Sunday 11 December 2016

Kevin Palmer's FA Cup weekend flutter in aid of Temple Street Hospital

Published 30/01/2016 | 10:57

Enner Valencia is 7/1 to score first when West Ham play Liverpool
Enner Valencia is 7/1 to score first when West Ham play Liverpool

The FA Cup returns to the English football spotlight this weekend, with this enduring unpredictable season throwing up yet more potential shock results.

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It may seem as if the Premier League big-hitters are certainties to make progress to the last-16 of the world’s most celebrated domestic cup competition, but this campaign has served to remind us that nothing is predictable any more.

Our weekly Indepdendent.ie bet in association with Paddy Power is at the bottom of this page and will aim to win some more cash for Dublin’s Temple Street Children’s hospital, with your guide to some of the best FA Cup bets here for your consideration.

COLCHESTER v TOTTENHAM

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is likely to hand some of his fringe players a run-out against the side rooted to the bottom of the League One table, but the gap in class between the two sides should be evident.

Kevin Keen's Colchester have not won a league game since mid-October and their confidence levels are at rock bottom, yet the visit of high profile rivals should fire their burners in what will be a tricky test for high flying Spurs.

Best bets:

* Spurs to score the first goal inside the opening 22 minutes - 13/8

* Irishman Owen Garvan to score for Colchester - 11/2

* Tottenham to score a penalty

LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM

West Ham may head into this game as marginal favourites, having beaten Liverpool twice in the Premier League this season and with their opposition on this occasion likely to be weakened by changes to the Liverpool side.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has vowed to give more of his young players a run-out in this fourth round tie and while it may not be as raw a line-up as he fielded in the last round at Exeter, expect changes aplenty in what will be an unrecognisable home team.

Best bets:

* West Ham to win at Anfield - 13/5

* The returning Dejan Lovren to score for Liverpool 12/1

* West Ham’s Enner Valencia to score first - 7/1

CARLISLE v EVERTON

The pressure is mounting on Everton manager Roberto Martinez, with his side slumping in the Premier League and dumped out of the Capital One Cup when they had a real chance to progress against Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Everton are not a club that dispenses with managers easily, so expect Martinez to be given a chance to see out this season at the every least, but the Spanish tactician dare not lose against a Carlisle side that are struggling to make a mark in the bottom tier of English football this season.

Best bets:

* Carlisle to score first - 2/1

* Everton’s Romelu Lukaku to score a hat-trick - 17/2

* Seamus Coleman to score for Everton - 8/1

MK DONS v CHELSEA

The rise and rise of MK Dons continues this weekend, as the English game’s newest club get their chance to add Chelsea to their list of scalps in an enticing fourth round tie.

Their youthful and impressive manager Karl Robinson got the better of Louis van Gaal last season, so why not aim high as Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and the rest of Chelsea’s star names turn up to their patch?

Best bets:

* MK Dons to pull off an upset win on home soil - 9/1

* Chelsea’s Eden Hazard to end his goal drought - 13/10

* Irishman Samir Carruthers to score for MK Dons - 15/2

Here is our Independent.ie bet in association with Paddy Power:

€50 on Tottenham, West Ham and Chelsea to win this weekend (possible returns €327.27)

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