Latest FA Cup Betting: Manchester City odds-on for domestic glory after drawing Swansea

Manchester City have been cut to 4/5 (1.80) to win the FA Cup after they were given a quarter-final trip to Swansea City in Monday’s draw.

bet365 had initially made them Evens (2.0) following their routine 4-1 win at Newport County on Saturday night, but that quote was cut even further thanks to their kind draw.

Pep Guardiola certainly has the depth at his disposal to justify a deep cup run but with the Champions League and the Premier League surely priorities, it remains to be seen how he approaches this competition in the latter stages.

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Swansea, who saw off Brentford 4-1 in the last round, are one of only two Championship teams left in the tournament and are now out at 100/1 (101.0) from 66/1 (67.0) ahead of their tie with City.

The draw was made on Monday night after Manchester United had seen off Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, with the Red Devils drifting out to 7/2 (from 10/3) after being handed a tricky tie away at Wolves.

With Champions League progress unlikely, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could focus on domestic cup glory as he continues to audtition for the permanent role but a trip to Molineux is not the tie he would have preferred.

Wolves are a 10/1 (11.0) chance with bet365, putting them as third-favourites in the market. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men won 1-0 at Bristol City in the fifth round to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches.

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The quarter-finals will see one other all-Premier League tie with Watford hosting Crystal Palace. The Hornets are 12/1 (13.0) to win the FA Cup for the first time, whilst the Eagles can be backed at 16/1 (17.0).

Millwall flirting with Championship relegation has not stopped them performing in the cup, with the Lions likely to fancy their chances of beating Brighton at home having stunned Everton 3-2 there in the fourth round.

This is the third time in seven seasons they have reached this stage of the competition and bet365 make Neil Harris’ side 50/1 (51.0) to win it for the first time ever, whilst Brighton are available at 16/1 (17.0).

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‘No one can replace him, but the idea of Barca football will remain the same’ – Bartomeu discusses post-Messi future

Barcelona are beginning to plan for a future without Lionel Messi, although club president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes he will sign another contract.

The 31-year-old’s current deal will expire after the 2020-21 campaign and the Barca captain has previously said he would like to return to his homeland with boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys.

Messi started his career at Newell’s but moved to Barcelona as a teenager, developing into an all-time great of the game with nine La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns to his name.

Bartomeu remains hopeful Messi can be persuaded to extend his time at the club even further but accepts Barca must have a plan for when the Argentina international moves on.

“We are already thinking about it, but it is a future still far away,” Bartomeu said to Le Figaro. “He is a young player, he is 31-years-old, his performance is very good, he plays even better and better, I do not know how he does it!

“He has a contract for two seasons, but I think he will extend his career beyond 2021. But you have to think of young talent. When Messi no longer plays, no one can replace him. It’s impossible.

“Behind Messi, there is nobody. Neither in Barca nor anywhere else. The coach of the day will have to think of how the team will play [but] the idea of Barca football will remain the same.”

Barcelona have been strongly linked with a move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot, but Bartomeu went on to deny any contact between the La Liga leaders and the France international.

Rabiot is expected to leave PSG at the end of the season, when his deal expires, with the midfielder not in contention for selection by coach Thomas Tuchel due to the contract stand-off.

“The planning of the club for the next seasons is not yet launched, we will start in March,” Bartomeu said of links to Rabiot.

“In addition, Barca always puts the priority on the players of our B team. If we do not find them, we will look for them outside.

“The only sure thing about Rabiot is that on June 30 he will be free.”

One player who will be lining up for Barca next season is the Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, with the Netherlands international adding to Ernesto Valverde’s midfield options after agreeing on a move worth €86million.

“When a player arrives at Barca, he knows he will be competing. It’s a challenge for them, some accept it, others do not,” Bartomeu continued. “When we go looking for talent outside, we are sometimes told: ‘I want to play, not be on the bench.’

“He is a player who will mark a time of European football. He has an incredible talent and an understanding of football which is that of Barca… and the same as that of Ajax.”

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Liverpool v Bayern Munich Betting Tips: Get paid in cash if your selected team scores the first goal

Liverpool and Bayern Munich meet in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday evening.

As if the game wasn’t intriguing enough for punters, William Hill have revealed they’ll be running their Golden Goal promotion on the clash at Anfield.

