FA Cup weekend – here are Sam Hendry’s two best bets

Manchester City vs Burnley – Saturday 3pm

Burnley’s humongous odds of 30/1 with Paddy Power show Pep Guardiola’s side are not expected to have much trouble reaching the 5th round.

Such outrageous odds in a match between two teams in the same league makes it worthwhile backing Burnley on the chance that City have an off-day (it does happen occasionally), but more realistically they will face the same fate as many others who have visited the Etihad in the last few years.

City’s 9-0 win over Burton Albion in their League Cup semi-final first leg allowed them the luxury of playing essentially a reserve side in the second leg on Wednesday, which means the first teamers will be back in line for a starting spot today.

Gabriel Jesus will probably get the nod up front and is /1 generally to score first while City to win at a -3 handicap is 7/5 with Paddy Power

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur – Sunday 4pm

One venue where an underdog could prevail is Selhurst Park when Palace take on injury-ravaged Spurs.

Palace haven’t been great at home this season, but they’ve shown they can hold their own against the big teams as evidenced by their surprise win over Man City and their dramatic 4-3 loss to Liverpool last week.

Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko both limped off during Spurs’ defeat to Chelsea midweek and they can ill-afford any more injury setbacks with Arsenal, Man United and the Blues breathing down their neck in the race for Champions League spots.

With a bigger squad Spurs may have looked to prioritise the FA Cup as a way to win a first trophy under Mauricio Pochettino, but with another round of Premier League fixtures to be played during the week, they are expected to rotate as much as possible.

While he would never admit so publicly, you suspect that Pochettino would quietly accept defeat here and a few more free weeks until the end of the season. A Crystal Palace win can be backed at 9/5 with Betfred and BetVictor

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