Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

All Eyes on the FA Cup Clashes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

All Eyes on the FA Cup Clashes

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THIS weekend is all about the Fourth Round of the FA Cup where several salivating ties await punters.

The choice for many, however, is Saturday''s heavyweight clash at Anfield where Liverpool face old rivals Manchester United.

Considering Kenny Dalglish''s men are showing inconsistent form, in contrast to Sir Alex Ferguson''s side hitting form, it is surprising to see Liverpool marked as Stan James' 17/10 jollies, with United on 19/10 (bet365).

Punters checking their history books for clues will note the pair clashed twice in this competition since 2006, both of which resulted in 1-0 victories for the home side. William Hill chalk 15/2 about a 1-0 home win this time around, with 8/1 about a 1-0 away win, but another tight encounter may result in only 2.5 goals or less at BetVictor's 5/6. Meanwhile, backers envisaging a draw at bet365''s 23/10 may also contemplate Betfred''s 4/1 about both halves finishing level, while in the first goalscorer market, Wayne Rooney is 6/1 at Coral, who also go offer Steven Gerrard at 7/1. Earlier in the day, west London pride is on the line where QPR (5/1, Ladbrokes) host Chelsea in which the Blues are Paddy Power''s 8/13 jollies to exact revenge on October''s defeat at Loftus Road. This could be very tight, and BetVictor''s 11/2 about both halves finishing level may tempt some, while a 2-2 thriller is 18/1 (888sport). …

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