Kurt Bristoll selects his pick of the odds for a pack weekend of football.
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Cardiff City vs Brighton – Brighton to win
Brighton travel to Cardiff in the early game in the Championship this weekend, and will be looking to keep the pressure up on Hull City at the top. Brighton go there in good form, having won all of their last four matches, while Cardiff have only one win in their last five home games. I expect Brighton to take all three points here.
Best price – 9/5 with SkyBet
Hoffenheim vs Mainz – Mainz to win
Mainz are having a very good season; they’re currently in 6th place and are just two points off Bayer Leverkusen in 3rd place, as they chase European football. However, Hoffenheim are not having the some fortune this season, languishing in 17th place and six points away from safety. Mainz have won five out of their last six matches, whereas Hoffenheim have just one win in six. I feel that Mainz will make it six wins in seven after this one.
Best price – 9/5 with Betfred
Arsenal vs Hull City – Arsenal to win and both teams to score
In a repeat of the 2014 FA Cup final, Arsenal will host Hull City as both sides battle it out to make it to the quarter-finals. Arsenal will go into this game with some real momentum, having beaten Leicester last week as they chase the Premier League title. Meanwhile, Hull have been impressive in the Championship as of late and have won four out of their last five matches; for that reason, I do think they’ll score against the Gunners, but Arsenal will come out on top.
Best price – 13/5 with Bet365
Watford vs Leeds – Watford to win
Watford are having a great season so far. Their most recent win away to Crystal Palace means they are now 9th in the league, just two points behind Liverpool, and, more importantly, 12 points outside of the relegation zone. Leeds are having a very average season; they’re 16th in the Championship and their fans are probably already looking for this season to end. Watford have won the last three meetings between these sides, and I think they’ll make it four in a row on Saturday.
Best price – 7/10 with SkyBet
Chelsea vs Manchester City – Chelsea to win
Chelsea seemed to have turned a corner since the appointment of Guus Hiddink. They’re currently on an unbeaten streak of 13 games, and will be confident about facing City after beating Newcastle 5-1 in their last match. City have lost their last two matches, both to Premier League title rivals, and will be hoping that they can change their luck with a win in the FA Cup. I think Chelsea will win this won and book themselves a place in the quarter finals.
Best price – Evens with William Hill
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