FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend Betting Preview
The FA Cup returns to our screens this weekend with teams from across the country and all divisions facing off in their fourth round ties. It all kicks off on Friday night, with Premier League giants Manchester United travelling to Huish Park to take on League Two strugglers Yeovil Town. It’s the sort of clash which makes the FA Cup so exciting for neutrals, giving English minnows the chance of a classic giant-killing. The likelihood of that happening in this tie, however, is very unlikely.
Jose Mourinho appears to be taking the FA Cup rather seriously; his line-up against Championship club Derby in the last round was particularly strong, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford all starting. Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku were the scorers in that match, further highlighting the strength of Mourinho’s selection.
Another possible starter for Friday’s clash is new signing – and the Premier League’s highest paid player – Alexis Sanchez. If he does get clearance to play, the Chilean is the sort of player that thrives on big occasions – and whilst the opposition may not be the most exciting, the fact that it’s his debut at his dream club will see him highly motivated to make an impact. He can be found as an anytime scorer at 9/14 with Unibet.
Opponents Yeovil are actually the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, fighting relegation in England’s fourth tier. They’re undefeated in their last 10 FA Cup games however, though they have been knocked out via penalty shootouts. Interestingly, there have been under 2.5 goals scored in 13 of the Glovers last 15 FA Cup games.
Sometimes, the country’s elite teams do struggle to get to grips with the different quality of playing surfaces, and the more intense atmospheres typical of these sort of clashes; hence why the term giant-killing exists. It could be worth placing a bet on under 2.5 goals at 2/1 with Marathon Bet. The Red Devils have a tricky midweek clash with Tottenham Hotspurs around the corner, and they might not play at full throttle, especially if they go a couple of goals up. Correct score of 2-0 to United can be found at 5/1 with Bwin – another tempting offer.
There’s another League Two-Premier League showdown to report on, with Tottenham making a trip to south east Wales to take on Newport County on Saturday. The Exiles are pushing for a playoff spot in League Two, and were superb in their victory over Championship side Leeds in the last round. Their last-minute winner was a deserved reward, with their fans making it a rocking atmosphere at Rodney Parade.
They’ll like be in similar -if not more voracious -voice against Saturday’s Premier League rivals, and there is definitely a chance of them putting pressure on Spurs. Mauricio Pochettino’s side very almost conceded the opening goal in their third round tie against AFC Wimbledon, despite bossing close to 80% possession in the first half. It took them 63 minutes to break the deadlock, before then scoring another two goals within eight minutes. Pochettino rested a number of players for that match, and he will definitely do so again with a extremely tricky run of fixtures coming up, including matches against Man. United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus. For that reason, players like Juan Foyth, Kyle Walkers-Peters and Michel Vorm are all likely to start.
There is definitely a chance of Spurs’ second string having their feathers ruffled; the home side are likely to press them as they did against Leeds, and their home fans will pounce on any Spurs nerves. For that reason, this is unlikely to be as easy a match as it suggests on paper – or at least on each side’s status in English football. Don’t expect the away side to ease into an early rhythm like they so often do in the Premier League; they’ll try to play out from the back, but wont be as comfortable in doing so as their regular XI. We think there could be an uncomfortable first 45 minutes in store for Spurs, before their quality eventually shines through in the second half. Back half-time/full-time: draw/Tottenham at 19/5 with Bet Victor.
Another Premier League side will be travelling to Wales over the weekend, with league leaders Manchester City taking on Championship high-flyers Cardiff City. Whilst the Bluebirds have been in impressive form in England’s second tier this season, Pep Guardiola seems intent on winning everything available to him, so he’ll likely field a similarly strong side to the one that defeated Premier League rivals Burnley 4-1 in the last round. One bet which stands out is on City to win to nil; you can find it at 11/10 with Paddy Power, which are certainly tempting odds to round off the weekend’s action.
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