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FA Cup fifth round predictions, betting tips & live streams: Best bets for Saturday’s 3pm games

Leigh Copson 13 Feb 2018
Bruno Salter of Brighton (credit: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

FA Cup predictions for the fifth round ties taking place on Saturday, February 17. Can Brighton & Hove Albion avoid an upset and who will win the all-Premier League showdown between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton? Read on for all of our free betting tips and predictions.

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Coventry City

Brighton & Hove Albion have enjoyed some improved form over the past few weeks, going unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions. This run includes a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough in the previous round, and they now find themselves taking another team from a lower division, Coventry City, for a place in the quarter-finals.

The League Two side have seen their promotion push suffer a setback recently with a couple of defeats, but they have already shown that they are capable of pulling off an upset in this competition. The Sky Blues dumped out top-flight strugglers Stoke City in the third round before ousting League One outfit in round four, but can they really claim another top flight scalp to book a place in the quarter-finals?

If they were at home they would have stood more of a chance, but this match is taking place at the Amex Stadium and Brighton have been solid there all season. The Seagulls have lost just three of the 13 Premier League matches played at their home ground and that is a record I cannot ignore, especially when you consider Coventry’s mixed away form.

Therefore I suggest backing the home side to get the job done in 90 minutes here, and I also expect them to keep a clean sheet. Six of their nine competitive victories have been accompanied by a shut-out of their opponents, and Coventry have not been flush with goals on their travels.

West Bromwich Albion v Southampton

These two teams are meeting for the second time in a fortnight and West Bromwich Albion will be keen to get their revenge having been beaten 3-2 in that meeting at The Hawthorns. Southampton, of course, would be more than happy to see repeat scenes on Saturday – so who will get their wish and book their place in the quarter-finals?

West Brom have been unable to build on that shock win at Liverpool in the last round, losing the three Premier League games they have played since then, and the Baggies have now won only three of their last 28 competitive fixtures. They may have lost only four times at The Hawthorns in the league this season, but their knack for draws means they have the worst home record in the top flight and if they end up dropping down to the Championship this will be a key factor.

Southampton, meanwhile, fell to a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool last time out, but they were unbeaten in their six games prior to that and they have now gone four games without defeat on their travels. As you already know this sequence includes a 3-2 victory over West Brom at The Hawthorns at the start of the month, and I would not be surprised to see them repeat that here.

Southampton’s performance against Liverpool was pretty dire, but they had been showing signs of improvement prior to that loss and the same cannot be said for a West Brom side who are propping up the Premier League and appear doomed to relegation. Saints could pile on the misery by knocking them out of the FA Cup on Saturday.

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