FA CUP PREVIEW: The Striker previews the fifth round games between MANCHESTER UNITED v WEST HAM and SHEFFIELD UNITED v TOTTENHAM both including a recommended BETDAQ bet.


7.45pm The FA Cup Fifth Round continues on BETDAQ Betting Exchange! We have four fixtures on Wednesday night, but Manchester United v West Ham and Sheffield United v Spurs look the pick of them. We start the evening with the new Carabao Cup Champions Manchester United hosting West Ham. United haven’t had long to celebrate their win at Wembley at the weekend, but Erik ten Hag has remain firm naming strong sides in every game this season. I don’t expect him to hold back here either, even with a massive game away to Liverpool coming up at the weekend. I have to say I agree with the general feeling on Sky Sports after the Carabao Cup Final that it was the start of something very good at Manchester United. The manager seems totally in control, and as Gary Neville said he has been making the right calls at the right moment. I know the club is up for sale, depending on United getting a decent owner, I feel they will be back in the title race pretty soon. They still have this season to focus on however, and another Cup would be a great achievement. They were definitely fancy their chance of getting past West Ham who have been pretty average this season.

West Ham’s squad is far too good to be involved in the relegation battle in the Premier League, but that’s where they stand at the moment. They are your classic “too good to go down” side this season, but they are only two points away from the bottom three at the moment and that’s after a good win at the weekend over Nottingham Forest. United come into the game as the odds on favourites, but they aren’t overly short at 1.69. They played each other at Old Trafford just before the World Cup, there wasn’t much between the sides that day but United ran out 1-0 winners. I would expect another reasonably cagey game here – West Ham haven’t been firing in front of goal this season. They aren’t taking their chances, and United have been pretty solid at the back too. Under 2.5 goals is trading 2.06 and this looks a nice position – although West Ham have been sitting down towards the bottom of the table, they haven’t been giving away goals for fun this season. I’d expect United to grind out a win in the end, but I don’t see many chances in this one.

The Striker Says:
Two points win Under 2.5 goals at 2.06 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.

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7.55pm We have an interesting market here as Sheffield United host Spurs. It won’t be long until this is a Premier League fixture with Sheffield United sitting in second in the Championship. They have lost a little ground on Burnley who sit top, but they have a seven point cushion plus a game in hand back to third, and it would be a big surprised if they were caught. They lost two games in a row while conceding three goals in each game, but they bounced back with a much needed win here at the weekend. Sheffield United have already had plenty of drama in the FA Cup this season with their two games against Wrexham – no doubt we’ll be seeing that on the TV show about Wrexham soon! Spurs come into the game as the odds on favourites, but I’m sure there will be some big opinions either side of the book at 1.86. They recorded a huge 2-0 win at the weekend in the London Derby against Chelsea, but most of Spurs poor performances this season have come away from home. They have looked a lot more comfortable with home advantage compared to away from home, and I wouldn’t go into this game fully confident on the Premier League side. It will also be interesting to see what kind of XI Conte names – you wouldn’t say that they have a big game at the weekend away to Spurs, but every game is big at the moment in the Top Four race for Spurs.

I’m not fully sure what Spurs will do here – of course we all know Conte is still recovering after surgery. He will still have full control over the starting XI, but Spurs do have a few injury worries too. Sheffield United are in the same boat, although George Baldock seems the most likely to return from their injury list for this fixture. I’m happy to stay out of the match odds market here – the 1.86 on Spurs feels like the right price to me, I don’t see value on either side of the book there. I expect a pretty cagey game – Spurs haven’t created a lot away from home, and Under 2.5 goals is worth a small investment at 2.09 in my opinion. This is definitely a game I want to keep stakes small in, and I fully accept the fact that Spurs have conceded a lot of sloppy goals this season, however Unders still appeals to me at the odds.

The Striker Says:
One point win Under 2.5 goals at 2.09 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.

You can view all markets here -> https://betdaq.biz/shetot

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