Who Makes it to Wembley From This Weekend’s FA Cup Quarterfinals?

There may well be five Premier League games taking place this weekend including Liverpool facing a crucial clash away to relegation-bound Fulham, but the main focus for many people will be the four FA Cup Quarterfinal ties which will be played across Saturday and Sunday this week.

The eight teams remaining in the competition are just one step away from a Wembley semifinal, and two steps from playing in the showpiece final itself in May. While for the top teams remaining in the competition, that may just be another Wembley appearance, for the lesser teams it remains a hugely enticing carrot and motivation to progress.

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In this article, we are now going to take a closer look at each of the four quarterfinals and give you some of the tips we feel stand a great chance of earning you a few bob at the expense of the bookmakers.

FA Cup Quarterfinals

Saturday 16th March

Watford v Crystal Palace (12.15pm)

How they reached the quarterfinals

Watford

  • Round 3 – (A) v Woking – W 2-0
  • Round 4 – (A) v Newcastle Utd – W 2-0
  • Round 5 – (A) v QPR – W 1-0

Crystal Palace

  • Round 3 – (H) v Grimsby Town – W 1-0
  • Round 4 – (H) v Tottenham – W 2-0
  • Round 5 – (A) v Doncaster Rovers – W 2-0

This promises to be a very competitive game between these two sides who, a couple of results apart, have been in generally good form over the last few weeks and both have very similar records in the FA Cup so far too, winning all three of their matches at the first attempt and scoring five goals in the process, with none in reply.

Clearly one of those records will have to go on Saturday lunchtime and with Watford being the slightly more consistent of the two teams and playing at home, it is easy to see why the bookies have the Hornets as the favourites to win this game.

However, I am not going to back them here as although Palace are the underdogs in the tie, they do have a proven record of success in the FA Cup, more so than Watford and I think they have the individual players capable of producing magic on the day and with an FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley as the carrot, I am going to back Palace to sneak the win here at 2/1.

Swansea City v Manchester City (5.20pm)

How they reached the quarterfinals

Swansea City

  • Round 3 – (A) v Aston Villa – W 3-0
  • Round 4 – (H) v Gillingham – W 4-1
  • Round 5 – (H) v Brentford – W 4-1

Manchester City

  • Round 3 – (H) v Rotherham United – W 7-0
  • Round 4 – (H) v Burnley – W 5-0
  • Round 5 – (A) v Newport County – W 4-1

Can you make any convincing case for Swansea to win this game. Well they have scored ten goals in the FA Cup so far, and conceded just two an dtheir home record in this competiton is excellent. Howeer they have had a middling season in the Championship and there’s nothing to suggest that they are going to cause an upset here on Saturday.

That’s not really down to any failing on their part, it is just that Manchester City are in imperious form at the moment and after their 7-0 demolition of Schalke 04 in the week, the Citizens look more than capable of not just winning this game, but it is hard to see any team stopping them from winning the FA Cup itself.

With City in unstoppable form in all competitions, it is hard to make any case for Swansea here and there is a good reason why Man City are 1/7 to win the game with the bookmakers, that is because I am convinced that they will and with relative comfort too.

Wolves v Manchester United (7.55pm)

How they reached the quarterfinals

Wolves

  • Round 3 – (H) v Liverpool – W 2-1
  • Round 4 – (A) v Shrewsbury Town – D 2-2
  • Round 4 Replay – (H) v Shrewsbury Town – W 3-2
  • Round 5 – (A) v Bristol City – W 1-0

Manchester United

  • Round 3 – (H) v Reading – W 2-0
  • Round 4 – (A) v Arsenal – W 3-1
  • Round 5 – (A) v Chelsea – W 2-0

This promises to be the most even contest of the weekend and certainly one that deserves its prime time TV slot. Wolves have proved to be a real problem for all of the top six teams at various points this season and they have drawn with United at Old Trafford earlier in the season. United also come into this game on the back of their first league defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Red Devils lost 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to Arsenal last week.

Wolves in contrast earned a very good point, and almost all three, when earning a 1-1 draw away to Chelsea and I think Nuno Santos will pick another strong team for this game, which should be a very entertaining encounter between two footballing teams.

It is rare though that United will lose two games in a row in any competitions and I think they will be really up for this one as the FA Cup may be their most realistic chance of silverware this season, as such I am backing United to win this one at 13/10 with bet365.

Sunday 17th March

Millwall v Brighton (2pm)

How they reached the quarterfinals

Millwall

  • Round 3 – (H) v Hull City – W 2-1
  • Round 4 – (H) v Everton – W 3-2
  • Round 5 – (A) v AFC Wimbledon – W 1-0

Brighton

  • Round 3 – (A) v Bournemouth – W 3-1
  • Round 4 – (H) v West Brom – D 0-0
  • Round 4 Replay – (A) v West Brom – W 3-1
  • Round 5 – (H) v Derby County – W 2-1

After having been pushed hard by Championship teams West Brom and Derby County in the last two rounds, Brighton will be under no illusions as to the task facing them when they take on Millwall at the New Den. The Lions have beaten teams from the top three divisions in English football to reach this stage and on home soil, they will certainly be tough to beat.

However, both teams have similar league form with Brighton struggling until last weekends big win over Crystal Palace helped move them away from the drop zone. However, Millwall still remain in a battle at the wrong end of the Championship table and there are those that feel this FA Cup run may not have helped them in their quest to stay in that division.

I expect this one to be a close game and I think there will be just one goal in it at the end, but I am expecting Brighton’s quality in attacking areas to be decisive, assuming of course that Chris Hughton picks a strong team. If not, then he could well find his team in trouble here. I am assuming he will though and as such I am backing Brighton to win at 11/10.