No shocks in store on Sunday

  • By: Ben Linfoot
  • Last Updated: January 27 2013, 14:49 GMT

Ben Linfoot isn't feeling any magic in the air ahead of three potential upsets in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Spurs: Should be celebrating again
Spurs: Should be celebrating again

Chelsea travel to Brentford and they should have too much class for the Bees, while a partly-changed Liverpool side can cruise to a win over League One strugglers Oldham.

Spurs face the toughest task at Championship Leeds and they may have to wait at least until after a quarter of the game has gone against Neil Warnock's stubborn outfit.

Brentford v Chelsea

Chelsea were deserved losers of their two-leg Capital One semi-final with Swansea and will still be smarting from that defeat when they line up at League One Brentford Sunday lunchtime. Uwe Rosler's side are flying high in third in League One and they'll be hopeful of avoiding defeat given their home form has been solid all campaign. Much will depend on how long Brentford can keep Chelsea at bay - perhaps their best bet for a replay will be to hold them for 90 minutes and go in with a 0-0. I just get the feeling Chelsea will take out their recent frustrations against lesser opposition and Rafa Benitez has no option but to put out a strong side. An early goal for Chelsea would settle them and if they get one they could tear apart the Bees judging by some of their recent away form - think back to big wins at Stoke (4-0) and Southampton (5-1). Chelsea are 15/8 (-2) on the handicap and that's fair given the obvious gulf in class.

Verdict: Brentford 0 Chelsea 3

Leeds v Tottenham

Tottenham did very well to get a draw out of Manchester United last weekend and in the end they were rewarded for their perseverance. They face a very different test at Elland Road but again they may have to wait for their goal as Leeds have become very tight at home in recent weeks. Neil Warnock's team have conceded just three at home in seven home games against Championship opposition since they were embarrassed by Watford in November. And even when Premier League Chelsea rolled into town in the Capital One Cup, Leeds held them until the second half before eventually falling to a 5/1 defeat. A solid, professional performance can see Spurs go through with little fuss and I expect the foundations of their victory to be founded by keeping it tight early on. Paddy Power offer 10/11 about the first goal coming after the 23rd minute and that's tempting. Spurs' last four away games that have involved goals has seen the first scored after this time and with Leeds' defence used to keeping them out at home it looks the way to go.

Verdict: Leeds 0 Tottenham 2

Oldham v Liverpool

While Brentford are riding high in League One, Oldham are involved in a relegation battle as they currently sit 19th in the standings. Their home form has been poor, they've won just three times from 14 games at Boundary Park and improving Liverpool should have little trouble in seeing them off. Brendan Rodgers is bound to make changes from the team that beat Norwich 5-0 last weekend and expect to see the likes of Jack Robinson, Sebastian Coates, Jonjo Shelvey and Suso involved. Up front though, as has been well documented throughout the campaign, Liverpool have few options and you have to think Fabio Borini is a likely starter with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez sure to be involved at some stage if not from the first kick-off. 8/11 (Sturridge) and 4/7 (Suarez) quotes about the duo scoring anytime don't appeal, though, and I couldn't trust Liverpool's reserve defence to keep a clean sheet as I consider the evens Ladbrokes offer about the Reds in the 'win to nil' market. They should win to nil, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Verdict: Oldham 0 Liverpool 3

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