F.A. Cup 4th Round Match Previews & Predictions
The magic that is F.A. Cup 3rd round weekend helped to produce some fantastic, enjoyable matches with great goals & great drama and the results from those ties have helped to produce what looks a fascinating set of F.A. Cup 4th round fixtures for us all to enjoy again.
After the 3rd round produced a whole stack of replays, the final 32 teams for the 4th round are now confirmed I’ve had a good look at what looks set to be a fascinating, exciting & hopefully entertaining set of 4th round ties.
Here are my own predictions for those games for you to look at & consider if you are thinking of maybe have a punt on the action:
Millwall vs Aston Villa – Friday 7.45pm:- Looking at the market for this one, the bookies cannot split Millwall & Aston Villa with both priced around the 7/5 mark to win and I have to say that I can’t have enough confidence side either right now & I can’t split them either.
On that basis alone the draw immediately has most appeal & as that’s the biggest priced option on offer, I have to say that it’s also the most tempting because I’m expecting Millwall to be really up for this knowing they can give Aston Villa problems having seen them struggle all season including against League 2 opposition.
For Aston Villa this will be another huge test of their character in a season when they’ve generally struggled & while it means another game, I’m sure Paul Lambert will be happy enough to get away with the draw here if it comes to that.
Millwall have home advantage & the motivation of causing a shock, Aston Villa have the better players but have been struggling so on balance an open, competitive scoring draw looks a likely scenario & one well worth backing at value odds.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- DRAW 1-1/2-2
Stoke City vs Manchester City – Saturday 12.45pm:- I usually back Stoke City at home against the big teams & had this game been played a month a go I would have definitely been going with a home win for Stoke City here but given their overall disappointing form & defensive weakness in recent weeks I can’t do that & especially against a strong, confident & in form Man City side.
Of course this is a cup tie, it’s a one off & the Britannia Stadium will be bouncing as it always is for the really big matches but Stoke City conceded 3 at home to Southampton, 4 at home to Chelsea & 3 away to Swansea in recent matches and that’s got to have had a huge impact on team confidence so I just can’t see how they’ll stop Man City in their current winning form given the quality City have.
Now it will not be easy for Manchester City because Tony Pulis will have Stoke City pumped up to respond after recent failings & in time they will get back to their strong, organised best but I do think this is a good time to be playing Stoke and I believe it’s worth backing Roberto Mancini’s team to get a big win here.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- MAN CITY to win 2-0/2-1
Bolton vs Everton – Saturday 3.00pm:- This has got the look of being a classic F.A. Cup tie with Championship side Bolton at home to in form Everton who are chasing Champions League place & cup glory so this should be a decent, open game & I can see a few goals going in as well.
Bolton undoubtedly caused one of the big shocks in round 3 by winning comfortably away at in form Sunderland so Bolton will be confident going into this match & David Moyes will know Everton will have to be fully up for this to avoid being the victims of another shock here.
Of course the truth is Everton under David Moyes are always up for every match & so while Bolton will match Everton for physical effort & commitment, it should come down individual & collective player quality on the day and clearly Everton have a huge advantage in that respect & I’m expecting Everton to come out on top here although Bolton will test them.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- EVERTON to win 2-1/3-1
Brighton vs Arsenal – Saturday 3.00pm:- I put my tipping & punting faith in Brighton by backing them to beat Newcastle in the last round & they certainly did everybody proud by producing a great performance to beat Newcastle easily & no doubt Gus Poyet’s team will be up for the visit or Arsenal here & Arsene Wenger will certainly not be looking forward to this.
I don’t think anybody connected to Arsenal, not even the most hardened supporter even can have too much faith or confidence in Arsenal given their poor recent displays and of course those memories of being knocked out by League 2 side Bradford will still be haunting them now so Brighton away must give them real concern.
That said Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal players & indeed the Arsenal fans will know that Brighton are a team that look to play good, positive football and that should enable Arsenal to show what they can do & clearly if they do show their best then that should be too much for Brighton here.
Gus Poyet’s Brighton team will be completely up for this & will look to take the game to Arsenal so they’ve obviously got a chance at home & certainly are capable of scoring against this Arsenal defence but overall Arsenal have far more attacking, creative quality and that should be enough to see them through a game that may well have a few goals as well.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- ARSENAL to win 2-1/3-1
Derby County vs Blackburn Rovers – Saturday 3.00pm:- I’ll start by saying I really do expect Derby County to get a positive result from this fixture against Blackburn as their form has been excellent this season & they will be confident of doing so again.
So the question here is will Derby County actually have enough to justify the bookies quotes of 11/10 & win this all Championship tie against a struggling Blackburn side or will Blackburn Rovers under new manager Michael Appleton have enough to get something from the game.
For a lot of punters & pundits the 11/10 for a Derby win will be very tempting as Derby have only lost 2 of their 14 home league games & won 5-0 here in the last round but I’ve got a sense that this young Derby side struggle when they are expected to win & I believe Blackburn may well have enough to get something here.
