The Taca da Liga has really belonged to Benfica, who have won it seven times since it was formed 11 years ago. They are on a four-game winning streak now but it will take a lot to beat Porto. Since they lost at Benfica in October, Porto have gone 21 games unbeaten and are dominant in the league. I see a low-scoring game, and I’ll back a Draw.
Match Tip: Under 2.5 Goals (Odds: 1.70)
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Benfica 1 v 1 Porto
Sevilla have lost three in a row in all competitions and will not have forgotten their 5-0 defeat to Barcelona in last season’s final. Barcelona have only won twice in five away cup games but I doubt they’ll take Sevilla lightly. They have beaten the hosts in eight of their last ten clashes, with Over 2.5 Goals in each of the last eight. I have to back Barca again.
Match Tip: Over 2.5 Goals (Odds: 1.50)
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Sevilla 1 v 2 Barcelona
Tottenham have the advantage after they won the first leg 1-0 but they’ll be without key forwards here. Harry Kane and Dele Alli are injured and Son Heung-Min is on international duty, so Chelsea will feel they can win this time, especially if Gonzalo Higuain should sign by then. I expect a reaction from the hosts after their defeat to Arsenal, so I’m going to back them here.
Match Tip: Under 2.5 Goals (Odd: 1.95)
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Chelsea 1 v 0 Tottenham
This is a great cup tie. Arsenal have only lost two of their 18 home games this season and beat Chelsea 2-0 on Saturday. That said, they’ve only won one of their last five games against United, who have won seven matches in a row under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Chelsea are the only team to eliminate the Red Devils across the last three seasons and this trophy will mean a lot to both teams. This is so tough to call but, based on form and recent meetings, I have to back an Away Win.
Match Tip: Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals (Odds: 1.85)
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Arsenal 1 v 2 Manchester United
Marseille’s winless run is over after they beat Caen on Sunday, although it’s too early to get excited just yet. They haven’t won at home for over two months and have only kept one clean sheet in their last five league games. Both teams have scored in each of Lille’s past five league games, but they’re looking good in second. I’m going for a Draw.
Match Tip: Both Teams to Score
Mr. Predictor’s Verdict: Marseille 1 v 1 Lille