FA Cup Fifth Round Heads Sporting Events of the Week

By Martin Green01 March 2020
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FA Cup

The fifth round of the world’s oldest football tournament begins at Fratton Park on Monday night. Visitors Arsenal are in the doldrums after losing to Olympiakos in the Europa League. Manager Mikel Arteta will demand a response against League One side Portsmouth, and Arsenal to win and under 4.5 goals looks tempting at 5/6 with Betway. The big game on Tuesday sees Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and Liverpool collide at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are the favourites, as the odds compilers feel Jurgen Klopp will field a weakened team. Both teams to score could be the way forward at 7/10, as Liverpool have injury problems at the back and Chelsea leak goals. Another good bet could be Man City -2 Asian handicap at 51/50 with Bet365 when they take on Sheff Wed on Wednesday. On Thursday, former Man Utd captain Wayne Rooney will face his old club as Derby welcome the Red Devils to the east Midlands. Man Utd should breeze to victory.

WTA Lyon

Some of the world’s finest tennis players are in France to take part in the first ever Lyon Open. World number five Sofia Kenin, fresh from winning the Australian Open in January, is the top seed and favourite. The field looks reasonably dangerous, but Kenin has been in excellent form this year and she really should prevail. She is priced at 11/4 with Bet365 to lift the trophy. The tournament begins on Monday and runs for a week.

South Africa v Australia

The Proteas picked up a strong 74-run victory over Australia in the first ODI on Saturday. There are two more matches left in the series – one on Wednesday in Bloemfontein and the other on Saturday in Potchefstroom, North West Province. The Aussies were disappointing at the weekend, and South Africa look well priced at 19/10 with William Hill to take an unassailable 2-0 series lead by winning Wednesday’s match.

Premier League Darts

Night 5 in a gripping Premier League darts season takes place in Exeter on Thursday. Rob Cross looks well priced at 5/4 with Betfred to beat a struggling Daryl Gurney in the opening match. You can also find 4/6 on in-form Nathan Aspinall beating Peter Wright with a +1.5 handicap, which looks really interesting. World number one Michael van Gerwen should be able to topple Michael Smith, and that could make a good double with Gary Anderson beating Luke Humphries.

Six Nations

The game between Ireland and Italy in Dublin has been postponed due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak. England will battle to keep their hopes of winning the tournament alive when they host Wales at Twickenham on Saturday. The Welsh have lost two in a row and England should sweep them aside. France have won three out of three so far and they will have one hand on the trophy if they beat Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday. Yet the Scots have been improving of late, and Scotland +6 might appeal at 10/11 with Bet365 and various others.

Manchester Derby

Man Utd host Man City at Old Trafford in the big Premier League game on Sunday. These teams have faced one another three times this season, and the Red Devils have won two of them. City struggle when caught on the break, and Man Utd have the pace to rip them apart on the counterattack. Man Utd +1 Asian handicap therefore looks attractive at 51/50 with Bet365.