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Sam Hendry previews this weekend’s FA Cup matches

Swansea vs Manchester City – Saturday 5.20pm

Having strolled through to the Champions League quarter finals with a 7-0 hammering of Schalke, Man City should have similarly little trouble in brushing aside Swansea and keeping their hopes of a historic quadruple alive.

The 2011 winners are not infallible, as proven by their shock defeat to Wigan Athletic in last year’s competition, and that can give Swansea fans the briefest glimmer of hope.

Pep Guardiola has so far resisted the temptation to heavily rotate his team for FA Cup matches, but such is the strength in depth that the Premier League leaders possess four or five players can drop in and out without affecting their overall quality.

One of those players to come in will likely be Gabriel Jesus who has found game time hard to come by this season as a result of Sergio Aguero’s tremendous form.

Despite that the Brazilian still has a decent goals-per-minute ratio and will be eager to make another good impression here. He is 16/5 to score two or more with BetVictor.

Wolves vs Manchester United – Saturday 7.55pm

This is the undoubted tie of the round as Nuno Espirito Santo’s high-flying Wolves take on last season’s beaten finalists.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be well aware that if he can go one step further than that, and secure a top four finish (with the added bonus of having already reached the last eight of the Champions League) then it will be impossible for the United board not to offer him the job.

Wolves have a remarkable record against top six teams this season and were very close to beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last week only to be denied by an injury time Eden Hazard equaliser.

The two couldn’t be separated when they met at Old Trafford earlier in the season and another draw could be on the cards here – and with the replays no longer in play at this stage, the game would go to extra time and penalties.

It is 9/4  for the game to be a draw at 90 mins.

Millwall vs Brighton – Sunday 2pm

Millwall may be languishing in 19th in the Championship but this will be far from a walkover for their Premier League opponents.

The last five top-flight sides to visit The Den all walked away defeated, including Everton in a dramatic encounter in the fourth round.

There is sure to be a raucous atmosphere as the cup specialists aim for another big day out at Wembley, but injuries and suspensions to some key figures might have come at the wrong time.

Brighton haven’t been enjoying a great 2019 and are in danger of being dragged into a relegation battle, but I think they will have just enough steel and savvy to fend off The Lions in a low scoring contest.

Brighton to win and under 2.5 goals in the game is available at 100/30 with BetFair

 

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