Queens Park Rangers 1.774/5 v Sheffield United 6.05/1, the draw 4.03/1
Q.P.R boss Harry Redknapp has lifted the famous old trophy before, whether this will be top priority for the veteran manager is another matter. The west Londoners trade at 100.099/1 in the winner market, but survival in the Premier League is their main goal.
Sheffield United of course enjoyed a sparkling cup run last term, and conquered (then) top flight outfits Fulham and Aston Villa (to go with victories against Nottm Forest and Charlton). The basis for those fine results was the strong defence and ability to keep quiet their opponents, and this is where we should be looking to Sunday's match.
The Blades haven't really got going in League One so far, and have struggled to live up to their billing as ante-post contenders. OK they are sitting in-and-around the play-off places, but results have been too inconsistent. Manager Nigel Clough still hasn't got a striker to finish off their chances, and that was one of their problems 12 months ago. It's no surprise they have been linked with Chesterfield's 21-goal hotshot Eoin Doyle, but with several Championship clubs interested too, it's unlikely they'll get the forward.
Rangers have gained 15 points in the Premier League from their last seven home matches, and their record at Loftus Road is a good one - having lost twice in west London all season. And they should have gained all three points most recently against Swansea had it not been for the brilliant Wilfried Bony.
United's form doesn't match up at all with their opponents, with one victory in seven matches (but four 1-1 scorelines). But this hasn't stopped them progressing in the League Cup this term, in which they have a semi-final spot courtesy of a 1-0 success against Southampton.
I'd like to start by using the 0-0 correct scoreline, and trade on this to 40 minutes before we get out. We know Clough's side can keep clean sheets against better teams, and they'll be much happier with the onus on the other team.
A draw will not be an ideal result for either team, but there's juice in a trade here at around 4.03/1. And of course if you are a layer, you have the price for the hosts.
Back under 2.5 goals @ 2.01/1
Back 0-0 correct scoreline (up to 40 minutes)
Back Sheffield United to win @ 6.05/1
Doncaster Rovers 2.95 v Bristol City 2.546/4. the draw 3.45
In Germany Bristol City would be called the 'Winter Champions' (fellow columnist Kevin Hatchard will be available I'm told for translation) - and the Robins enjoyed an excellent period over the holidays with victories against Yeovil and Gillingham (sides they would be expecting to beat). Manager Steve Cotterill seemed very happy in his latest post-match press conference, as he should with 48 points so far.
However, the market's a bit tighter than the league positions suggest, and Doncaster can put up a good show here.
Rovers are enjoying a good run and kept three successive clean sheets over Christmas. These were collected against Swindon, Coventry and Peterborough - all decent teams (although the Posh are hopeless at the moment). Paul Dickov's men are playing with a lot of composure at the back and not many of those sides caused them problems over the festive period.
Donny like playing on the counter-attack, which is why they are so good away from home. However, facing the league leaders might not be such a bad thing with their quick movement and on-the-break style.
Dickov has a slight problem however, as key midfield man Dean Furman has been called up with South Africa, and his 'Frank Lampard' box-to-box style is a big component in the Rovers 4-1-4-1. He'll be hoping attacker Richie Wellens will have shaken off a hamstring problem in time - and he's good for unlocking defences too.
City score plenty of goals and have only drawn four blanks in the league all season, but the Doncaster back line is playing well. However with hosts performing with confidence against the bigger teams in the division, their price is too good to ignore for this Saturday.
Back Doncaster Rovers to win @ 2.95
Rochdale 3.55 v Nottm Forest 2.186/5, the draw 3.613/5
My first impression of this market is that Forest are quite a good price. I know they've performed poorly recently, but they have some class acts in their line-up and odds-against looks reasonable - well more than reasonable.
Rochdale were going really well in League One but have just hit the buffers and faltered over Christmas with two defeats from three (drawing the other game). Manager Keith Hill would have been ultra-disappointed with the recent home defeat to Fleetwood (who are not a great side). Dale succumbed to a couple of set-pieces, and Hill described them as looking nervy and edgy in their decision making. Worryingly they displayed a lack of belief against Fleetwood - which doesn't help their frame of mind for the Forest game.
The hosts have played a three-man central defence this season, and they might be pushed deep here due to the pace of the Forest forwards. Britt Assombalonga is a player I have a lot of time for from his Peterborough days at this level, whilst I also like the no-nonsense head-down run-at-em style of Michail Antonio.
Both sides are clearly not at their best, with the former European Cup winners in a horror run of just 31 points from 24 matches and no win in six games.
Playing away from home might actually be a good thing for Stuart Pearce's men, as they might be able to display a bit more freedom. Henri Lansbury will be missing for the visitors through suspension, but I fancy them to show their class here and progress to the next round.
Back Nottm Forest to win @ 2.186/5