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FA CUP TUESDAY: We preview Tuesday’s FA Cup Fifth Round games between CHELSEA v LIVERPOOL, READING v SHEFFIELD UNITED and WEST BROM v NEWCASTLE all with a recommended BETDAQ bet and extended match stats.


7.45pm What a fascinating fixture. We had a massive shock on Saturday evening as Watford put Liverpool to the sword with a 3-0 win. It’s fair to say nobody saw that coming and it highlights how Liverpool’s performances have slipped in recent weeks – even so, nobody was predicting a Watford win! Chelsea had a poor performance too when drawing 2-2 with Bournemouth, and despite Klopp playing a young side so far in the FA Cup; he surely adds some experience for this fixture.

The match odds at the time of writing currently trade; Chelsea 2.26, Liverpool 3.05 and the draw is 4.2. Obviously Liverpool resting players is already priced in. This is actually furthest Liverpool have reached in the FA Cup; perhaps a side of how Klopp views the competition. The Liverpool second XI have been impressive so far but this is where their run ends. Chelsea might not be playing at their best but they will have a stronger side tonight and with home advantage, they are too big to ignore at 2.26.

Chelsea to beat Liverpool at 2.26.

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  • This is the first FA Cup meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea since the 2012 final, which the Blues won 2-1.
  • Chelsea have won six of their 10 FA Cup meetings with Liverpool, with this the first such meeting between the sides at Stamford Bridge since a 4-2 win for the Blues in January 1997, en route to winning the trophy.
  • In all competitions, Chelsea have won just one of their last six home games against Liverpool (D2 L3), losing 1-2 earlier this season in the Premier League.
  • This is the furthest Liverpool have progressed in the FA Cup under manager Jürgen Klopp, with the Reds last reaching this stage in the 2014-15 campaign.
  • This is the fifth consecutive season Chelsea have reached this stage of the FA Cup, though they were eliminated in this round last term by Manchester United.
  • Two of Liverpool’s four FA Cup goals this season have been own goals, while the other two have been netted by 19-year-old Curtis Jones.


8pm Sheffield United should be well rested and well prepared for this fixture having not played a Premier League game at the weekend. Away to Reading is a reasonably tough fixture, but without a game at the weekend this is a fantastic chance for Sheffield United to go far in the FA Cup. They have been excellent in the league, and a nice cup run would be icing on the cake for a wonderful season.

The match odds at the time of writing currently trade; Reading 4.7, Sheffield United 1.87 and the draw is 3.7. Reading have been struggling this season, and the 1.87 on Sheffield United looks great value. The home team are down in 16th in the Championship and although the FA Cup will be a welcome change, Sheffield United should outclass them here. The away side have been brilliant going forward this season and they can outscore this Reading side. The 1.87 looks a BETDAQ Multiple banker in the FA Cup this week.

Sheffield United to beat Reading at 1.87.

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  • Reading have lost their last four meetings with Sheffield United in all competitions, though their last victory against the Blades was in the FA Cup (4-0 in January 2013).
  • Sheffield United beat Reading 1-0 in the fifth round of the FA Cup in 1997-98 under Nigel Spackman.
  • Reading have lost six of their last seven FA Cup ties against Premier League opponents, winning the other against West Brom at this stage in 2015-16.
  • Sheffield United have won 13 of their last 14 FA Cup games against sides from a lower division, including two this season. Their only defeat in that time was against Barnet in January 2019.
  • Sheffield United are looking to reach the FA Cup quarter-final for the first time since 2013-14, while they last reached the last eight as a top-flight side in 1992-93.
  • Reading’s Yakou Meite has scored in both of his starts in the FA Cup, with both of those coming in the last round against Cardiff.


8pm This should be a very interesting game. It’s always interesting viewing when a team going well in the Championship face a team in mid-to-low table in the Premier League. Who comes out on top? It’s not a surprise to see an open market, and Newcastle haven’t exactly been impressive in this competition this season. Reading sit top of the Championship and with home advantage they will be very tough to beat.

The match odds at the time of writing currently trade; West Brom 2.66, Newcastle 2.9 and the draw is 3.35. Newcastle have only won twice in their last nine visits here in all competitions. Newcastle have failed to score in five of their last six in all competitions, their only goals coming against Oxford United in an FA Cup replay. West Brom are battled hardened from the Championship and we’re happy to lay Newcastle at the odds. 2.9 is too short for the form that they bring here.

Lay Newcastle at 2.9.

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  • This is the fifth FA Cup meeting between West Brom and Newcastle, and first since the fourth round in 2009-10. All previous four have taken place at the Hawthorns, with the Baggies winning three of these.
  • Newcastle have won two of their last nine away games against West Brom in all competitions (D3 L4), while their only win against the Baggies in the FA Cup came in February 1974 (3-0, L3 otherwise).
  • West Brom beat West Ham 1-0 in the last round – they’ve not eliminated two Premier League clubs in the same FA Cup campaign since 2001-02 (Sunderland and Leicester).
  • Newcastle have progressed to the FA Cup quarter-final each of the last seven times they’ve reached this stage – however, this is their first fifth round match since 2005-06 (1-0 vs Southampton).
  • West Brom are looking to reach the FA Cup quarter-final for the fourth time in the 21st century, also reaching the last eight in 2001-02, 2007-08 and 2014-15.
  • No Premier League side has scored more FA Cup goals than Newcastle this season (8).

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