Must Watch FA Cup Games This Week – With Free Soccer Betting Picks!

Posted by Aaron . on January 4, 2016 in

After the first set of games in the English Premier League 2016 calendar, English Football now shifts focus to the oldest cup football, the FA Cup. The cup ties are scheduled for this weekend, starting Friday and ending Sunday, offering clubs an opportunity to face-off with some of their rivals in do-or-die knock-out encounters. Among the top games to bet on in the FA Cup soccer lines, Arsenal faces Sunderland, Leicester takes on Tottenham, Manchester United clash against Sheffield, while Manchester City takes a trip to Norwich City. Below are a few insights into the games, including free FA Cup soccer betting predictions and picks.

Must Watch FA Cup Games This Week – With Free Soccer Betting Picks!

Arsenal vs. Sunderland, Saturday 9th January, 3:00 pm, Emirates Stadium

Analysis: The Gunners are enjoying one of their best seasons since the last time they won the premier league, currently sitting atop the league. Although their last game ended with a scrappy win over Newcastle, it ensured they moved ahead of Leicester by two points. Their focus now shifts to the FA Cup as they host Sunderland, hoping to successfully defend their title. Arsenal beat Sunderland the last time out, to stretch their unbeaten record against Sunderland to seven games in all competitions.  They will however go into this game without the services of Mikel Arteta, Alexis Sanchez, Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Santiago Cazorla, who are all out injured.

Sunderland, on the other hand, boast of having knocked out Arsenal the last time the two met in the FA cup, thanks to a Richardson 40th Minute strike and an Oxlade-Chamberlain own goal. It seems like they will need to be at their very best to beat an Arsenal side that is enjoying a form of their life. Sunderland lies 19th in the English table, despite beating their fellow strugglers Aston Villa last weekend. They have also suffered a number of injuries that might affect their performance in this game. They will be without Adam Matthews, Jack Rodwell, John O´Shea, Sebastian Larsson and Younes Kaboul. All that considered, an Arsenal victory looks more likely

Betting Prediction: Arsenal 2, Sunderland 1.

Norwich City vs. Manchester City, Saturday 9th January, 3:00 pm, Carrow Road

All roads lead to Carrow Road on Saturday, as Norwich take on a tough opponent in Manchester City. Straight from beating Southampton by a solitary goal, confidence seem to be high in Carrow Road. Norwich has now won its last two games at home and would kill to keep this record. A win would see them avenge their recent 2-1 loss to the Citizens in the league. The trio of Gary Hooper, Matthew Jarvis and Andre Wisdom will be out of this game due to injuries.

Meanwhile, Manchester City has had an uncertain season, despite having one of the best squads in English football. They currently lie third in the league behind Arsenal and Leicester City. That said, they come into this with a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Watford over the weekend, as they hope to once again bring down the Canaries. The last time the two met in the FA cup was in 1981 fourth round in which the Citizens won 6-0. They will attempt a repeat of this but must do so without Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany, who are both injured and will out for the next few weeks. This game can easily go anywhere, but a Norwich win seems likely, given the way City has been wobbly in recent weeks.

Betting Prediction: Norwich City 2, Manchester City 1.

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Manchester United vs. Sheffield United, Saturday 9th January, 5:30 pm, Old Trafford

A few seasons ago, this game would have been more of a mismatch, putting Man United on top of things. But the recent results and form that the Red Devils has shown the Man United is beatable by nearly anyone. Man United come into this game after a much-needed win against Swansea, but that was after a series of dismaying draws and losses that nearly cost their manager his job. Statistically speaking, Sheffield are not what they were some years back, but Manchester must be weary, particularly since Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Luis Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo will all be missed from the Man United squad.

Sheffield United has only beaten Man United once in their last eight encounters, with united winning the other seven. The last time the two met, Sheffield United lost by two goals to nil, back in 2007 in the Premier League. Sheffield seems to be always on the receiving end of defeats, as the last time they played Man United in the FA cup was in 1995 and again they lost 2-0, thanks to strikes from Eric Cantona and Mark Hughes.  As a tradition, Manchester United will give its youngsters a chance with this, so Sheffield could have something here, but a Man United win is more likely.

Betting Prediction: Man United 2, Sheffield United 0.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City, Sunday 10th January, 4:00 pm, White Hart Lane

This weekend, London will be lighting up for what could easily go down as the best encounter of the weekend when Spurs host Leicester. Despite the one-all draw against Everton on the road last weekend, Spurs have been on a good run of results, leaping over the likes of Manchester United to sit fourth in the league table. They are just three points away from third place and four points separates them from Leicester City. Spurs will miss Nabil Bentaleb, Alex Pritchard, Clinton N’Jie and Moussa Dembélé, who are all out injured.

Leicester has seen how simple slip ups can change a lot in English football, as they have been overtaken by Arsenal at the top of the Premier League. A loss to Liverpool and a draw against Bournemouth has ensured they continue to endure a rough patch in their game. The bad news of Vardy’s injury means a blow to them as the current Premier League top scorer will have to sit out for a few weeks with a groin injury. Others on their injury list include Matthew James and Jeffrey Schlupp. Leicester has knocked out Spurs in their last two FA Cup encounters, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they did so once again. But with the home advantage and momentum on Tottenham’s side, we believe the home side will emerge victorious in a tight high-tempo game

Betting Prediction: Tottenham 2, Leicester 1.