Can Wolves put an end to Bristol City’s unbeaten streak?
The FA Cup fifth-round continues this weekend, with a place in the quarter-final awaiting the winners.
The Championship’s form side Bristol City host the best of the rest in the Premier League in Wolverhampton Wanderers. Elsewhere, League One’s Doncaster Rovers play Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace at the same time as an all-Championship clash in Wales, with Swansea City playing Brentford.
Will the Magic of the FA Cup help cause another shock? We’re on hand to give you our top tips ahead of today’s matches…
Bristol City v Wolves (BT Sport 2, 1pm)
Lee Johnson’s side extended their unbeaten run to 15 games at the weekend with a 2-1 home win against QPR. They’ve not been beaten since they visited Leeds at the back end of November.
Wolves have surpassed expectations already this season and sit in seventh in the league. They required a replay against League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town in the last round, and grabbed an equaliser with the last kick of the game in their last league match at Newcastle.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side come into the tie as favourites to make it through. They’re 17/20 to win. The Robins are 17/5 to spring a ‘shock’ result here, though their form coming into the game is much better than their opposition and could be crucial in a tight match-up.
Raul Jimenez is Wolves top scorer this season, netting 11 times already. He’s 4/1 favourite to open the scoring, or 6/4 anytime.
Wing-back Matt Doherty has six this term, three of which came in the two fourth-round games. He’s 10/1 to score anytime.
Famara Diedhiou is the Robins top scorer, and he’s favourite to score for the Bristolians at 13/5 anytime.
Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace (BBC One, 4pm)
Palace boss Hodgson will be calling upon all of his FA Cup experience to get the South-East London side prepared to avoid a shock defeat.
After knocking one of the favourites for the competition – Tottenham – out in the last round, Palace will want to dispatch Doncaster too and put their name in the hat for the quarter finals.
The home side are underdogs to win the game at the Keepmoat Stadium at a price of 17/4, but they come in to the game on a four match unbeaten streak, winning the last two.
The Eagles are 6/10 to make it through. Palace’s deadline-day loanee Michy Batshuayi could make his FA Cup bow alongside fellow Belgian Christian Benteke. They’re both 9/2 favourites to open the scoring, or 8/5 anytime.
Luka Milivojevic is the top scorer for the Eagles this season, and he’s always on penalty duty. He’s 9/5 to score anytime, and most likely if they’re awarded a spot-kick.
Donny have scored three in each of their last two games, and if you fancy them to bag two or more against Palace, that’s 3/1.
Their star striker John Marquis has 21 goals this season. He’s favourite to score anytime for the Rovers at 21/10.
Swansea City v Brentford (BBC Wales, 4pm)
These two sides have already met once this season in the Championship, with Swansea coming out 3-2 winners despite being three goals to the good in 27 minutes.
Brentford needed a replay to overcome non-league Barnet in the last round. Swansea dispatched League One Gillingham with ease, winning 4-1 at the first time of asking.
This is one of the most evenly matched games in this round of games according to the odds. The home side are slight favourites at 8/5 with our traders, but Brentford will fancy their chances and are priced at 13/8.
Both sides have strikers that are bang in form, so it’s hard to look past both sides scoring. Both Teams to Score is 4/6.
Oliver McBurnie is having a great season for the Swans, and has bagged 16 goals already this campaign. He’s 4/1 to break the deadlock or 6/4 anytime.
The Bees front man Neal Maupay is also on fire this season, and he’s already got 21 goals including three in three FA Cup matches. If Brentford score first, he’s favourite to grab it at 9/2, or he’s 6/4 to get on the score sheet in 90 the minutes.
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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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