Who’ll fill the final two FA Cup Quarter Final places?
Two of the four FA Cup Quarter Final ties have already been filled to completion as Arsenal take on Everton at The Emirates in the opening of the four matches and the last game sees a replay of last year’s final as Manchester City host Wigan Athletic looking for revenge in this competition after losing 1-0 at Wembley last May.
However, Premier League side Sunderland are still waiting to find out who they will be travelling to for a place at Wembley for a second time this season after the Capital One Cup Final next weekend. They will travel to the winner of the 5th round replay between Hull and Brighton who will battle to completion this Monday evening at the KC Stadium.
The other last eight stage sees League One Sheffield United face the winner of the Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton and a home win will set up a Steel City derby between the two Sheffield sides in a match that make it the standout tie of the Quarter Finals. My take on the these Monday Night FA Cup games are as follows.
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
Hull v Brighton 5th Round FA Cup Replay:
Hull – 1.73
Draw – 3.20
Brighton – 4.50
The first meeting of these two sides a week ago saw a 1-1 draw with Brighton looking as if they were going to progress over the Premier League side at the Amex. However, an 85th minute leveller from Yannick Sagbo saw Hull force a replay at the KC Stadium tonight and become favourites to meet Sunderland in the Quarter Finals. This match should be a close one still as that 1-1 draw contained half of the goals scored in the last five matches between the sides since a 2-1 win for Brighton in 2005.
Hull are struggling at the KC Stadium so far this season with just one win, a 6-0 thumping of Fulham in December, in their last six home matches. They have lost two of their last three and have failed to find the net in half of these six home matches. Brighton have lost three of their last six away games and have failed to score in three of their last four on the road. As a result of this poor form and the closeness of their previous matches in recent times I foresee another close match between these sides, with few goals to be scored.
Back -2.5 goals in the Hull v Brighton match @ 1.64.
Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton FA Cup 5th Round:
Sheffield Wednesday – 1.90
Draw – 3.10
Charlton – 3.80
The first playing of this match on February 15th was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Hillsborough, but the sides will meet for the second time this season this Monday evening as they look to reach the final eight stage and face Sheffield United for a place in the Semi Finals.
The sides, both of whom are in the lower reaches of the Championship shared the spoils 1-1 at The Valley earlier this season and things are even between the two teams at Hillsborough as they both have won two and drawn two of the last six Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton games.
Wednesday have won four of their last six at home, although both losses came against Wigan and Derby in their last two home games, while Charlton have won just two, against Oxford and Huddersfield in the FA Cup, in their last ten away games. I feel that the odds on this match are correct with Wednesday being favoured and I’m backing them to progress to the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup to setup a Steel City derby for a place in the final four.
Back Sheffield Wednesday to beat Charlton @ 1.90.