Our FA Cup Handicap Tips for the Weekend - 05/02/22

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Ben Wylie

Chelsea vs Plymouth Argyle

Last year's runners-up Chelsea host Plymouth Argyle in an early Saturday kick-off this weekend. The Blues enter this one as strong favourites and are currently third in the Premier League having scored 48 goals. In their last five league games, Thomas Tuchel’s side have scored just six times, however, in between these fixtures, they beat lower league opposition Chesterfield 5-1 in the FA Cup as Chelsea entered the break four goals to the good.

Plymouth have conceded 10 times in their past five league outings, and given this is against League One opposition will face a tough task to keep Romelu Lukaku and co. at bay this weekend at Stamford Bridge. Unsurprisingly, we expect Chelsea to run-a-muck this weekend, with the Blues to win from a -4 handicap priced at 10/3.

FA Cup Predictions

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CHELSEA (-4) VS PLYMOUTH @ 10/3

Crystal Palace vs Hartlepool

Hartlepool face Premier League opposition for the first time in six years as they travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace. Graeme Lee’s side are 17th in League Two, just clear of a relegation battle, however, they are winless in five coming into this one scoring just once in this time.

Since the appointment of Patrick Vieira, Palace have gone from strength to strength and in scoring 31 goals, they are the top scorers in the lower half of the Premier League. With home advantage on their side, expect the Eagles to soar as they have found the net 11 times in their last five at Selhurst Park and with this in mind, our tip is Crystal Palace to win from a -3 handicap priced at 3/1.

FA Cup Predictions

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PALACE (-3) V HARTLEPOOL @ 3/1

Liverpool v Cardiff

Liverpool welcome Cardiff City in a FA Cup tie that should be a routine victory in the eyes of Jurgen Klopp. Despite star forwards Mohamed Salah and Saido Mane at the AFCON throughout January, the Reds have still been clinical, scoring 12 times in their last five games across all competitions.

In contrast, visitors Cardiff have been defensively disastrous all season, as in conceding 48 times, they have the fourth-worst goals against record in the Championship.

Aided by forward Diogo Jota, Liverpool's recent goals have surprisingly come from defensive midfielder Fabinho, with the Brazilian finding the net four times in the past five games despite scoring just four in his previous 142 appearances for the Reds.

Given how Klopp’s side are the Premier Leagues top scorers and visitors Cardiff have struggled at the back all season, we think the Bluebirds are in for a torrid trip to Anfield this weekend, with our tip Liverpool to win from a -3 handicap priced at 10/3.

FA Cup Predictions

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LIVERPOOL (-3) V CARDIFF @ 10/3

Manchester City v Fulham

Having spent the start of 2022 scoring for fun in the Championship, Fulham travel to the Etihad for perhaps the toughest test in English football in an away trip to Manchester City.

Since the turn of the year, Fulham have scored a staggering 23 goals in just five league games, including back-to-back 6-2 wins over Bristol City and Birmingham City, following a 7-0 demolition of Reading.

The Cottagers will face a stern City defence who have conceded just 14 in the league whilst scoring 54 times themselves, as Pep Guardiola’s men sit nine points clear at the top of the league and have played sublime football lately. Although Marco Silva’s side have been formidable in the Championship, we expect the class of the Sky Blues to shine through with Man City priced at 5/2 to win from a -3 handicap.

FA Cup Predictions

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CITY (-3) V FULHAM @ 5/2

West Ham vs Kidderminster Harriers

After a late shock victory over Reading in the previous round, the lowest ranking side remaining in the cup, Kidderminster Harriers, welcome West Ham United to the Aggborough Stadium.

Realistically, the Harriers have no ambition of winning the cup, so hosting Premier League opposition in their 6,000-seater stadium will already feel like a victory to Russel Penn’s men.

The visitors come into this one as overwhelming favourites, currently fifth in the Premier League having scored 13 times in their last five league games. While the Harriers have made a valiant effort in getting this far, West Ham boss David Moyes will expect his win easy here.

FA Cup Predictions

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WEST HAM (-3) V KIDDERMINSTER @ 3/1

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