Football Betting Tips
Blackburn Rovers will attempt to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup for the second time in three seasons when they host Barclays Premier League side, Swansea City, on Saturday, January 24, at Ewood Park. The Riversiders are looking to emulate their best result of recent years when they reached the semi-finals in 2007, but face a bruised Swansea side that could dash their Wembley Stadium dreams. The Swans on the other hand booked their place in the fourth round with an emphatic 6-2 victory over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park last weekend. Garry Monk’s side will be hoping to put their heavy Premier League defeat to Chelsea behind them when they travel to Rovers. They were thrashed 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium last Saturday, their first defeat of 2015. They will only be two rounds away from Wembley if they can overcome Gary Bowyer’s charges.
Liverpool host Bolton Wanderers in their fourth round FA Cup action at Anfield on Saturday, January 24. Brendan Rodgers’ side had to overcome a testing fixture against League Two battlers, Wimbledon in the last round with a 2-1 victory, with captain, Steven Gerrard netting a brace in the process. The Reds come off a morale-boosting 1-1 draw with league pace-setters Chelsea in the Capital One Cup in midweek, after they had fallen behind to an Eden Hazard penalty. Wanderers are hoping to replicate their victory at Anfield, just as they did 22 years ago in a third-round replay fixture. After a 2-2 draw at Burnden Park, the Trotters travelled to Anfield and claimed a 2-0 win. Neil Lennon’s side have a good record at Anfield in the FA Cup, having won twice to Liverpool's once with one draw managed. Overall in the competition, Liverpool have won three ties and Bolton winning six outings with two draws. The two sides last met in January 2012 in a league fixture at the then Reebok Stadium with Wanderers winning 3-1.
Cordoba play host to La Liga leaders, Real Madrid on Saturday, January 24, at Estádio Nuevo Arcángel. Despite their poor start to the season following a 5-0 drubbing by Barcelona, the Andalusians have improved game by game and, are now on a run of seven points from nine matches, which has pushed them up to 14th place on the La Liga standings. Spanish La Liga pace-setters, Real, are aiming to keep rivals, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at bay. The European champions lead the way in the Primera Division by a single point, with the aim of even extending the gap at the summit. Carlo Ancelotti’s troops have suffered a blip in form this month, where their 22-match winning run ended with a 2-1 defeat at Valencia in the league as well as losing 4-2 on aggregate to city rivals, Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey.
English Championship side, Brighton & Hove Albion face FA Cup holders, Arsenal, in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, January 25. The Seagulls have had a difficult season but recently found their form under manager, Chris Hughton, claiming three wins from their last four games since he took over. This has seen them move slightly up the table into 19th spot. Hughton who was at the helm of Newcastle has previous success over the Gunners. While at the Magpies in 2010, he did manage an all-important 1-0 victory and replicated that when he was coaching Norwich City. This weekend the former Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager will be determined to make it a hat-trick. Arsène Wenger's side last faced Brighton in the fifth round of the FA Cup in January of 2013, with Frenchman, Olivier Giroud scoring twice and Theo Walcott striking five minutes from time to hand the Gunners a pulsating FA Cup win, and send them into the fifth round.
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BLACKBURN ROVERS V SWANSEA CITY
League position: Rovers 10th (English Championship) and City 9th
Useful facts: Rovers are about as exciting as watching paint dry on a wall. Swansea play some good football at times, although their confidence will have been rocked after a 5-0 massacre handed out by Chelsea recently. Nonetheless, the Welsh side should have enough to beat the Blue and Whites in this FA Cup clash.
Alton Meiring: Swansea victory.
LIVERPOOL V BOLTON WANDERERS
League position: Liverpool 8th and Bolton 14th (English Championship)
Useful facts: Liverpool are starting to hit some of the form they showed last season. Switching Raheem Sterling to lead striker certainly gives the Reds the highly mobile style which worked so well in 2013/14. Meanwhile, Bolton are mired mid-table in the second tier of English football. This means Liverpool will expect to wallop the Trotters at Anfield.
Alton Meiring: Liverpool win.
CORDOBA V REAL MADRID
League position: Cordoba 14th and Real 1st
Useful facts: Struggling Cordoba probably won’t be looking forward to the visit of Real Madrid’s galaxy of stars to the Estadio Nuevo Arcángel. The minnows are just two points clear of the relegation zone and Madrid can destroy literally anyone on their day. Cristiano Ronaldo will be licking his lips in anticipation as he looks to add to his unbelievable 28 league goals in 17 starts.
Alton Meiring: Real will win.
BRIGHTON V ARSENAL
League position: Brighton 19th (in English Championship) and Arsenal 6th
Useful facts: In an extraordinary turn of events, Arsenal actually showed they can defend resolutely as a unit during their recent 2-0 win over Manchester City. Surprisingly, few Gunners fans fainted in the aftermath of the famous win at the Etihad Stadium. This means struggling Brighton will be facing an Arsenal side buzzing with self-belief in East Sussex.
Alton Meiring: Arsenal for the win.