2019 FA Cup Quarter Finals Preview


It’s down to the final eight teams in the 138th edition of the FA Cup with the two Manchester powerhouses favoured to win the competition but first they must navigate this weekend’s quarter finals.

Both teams will have to travel with City headed to Wales to take on Swansea and United taking on a Wolves side full of confidence.

Watford and Crystal Palace open the round while Milwall and Brighton face off at The Den in the other quarter final.

Read on for our previews and predictions for these games.

Watford Vs Crystal Palace

Saturday 16 March, 11:15pm, Vicarage Road

Watford 2 – Crystal Palace 1

In a remarkable run for both sides, Watford and Crystal Palace have made the FA Cup Quarter Finals without conceding a goal.

Palace has claimed the bigger scalp, upsetting Tottenham 2-0 in the fourth round and has scored in 13 straight games in all competitions.

Watford on the other hand is up to eighth place and has won three of its last five, only losing to Manchester City and Liverpool.

Historically these sides have played in plenty of low scoring clashes with each of the last 10 meetings dating back to 2013 having three or fewer goals.

One of these games was the 2016 FA Cup Semi Finals with Crystal Palace taking out the honours on that occasion.

Watford is in better form here and should be able to pick up their third straight win over Palace after completing the League double in January.

Back Watford to Win in 90 Minutes and Under 3.5 Goals @ $3.10

Swansea Vs Manchester City

Sunday 17 March, 4:20am, Liberty Stadium

Swansea 2 – Manchester City 3

City in the Premier League… not much fun to back, City in the Champions League… annoyingly not much fun to back either, but City in the FA Cup… actually that’s not a great option either.

On the back of their 7-0 win over Schalke during the week, City’s unlikely quadruple quest gets another test this weekend with a visit to Swansea.

Unfortunately they aren’t at great odds and with all due respect to the Welsh side, you wouldn’t want to back against them at the moment, even with the Swans offering $21 to win.

When you consider City’s lowest score in this tournament so far is a 4-1 win over Newport, they should be able to swat away their Championship opponents here.

Back Manchester City to Win & Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.15

Wolverhampton Vs Manchester United

Sunday 17 March, 6:55am, Molineux Stadium

Wolves 2 – Manchester United 1

Manchester United will have had a full week to recover from their loss away to Arsenal before turning their attention to the one domestic trophy they can still win.

It’s hard to take the loss at the Emirates as anything other than a blip on the radar considering the ballistic pace they have been winning at over the past three months.

That being said, the squad is somewhat depleted with a number of injuries leaving the cupboard bare and any more absences could really harm their chances here.

Wolves will bring plenty of confidence into this game, they have lost just once in their last eight games and did manage a draw back in September.

With the upsets this tournament has thrown up so far so back the favourites at your own risk.

Wolves have already beaten Liverpool in this tournament so with the value on offer, take that play and count on United’s depleted squad catching up with them.

Back Wolves to Win in 90 Minutes @ $3.20

Millwall Vs Brighton and Hove Albion

Monday 18 March, 1:00am, The Den

Brighton might be having a rough go in the Premier League but they have a great chance to make the FA Cup Semi Finals here.

Taking on Millwall at The Den, the Seagulls have to feel confident about their chances in this game.

These sides will meet for the first time since 2015 when they played out a 0-0 draw and recent form for Brighton suggests the first goal could be key here.

With back to back Premier League wins giving them a boost on the table, Brighton should be able to book a trip to Wembley with a win here, although extra time would not be at all surprising.

Back Brighton to Qualify for the Next Round @ $1.60