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Chelsea set to take their good form to the FA Cup fifth round

Sat, Feb 18, 9:43am by Staff Writer

Premier League-leading Chelsea’s run toward a domestic double should continue unabated this week as they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fifth round of the FA Cup this weekend.

Wolves pulled off an upset to eliminate Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield in the previous round last month, but a rampaging Chelsea will be another matter entirely.

Chelsea will have a full strength team at their disposal and will likely be untroubled by the Championship battlers’ giant-killer reputation.

William Hill has Chelsea as deserved $1.36 favourite for the match, with Wolves on $7.50 and $4.50 for the draw.

Manchester City should also progress from this round with an away match at Huddersfield.

Huddersfield will be desperately trying not to think of the massive 10-1 drubbing they suffered at the hands of City in 1987. That match marks Huddersfield’s biggest-ever league loss and City’s bigges- ever win.

While the odds are not as lopsided this time round, City are still on $1.44 for the win, while Huddersfield is paying $6.50 for an unlikely home victory with $4.50 for a draw.

Fulham’s impressive run could end this week when they host miserly Tottenham in a London derby.

Spurs avoided an FA Cup shock in the fourth round when they fell behind three times but fought back to beat Wycombe Wanderers 4-3 at White Hart Lane.

Fulham is paying $4 to down Spurs at home, with Tottenham on $1.75 and $3.75 for a a fifth round replay..

Arsenal have a lot to lose when they head to Sutton United, with calls for long-time coach Arsene Wenger’s scalp in the wake of a 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week.

Non-league side Sutton is experiencing their best-ever FA Cup run, but despite the Gunners’ lacklustre form, that will likely end this week. Arsenal are on $1.16 for the win against $13 for a loss with $6.50 for a draw.

Blackburn Rovers will attempt to roll back the years this weekend when they host former arch-rival Manchester United.

United and Blackburn were engaged in a battle for supremacy in the early years of the Premier League, with Rovers the only side to win the title other than United between 1993 and 1997.

A lot has changed since then and Blackburn, now facing relegation from the Championship, are on $8 to rekindle some of their former glory this week. United are on $1.36 with $5 for a draw.

Middlesbrough have a chance to salvage something from a disappointing season with a win at Oxford.

League One side Oxford will be no easybeat after already knocking Championship clubs Rotherham and Newcastle on their way to a first last-16 appearance since 1994.

Middlesbrough are on $1.50 for the home win, with Oxford on a tempting $6.50 and $4.20 for a draw.

In other matches, Burnley should have little trouble downing Lincoln at home and are paying $1.30 for the win, while Leicester should sneak past Millwall, with $2.40 for the win and $3 for the loss.

Suggested Bet: Take the big four, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City and Man Utd, all to win at $2.87


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