Live on ITV 1 & ESPN: Sun 14.00 & 16.45: West Ham could reachthe FA Cup semi-finals and Man City should join them.
West Ham have now lost just one of their last seven in all competitions and so they will head to the Britannia Stadium for their FA Cup quarter-final against Stoke in confident mood, especially after beating their opponents 3-0 at Upton Park in the pair’s league encounter last Saturday.
Nevertheless, it’s the Potters that are Coral’s 11/10 favourites to come out on top as the sides renew hostilities; however, they have been inconsistent of late and it would be unwise to rule out Paddy Power’s 5/2 outsiders, the rejuvenated Hammers, who are 23/10 (Totesport) to manage a draw and 11/8 courtesy of Stan James to ultimately reach a cup semi-final for the second time this season.
Avram Grant’s side aren’t exactly renowned for their defending but they have been scoring at the other end so it could be a clash that features more than 2.5 goals (23/20, bet365) and Hammers marksman Demba Ba is set to contribute to that tally against the club he almost joined. The Senegalese striker has four in his last four, including one against Stoke last week and he’s 7/1 courtesy of Ladbrokes to notch first here, while bet365 make him 5/2 to strike at any point.
Reading are the only Championship team left in the competition after they stunned Everton at Goodison Park last week but their cup run is set to come to an end at Eastlands, where Manchester City are priced by William Hill at 2/5 to come out on top and Edin Dzeko is 21/20 () to get on the scoresheet.