26 June 2020, by Carl Lewis

FA Cup Quarter-Final Betting Preview and Predictions

The 2020 FA Cup returns this Saturday with Manchester United facing Norwich City in the first quarter-final where all eight remaining clubs are in Premier League for the first time since 2006.

On Sunday, struggling or resurgent Arsenal will take on Sheffield United. Leicester City face Chelsea, while Newcastle United will battle against Pep Guardiola’s defending FA Cup champions Manchester City.

We provide you with betting tips and predictions for the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Saturday 27 June

18:30 – Norwich v Manchester United

Norwich – 6.75
Draw – 4.60
Manchester United – 1.47

The first FA Cup to involve eight Premier League quarter-finalists since 2005/06 continues with Norwich’s first home tie of this edition, with the ‘Canaries’ having failed to score in 2 Premier League home defeats since their Fifth Round triumph.

Consecutive losses add to a run of 5 straight home games involving Norwich in which just one team has scored. However, Norwich saw 4 straight FA Cup matches feature both teams scoring. Norwich rested several key attacking players at the weekend so Norwich may be prioritizing this match.

Manchester United’s have not lost on the road in any competition since Liverpool in January (W5, D3), collecting clean sheets in all 5 wins. United have won ‘to nil’ in their last 2 FA Cup wins adding to a recent record of 10 clean sheets from their last 13 competitive fixtures, all without defeat (W9, D4).

United have won 12 of the 15 meetings between the two sides including their last 3 trips to Norwich. Even with expected squad rotation, the visitors would still be considered favourites against a battling Norwich.

Best Bet: Man United to win to zero at 2.15

Sunday 28 June

14:00 – Sheffield United v Arsenal

Sheffield United – 3.10
Draw – 3.30
Arsenal – 2.40

Sheffield United have struggled to live up to the heights they scaled before the season was halted. They head into the match after suffering 2 consecutive 3-0 defeats to Newcastle and Manchester United in the league and have yet to find the net in their first 3 games since the season restarted. Sheffield did win this fixture, 1-0, in the league earlier this season.

Arsenal, in contrast, are breathing easier after losing 2 league matches against Manchester City and Brighton but on Thursday they finally got a 2-0 win over Southampton away from home. The quick turnaround time might be a factor as Sheffield had a day longer to recover, but the momentum is with Arsenal.

Best Bet: Arsenal to qualify at 1.80

17:00 – Leicester City v Chelsea

Leicester – 2.90
Draw – 3.45
Chelsea – 2.45

It’s been a timid restart for Leicester who played out 2 draws against Watford and then Brighton in the Premier League. Leicester have found their way to the quarter-finals after 3 ‘to zero’ wins against teams in lower divisions.

Chelsea will be buzzing after a 2-1 win over Manchester City in what was an impressive display on Thursday night – it was also their second 2-1 win since the restart. However, Leicester would have had 2 more days of rest than them. Interestingly, the two sides have not been separated in their last 3 meetings, with 3 draws in a row.

Best Bet: BTTS and over 2.5 goals at 2.05

19:30 – Newcastle v Manchester City

Newcastle – 15.25
Draw – 7.25
Manchester City – 1.19

Newcastle have had a decent haul of results since the restart against two promoted sides in the Premier League, they beat Sheffield 3-0 and drew with Aston Villa 1-1. They also stuttered their way into the quarter-finals with victories over Rochdale, Oxford United and then WBA. This fixture in the league ended 2-2 last year in November.

Manchester City will be licking their wounds after a humbling 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Thursday which confirmed Liverpool’s new status as Premier League champions. On paper, this looks like an easy one for City who are on the hunt for their own ‘cup treble’.

Best Bet: Man City to win to zero at 1.71


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