This concession sees anyone placing a match odds bet on either team to win will be paid out as a winner in cash if their selection scores the first goal, regardless of the result after 90 minutes.

For example, if Liverpool open the scoring but fail to win the game, anyone who struck a pre-match single bet on them in the 1X2 market will still be paid out, up to £50. T&Cs can be found here.

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Jurgen Klopp’s side have had some mixed fortunes in Europe this term. The Reds got the better of Napoli in the final matchday to secure a place in the knockout stages having lost three of their previous group stage clashes.

William Hill make the hosts Even money (2.0) favourites to win the match. and claim a first leg advantage.

Conversely, Bayern had a relatively stress-free route to the last 16, remaining unbeaten and picking up 14 points to top Group E, albeit in a group that offered fewer challenges than Liverpool’s did.

Interestingly in terms of the Golden Goal offer, Nico Kovac’s men opened the scoring in all six of those matches but only won four of them so the visitors might be a potential wager at 5/2 (3.50).

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The bookmakers are struggling to separate the pair in terms of the tie overall with William Hill going 5/6 (1.83) about either side qualifying for the quarter-finals. The key could be how either side cope with their current injury and suspension issues.

The Reds are without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez plus there are serious doubts over Dejan Lovren and Roberto Firmino.

Thomas Muller, Corentin Tolisso, Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng will all be absent for the visitors while Leon Goretzka and Franck Ribery are also struggling with injuries.

Whichever side you’re backing, William Hill’s Golden Goal offer is certainly worth considering given it offers cash pay-outs of up to £50 should your chosen pre-match selection score the first goal.

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Schalke vs Manchester City Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Schalke will need to make home advantage count when Manchester City visit the Veltins Arena in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.

Domenico Tedesco’s team are serious underdogs for this tie as they struggle down in 14th place in the Bundesliga, although they are unbeaten in their last nine European matches in front of their own fans.

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Having gone four matches without a win in the league, they are priced at 10/1 (11.00) with William Hill to give their seemingly slim chances of progression a boost with a shock victory here.

The Citizens have actually lost five of their eight Champions League knockout games away from home, but are still 27/100 (1.27) favourites to put one foot in the quarter-finals by coming out on top in this one.

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Just one of the guests’ last 18 matches in this competition has resulted in a draw, but there are odds of 5/1 (6.00) available on them being held to a stalemate.

Team news

Breel Embolo and Steven Skrzybski remain out despite returning to training, while Alessandro Schopf is a long-term injury absentee and Omar Mascarell is suspended.

Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany are doubtful for Pep Guardiola’s team, with Claudio Bravo still sidelined.

Fragile Schalke

Having qualified from the group stages despite scoring just five times in six games – the lowest return of any side left in the competition – it is fair to say Schalke were fairly reliant on a backline that kept four clean sheets.

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However, that resilient streak seems to have abandoned them considering they have conceded at least once in 13 of their last 15 fixtures, while they have scored more than once themselves in just five of those 15.

This combination of fragile defence and blunt attack does not bode well for a game against the English champions, who have scored 44 goals and conceded only four in their previous 11 matches.

Predictions

Indeed, odds of 7/10 (1.70) actually appear fairly generous on City winning by at least two clear goals against struggling Schalke.

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VIDEO: Robert Lewandowski, Memphis Depay – The Ones to Watch in the UEFA Champions League

The UEFA Champions League is firmly up and running after some explosive last 16 ties last week, with more European heavyweights ready to plant one foot in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition.

Who will rise up above the rest and be crowned the UEFA Champions League Player of the Week, sponsored by Banco Santander?

Five-time winners Liverpool face fellow UCL royalty Bayern Munich, whose fearsome forward Robert Lewandowski is the competition’s top goalscorer with eight goals.

Lewandowski, who reached the UCL final with Borussia Dortmund in 2013, will be hoping score in five consecutive UCL matches in the same tournament for the first time in his career.

The Poland superstar will be looking to bag at Anfield this evening, while Lyon’s Memphis Depay will hope to be the creator for his fellow teammates against Barcelona. The Dutch international has provided four assists in the UCL this season, the joint-most alongside Kylian Mbappé and Riyad Mahrez.

Voting for Player of the Week opens on Thursday.

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