I think that the best thing I can say about today is that we are officially ONE WEEK away from the return of The Chammmmmmmmmpionnnnnnnnnns (League).
Unfortunately that is then and this is now though, so rather than wasting your time with an extended intro for a pair of games that even the combatants are not overly enthused about (save for Peterborough), let’s just get to it…
FA CUP REPLAYS
The games today and tomorrow are both on Fox Sports 1, which means its time to swallow our monthly dose of Eric Wynalda so just prepare yourself now and let’s not bother complaining about it. It is what it is.
West Ham (+155)
These two clubs battled to a “thrilling” nil-nil draw last time out at Anfield, which is sadly one of the better performances either club has had in the days since. Liverpool has been spanked by Leicester and coughed up a two-goal lead to woeful Sunderland at home after the fans walked out (alone?) to protest what they feel is exorbitant ticket prices they are being forced to pay. West Ham hasn’t done much better, only beating Villa by two goals and losing 0-1 to Southampton.
In truth, as it stands at the moment, these clubs are a lot more similar than they are different, and by that I mean they are both the walking wounded – or as I like to refer to them, the anti-Leicesters. Liverpool’s injuries include Skrtel, Coutinho and Henderson, as well as likely Lovren and English Messi. West Ham will likely be missing important pieces in Kouyata, Lanzini and Sakho, as well as the entire right side of their defense, which could be crucial. Why? Welp, one guy who is miraculously not hurt is…….
Liverpool to win 2-1 on goals from Sturridge and Benteke.
West Brom (+105)
Peterborough showed a hell of a lot of heart in the first game, fighting back from behind twice to earn a draw on the road. That is not a very good sign for West Brom, which has had difficulties in scoring but should be embarrassed by conceding leads on multiple occasions. My guess is Pulis & Co. will somehow muddle through against the First Division club, and getting a PL club at plus-odds in a match like this is a pretty intriguing line. West Brom to win 1-0.
So there you go, tiny preview for tiny slate of games.
Sam U. L. Army