Scottish Cup holders St Johnstone were the biggest casualties in the 4th round yesterday, dumped out of the competition by League Two Kelty Hearts.
Thier trip to New Central Park always looked a tricky one and defeat has piled on the pressure for Callum Davidson just months after delivering the club the most successful season in their history.
Mr Fixit’s Clydebank came within a whisker of another cup upset but conceded a late, late extra-time goal, making a gallant exit at the hands of Annan. The Bankies’ mood would not have improved when they saw their conquerors handed a plum tie at home to Rangers.
One thing to note is that six of the 16 ties went to extra-time – there are no replays this season – compare that to previous 4th Rounds when ties have gone to replays, the last five years have seen just 2, 2, 1, 3, 3 matches finish level at this stage. It may be something, it may be nothing, but worth remembering when the next round comes around.
On to Sunday and we’ve matches from England, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and the African Cup of Nations featured on the site.
Man City’s draw at Southampton offers a glimmer of hope to the chasing duo of Liverpool and Chelsea. The Reds are 12 points behind but have two games in hand and can cut the lead to nine with a win at Selhurst Park today. It’s a ground they’ve loved playing at in recent years, winning on their last six league visits.
But Liverpool are still without Salah and Mane but the bookies don’t seem to be factoring that in, making them as short as 11/20 to win. Jurgen Klopp’s side have dropped points in each of their last three Premier League away games so can’t be totally trusted at those odds.
Comments from Thomas Tuchel suggest that Chelsea are running on empty. The German has bemoaned the club’s busy schedule while injuries and Africa-bound players haven’t helped, but they outclassed Spurs over two legs in the Carabao Cup so today will either see them confirm their superiority or see Spurs exact a measure of revenge.
Spurs haven’t scored against the Blues in five matches but that run can’t go on forever and they’ll be boosted by the return of 9-goal Son Heung-min. Under Antonio Conte look a much tougher proposition, as evidenced by their remarkable late win at Leicester and could be over-price here at 4/1. If you prefer to play it safe back them in the Double Chance market a 11/10.
Alernatively a Spurs goal is priced at 4/7 and couple with an Arsenal win over Burnley at the Emirates pays just over evens.
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The jumps is back at Lingfield for their final day of the ‘Million’ meeting. Rizzel likes the chances of an 11/2 shot in the Fleur De Lys Chase.
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