The two Manchester clubs are the only Big Six clubs still alive in the FA Cup, and they are the favorites to win the cup. Manchester City are certainly the favorites to win it all, and they are likely odds-on to win their first FA Cup since 2011 at this point. They have a chance to win an unprecedented quadruple after winning the Carabao Cup, and they have an incredibly favorable draw. Manchester United are the most recent champions still alive. The 12-time FA Cup champions will be tested by a very good Wolverhampton side in their bid to win some hardware this season.
- Date and Time: March 16, 2019, 8:15 a.m. ET
- Location: Vicarage Road, Watford, England
- Betting Line: Watford PK and -0.5, O/U 2 and 2.5
I figured that Watford would be a bigger favorite here. The Hornets have looked better in the Premier League than the Glaziers have this campaign, and they have knocked off Crystal Palace 2-1 in both of their EPL meetings. Crystal Palace are coming off a home loss to Brighton last weekend too. They controlled possession, but allowed two goals on four shots in a 2-1 defeat. Palace have scored at least one goal in every game since a December 30 loss to Chelsea.
- Date and Time: March 16, 2019, 1:20 p.m. ET
- Location: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales
- Betting Line: Manchester City -2 and 2.5, O/U 3.5
This is likely to be a rout. Swansea are in the middle of the table in Championship, and they are coming off a 3-0 loss to West Brom on Wednesday. The Swans don’t have the depth of City to use high-quality reserves in a bid to save players, and that’s just one of a number of problems they’ll have here. Manchester City have outscored opponents by a combined 16-1 in their three previous FA Cup ties. They have not taken their foot off the gas pedal in this competition like they did in others, and that’s likely to be bad for the Swans.
- Date and Time: March 16, 2019, 3:55 p.m. ET
- Location: Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, England
- Betting Line: Manchester United PK and -0.5, O/U 2.5
This is going to be the best match of them all this weekend. Wolverhampton have been giant killers this season. Wolves have notched a result against every Big Six club, and they sent Liverpool crashing out of the FA Cup earlier in this competition. They defend like their lives depended on it, and that has given most top teams enormous problems. Manchester United are in top form though. Despite a Premier League loss to Arsenal last weekend, the Red Devils are 15-2-2 under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and they will test this defense.
- Date and Time: March 17, 2019, 10 a.m. ET
- Location: The Den, London, England
- Betting Line: Brighton PK and -0.5, O/U 2 and 2.5
The Lions have had a lot of success in the FA Cup despite being a second- to third-tier club for almost their entire existence. They have reached the semifinals of the FA Cup five times, and Millwall made it all the way to the FA Cup Final back in 2004. That past success seems to have had an impact on this line. Brighton have not been too impressive this season either, and they will be in an unfamiliar spot as they are unlikely to counterattack.
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I like Watford to get the win against Crystal Palace, and I like the over in that game too. The line in City-Swansea is too big for me to take either way, and I don’t like anything on Sunday either. However, I do think Wolves will be able to pick up a result at home, so taking them on the goal line is a good bet.
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