The top-flight teams are back in action this weekend after the winter break, and maybe we should have had a winter break of our own…
We say this as we could only muster one-out-of-three, but with it being an FA Cup weekend, this gives us a chance to bounce back emphatically!
Point of note – due to these games being FA Cup ties, the selections we pick must win in 90 minutes.
(Prices can fluctuate between time of writing and game time, dependant on market activity)
FA Cup Betting Odds
Everton vs Brentford
Our first pick comes from Goodison Park, as Everton host Brentford.
The Frank Lampard era officially begins for the Toffees and they’ll be hoping for a more comfortable game here than the one against Hull City in the previous round.
They needed extra-time to get the better of the Tigers, while Brentford had no problems dispatching Port Vale. However, since that victory, the Bees have lost their last four.
Lampard’s main objective will be to avoid relegation, which feels a strange thing to say given the size of Everton, but a cup run would no doubt boost morale amongst the Goodison Park faithful after what has been a miserable campaign thus far.
We fancy Super Frank to commence his reign on Merseyside with a win at 21/20 (90 mins).
Southampton vs Coventry City
Next up, we’re heading to St. Mary’s as Southampton host Championship side Coventry City.
The Saints beat Swansea City 3-2 after extra time in the third round, while the Sky Blues secured a narrow 1-0 win at home against Derby County.
Southampton also claimed a very respectable 1-1 draw with Manchester City in the last game domestically – a brilliant response to their 3-1 loss to Wolves the game prior to that.
The draw against City means that the Saints have now extended their unbeaten record at St Mary’s to eight matches, albeit winning only three times during this run.
Coventry’s five-game unbeaten run away from home came to an end last weekend when they suffered a slender 1-0 defeat against Middlesbrough.
Only once in the last 12 years have Coventry progressed to the fifth round and we can’t see them overturning Southampton here.
Saints win at 1/2 (90 mins).
Spurs vs Brighton
Finally, we’re heading to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Spurs take on Brighton in another all-Premier League FA Cup clash.
Tottenham experienced mixed fortunes in January, claiming three wins and three defeats across all competitions. Although, all three losses were against London rivals Chelsea without finding the net.
A good cup run would do Spurs wonders you’d imagine, with supporters desperate for them to end their 14-year trophy drought.
Brighton have impressed us this season – and confidence will be high amongst the camp. They head to North London unbeaten in their last seven matches across all competitions, including a 2-1 extra-time win against West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup third round.
However, you feel that Tottenham will be confident of success this weekend as they face a Brighton outfit who they have beaten in each of their last seven home games across all competitions.
We’re leaning towards a Spurs win at 17/20 (90 mins) but should be a cracker this one.
Everton to beat Brentford
Southampton to beat Coventry
Spurs to beat Brighton
Trader’s special price for the treble – 5/1!