FA Cup Preview – Sunday
Stevenage are renowned FA Cup giant-killers and will be relishing the arrival of Tottenham Hotspur at Broadhall Way. The League One side have already accounted for Hartlepool, Stourbridge, Reading and Notts County en route to the fifth round and will fancy their chances of a further upset against Spurs, who are likely to give several of their regular starting XI a rest ahead of a busy Premier League schedule.
Stevenage come into the game in terrific form with just one defeat in their last 19 games, the departure of manager Graham Westley failing to knock them out of their stride. They’ve come a long way since their non-league days and it’s not that long since Newcastle were on the wrong end of an FA Cup shock in Hertfordshire but the Spurs’ second-string has seen plenty of action this season, acquitting themselves well in the Europa League, and Harry Redknapp will want to keep all of his squad on its toes. Spurs are 9/4 to overcome a two-goal deficit on the handicap and 4/5 to be winning at half time and full time.
Liverpool knocked Brighton & Hove Albion out of the Carling Cup at the Amex Stadium earlier this season and are only 2/7 to put the Seagulls out of a second domestic cup competition this weekend.
It’s difficult to see how Brighton are going to turn the tables on their Premier League opponents, despite picking up a little lately. Gus Poyet’s side grabbed a last-gasp win at Leeds last weekend but were held at home by struggling Millwall in midweek and the effort put into that game will have almost certainly have taken its toll. With no European commitments, the Reds have had a week off since that controversial defeat at Old Trafford and they’ll be keen to make further progress in the FA Cup, despite having already secured one visit to Wembley this season. Albion are well organised and will almost certainly make Liverpool work hard for victory so backing the Draw/Liverpool on the Half Time/Full Time forecast could pay dividends at 3/1. Liverpool to win and Craig Bellamy to score anytime is Evens but Brighton to win on the handicap with a two-goal start also looks value at 10/11. If Steve Gerrard scores the last goal at Anfield, we’ll refund all losing scorecast, correct score and first/last goalscorer singles on the tie.