Saturday’s FA Cup Preview, Betto’s back…we found him!

Betto had a week off last week, the truth was he was AWOL – he claims he wasn’t sure where he was after being on the beers with Alan Brazil, although at the minute there is no evidence of this. Thanks for your emails though, we were all concerned such a legend was lost forever. So we have fed him some coffee and he has his betting head on as we preview this weekend’s FA Cup ties. Always the hardest to predict, but still one of the most exciting competitions in the world where dreams really can come true. Giant Killings? Goals galore? We shall see…


Chelsea vs Everton

FA Cup 4th Round Replay

12.30pm Kick Off Live on ESPN

Everton will feel hard done by not to already be in the next round, but Chelsea have shown they are resilience and you can never write them off. This replay could be a cracker, both meetings in league and cup have ended in a draw between the two sides, so Everton will not fear the trip to Stanford Bridge. Both finalists in 2009 the two have a great cup pedigree, but an exit from the cup now could allow Chelsea to concentrate on finishing in the top four of the Premier League and continuing their run in the Champions League, so this one is far from clear cut.

Betto: Everton’s only chance of silverware this season vs Chelsea’s tough schedule, but will to win…Call me a cynic, but an Everton win all the way.


Birmingham vs Sheffield Wednesday

FA Cup 5th Round

3.00pm Kick Off Live on Setanta Ireland

Birmingham have been stuttering as a team of late and will be desperate to continue this cup run, but how greedy to they want to be, they are already in the Carling Cup final. Sheffield Wednesday’s cup run has really been the highlight of another tough season for the Yorkshire club. Gary Megson has not registered his first win since taking over the club and what a great time to potentially do it. Birmingham are set to rotate the squad, so the Owls have a real chance – but can the giant killings keep going?

Betto’s Banter: Great chance for the Owls to progress, but Birmingham are no mugs. The players coming in for Birmingham will be hungry to impress…this one will come down to attitude and an early goal. Home win.


Fulham vs Bolton

FA Cup 5th Round

3.00pm Kick Off

This all Premiership matchup is one to savour, on paper it may not seem the most exciting of games, but after the last few years Fulham are good in cup competitions and Bolton have been impressive all season so it could be a good one. Bolton go in to the game with a mini defensive crisis, but with the addition of Wheater to the squad, losing Zac Knight should not be such a big blow. Fulham are unbeaten in the last 4 games and have been able to field a consistent team, so things are looking up for the cottagers.
Betto’s bet: neither team will want another game, but this one looks like a draw.


Stoke vs Brighton

FA Cup 5th Round

3.00pm Kick Off

You can picture it now, the team coach heading up to Stoke, all the players chilling with their headphones and iPad’s…then you have Gus Poyet bouncing up and down on his seat, asking the bus driver ‘are we nearly there yet?’. You can understand his excitement, Brighton are still riding high at the top of League One and are full of confidence after beating Championship opposition in Portsmouth and Watford. Stoke are still mid-table in the Premier League and will be motivated to progress in the cup. They have a full strength squad for the match and know that reaching the final of the FA Cup could be the best chance of reaching Europe next season, so plenty to play for.

Betto’s bet: Brighton are high on confidence and on a great run, but Stoke are a tough but to crack. Close game, Stoke should be too big to handle.


Manchester United vs Crawley Town

FA Cup 5th Round

5.15pm Kick Off Live on ITV 1

If there ever was a David versus Goliath tie, this is it, well actually it is Red Devil versus Red Devil in what could be a magical football match. What a story tale it has been for Crawley Town so far, this is what football is all about and this is the tie that the Crawley players must have dreamt about. What a chance for Crawley, with Manchester United ready to rest some of their stars, they may just fancy their chances. It is going to take 199% effort from Crawley, but they have nothing to lose…the pitch is the same, the game is the same, and the ball is still round, so why couldn’t they cause another upset?

Betto’s Banker: I would love Crawley (big shout to David Hunt) to win, but you just can’t see it in a million Saturdays. Fitness will tell in the later stages even if they keep it tight. Crawley, I love ya, but Manchester United to take this one.

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  2. Tony@Boca says:

    Greedy agents that convince players to have no affinity or loyalty to clubs makes football boring

  3. MikeD says:

    Crawley 10,000 – 1 anyone????

  4. Shearer#9 says:

    I think Betto should go driking with Brazil more often……..and hopefully replace Irani at breakfast and punch Andy Gray in the face when making his debut at talksport towers…

    Also – Betto has come up trumps apart from the draw at the Cottage (but what about the other ties?)

  5. Toffee Man says:

    He was probably on the sauce again, over did it with the Saturday predictions and got smashed on his winnings! Big shout for the Toffee’s lad, Chelsea can’t handle us ASHLEY COLE UNLUCKY!!!

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