An FA Cup Miracle? The OptaJoke Blog – Week 4

Last week’s tip wasn’t a winner so here’s hoping that the FA Cup brings with it some better fortune for this weeks selection. Again, I’m going to opt for a speculative treble of over 2.5 goals in an attempt to bring home the glory on behalf of OptaJoke.

Right, lets kick things off with one of the early games on Saturday, Everton v Chelsea.

The toffee’s form has been a bit up and down of late, a last gasp goal against West Ham will have given them confidence but I think Chelsea could turn up the heat after they ramped up the quality of their performances in the last few weeks and goals have come along with that. Carlo Ancelloti’s side were sublime against Bolton midweek and will be no doubt looking to build upon their last two results in the league. There could be some rotation from the visitors but with Drogba and Lampard looking to play their way back to fitness it certainly won’t be a B side and there are goals in the side no doubt who the starting 11 are. I think the home side could struggle to gain control of the midfield without the absent Cahill and recently departed Pineaar. I think this could be a close one but I reckon Chelsea will sneak it, maybe 2-1.

Watford v Brighton

This could be a cracker of a game! Both these sides have been in fantastic form over recent weeks and there have been goals by the shed load. Watford went down to Cardiff 4-2 last time out and this demonstrates how they are playing at the moment, defensive frailties and some superb attacking play. Their opponents on Saturday are also in fantastic goal scoring form, they dispatched Portsmouth 3-1 in the last round and Gus Poyet’s side will be eyeing a place in the 5th round at Watford’s expense. They are storming away at the top of League One this year and seem destined to play Championship football next season. If this one doesn’t have the 3 goals needed to make it a winner i’ll be surprised.

West Ham v Nottingham Forest.

I think this game is more of an inconvenience for The Hammers than anything else, a loss to Birmingham in midweek after being 2 goals up in the tie must of hurt and given the fight they’ve got for survival on their hands this is going to be pretty low on their priority list. Forest on the other hand are in great form, they have won 4 on the bounce and they look capable of picking up results away from the City Ground unlike earlier in the season. While many think Avram Grant may be on borrowed time this is a good opportunity for Forest to claim a Premier League scalp and I think they will go to Upton Park with no fear on Sunday afternoon. Again, this one has got goals in it in my book.

This treble returns around 5/1.

As always, good luck and happy punting guys!

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