Mourinho to avoid further embarrassment

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Jose Mourinho

Manchester United can get back on track following their limp Champions League exit by beating Brighton to earn a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Jose Mourinho has been criticised for his negative approach to Tuesday’s loss to Sevilla at Old Trafford and, with Manchester City romping to the Premier League title and having already won the League Cup, United only have the FA Cup to focus on in the last two months of the campaign.

The Seagulls will be hard to break down, though, as United discovered in November when they needed an own goal to beat Chris Hughton’s side 1-0 in the Premier League. A repeat of that scoreline this weekend can be backed at 11/2, while Mourinho’s team are 2/1 to win the FA Cup outright this season.

Chelsea also exited the Champions League this week but they returned from Barcelona with their heads held high after producing a battling display at the Nou Camp.

Antonio Conte’s team also need to win the FA Cup to salvage something from a disappointing campaign following the glory of last season’s title triumph.

They face the 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester City on Sunday and are 13/5 to win the King Power Stadium clash by a one-goal margin.

Tottenham, who have only lost two of their last 24 matches in all competitions, should get the better of Swansea City, who remain embroiled in a battle to avoid relegation despite enjoying a fine run of form since Carlos Carvalhal succeeded Paul Clement.

Odds of 21/4 on Spurs winning 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium should be taken up while Christian Eriksen is 7/1 to score the first goal.

Mark Hughes takes charge of Southampton for the first time but he will be more interested in keeping the club in the Premier League than leading them to FA Cup glory.

Saints visit League One side Wigan Athletic, who have already knocked Bournemouth, West Ham and Manchester City out of the competition. The Latics are good value at 53/20 to make it four Premier League scalps by winning Sunday’s quarter-final clash.

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