Chelsea to end goal drought, Zinedine Zidane faces more Madrid misery
Another solid weekend of profit for the column after we correctly tipped Liverpool to turn over Manchester City and Crystal Palace to see off Burnley. The action continues apace in midweek with FA Cup and Copa del Rey games for punters to get stuck into.
Running total: -£58.67
The Home Banker
Norwich City get a free shot at glory on Wednesday as they face Chelsea in their FA Cup third round replay. The Blues could not find a way through at Carrow Road earlier this month and Chelsea will be hoping to snap a sequence of three consecutive 0-0 draws when they take on the Canaries at home. Indeed, Chelsea have drawn all four matches they've played so far in 2018 so with the title race seemingly already run (Chelsea are 15 points behind Manchester City) Antonio Conte will be hoping for another extended adventure in the FA Cup. New signing Ross Barkley could feature on Wednesday, and goals could finally be on the agenda. You can get 2/1 on a Chelsea win and both teams to score and that looks a fair price given Conte will surely instruct his team to be more adventurous in the final third.
The Tasty Treble
Wolves were unlucky not to beat Swansea when the teams met at Molineux first time round and the Championship top dogs could be worth siding with at 19/10 to win the replay. Swansea's main priority this season is survival, though they remain anchored to the foot of the Premier League and these look to be clubs heading in different directions. Elsewhere, West Ham (8/15) should have too much for plucky Shrewsbury at home while Reading (1/2) can also be trusted to finish the job against Stevenage. The FA Cup treble weighs in at better than 11/2 and is not without hope.
The Euro Wager
A Catalan derby this Wednesday as holders Barcelona head to bitter local rivals Espanyol in the Copa del Rey. Barca came from 2-0 down on Sunday to beat Real Sociedad 4-2 on the road and have to be fancied to win in Espanyol, who have struggled in La Liga this season.
The Wildcard Tip
Zinedine Zidane could soon to be heading out of Real Madrid, who have looked a shadow of their former selves this season. Los Blancos have won just one of their last four La Liga games and failed to score in four of their last seven. And despite winning a record five trophies in 2017 and signing a new improved deal at the Bernabeu in September, Zidane is now under huge pressure. They face Leganes in the Copa del Rey on Thursday and Los Pepineros could be worth a small play at 7/1 given how wretched Madrid have looked in recent weeks.
The Bookie Basher
Sheffield Wednesday have not won since Boxing Day and could be vulnerable in their FA Cup third round replay against Carlisle. There was nothing much between the teams at Brunton Park and a 1-0 Carlisle win is available at 12/1 with bet365.
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