Chosen Match Previews and Betting Ideas

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The FA Cup resumes tonight on the fourth spherical stage. There are some nice video games to stay up for, together with a blockbuster conflict between Manchester Metropolis and Arsenal. Be part of us as we spotlight the video games to look at and share our rating predictions for chosen fixtures.

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The Premier League takes a break this weekend with the world’s oldest soccer cup competitors taking centre stage. Cup upsets are nearly assured at this stage, so the massive boys might be hoping they don’t endure by the hands of the underdogs. We preview ten of the eighteen video games being performed.

FA Cup Fourth Spherical – Manchester Metropolis V Arsenal

Manchester Metropolis and Arsenal are embroiled in an intense title race. Nonetheless, they may have a match away from the Premier League to flex their muscle forward of their two league video games in opposition to one another that might resolve which may decide the title’s future.

Pep Guardiola might be happy his main man up entrance, Erling Haaland, returned to goalscoring type, bagging a hat trick of their 4 – 0 win in opposition to Wolves over the weekend.

The 22-year-old might be a pivotal participant in dismantling the strong Arsenal defence together with his document of 4 hat tips and twenty-five objectives, the very best tally ever at this stage of the season. He’s chargeable for 47% of Metropolis’s objectives this season.

The Residents have an impressive document of 9 consecutive wins at house within the FA Cup, scoring not less than three objectives in all of the victories.

Guardiola’s resounding document in opposition to the Gunners of 13 wins, one draw, and two defeats could be assured in welcoming the league leaders on the Etihad Stadium.

One other participant to think about when soccer betting is Riyad Mahrez, who has seven objectives involvements (six objectives, one help) within the final 5 FA Cup appearances for Metropolis. Mahrez is 8/1 with bet365 to open the scoring and 11/4 to attain at any time.

Arsenal has been flying excessive within the league and could have this encounter to check their progress in opposition to their title rivals in a recreation that may don’t have any implications on the Premier League desk.

Final season, the document FA Cup winners had been knocked out of the match prematurely within the fourth spherical, dropping 1 – 0 to Southampton. Nonetheless, they hope to keep away from getting knocked out by going in opposition to one other Premier League facet. Arsenal has met groups from the identical division at this competitors stage in consecutive seasons since 2010-11.

Triumph in opposition to Manchester Metropolis on this competitors has been a great luck allure for the Gunners as they’ve gone all the way in which to win the trophy (1971, 2017, and 2020) within the final three editions they eradicated them.

Bakayo Saka grew to become the primary participant after Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg to attain three straight video games in opposition to Manchester United and can attempt to break the Manchester Metropolis defence. Nonetheless, the younger Three Lions attacker has a poor private document in opposition to the Residents dropping within the three encounters he has featured in opposition to them.

Each time Arsenal performs within the FA Cup fourth spherical, they’ve produced Over 2.5 objectives.

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Our Prediction: Manchester Metropolis 2 Arsenal 1 (15/2)

FA Cup Fourth Spherical – Fulham V Sunderland

Fulham and Sunderland will characteristic in certainly one of 4 FA Cup fourth-round video games between the Premier League facet and the Championship.

Fulham misplaced on Monday 1 – 0 to Tottenham to dent their European qualification hopes, however a shock FA Cup triumph could possibly be an unlikely path to the Europa League.

Marco Silva’s facet is unbeaten in 9 aggressive outings in opposition to sides that weren’t within the Premier League high 5 (successful seven, drawing two). This run included a formidable win in opposition to his former staff at Hull Metropolis, knocking them out of the FA Cup within the earlier spherical (0-2).

The Cottagers are outright favourites on this recreation, having averted defeat within the final six (three wins, three attracts). They had been, nonetheless, knocked out of the FL Cup by League Two facet Crawley as they don’t have the depth to problem quite a few competitions. Daniel James scored the successful aim within the final FA Cup tie.

Sunderland is eyeing a return to the highest tier of English Soccer after a six-year hiatus. In consequence, they might have an thrilling Premier League expertise travelling to Craven Cottage.

The Black Cats have loved a stellar marketing campaign for the reason that return to the World Cup, beating fellow promotion rivals; Middlesbrough, Millwall, and Blackburn. In all competitions, they’re unbeaten within the final eight video games (5 wins, three attracts).

They hope to construct up on a 2 – 1 win in opposition to Shrewsbury City. Nonetheless, Tony Mowbray will head to this recreation, understanding his facet was knocked out in earlier rounds by groups taking part in beneath the highest two tiers, making this match a troublesome battle with Fulham possessing higher high quality gamers.

Ross Stewart has scored in all however one within the earlier seven video games, together with coming off the bench to attain of their FA Cup win in opposition to Shrewsbury.

Our Prediction: Fulham 3 Sunderland 1 (10/1)

FA Cup Fourth Spherical – Preston V Tottenham

Preston got here from a aim right down to beat Huddersfield to ebook a house recreation in opposition to Premier League top-six facet Tottenham Hotspur.

A twelfth FA Cup encounter between the 2 sides for the primary time since 1967-68. Traditionally it has been a fair encounter that has seen Preston win 4 in opposition to Spurs’ 5 wins with two attracts between them.

A stern check will set them up for the aggressive Championship playoff qualification race they stored alive with a 2 – 1 win in opposition to Birmingham over the weekend. Within the league, they’re eleventh on 40 factors, simply 4 away from Watford in third.

