Fri, Mar 10, 3:19pm by Staff Writer
Chelsea can advance to the FA Cup semifinals with their enviable Premier League lead intact with a win over Manchester United in a split English football round this weekend.
With just four round 28 Premier League matches scheduled this week, all eyes will be on the FA Cup quarterfinals, with Chelsea’s march toward a domestic double grabbing most attention.
Jose Mourinho has indicated he will field a full-strength team at his old club, despite crucial Premier League and Europa League matches coming up.
United are a strong chance for a top-four spot in the EPL, while a Europa League title is also on the cards after a 1-1 win at Rostov this week.
Chelsea, meanwhile, appear to be able to do no wrong. The Blues have a 10-point buffer atop the EPL – that cannot be narrowed this week – and have rarely looked troubled so far this FA Cup campaign.
William Hill has Chelsea as deserved favourites at $1.85 for the home win, $4.25 for a loss and $3.50 for a draw.
Tottenham, second on the EPL table, are on even shorter odds to down Millwall and continue their impressive domestic season.
The match has plenty of significance for Spurs. Tottenham have not won a trophy since beating Chelsea in the League Cup in 2008.
The match will also be the last FA Cup game ever held at White Hart Lane, with Spurs preparing to move to their new stadium next season.
Manchester City should have little trouble taking the win at Middlesbrough, despite history pointing to the opposite.
Middlesbrough have won the past four of their last five FA Cup encounters with City, the last of which came in 2015.
It will be a very different Middlesbrough facing City at home this week, with Manchester City paying $1.44 for the win against $8 for a loss and $4.50 for a draw.
Arsenal still have a chance to salvage some glory from an otherwise lacklustre season, going into their FA Cup encounter against lowly Lincoln as an almost unbackable favourite, despite crashing out of the Champions League this week.
Lincoln re the first non-League team to make the FA Cup quarterfinals in the last 103 years, but the Imps’ run is expected to go no further, with Arsenal on just $1.08 to win against $23 for a loss and $11 for a draw.
In the Premier League, Liverpool’s home-match against Burnley should prove entertaining, but have little bearing on the EPL table.
Liverpool sit in fourth spot on 52 points behind the Manchester City and Tottenham on 56 and despite paying $1.25 for a win and $12 for a loss, the three points would only serve to cement its spot above Arsenal.
Seventh-placed Everton are also tipped to win their match against West Bromwich Albion, but will still trail United. Everton are on $1.70 for the win and $5.50 for a loss.
Suggested Bet: Chelsea to beat Manchester United at $1.85
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