FA Cup football returns this weekend and so does BoyleSports Football Ambassador Natalie Sawyer, who has spoken exclusively to Leon Blanche about what way she sees Friday’s night’s FA Cup clash going between Manchester United and Middlesbrough. Take a look below!
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Natalie said: “This is a competition Manchester United should be expecting to go far in and it is their best opportunity of winning a trophy this season.
“It’s been a funny old season for them but the winter break may have come at the wrong time for them because they had started to pick up a bit of form before that mini-break.
“So it’ll be interesting to see how the players have coped with that break, how fresh they are and how keen they are to get going again.
“It’s two in two now for Marcus Rashford (enhanced to 11/8 from 11/10 to score any time). Maybe the goal against Brentford gave him the confidence boost he needed and he went on to score the winner against West Ham, so he can go into this game remembering that he can be a match winner and that’s such an important thing for a striker.
“He’ll want to start obviously, he’s had his injury problems and it’s not been the best of seasons for him, but he’s got a bit of momentum behind him and he’s coming good at the right time.
“You would expect Manchester United to win this one, but I expect Middlesbrough to give them a tricky contest and not make it a fun evening for the Red Devils.
“This is a Middlesbrough side who are resurgent under Chris Wilder. They’re doing really well under him, although they are the lowest scorers in the top half of the Championship so I certainly wouldn’t expect a goal fest.
“But they should put up a fight and Wilder will be relishing the opportunity to knock out a big-hitter.
“They do have the league as priority though, so I think Manchester United should come through this one, but maybe not as comfortably as they would like and I am going for a 2-0 victory for the home side.”
4/11 – Manchester United
7/2 – Draw
15/2 – Middlesbrough
Marcus Rashford to score anytime – Was 11/10… NOW 11/8!
Manchester United to win both halves – Was 7/4… NOW 5/2!
Manchester United to win 2-0 or 3-0 – Was 5/2… NOW 3/1!
Manchester United to win, over 3.5 goals and both teams to score – Was 7/2… NOW 9/2!
3/1 – Cristiano Ronaldo
4/1 – Edinson Cavani
4/1 – Marcus Rashford
9/2 – Bruno Fernandes
13/2 – Jadon Sancho
13/2 – Anthony Elanga
13/2 – Jesse Lingard
9/1 – Paul Pogba
11/1 – Andraz Sporar
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: NATALIE SAWYER
Natalie Sawyer is one of the leading names in TV and Radio sports broadcasting, currently providing analysis as a Football Ambassador for BoyleSports.
A lifelong Brentford fan, she boasts a glittering CV which includes prestigious football podcast The Game and an 18-year stint at Sky Sports where she anchored Sky Sports News’ rolling coverage of the world of sport.
Nowadays Natalie’s insight is showcased on the airwaves in her role as an award-winning host on talkSPORT.
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