Best FA Cup Betting Tips 5th Round – Saturday’s clash between West Brom and West Ham at the Hawthorns provides home boss Tony Pulis with something of a headache writes football betting tips site FC Bodog.
Without question Pulis’ key objective this season is to spare the club from relegation so football punters need to work out just how interested is the Welshman in a long cup run that will force his players to play extra games?
Read Al Simmons’ West Brom v West Ham betting odds preview. The Baggies have managed to pull themselves four points clear of the relegation zone since Pulis replaced Alan Irvine but a close inspection of their Premier League fixture list reveals a troubling run of games.
Out of West Brom’s final five matches they must face Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd. It is quite conceivable that they could lose all of those matches so Pulis will be keen to bank as many league points before his side enters that run of games.
We say headache because Pulis is not the kind of man who could live with himself if he told his players to ease off in any type of competitive game of football. Therefore our view is that he will give things a real go in the cup on Saturday, especially as it will be another seven days until they play their next EPL game – Sunderland away.
And as we’ve seen since Pulis took charge, with only one defeat in seven matches, West Brom have become a very tough side to beat and are in a solid vein of form. Pulis will be keen to see momentum maintained and that means they are a good bet at 2.50 odds with home advantage.
Indeed, on New Year’s Day the Baggies were the better side when away at West Ham so we feel they have enough to get the job done here.
Liverpool recorded a thrilling 3-2 win over Spurs in midweek and travel to Selhurst Park with a large degree of confidence that they can beat Crystal Palace. Brendan Rodgers will be delighted (and relieved) that Mario Balotelli scored his first league goal as he grabbed the winner in that win and do not be surprised to see him score again.
Improving youngsters Jordon Ibe and Raheem Sterling add a genuine element of dynamism to the team and we’re expecting to see plenty of goals in south London.
The over 2.5 goals at 1.95 odds looks well worth an interest with the Liverpool victory at 2.10 our other recommendation.
Elsewhere, Arsenal and Man Utd should grab wins against Middlesbrough and Preston respectively. The combined parlay or win double pays 2.10 – get on! Goodluck.
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