FA Cup betting previews: Tuesday 27 March
Chelsea and Liverpool have already booked their place in the semi-final of the FA Cup, although there are still two places up for grabs, with matches taking place at White Hart Lane and the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.
Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton Wanderers 19:30
There will be a unique atmosphere at White Hart Lane for this FA Cup quarter final tie, with Bolton returning to the ground which saw Fabrice Muamba suffer a cardiac arrest ten days previously.
The midfielder continues to recover in hospital and his team-mates will be going out to try and book their place in the semi-final with the same motivation levels that saw them beat Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
Wanderers are a 10/1 chance (Bet Victor free bets) to claim victory and reach the semi-final of this competition for the second consecutive season, having been embarrassed by Stoke City at Wembley twelve months ago.
However, it is a tall order to see the Trotters getting past a Tottenham Hotspur side who played pretty well to land a goalless draw at Chelsea on Saturday and a repeat performance will probably be enough to see them line up a last four contest against the same opponents.
Tottenham v Chelsea at Wembley would be a cracker and the home side are a best price 3/10 (Paddy Power) to win in ninety minutes, although they only have one win in the past seven matches which will give the visitors some hope.
Harry Redknapp is likely to opt for a similar team that played well at the Bridge, with Emmanuel Adebayor due a goal and the former Arsenal man is a 4/1 chance (Stan James bookmaker) to score the first goal, while the dangerous Gareth Bale is on offer at 13/2.
We could see a muted start to the game based on what happened in the original tie and perhaps the game will be level at the break before Spurs claim victory in the second half. Draw HT Tottenham FT is on offer at 7/2 with Ladbrokes.
Sunderland v Everton 19:45
Both of these teams could have been forgiven for resting several first team players at the weekend, considering that Tuesday’s quarter final replay will decide which team play a hapless Liverpool side in the semi-final.
However, both Martin O’Neill and David Moyes opted for strong sides in their respective matches against QPR and Swansea, being duly rewarded with confidence-boosting wins ahead of the crunch match at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland played very well to beat Rangers 3-1 and they are marginal favourites at 6/4 (bet365 £200 free bets) to win this match and take a step nearer to the FA Cup final, with O’Neill having enjoyed fine progress with Leicester and Aston Villa in this competition.
The return of Stephane Sessegnon added something extra against QPR and the Benin midfielder got himself back on the scoresheet, with Everton sure to be wary of the player’s runs from midfield.
Sessegnon is a 7/1 chance (Bet Victor bookmaker) to break the deadlock while team-mate Nicklas Bendtner is starting to come good for the Black Cats during his season-long loan at the club and the Dane could prove to be great by scoring first against the Toffees.
However, Everton travel to the north-east off the back of an impressive 2-0 win at the Liberty Stadium and it would be no surprise if they claimed victory in the replay at odds of 21/10 (Stan James).
The visitors claimed a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day and it’s easy to see this game going into extra-time, considering what is at stake for the winner. Sunderland needed an extra thirty minutes to see off Middlesbrough in the fourth round.
The bookies offer 23/10 (Betfred free bets) that the game ends all square and that we see the game go into extra-time.