After a winning Champions League midweek treble, it is back to domestic action and BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen again shares his thoughts on how he thinks things will unfold this weekend.
On the agenda are the FA Cup quarter-finals and four Premier League clashes.
Swansea City v Tottenham – Saturday
Any club side in the world would miss Harry Kane and his goals but Spurs have to show they are not a one-man band at the Liberty Stadium against an improving Swansea side.
Tottenham will look to Son Heung-Min in the absence of Harry Kane (Getty)Spurs are unbeaten in their last 15 games against the Swans in all competitions although the South Wales outfit did pick up a point at Wembley earlier in the season. Son Heung-Min stepped up to the plate in Kane’s absence at the Vitality Stadium last weekend and the South Korean might again be the difference given he has scored nine times in his last 10 FA Cup starts.
Prediction: Swansea City 1-2 Tottenham
Manchester United v Brighton – Saturday
Romelu Lukaku could be the man to lift the gloom around Manchester United (Reuters)I think Manchester United will be stung by their midweek Champions League defeat, and the criticism of their performance against Sevilla, and expect them to bounce back against Brighton.
Romelu Lukaku has scored 11 goals in his last 10 FA Cup appearances and the only tie in that period he failed to score in was against United in the 2016 semi-final for Everton when he missed a penalty for the Blues.
You have to go back to 1986 for the last time Brighton won an away FA Cup match against top-flight opposition and they may have to wait at least another twelve months to buck that trend.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Brighton
Wigan Athletic v Southampton – Sunday
Mark Hughes will take charge of his first game as Southampton manager (Getty)Wigan have already beaten Bournemouth, West Ham and Manchester City en route to the last eight and it will be interesting to see what side new Southampton manager Mark Hughes fields at the DW Stadium given their current position in the Premier League.
There are no replays in the quarter-finals this year and it would be no surprise if the tie went to extra-time or penalties but if there is to be a winner in 90 minutes, I think the 2013 winners might edge out the Premier League side.
Prediction: Wigan Athletic 1-1 Southampton
Leicester City v Chelsea – Sunday
Chelsea will have to bounce back from their defeat to Barcelona (Getty)Chelsea have won twelve of their last 15 games against Leicester but the champions had a tough game at Barcelona midweek and they will have to be at their best against a Foxes side who put four past West Brom last weekend.
Chelsea cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves after they hit the woodwork no less than four times over the two legs against Barca and it is hard not to conclude that Lionel Messi was the sole difference between the sides.
This looks sure to be a close, entertaining affair and I can see opportunities at both ends – but if there is to be a winner in 90 minutes perhaps the hosts can shade it.
Prediction: Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea
Premier League (all fixtures on Saturday)
Bournemouth v West Brom
Both of these sides lost 4-1 at home last weekend and West Brom’s defeat at the hands of Leicester was probably their death knell as far as their Premier League status is concerned.
The Cherries played their part in a cracking game against Spurs on Sunday and I would be surprised if they did not get back to winning ways having scored in their last 11 league games.
Prediction: Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom
Huddersfield v Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace have lost their last four in a row (Getty)Palace were thrashed by Huddersfield at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the season and the Eagles find themselves back in the bottom three having lost their last four in a row. The hosts start the day four days above the drop zone and a draw would not be the worst result in the world for the Terriers. Palace have only kept five clean sheets so far this season and I expect to see goals at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Prediction: Huddersfield 1-2 Crystal Palace
Stoke City v Everton
Paul Lambert will be targeting maximum points (PA)A massive game for Stoke City who have not won in their last three home games under Paul Lambert. The Potters were no match for City on Monday, but they will have targeted maximum points against Everton – this is a game they simply cannot afford to lose.
Everton have lost their last five Premier League away games and will miss the creativity of the injured Gylfi Sigurdsson, but Cenk Tosun has scored in his last couple of games for the Blues who I feel will take a point.
Prediction: Stoke City 1-1 Everton
Liverpool v Watford
Liverpool will be looking to return to winning ways (Reuters)Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 17 home league games and I expect the Reds to return to winning ways after the disappointment of last weekend’s Old Trafford defeat.
Jurgen Klopp has never lost back-to-back in the Premier League and the Reds put six past the Hornets in the corresponding game last season. The sides shared six goals at Vicarage Road on the opening day of the season and I expect to see goals at Anfield – with Liverpool getting more than their fair share.
Prediction: Liverpool 4-1 Watford
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