The Daily Star’s Chief Football writer, Danny Fullbrook, reckons Sunderland can beat Boro and Arsenal can win 2-0 against Villa.
Sunderland v Middlesbrough, Sun 29th Jan, 13.30, ITV1
On Sunday, Sunderland v Middlesbrough could be a cracking North East derby in the FA Cup.
Both teams are going well at the moment. But on that basis I fancy a home win, 8/11 at Ladbrokes, because Martin O’Neill is great in the cup competitions. His team are flying so home win on the cards, possibly by two clear goals or more – lovely at 2/1 with Coral.
Arsenal v Aston Villa, Sun 29th Jan, 16.00, ESPN
Then comes Aston Villa away against Arsenal. I just don’t see that the Gunners will lose this one.
The cups are so important to them at the moment. They need to make them count so I think they will win at all costs at 2-0 (7/1, William Hill) with van Persie on the scoresheet – the Dutchman is 11/4 with Stan James to open the scoring and 10/11 to net anytime.
After losing 3 games in a row in the League, defeat would be too much in this game.