Man City vs Liverpool
This is truly a title-defining match. Surely if Liverpool win this one then they go on to win the league from here, surely not even they could ‘slip’ up from that point onwards. On the other side of the coin if City wins they cut Liverpool’s lead to just 4 points and that makes things very exciting indeed. Pep has a poor record against Klopp with only 1 one against the German in 7 matches, but I do believe that stats are there to be changed and Pep is more than capable of doing this. However most alarming is the injury list. De Bruynes not fully fit but that hasn’t factored in that much this season, the most worrying thing for Man City is that Mendy and Delph are out which means either Zinchenko or Laporte will have to play against Mo Salah, and we all know what he did last time he went to City. Speaking of Liverpool, what else can you say but that they have been brilliant and are a top side with quality everywhere. However there have been a few mistakes creeping in and recent games have shown this, although the sides haven’t been good enough to capitalise on this I feel City can. It’s a bold move but I think City might take this as in such a big game we know players like Aguero just love a goal.
Game Changers: Agueroooooo, Silva, Van Dijk and Salah
Back City to win at evens with Ladbrokes
Tranmere vs Tottenham
FA Cup 3rd round normally produces a few thrills and spills and I expect this time around to be no different. Tranmere have been ok in there last five with 2 wins 2 draws and 1 loss, but I feel two draws in their last two games is not exactly a confidence boost going into a game against a Tottenham side who are having no trouble scoring this season. Tranmere does have the Leagues joint top scorer Norwood firing on all cylinders this season with 16 goals and 1 assist to his name which is simply superb at this stage. Tottenham, on the other hand, possess one of the greatest strikers in the world in Harry Kane and its hard to judge the strength of line up Tottenham will put out to see how hard it will be for Tranmere but taking teams from recent years they will field a good line up. In my opinion, I think there will be a lot of goals in this match considering the attacking talent.
Game Changers : Norwood, Jennings, Son and Kane
Back over 3.5 goals at 5/4 with SkyBet
Man United vs Reading
Probably one of the better Fa Cup games this weekend, but let’s be honest after Man Uniteds resurgence and recent form, the question is: do Reading stand a chance? Man United have been brilliant under Solskjaer that’s all you can really say. Pogba’s brilliance has been on show and the team just seems to be a lot more focus, Lukaku’s even scoring! United haven’t lost a game under the new manager and have won every game by two goals or more. Reading new this challenge wasn’t going to be easy but when you haven’t won a game in your last five and go up against this United side, things will be difficult. Reading has also been struggling to score with 2 goals in there last five games. Basically United are going to score a lot of goals in this one.
Game Changers: Pogba, De Gea, Moore and Meyler
Back over 3.5 goals at evens with Ladbrokes
Blackpool vs Arsenal
Blackpool were probably one of the only teams last season to trump Arsenal on the lowest % of attendance in the Football League and things haven’t got any better. Blackpool are 10th which makes the clubs situation even worse with this never-ending protest against the Oyston family. The Seasiders haven’t been in great form either in their last five so this just makes matters a whole lot worse. From one club who hates it owner now we come to Arsenal who have picked themselves back up last week after the humiliating defeat to Liverpool and won 4 – 1 against Fulham. The Gunners are doing pretty well this season considering the never-ending list of injuries they have. Overall I believe Unai Emery will put out a strong side in this one, a side much similar to his Europa League ones and it is this reason that I think Arsenal will score a few past the Seasiders.
Game Changers: Spearing, Dodoo, Lacazette and Ozil
Back Over 3.5 goals at 6/5 with SkyBet
Wolves vs Liverpool
Wolves are just the strangest team. They come back against Tottenham to win 3 -1 and then lose 2 – 0 to Crystal Palace at home. I don’t get it at all. Wolves have an amazing record against the top six this season and with this in mind, you back them to be able to take on Liverpool who will probably have to field a second string side after their game on Wednesday against City. If this is the case it wouldn’t be out of the question for Wolves to win here.
Game Changers: Neves, Jimenez, Salah and Van Dijk
Back Wolves and the draw at 10/11 with SkyBet
Newport County vs Leicester City
The foxes travel down to Newport to face the Exiles. Newport have only won one game in their last five and with 3 losses and one draw in the other games isn’t a confidence booster against a Leicester side who toppled Manchester City. Newport’s top scorer Amond leads the line for them netting 15 goals this season, which will certainly be a worry for Leicester who are prone to making a few mistakes at the back this season. Leicester are seventh in the table this year and top scorer Vardy has been vital in this, as he always has been. I’m sure Leicester wins this but I also think they will be able to score a few here as well.
Game Changers: Amonds, Matt, Vardy and Maguire
Back more than 3.5 goals at 5/4 with SkyBet