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FA Cup odds and betting tips

Play spot the difference in the FA Cup on BBC One this afternoon.

Manchester United and Liverpool ’s 0-0 last Sunday in the Prem was a coin-flip on the balance of play. Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Roberto Firmino had the big chances and couldn’t finish. Will they even start today?

Jurgen Klopp said Burnley ’s 1-0 win in midweek was a punch in the face. Losing at United (5pm) would rub custard pie in the wound, but at this stage the Cup’s not really a full-contact event is it?

If you exclude beating the 1st Trinity Road Cub Pack XI at Villa, Liverpool have scored ONCE in five games since Christmas. Same as Andy Carroll. So my guess is Klopp reshuffles hard today to help clean off the slate. But it's a guess.

Why strain on our crystal balls predicting line-ups, when there’s been a penalty scored in eight of the 14 games at Old Trafford this season?

We want some TV fun at a value price, and here it is on a plate – ‘penalty awarded in the match’ at 12/5 (Hills, 90mins).

Frank Lampard's got all the right players, just not necessarily in the right order, as his Chelsea prepare to welcome Luton Town (12pm, BBC One).

Still, Frank’s keeping his pecker up in public. And they can’t touch you for it, as Hatters fan Eric Morecambe used to say.

We can expect another morale-boosting Cup start for Timo Werner, the striker wot he bought. Luton look likely to play at least a smattering of second-stringers too, which won’t hurt – so punt Werner ‘anytime’ at 10/11 (BetVic).

After their Anfield heroics, Burnley prance down the motorway to pay a visit to Craven Cottage (2.30pm). It’s far from certain that Fulham will be in. Take ‘Burnley to qualify’ at 13/10 (Paddy).

Everton have not really ‘got bigger fish to fry’ than the FA Cup but no one seems to have told Carlo Ancelotti.

The Toffees nearly came unstuck after a reshuffle in the last round but don’t rule out more rotation against Sheffield Wednesday (8pm). I like NO ‘both teams score’ at 9/10 (BetVic) .

Punt Leicester’s Harvey Barnes at 9/4 ‘anytime’ at Brentford (2.30pm). He’s scored in as many games as Jamie Vardy this season.

Over in Italy, Cristiano Ronaldo can fill his boots at brunchtime ( Juventus v Bologna 11.30am) – punt ‘Ronaldo scores two or more’ at 14/5, a fair price on his stats.

Last week: Winners at 21/20, 4/1 & 5/6

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