There are only eight teams left with a shot at this year’s FA Cup, and the two Manchester clubs are the heavy favorites to claim the silverware. Manchester City are effectively odds-on favorites at this point considering how dominant they have looked for long stretches, but Manchester United have been very lively under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Non-Premier League sides like Swansea City and Millwall would love to spoil the party, yet they have a long way to go.
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Watford FC +133
Crystal Palace +196
Over/Under 2 and 2.5
Both teams are very healthy going into this FA Cup clash, so it’s a bit surprising to see Watford as such a small favorite at home. The Hornets are ahead of Crystal Palace in the Premier League standings, and they have beaten the Glaziers in both prior meetings this season.
In late August, Watford beat Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road 2-1 with goals from Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas, and they mirrored the result on the road against Palace in January, overcoming an own goal with scores from Craig Cathcart and Tom Cleverley to get the win.
The Glaziers are coming off a loss in their most recent game too. They allowed Brighton and Hove Albion to strike twice on the counter, and that led to a disappointing loss for Palace. Look for Crystal Palace to score at least once here though, as they have tallied a goal in every game since a December 30 loss to Chelsea.
Swansea City +1431
Manchester City -749
The only way this draw could have been better for Manchester City would have been if they were facing the Swans at home. Alas, the gods decided to give Swansea a bit of a chance to advance in a result that would be an absolute stunner.
Even though the Citizens were involved in Champions League action on Tuesday, their match with Schalke turned into a laugher and many players were able to take the foot off the gas pedal early. Meanwhile, Swansea played West Brom in a Championship tie on Wednesday, so they will have to worry about fatigue a little more since they don’t have the depth of City.
This is likely to be a laugher. Manchester City have won their three previous FA Cup ties by a combined score of 16-1, and Swansea are a mid-table Championship team.
Wolverhampton Wanderers +206
Manchester United +122
This should be the best match of the weekend. Wolves have had a reputation for being giant killers this season. They have grabbed results against every Big Six team and defeated Chelsea and Tottenham in league play and knocked off Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup. Wolves drew on the road against Old Trafford earlier this year, but a lot has changed since that result.
Manchester United have come on like a wrecking ball. They stunned Paris Saint-Germain to send them crashing out of the Champions League in the Round of 16, and they are now 15-2-2 under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in all competitions. However, the rigors of being involved in multiple competitions have taken their toll on United, and they are dealing with a number of injuries. That gives Wolves a great chance to pick up a result.
Millwall FC +238
Brighton & Hove Albion FC +108
Over/Under 2 and 2.5
Millwall are near the bottom of the Championship table, but the little club that could have been cup darlings before. The Lions made it to the FA Cup Final 15 years ago, and they reached the FA Cup Semifinals in 2013.
The hosts have one of the most raucous fanbases in all of England, and they will make their presence felt against a lower-tier Premier League team. Brighton have not been too impressive when stepping outside their normal counter-attacking game as they are likely to do here.
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