FA Cup represents a big chance for Liverpool

Stuart Lancaster's England are heavy favourites to beat Italy in the Six Nations at Twickenham
Stuart Lancaster's England are heavy favourites to beat Italy in the Six Nations at Twickenham

As the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham have already bowed out of the competition, Liverpool will see the FA Cup as a brilliant chance to secure some silverware this term.

And bet365 make the Reds 5/1 third favourites, behind holders Arsenal (5/2, Stan James) and Manchester United (11/4, BetVictor) to lift the trophy at Wembley in May.

Brendan Rodgers’s troops reached the fifth round in dramatic circumstances, two late goals giving them a replay success against 10-man Bolton but bookies aren’t expecting Liverpool’s path to the quarter-final to be quite so treacherous.

The Reds head to Crystal Palace, where they’ll kick off as William Hill’s 11/10 favourites to get to the last eight at the first attempt, while the Eagles are Stan James’s 13/5 outsiders and it’s also 13/5, this time courtesy of Paddy Power, for Rodgers’s charges to be taken to another replay.

Following their troubles against Bolton, that stalemate quote is set to attract cash, alongside another goalless affair at 11/1 with Skybet but Liverpool’s form of late has been pretty impressive and they deserve their status as favourites, even though Palace come into the clash in decent shape themselves.

A close encounter nevertheless looks inevitable so a case can be made for an away success by a one-goal margin, available at 11/4 (Stan James), BetVictor price the Reds at 7/1 to register a 1-0 triumph and fit-again frontman Daniel Sturridge will be the punters’ choice at 9/2 in Paddy Power’s first scorer betting.

Tournament jollies Arsenal were drawn at home to Championship opposition but won’t be taking anything for granted given that visiting Middlesbrough accounted for Manchester City in round four.

The Gunners are Winner.com’s 9/20 chances to dispose of the Teesside outfit at the Emirates Stadium, where the upset is rated at 13/2 by Ladbrokes.

On their own patch, Arsene Wenger’s side should be able to get the job done but Boro are more than capable of giving them a few scares along the way.

Stan James’ 5/6 for both teams to find the net catches the eye then, betway go 21/10 about the Gunners winning but also conceding and more accurately, it’s 8/1 (BetVictor) for the hosts to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.

Manchester United couldn’t defeat Cambridge at the first attempt in the last round but they’re just 4/9 with Paddy Power to take just 90 minutes to sidestep Preston at Deepdale on Monday.

Louis Van Gaal’s team are 6/4 via Skybet to prevail ‘to nil’ while at the other end Radamel Falcao could feature and BetVictor quote the Colombian at 17/4 to break the deadlock.

At the Hawthorns, bet365 chalk West Brom and West Ham up at 12/5 to be inseparable and it could also be an inconclusive affair at Villa Park, where BetVictor post an identical 12/5 against Leicester earning a replay against Aston Villa.

Finally, the lowest positioned team left in the competition Bradford have a tremendous cup pedigree but are just 19/20 courtesy of William Hill to come unstuck at the hands of Sunderland, Skybet offer 6/4 about a Stoke success at Blackburn and Derby (7/10, Winner.com) are the pick in their all-Championship scrap with Reading.

The cricket World Cup gets under way this weekend and it’s joint-hosts Australia that rightly get the nod from bookies to ultimately emerge victorious, Winner.com installing the Baggy Greens as their 2/1 jollies.

South Africa (3/1, betway) follow them in the betting but New Zealand look a better bet at 11/2 with Stan James while England have drifted to 10/1 at bet365 despite whispers in some quarters that they might surprise a few people.

Mitchells, Johnson and Starc head the Top Bowler betting at 9/1 and 10/1 respectively via BetVictora, although South Africa’s Morne Morkel is worth considering each-way at 16/1 (William Hill).

With the bat, Ladbrokes make Hashim Amla 8/1 to be the top runs scorer, Paddy Power price Australia’s David Warner is 10/1 at Paddy Power and from an England perspective Skybet rate Ian Bell at a generous 25//1. Eoin Morgan’s team however, are expected to start with a defeat, betway chalking them up as 12/5 outsiders as they take on the well-fancied Aussies (4/9, Stan James).

England made the perfect start to the Six Nations Championship, deservedly seeing off Wales in Cardiff and they should follow that by easing past Italy at Twickenham.

Stuart Lancaster’s men are a banker to prevail and in the handicaps they’re 10/11 with Stan James, when kicking-off 28 points behind the visitors.

At Murrayfield, Scotland benefit from a three-point cushion at odds of 10/11 (bet365) as they entertain Wales and in the other match, BetVictor quote Ireland at 10/11 to overhaul France’s six-point head start in Dublin.

Bet of the week: Australia to win the Cricket World Cup – 2/1 (Winner.com).

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