Opta Stats: Flawless Ulloa to add to Aston Villa gloom

Leonardo Ulloa scored for Leicester in round's three and four
Leonardo Ulloa scored for Leicester in round's three and four

These Opta nuggets flag up Jonathan Walters, Daniel Sturridge and Leonardo Ulloa as likely FA Cup fifth-round scorers...

"Leonardo Ulloa has scored in each of his five FA Cup appearances."
Recommended Bet: Back Ulloa to score @ 12/53.4

Blackburn v Stoke (Saturday, 15:00)

Jonathan Walters has scored ten goals in his last 15 starts in the FA Cup

Walters helped this columnist make money in the last round at Rochdale and, though he missed Stoke's midweek defeat to Man City due to injury concerns, Mark Hughes expects him to recover in time for a trip to the club who kicked him out as a youngster.

This has been the most productive season of the 31-year-old's career. He is already on double figures and four of those goals came in his most recent three outings alone. Blackburn meanwhile haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their eight matches this year.

Recommended Bet: Back Walters to score @ 9/43.3


Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Saturday, 17:30, BT Sport 1)

Daniel Sturridge has scored nine goals in his last 11 FA Cup starts

Sturridge has been an FA Cup specialist throughout his career, even in those stop-start stints at Man City and Chelsea where first-team opportunities were limited.

His all-time figures in the competition are 10 goals in 12 starts, so it stands to reason that he will be more devastating than ever in it now that his overall strike rate is the best that it has ever been, with 37 net-ripplers in 47 Liverpool starts. The England international scored past Crystal Palace last term.

Recommended Bet: Back Sturridge to score @ 6/42.5


Aston Villa v Leicester (Sunday, 12:30, BBC One)

Leonardo Ulloa has scored in each of his five FA Cup appearances

You might think that Ulloa's finest form of the campaign is behind him and that he peaked in August, but if you hold that opinion then the likelihood is that you haven't paid much attention to Leicester's FA Cup progress.

The Argentine notched at home to Newcastle and away to Tottenham in ties that his side won by one-goal margins and has never failed to score when selected in the beloved knockout tournament, firing in his three games for Brighton before that, which were also all past Premier League clubs.

Recommended Bet: Back Ulloa to score @ 12/53.4

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