I’m expecting new Blackburn Rovers manager Michael Appleton to take this cup tie very, very seriously as he is already under huge pressure to get results so I’m expecting a full strength Blackburn side so that means plenty of quality & in Jordan Rhodes Blackburn Rovers have a striker who could win any match against any side.
I think this will be a really good, open & competitive cup tie, Derby are tempting at home but equally I believe Blackburn Rovers are worth backing to get something here & with the draw the biggest price then it’s a bet well worth taking
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- DRAW 1-1/2-2
Huddersfield Town vs Leicester City – Saturday 3.00pm:- Another all Championship tie here & ordinarily that would make it a tough game for punters to solve but in all honesty it doesn’t look likely to be too much of a contest given the contrasting form of Huddersfield & Leicester City.
Leicester City come into this game in great confident, winning form that has taken them to 2nd place in the Championship & indeed they sit 21 points and 16 places above struggling Huddersfield Town in the league table.
Leicester City also come into this game having won 4 & drawn 1 of their last 6 league matches and also knowing they hit Huddersfield for 6 just a few weeks ago and confidence amongst the Leicester City squad will be as high as it could possibly be coming into this match.
The one positive for Huddersfield is that they have drawn 4 of their last 6 league matches & they’ll hope home advantage gives them a chance but assuming Nigel Pearson takes this game seriously & selects a strong side then I’m expecting Leicester City to be far too strong & they look a solid bet to win.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- LEICESTER CITY to win 2-0/2-1
Hull City vs Barnsley – Saturday 3.00pm:- Surely the bookies have made a mistake here by offering 8/13 for 3rd place Hull City to beat 2nd bottom Barnsley in what is yet another all Championship 4th round tie.
That 8/13 for a Hull City win looks absolutely massive when you consider Hull City have 25 more points than Barnsley & have a goal difference of +8 compared to Barnsley’s -15.
Of course there is a danger that managers will use the cup ties to change the team & rest their better, more important players but surely Steve Bruce won’t do that given this is a home tie & a chance to get Hull City into the 5th round of a major competition and that would only be a positive for Hull City.
So again assuming Hull City are at full strength here I really can only see a comfortable home win & I think this is one of those occasions when 8/13 looks absolutely massive.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- HULL CITY to win 3-0/3-1
Macclesfield vs Wigan – Saturday 3.00pm:- Macclesfield had their glory in the last round by scoring 2 late, dramatic goals to see off Cardiff City at home & they’ll be dreaming of more cup glory having this home tie against struggling Wigan.
Macclesfield will certainly not be phased by having Premier League opposition coming to town & in Wigan they will know they are facing a team struggling for form, confidence & a Wigan side conceding goals so there is no doubt Macclesfield have a chance of a result here.
I certainly can’t entertain any thoughts of backing Wigan to win this at 1/2, yes Wigan have far more quality & if it was just about player quality then they would win but it’s not that simple and I can’t have any faith in this Wigan side at the moment.
That said I don’t believe the 9/2 for Macclesfield to win is big enough either and so that leaves the draw which is attractively priced around 3/1 & for me that looks decent value, Macclesfield will be delighted with a draw, Wigan will be happy to go back to the DW for the replay & I’ll be more than happy to collect the 3/1.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- DRAW 1-1/2-2
Manchester United vs Fulham – Saturday 3.00pm:- I’ll cut straight to the point here & say if Manchester United do not win this comfortably & score a few in the process then it will be a massive shock.
I say that because Fulham have been quite pathetic for the past few months & if they’d not had that excellent 2-1 win at West Brom a few weeks ago then they really would be looking at quite scary run of form that looks nothing short of a side going towards relegation.
Now I don’t believe Fulham will be relegated come the end of the season but I do believe they will go close if they continue to be as bad as they’ve been in recent weeks & I just don’t see how this Fulham side in their current form can be expected to get anything other than perhaps a token goal from this tie.
Manchester United will make changes to their side with the likes of Van Persie, Carrick, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra & a few others likely to be left out but that still means the likes of Nani, Valencia, Hernandez, Giggs, Scholes, Buttner, Anderson will come in & that’s got to be a scary prospect for this Fulham side.
The one hope Fulham have in this is if Berbatov decides to turn it on against his former club as he is capable of giving any team a problem on his day but he’s not done it lately & in all honesty I just don’t see how Fulham will stop Manchester United winning this comfortably.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- MANCHESTER UNITED to win 3-0/3-1
Middlesbrough vs Aldershot – Saturday 3.00pm:- This could be a good cup year for Middlesbrough as the draw as most certainly been kind to them with a non-league side at home in the last round & now League 2 Aldershot come to the Riverside for this 4th round tie.
