FA Cup Betting Previews: Sat 17 March 2012

Everton are getting closer to the FA Cup final and a home draw is exactly what the Toffees wanted considering they are beating the best teams in England at Goodison Park right now

Everton v Sunderland latest odds and free bets

Everton are getting closer to the FA Cup final and a home draw is exactly what the Toffees wanted considering they are beating the best teams in England at Goodison Park right now.

Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham have all left Merseyside with their tail between their legs recently and David Moyes’ team must be confident that they can book their place in the last four of the competition on Saturday.

Everton are available at even money (Bet Victor free bets) to claim victory against a Sunderland side that beat their Merseyside rivals last weekend, with the Black Cats having been massively overpriced to win against Liverpool before triumphing 1-0.

Martin O’Neill will be without the suspended Stephane Sessegnon and Lee Cattermole for the contest and perhaps his objective will be to get the tie back to the Stadium of Light where the Wearside team can have another bite of the cherry.

Bet365 offer 12/5 about the two teams playing out a draw and there is nothing to separate the pair in the Premier League at the moment, having both accumulated 37 points from 27 games played.

Sunderland have avoided defeat in half of their 14 away matches and are perhaps overpriced at 7/2 (Stan James £150 free bets) considering that they have a strong defence and haven’t lost on too many occasions since O’Neill took charge.

Nicklas Bendtner is on loan from Arsenal and the Dane has started to get among the goals in recent matches, scoring at St James’ Park in the derby before finding the winner against Liverpool.

Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton Wanderers latest odds, news and free bets

All of a sudden, the clamour for Harry Redknapp to become England manager has died down and that could be partly down to the fact that the 65-year-old has seen his Tottenham side lose three games on the bounce.

Granted, these matches were against Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton, although nobody would have predicted zero points from these contests and this means Spurs are just four points clear of 5th place Chelsea with ten games remaining.

At least they can forget about the Premier League for a few days and focus their efforts into reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup, with the opportunity looking gift-wrapped considering that Bolton Wanderers are the visitors to White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Tottenham are a best price 1/3 (Paddy Power free bets) to beat the Trotters, something they managed to do by a 3-0 scoreline back in December and there is little to suggest that the weekend match will yield a different result.

Sure enough, confidence might have taken a knock in the past fortnight but not to the extent where Bolton should cause too many problems and we might expect to see the in-form Jermain Defoe get on the scoresheet after a brace in the previous round against Stevenage.

The England hopeful is a 7/2 chance to score the first goal of the game and is likely to be flanked by Emmanuel Adebayor, with Redknapp looking to get the confidence levels back up after that trio of losses.

As for Bolton, they didn’t exactly play well when beating QPR last weekend and rode their luck after Clint Hill’s header was ruled out despite the ball crossing the line.

Wanderers are a 10/1 chance to win the match and reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the second consecutive season, with Owen Coyle clearly hoping to get the chance to banish the memory of that 5-0 thumping by Stoke City last season.

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