The FA Cup continues today with two intriguing ties taking place.
An all Premiership clash between Crystal Palace and Tottenham is followed by Chelsea hosting Championship side Sheffield Wednesday later in the evening. It has been a difficult few weeks for Tottenham. Losing key players Harry Kane and Dele Alli to ankle and hamstring injuries and Son Heung-min departing for the Asian games, the squad depth of Spurs is being robustly tested. There was also midweek disappointment for the North London side as they crashed out of the Carabao Cup on penalties against Chelsea. Pochettino will be hoping his team can bounce back against Palace this afternoon.
Crystal Palace come into the game following an incredibly entertaining 4-3 defeat at the hands of Liverpool. The game displayed the very best of Premier League football and with players like Wilfred Zaha in the side, Palace are always a threat. Missing both first choice goalkeepers, Roy Hodgson has added Lucas Perri on loan from São Paulo to bolster his sides options in goal.
Tottenham have won the last 5 meetings between the sides 1-0 and bookmakers are expecting another tight game between the London sides at Selhurst Park this afternoon.Odds are slightly in favour of a Tottenham victory, but given their mounting injury list, they are at 8/5 for victory prior to kick off.
Defending champions Chelsea seem to be going through a slightly tough period. When a manager openly criticises his players as Sarri did after the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, questions are inevitable asked about the stability of his management.
Strikers have been an issue for the Blues all season, with both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud flattering to deceive in front of goal. Chelsea have signed Gonzalo Higuain from AC Milan in trying to remedy their striker woes.
The Blues reached the semi-final of the Carabao Cup in midweek and Sarri will be hoping his team can progress in this competition as well. After a terrible run of results in late 2018, Sheffield Wednesday have been on a decent run of form lately. They have lost just once in their previous eight games which has included keeping four consecutive clean sheets in their last four games.
The Owls will be backed by 6000 travelling supports who will hope that their team can continue this weekends trend of cup upsets when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are expected to win this tie with odds 10/11 with Marathonbet for a Chelsea victory. Higuain may make his first appearance in English football and odds of 12/1 can be found with Sky Bet for the Argentine poacher to score today.
This is the FA Cup and anything can happen, so don’t be surprised to see an unexpected result take place today.