The Daily Acca: No FA Cup shock at the Keepmoat Stadium
It was only the lack of a second half goal at Villa Park that cost Paul Robinson a Daily Acca winner yesterday and he's aiming for compensation today with an 8/1 shot. Here are his selections:
The Acca pays approximately 8/1
Palace to book their place in the quarter-finals
Bet 1: Back Crystal Palace @ 7/10 - KO 16:00 GMT
The big news ahead of Crystal Palace's trip to Doncaster is that Wilfried Zaha has been suspended for an extra game and will therefore miss out. That might worry a few people, but not me, and I'm keen to back the Premier League side at the current prices.
The hosts are a League One club who have put together a decent run of form to lift themselves into the Play-off places. They have won three of their last four in all competitions, and they have knocked out Chorley, Charlton, Preston and Oldham to get this far in the FA Cup.
Roy Hodgson's visitors are in good form themselves though, as they have climbed to mid-table, after being just above the relegation zone for a lot of the season.
The Eagles are unbeaten in four, and they beat Spurs 2-0 in the last round. With or without Zaha, I expect them to pick up the win today at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Goals to flow at the Liberty
Bet 2: Back Over 2.5 Goals in Swansea v Brentford @ 20/23 - KO 16:00 GMT
Another FA Cup tie now, and I'm backing plenty of goals in the clash between Swansea and Brentford.
These two Championship teams have been involved in some high-scoring affairs of late, as the Swans have seen three of their last five go over 2.5 goals - including a 3-3 draw and a 4-1 victory.
Brentford meanwhile have had six of their last seven end with over 2.5 backers collecting, and who can forget their two matches in the last round of this competition - a 3-3 draw at Barnet, followed by a 3-1 win in the replay.
Graham Potter's hosts have netted 11 times across the course of their last five at the Liberty, but they did concede six of their own during that period, and the Bees' three most recent away scorelines have been 2-4, 3-3 and 2-1.
Celtic to let down favourite backers
Bet 3: Back Kilmarnock +1 Goal @ 9/5 - KO 16:00 GMT
I was quite sweet on Celtic in the Europa League on Thursday night, but they let me down badly with a 2-0 home defeat to Valencia. That loss brought their seven game winning streak to an end, and I think they could be vulnerable at Rugby Park this afternoon.
Killie have lost just one of their last 10 in all competitions, and while they were beaten 5-1 by Celtic the last time they played them, that was away from home, and the most recent meeting on this ground saw them win 2-1.
Since the start of December, only Hearts have beaten Steve Clarke's side on this ground, and that includes a win and a draw against Rangers.
Obviously Brendan Rodgers' men are strong favourites, but they had a hard game on Thursday, and confidence could be dented. Kilmarnock with a one goal head-start at 9/5 looks like value to me.
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