Crystal Palace vs. Stoke
Considering recent records for both teams, Stoke shall be the team aiming to go through this encounter to the next stage.
Crystal Palace lost their last ties both in the 3rd round while Stoke on the other hand had a quarter-final and a runner-up place in the competition.
Priority for Palace should be promotion this season, and with that in mind, coach might give a rest to some players . Kagisho Dikgacoi left to the African CUp of Nations.
Stoke shall aim for qualification to the next round considering their Premiership position. Nzonzi is back, while Upson and Palacios could feature.
Both teams are going through a good period in their leagues, but IMO the priority is higher for Stoke here than for Palace, and with Stoke only losing to Manchester City in last 11 games, I will take Stoke +0.5 AH @ 1.43
Pick: Stoke +0.5 AH @ 1.43
Lazio vs. Cagliari
Both teams on exactly different paths, Lazio going through an awesome form since the Halloween defeat, not losing a game since then, while Cagliari on the other hand, haven't taken a win since same date.
During this period, Lazio has also taken a 3:2 win in the derby vs Roma and even thought Petkovic is modest about competing with Juventus, they just need to keep form on and win games like this.
Klose is in a wonderful form scoring 10 goals in 17, while Hernanes is doing also one of his best seasons lately scoring 7 times so far.
Cagliari is in a really bad shape, losing last 5 games with a goal difference of -11 ( Scored 3, conceaded 14), and Pulga's future at the club doesn't look that bright.
Ederson is injured for Lazio, while Cagliari has bigger problems with Eriksson injured and Astori and Pisano suspended.
Last season Lazio won 1:0 and I don't believe they will have any trouble taking the three points in this one aswell.
Pick: Lazio Win @ 1.53...see more