Will another Premier League side exit the FA Cup? Both sides will be dreaming of their day at Wembley, but who comes out on top?
A huge opportunity
The FA Cup is incredibly open this year, and with two of the remaining Premier League sides meeting each other this weekend, we’re guaranteed to enter the next round without another big side.
It’s tough to decipher what these sides will be feeling about their FA Cup run. For both it could be inconvenient, but on the other hand it’s a great opportunity for extra revenue and some real enjoyment for the fans, and who knows? Maybe some silverware.
Palace aren’t out of the woods yet in The premier League, although they sit in 13th place, there is just three points separating them from the relegation zone where the last place is currently occupied by Southampton. The London side have some crucial fixtures coming up against Leicester, Burnley and Brighton. Which leaves Roy Hodgson with a real headache, does he give some of his key players a rest in order to avoid any injuries or does he start full strength and go for broke in an attempt to take Palace further in the competition. Their next Premier league game isn’t until the following Saturday, so some rotation may occur but I would expect to see a good Palace side.
For Doncaster it’s been a wonderful journey already, but this is by far their toughest test. The cup run is always deemed vital for the lower league sides, however Doncaster are battling for promotion from League One, and although progress in The FA Cup would be great it isn’t their goal for the season.
A cup classic?
Doncaster will be no pushover, and they only really know one way to play, and that’s to outscore their opponents. The League One side have smashed home 58 goals this season in the league, 32 of those have been in front of their own fans. In addition to that, they have only been beaten twice at The Keepmoat this campaign and are likely to have the place bouncing for their Premier League visitors. No player has scored more goals in England’s top four leagues this season than John Marquis, the bookies have their eye on him for a goal, priced at 2.88 anytime.
Palace put out Tottenham in the last round, and showed that they are not just in this competition for a laugh, that they’re in it to go as far as possible. Palace haven’t been prolific this season, scoring just 27 goals in their 26 Premier League fixtures. But the two away at Tottenham in the last round as well as hauls like the three goals they scored at Anfield this season displays the threat they do carry. With Zaha and Townsend they have real pace and skill, the latter was on target in the last round as he converted a penalty. Palace added Michy Batshuayi to their squad in January, and he’ll be eyeing this as a great opportunity to start a run of form, the Belgian is priced at 6.0 to score first and 2.4 to score anytime.
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.73
Michy Batshuayi to score anytime @ 2.4
Doncaster to score one or more goals in the match @ 1.5