Sam Hendry with his best football fixed odds bets for the weekend
After booking their spot in March’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley, Manchester City can take the next step towards a domestic treble when they travel to Wales to face Cardiff City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Cardiff have been having an excellent season in the Championship, currently lying third in the table just two points off the automatic promotion spots.
But there is little to suggest they can trouble the Premier League champions-in-waiting, whose frontline will be led by their record goalscorer Sergio Aguero.
The Argentine is relishing being City’s only fit senior striker following the injury to Gabriel Jesus and netted a perfect hat-trick in last weekend’s victory over Newcastle.
He also scored twice in City’s third round tie with Burnley and I’m backing him to break the deadlock and set City on their way to the last sixteen at first goalscorer odds of 11/4 (Paddy Power)
In one of two live games on Saturday evening, Liverpool’s quest for an eighth FA Cup triumph continues when they play West Brom at Anfield.
The momentum that Jurgen Klopp’s team had been building was curtailed by their surprise defeat to Swansea last time out and some squad rotation is expected here.
But they should still have more than enough to see off a West Brom side who have squad troubles of their own after an outbreak of flu within the climb this week.
Success in the FA Cup is very much of secondary importance to avoiding relegation for Alan Pardew, whereas Liverpool will see this as their most realistic opportunity of winning a trophy this year.
I’m predicting a 2-0 home victory at odds of 13/2 (SkyBet)
Meanwhile, Swansea look a safe bet to come through their tie away at League 2’s Notts County.
Managed by Kevin Nolan and starring veterans with years of Premier League experience such as Sholas Ameobi and Jon Stead, County are second in the table and progression to the FA Cup fourth round constitutes a great success.
But they’ve taken just one point from their three league games since their shock win away to Brentford in the last round and can look at the way League 2 leaders Luton Town were thoroughly outclassed by Newcastle, a team of similar quality to Swansea, in round three with trepidation.
Carlos Carvalhal is settling in well thus far since his appointment as Swansea boss a month ago, losing only one of his six games in charge.
Confidence will be sky high after their defeat of Liverpool last week and they can keep their good run going with a win here and can be backed at 8/11 (generally) to do so.