ALEX CROOK FA CUP PREVIEW

AUTHOR: Lewis Williams

ALEX CROOK PREVIEW: Tuesday FA Cup Preview

talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent ALEX CROOK looks ahead to an exciting Tuesday evening of FA Cup football on television…


🟠 LUTON V MANCHESTER CITY 🔵
8pm – ITV

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Manchester City’s quest for a double treble continues as they head to Kenilworth Road and it would be a major upset if Pep Guardiola’s men failed to book a place in the quarter finals.

Since returning from their victorious Club World Cup campaign in December the FA Cup holders have won 11 and drawn one of their 12 matches and are also 17 games unbeaten in all competitions.

Luton, in contrast, have lost their last three matches and suffered the psychological blow of dropping back into the relegation zone after Everton successfully partially reduced their 10-point deduction for breaking Premier League spending rules.

City are heavy odds on favourites to progress to the last eight, which is no surprise. However, Luton have scored in all but one of the last 16 matches and Pep’s men had to come from behind to win in Bedfordshire when the two sides met in the league.

I think City to win in 90 minutes and both teams to score at ? with starsports.bet is the way to play it, especially as the visitors have struggled for clean sheets over the course of the season.

With a home Manchester derby on Sunday to prepare for Guardiola is likely to rotate his starting eleven.

Julian Alvarez only came on as a late substitute in the weekend win at Bournemouth so would expect to start. Alvarez to score the first goal is ? with starsports.bet.

Oscar Bobb has also started in the two previous rounds and, if he plays, I will be backing the Norwegian to celebrate signing a new contract in style. Bobb is ? with starsports.bet to score at any time.


🔵 BLACKBURN V NEWCASTLE ⚫️
7.45pm – BBC One

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Newcastle face a potentially tricky trip to Blackburn for the Alan Shearer derby as they bid to bounce back from Saturday’s chastening 4-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Manager Eddie Howe has not hidden the fact the Ewood Park clash could be a season-defining one for the Magpies, who are facing an uphill battle to qualify for Europe via the Premier League.

Howe is therefore guaranteed to name a strong line-up as he knows the significance of attempting to win the FA Cup for the first time in 1955 to the club’s success-starved fans. Blackburn, six times cup winners, are yet to win under new manager John Eustace and, like their visitors, are not the force they were last season.

However, in 18-goal Sammie Szmodics, they can boast to have the Championship’s leading scorer in their ranks. Szmodics will be hopeful of adding to his tally against Newcastle defence that has been leakier than a broken tap in recent weeks.

Newcastle have already come through difficult away games against arch-rivals Sunderland and fellow Premier League outfit Fulham to reach the round of 16.

If they go about their task in the same professional manner as they handled the trip to the Stadium of Light in particular, Howe’s team should have more than enough quality to avoid falling victim to a giant-killing.

As well as a single on Szmodics to score at any time at ? with starsports.bet I will be backing a build-a-bet of Newcastle to win in 90 minutes, Sczmodics to score and over 3.5 goals at 7.5/1.

ALEX CROOK


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