FA Cup upsets to watch out for this weekend, plus acca tips…

We’ve seen plenty of upsets over the years, but will the magic of the FA Cup produce more in this season’s fourth round? Here’s a round up of the most likely Premier League teams to be dumped out by lower league opposition….

Boro to Repeat 2009’s 8-1 Demolition of City?

Well, maybe not that extreme, however Middlesbrough are going strong this season, sitting fourth in the Championship having only lost once in all competitions since mid-October. They are up against a Man City side without a win in two games and come off the back of a disappointing display in Sunday’s home defeat to Arsenal. Yaya Toure’s absence has left a hole in the middle of the park for City- If Boro can exploit the Ivorian’s missing presence in midfield and show why they boast the best defence in the Championship, they could see past Pellegrini’s men and, at least, earn a replay.
Tip-Middlesbrough double chance (win or draw) @ 3/1

Bournemouth to Breeze Past Villa…

The South Coast outfit are on the up, whilst the top tier ever presents are on a downwards spiral. This will be a tricky test for Aston Villa, who have found the net only eleven times in the league since it kicked off back in August. Bournemouth sit top of the Championship and everything seems to be going their way; they couldn’t have picked a better Premier League side to face, albeit away from home in this fourth round tie. If both sides continue their current form they may not face each other next season in the League- With the Cherries representing the Premier League whilst Villa may drop down to the second tier.
Tip- Bournemouth to win @ 2/1

Heskey to Haunt Liverpool on Anfield Return?

The England and Liverpool legend will partner Eidur Gudjohnson in a strike partnership that would frighten even the most experienced Premier League centre backs, once upon a time. Since the appointment of Neil Lennon in October, Bolton seemed to have turned the corner of what was a disastrous start to the campaign. They are now unbeaten since Boxing Day and will be looking to at least grab a draw against a Liverpool side who’s defensive form is far from convincing.
Tip- Bolton double chance (win or draw) @ 5-2

For all of these tips to come in you can place a treble at 41/1 – well worth a punt with your spare change!

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Club heroes who have gone on to break their fans hearts…

With all the focus on Stevie G’s announcement earlier this week, we take a look at other players idolised by their fans who have crushed that almost perfect relationship with the club…

2015 Gerrard Announces the end of his Liverpool Love Affair (for now anyway)-

Just into the New Year and the Ex- England skipper announces that we will no longer be playing for his hometown club after the end of the season. As the news broke, you could here a Scouse whine across the country. Many pundits and Ex- Pro’s of the footballing world describe Gerrard as a true Liverpool and England great, one who is very rare in this day and age with all the money and fame. Gerrard may well be the last of his kind- Someone who has stayed with his hometown club since being a schoolboy, rejecting offers from the world’s biggest club’s to try and conquer success with the Red’s. No matter what anyone says, Stevie G has been an asset to English football for club and country; the question is, what’s next in store?

2009 Shearer managing Newcastle to relegation-

Well, it wasn’t all his fault but with Hull travelling to Old Trafford the Geordies would have ben safe with a point- Something which a side battling to avoid relegation should expect away at Villa Park. A lacklustre display summed up by a definitive own goal by Damien Duff capped off a season in which four managers tried and failed to revive the North East giants. On a day when all three of the North East clubs could’ve gone down, Sunderland were the ones having the last laugh. Their fans were seen in complete jubilation as the scores came in and Middlesbrough and Newcastle were in the English second tier for the first time since 1998 and 1993 respectively.

In Shearer’s playing career for Newcastle he was unstoppable, netting 148 times in 303 games for the Magpies and becoming the Premier League’s all time top scorer with 260 goals. Although Shearer was only Manager for four games, Newcastle were without a win and scored just one goal.

2014 Lampard coming off the bench to score vs his beloved Chelsea-

Upon Lampard’s arrival for the game against his previous employer, Chelsea fans were cheering and singing his name and when he made his appearance off the bench there was a huge applause from the away end. Chelsea were 1-0 up after a goal from Schurrle and Zabaleta had just been sent off so it was turning out quite an away day for the fans. However, in the 85th minute Lamps scored with a typical good finish from a James milner pass, although he refused to celebrate after. This marked the revival for City, who were 5 points behind at the time.

Lamps is Chelsea’s all time top scorer and the 4th highest scorer in Premier League history (level with Thierry Henry); Some feat considering all his goals came from midfield. With Yaya Toure off to the African Cup of Nation’s, Lampard could be key in City’s pursuing of the title and could be the man to inflict more misery on his old club as City are now on level points with the early-season front runners. The two giants clash at Stamford Bridge on the 31st January in a game that could shape the rest of the season.

2006 Ronaldo Winks to the Portugal Bench as Rooney’s Sent to the Changing Room-

Well.
This was heartache for football fans all over the country. England’s promising starlet was dismissed for a kick out at Chelsea Centre back Ricardo Carvalho right in front of the referee. As soon as the incident occurred Ronaldo and co surroundeed the Argentinian referee, urging him to take action – Rooney was sent off and with him, any hope England had in progressing to the Semi’s.

When the pair turned up back in Manchester there was rumours Ronaldo had to leave the club and that there was a feud between both players, however Rooney was quick to dismiss these and admitted that he would have done the same if it was the other way round.

In recent years both players have become legends at Old Trafford, with Ronaldo in unstoppable form from 2007-2009 before jetting off to Spain to win Spanish titles, Ballon D’ors and pretty much everything else. Rooney has since beedn handed both the United and England captaincy and is on his way to becoming the top scorer for his country on top of overtaking Ryan Giggs as the Red Devil’s all time Premier League top scorer.

Premier League Accumulator October Week 2- Super Sunday and Monday Night Football

Okay, there are no North London Derbies or clashes for titles this weekend, however the first televised game on Sunday sees Liverpool go to struggling QPR in need of a win to kickstart the season after a sloppy start.

There’s also a chance to see Swansea’s free-flowing football against a tough tackling Stoke team and Van Gaal’s Galactico’s travel to the Hawthorns in a must win- If they are to challenge for the title. Check out or Acca tips- All 3 are on offer at 23/1 with Bet365, so a fiver will get you nearly £120, surely worth a punt?

QPR vs Liverpool- Over 2.5 goals @ 13/20

Neither of these clubs have had the start to the new season as they would have wished. Joey Barton will hope to get under Liverpool players’ skin when the two teams meet on Saturday.

The lifelong Everton will lead out the West Londoners against Liverpool, who have failed to excite as they did last season. Who knows the what the result will be, but there will be goals in this meeting on Sunday afternoon.

Stoke vs Swansea- Score draw @ 10/3

Free scoring Swansea look to build on their excellent start to the season with Gylfi Sigurdsson in world class form, however will find it hard to grind out a result away to a tough tackling, well drilled Stoke team. We’re going for a score draw here

West Brom vs Man United – United win & both teams to score @ 12/5

If United want to finish in the top 3 and make their summer spending count, they must stop dropping points. On paper and due to United Dream Team, this should be a united win; however in reality the Baggies will make them work for it.

Berahino is in fine form for club and country this month and will be looking to add to hat trick against Burnley. We think a United win and a few goals are on the cards.

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