Football: The Sweeper: The price is right

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FA CUP? Poisoned chalice more like. West Ham, Southampton Aston Villa, Leicester, our ante-post portfolio is in tatters. Still, the fifth- round draw threw up some interesting possibilities and Arsenal (home tie, not in Europe), Leeds (ditto), Barnsley (ditto), Huddersfield (ditto) and Fulham (well in on a form line through Villa) are all worth a punt. Blackburn v Tottenham, Coventry v Liverpool and Newcastle v Aston Villa look the prime draw candidates this weekend and let's throw in marauding Manchester United to beat cheerless Charlton tomorrow for some trebles. The London derby on Murdochvision between Arsenal and Chelsea is worth a draw single tomorrow, while larrupers Lazio can beat banal Bari on their home turf in Channel 4's Sunday Serie A treat.

LIBERO WAGERS

(Four pounds 2 trebles with Stanley): Blackburn to draw with Tottenham (12- 5); Coventry to draw with Liverpool (12-5); Newcastle to draw with Aston Villa (12-5); Man Utd to win at Charlton (8-13).

SUNDAY SKY MATCH

Arsenal v Chelsea

draw (pounds 2, 9-4, Ladbrokes).

SUNDAY C4 ITALIAN JOB

Bari v Lazio

Lazio (pounds 2, 11-10, William Hill & Stanley).

FA CUP ANTE-POST PORTFOLIO

Arsenal (pounds 1, 9-2, Stanley & Tote).

Leeds (pounds 1, 8-1, William Hill).

Barnsley (pounds 1, 50-1, Tote).

Fulham (pounds 1, 125-1, William Hill).

Huddersfield (pounds 1, 125-1, Coral & William Hill).

ORIGINAL BANK: pounds 100.

CURRENT KITTY: pounds 146.64!

TODAY'S BETS: pounds 18.53 (inc. pounds 1.53 tax).

THE SWEEPER'S BOOKIE-BASHING BETS

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