Of course I’m not totally dismissing an Aldershot side who deserve praise for the way they beat a good Rotherham side in the last round but Middlesbrough away has to be seen a frightening footballing prospect for them & it will be a huge shock if Middlesbrough don’t win this well.
Tony Mowbray might be tempted to rest key players again here but still he should have more than enough to see off Aldershot & a comfortable Middlesbrough win with a few goals.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- MIDDLESBROUGH to win 3-0/3-1
Norwich City vs Luton – Saturday 3.00pm:- Premier League side at home to a Non League side doesn’t look to difficult to work out how this one should go & the 1/4 for a Norwich City highlights that perfectly.
Luton deserve great praise for the way they beat Championship side Wolves in the last round & they’ll come to Carrow Road and have a go but this is a great opportunity for Norwich City to get a much needed confidence boosting win & they should do that with ease really.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- NORWICH CITY to win 3-0/3-1
QPR vs MK Dons – Saturday 3.00pm:- There is no doubting that a 4th Round F.A. Cup tie means very little to QPR right now compared to their precarious league position but I’m sure Harry Redknapp will want to win here & keep the home fans happy & it will be a big surprise if he doesn’t.
That said MK Dons deserve huge respect because they are a very well organised side that certainly know how to play good, positive football and they will view this game as a chance to show they can compete a higher level than League 1.
So MK Dons will make this a test & I don’t think it will be easy for QPR but that said the 4/7 for a QPR win looks fair enough & it looks one to stick in the multiples this weekend.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- QPR to win 2-0/2-1
Reading vs Sheffield United – Saturday 3.00pm:- Seemingly all games involving Reading look certain to be open, entertaining matches and I’m certainly expecting this cup tie against League 1 Sheffield United to be no different.
Now given that Reading are fighting relegation & Sheffield United are trying to get promoted then both managers may well rest players here but both managers are extremely proud people who love to see their teams competing and that should make for a good contest whoever is selected.
I think Sheffield United will have a go & they have a chance against Reading because Reading give every side chances to score goals but equally Reading certainly know how to create & score goals themselves and the 4/7 for a home win surely has to be the call here in what should be a decent cup tie.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- READING to win 2-1/3-1
Brentford vs Chelsea – Sunday 2.00pm:- Chelsea will win this & win with comfort.
Clearly that sounds too dismissive & disrespectful to a Brentford side who will be at home & who are enjoying an excellent season in League 1 but if Chelsea don’t win this well & score a few goals in the process then it would have to be deemed to be a shock.
Whoever out of the likes of Torres, Ba, Mata, Hazard, Lampard, Oscar, Marin, Ramirez should have way too much attacking & creative quality for Brentford’s midfield & defence and so while there will be plenty of endeavour & commitment from the home side, Chelsea should win this with ease & nobody can argue with the 2/7 on offer, it’s short but should happen.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- CHELSEA to win 3-0/4-0
Leeds United vs Tottenham – Sunday 4.00pm:- Without doubt this looks the absolute pick of the ties for Round 4 with Leeds United at home to high flying Totteham and it should provide plenty to enjoy.
I’m expecting Elland Road to be absolutely packed & I’m also expecting Neil Warnock to have the Leeds players completely & utterly pumped up for this as he loves nothing more than getting one over the big teams but I’ve got a feeling that in Tottenham they’ll face too tough a test.
Andre Villas-Boas brings his confident, in form Tottenham side to Elland Road off the back of an excellent home draw against Manchester United in which they dominated United for large parts of the game & may well have won on another day so Tottenham will not fear going to Leeds.
In fact I’m expecting Tottenham to be greatly looking forward to this tie as Tottenham could well be a major force in the FA Cup this year & the likes of Bale, Defoe, Dempsey, Lennon, Parker, Sigurdsson, Walker & Dembele should have too much class & quality for Leeds in this.
Leeds will set out to be really competitive & make it tough for Tottenham but I’m expecting Tottenham to be able to handle that & then make their extra quality pay and the 4/5 on offer for a Tottenham win looks pretty solid to me.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- TOTTENHAM to win 2-0/2-1
Oldham vs Liverpool – Sunday 6.00pm:- Liverpool had a major scare at Mansfield in the last round & where pretty lucky to get through that without needing a replay but I can’t see that happening again here & they should dismiss Oldham fairly easily.
Oldham are at home, their fans & players will be up for this & in theory it looks like a classic cup tie that could produce a shock if everything went Oldham’s way but that would have to include Liverpool not playing well & not playing with confidence and quite simply Liverpool look too good & too confident for Oldham right now.
A fantastic 2nd half performance by Liverpool against Manchester United was they followed by an easy 5-0 home win against Norwich City and quite simply whoever Brendan Rodgers picks for Liverpool in this match should be way too good for Oldham & a comfortable Liverpool win looks the only way to go.
Outright Match Result & Correct Score options:- LIVERPOOL to win 3-0/4-0
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