season will show that he gets his goals in bursts and can go three or four games without netting. While he has 30 goals to his name, the majority of them have come against weaker teams than Tottenham.

He has notched five goals in 10 games against the top sides – Chelsea (2), Arsenal (2), Manchester United (0), Liverpool (1), Manchester City (0) and Southampton (0). While his confidence is high and he has a happy knack of being in the right place at the right time, Kane still looks something of a flat-track bully.

The Italian defence is unlikely to give him any quarter.

As for the result, we are still patriotic souls and it might be worth backing England to gain at least a draw.

Selection: Double Chance – England and Draw @ 1.55

Tennis: Juan Monaco v Fernando Verdasco

World 46th-ranked Juan Monaco takes on 34th-ranked Fernando Verdasco in one of the more enticing clashes at the Miami Open this afternoon.

Verdasco has won three of the last five meetings, the last of which came at the Shanghai Masters three years ago.

Monaco holds an 8-5 all-time series advantage and five of those eight wins came in two sets, and we think he is a value punt to upset the odds again.

The asterisk with backing Monaco is the surface. Verdasco has lost six of the nine meetings with Monaco on clay courts. Miami is a hard-court surface the pair have split both hard-court meetings.

Verdasco saw off Rafael Nadal in three sets in the last round, following another three-setter with James Duckworth. Monaco’s two wins have both come in straight sets.

And the value lies with the underdog.

Selection: Juan Monaco @ 2.36

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