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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Southampton have a chance at Wembley but it will be tough

The former Saints star gives his views

Southampton's Charlie Austin
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What's your best bet off the weekend?
Crystal Palace have been playing well and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them win at Watford by a couple of goals. They have a lot to play for and I can see them being too strong for the Hornets, who seem to be struggling, as they often do at this stage of the season. Watford don’t have much to play for and Palace are facing them at an ideal time.

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Which favourites look most vulnerable?
I don’t think Arsenal are odds-on certainties against West Ham. The league is not their priority any more and they will be looking ahead to facing Atletico Madrid on Thursday. West Ham are playing well enough and need the points. I can see them getting something out of the game.

Where’s the value in the Man Utd v Tottenham FA Cup semi-final?
I wouldn’t be surprised if it went to extra-time. The draw after 90 minutes is a big possibility and I think Heung-Min Son is a strong contender to score the first goal. Son hasn’t scored in five games but is always a threat and offers better value than the obvious contenders such as Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku.

Man Utd v Tottenham preview

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Do Southampton have a chance against Chelsea?
As an ex-Southampton player with so much history at the club, I have to think we have a chance but it is going to be tough. Saints showed they can match Chelsea last weekend but still lost the game and that will have left a mental scar. If they are to win I would think it has to be in 90 minutes as tiredness could be a factor in extra-time.

How will Wolves do in the Premier League next season?
They have been excellent this season but I always think survival is the number one priority for any promoted club. It can be tough to adjust to such a big step up in class and I’m sure Wolves will be looking to add some players in the summer. A good start will be vital to give them the belief that they can do well in the Premier League.

Give us a bet from next weeks’ Champions/Europa League matches
I fancy Roma and Real Madrid to avoid defeat in the first legs and that should set them up perfectly to reach the final. Real would be my fancy to win it as they always seem to raise their level for the biggest games.

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Saints showed they can match Chelsea last weekend but still lost the game and that will have left a mental scar
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