The FA Cup is back in midweek, with Tuesday’s fifth-round replay between Premier League Swansea and Championship Sheffield Wednesday arguably the pick of the pair.
Their goalless draw 10 days ago was particularly uninspiring but the sudden-death nature of the tie could mean more fireworks at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea were crushed 4-1 on Saturday at Brighton but that was their first real blip under Carlos Carvalhal and they are unsurprisingly the 10/13 favourites.
Wednesday have lost their last two games and still seem to be finding their feet under Jos Luhukay, who of replaced Carvalhal at Hillsborough.
Wednesday are a handy price at 4/1 but that probably illustrates the size of their task on Tuesday.
Both sides are treading water at the wrong end of their respective tables and will probably see the FA Cup as an unwanted distraction from their league exploits. It means the managers are likely to rotate but the Owls have more significant injury issues, especially in defence.
All this adds up to what should be a more open game and there could be goals.
The winner goes on to face the victor of Wednesday’s fixture and it has a whiff of magic about it as League One Rochdale head to Wembley to take on Tottenham.
Steve Davis was the hero at Spotland, netting a stoppage-time equaliser after Harry Kane looked to have sent Spurs through with an 88th-minute penalty.
It was a thrilling afternoon and at 27/1, Keith Hill’s side will be dreaming of causing one of the biggest shocks in the game’s history.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men battled past Crystal Palace on Sunday and the Argentine will look to rotate with Juventus on the horizon in the Champions League.
Dale will be without a host of ineligible players and are expected to name a team similar to the one that drew 2-2 earlier this month.
Purists will be hoping for a shock at Wembley but it seems unlikely, especially with the visitors not having won in their last four.
After seeing four goals in the first match, another case of over 3.5 goals looks likely at 10/11 and with Spurs so short, perhaps look elsewhere and having netted at Spotland, Lucas Moura is 13/10 to score at anytime.
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