Ryan Lowe has to encourage the staff with a document of simply two wins of their final ten FA Cup video games and has misplaced the earlier 5 video games in opposition to Premier League opponents, managing to attain in three. Alan Browne might be seeking to rating in two video games in a row within the FA Cup for the primary time in his profession.

Tottenham Hotspur are eager to win its first trophy since 2008, with Antonio Conte the designated chief of the park. Their success feels destined with their attackers on hearth, primarily Harry Kane, who just lately grew to become their joint high aim scorer with 266 objectives from 415 appearances. The Three Lions captain could be keen to steer his facet to a trophy to earn a legendary standing with advantage.

The final trophy they received was the FA Cup, however they must be cautious of one other Championship facet after being shocked by Middlesbrough within the fifth-round earlier marketing campaign.

Their type within the final seven FA Cup video games isn’t nice, nonetheless (two wins, two attracts, and three defeats). Kane has fourteen objectives within the earlier fourteen appearances within the competitors and will beat Jimmy Greaves’s document as a Spurs document scorer within the FA Cup.

Our Prediction: Preston 1 Tottenham 2 (8/1)

FA Cup Fourth Spherical – Walsall V Leicester Metropolis

Walsall final performed Leicester Metropolis in League one within the 2008-09 season, the place they misplaced 4 – 1 on this floor. The one FA Cup assembly with the Foxes was within the 1977-78 season, the place they received 1 – 0, their solely victory in opposition to their guests within the seven video games they’ve performed one another (one draw, 5 defeats).

The Soccer League Two facet had reached the fourth spherical for the primary time since 2015-16 when Studying knocked them out. Leicester Metropolis stands of their approach of qualifying for the fifth spherical for the primary time for the reason that 2002-03 season.

Danny Johnson is their most efficient participant in entrance of aim with fourteen objectives this marketing campaign (one within the FA Cup). He could possibly be the hero in the event that they stand an opportunity of disappointing the Premier League facet.

Leicester Metropolis has suffered one defeat in 9 FA Cup video games in opposition to the English Soccer fourth tier (eight wins). The defeat got here in opposition to Newport County again in 2018-19, which present Walsall supervisor Micheal Flynn managed on the time.

The journey to Bescot Stadium could possibly be a dangerous encounter that some soccer betting followers would possibly fancy an upset in, as Leicester may rotate with the league the precedence. Nonetheless, their good document in opposition to Walsall, successful each at half-time and full-time of their final three travels right here, raises their prospect of the Foxes having a great recreation.

Brendan Rodgers has been struggling within the league and is among the favourites to be the following
Premier League supervisor to depart his submit.

Kelechi Iheanacho has scored sixteen objectives in twenty-two appearances within the FA Cup, six objectives within the earlier six evenly scoring of their third-round win in opposition to Gillingham.

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Our Prediction: Walsall 0 Leicester 2 (11/2)

FA Cup Fourth Spherical – Manchester United V Studying

Manchester United has a good run of ten video games in thirty-two days throughout 4 competitions.

They began the marathon magnificently by thumping Nottingham Forest 3 – 0 within the semi-finals of the EFL Cup to recuperate from two disappointing league outcomes in opposition to Arsenal (3 – 2 defeat) and Crystal Palace (1 – 1 draw) that might have put them in competition for the league title.

Nonetheless, their practical likelihood to finish their six-year drought for a trophy is thru home competitions, with a home cup double a chance for the Crimson Devils.

Eric ten Hag’s facet is unbeaten of their final fourteen house video games (twelve wins, two attracts) and only one defeat in thirty-nine house video games in opposition to sides exterior the highest flight (thirty-one wins, seven attracts). So, they’re stuffed with confidence in taking part in Studying at Outdated Trafford within the FA Cup, particularly Marcus Rashford, who has been concerned in 5 objectives (two objectives, three assists) in 5 appearances.

Studying has progressed simply as soon as (third spherical, 1926-27 season) in 9 makes an attempt in FA Cup video games in opposition to Manchester United. They’ve as effectively received simply as soon as in twenty-two video games (seven attracts, fourteen defeats), together with dropping the earlier six video games. Other than dropping, they’ve failed to attain in 5 of their seven video games, dropping each at half-time and full-time within the final three travels to Outdated Trafford. their solely win was their FA Cup triumph within the third-round replay in 1927.

The guests have all the time had a tough time within the FA Cup in opposition to Premier League opponents, having misplaced seven of their eight encounters, with the one exception being a 3 – 1 house win in opposition to West Brom again in 2016. All indicators present this might be a troublesome outing, however with Tom Ince of their ranks, son of former Manchester United star Paul, they may hope to tug off an unlikely outcome.

Additionally it is possible that United might be compelled to rotate as a consequence of its workload, however we really feel United have an excessive amount of high quality in its ranks.

Our Prediction: Manchester United 3 Studying 0 (6/1)

FA Cup Fourth Spherical – Accrington V Leeds United

It will likely be the primary aggressive match between Accrington and Leeds since they knocked horns in a first-round League Cup at Elland Street, with Leeds victorious in 2014. They hope to avenge their 2 – 1 defeat of their second-ever recreation in opposition to the Premier League membership.

Accrington has misplaced all their ties (three) in opposition to sides from a better division making this a troublesome check with their finest positivity coming from taking part in on the Wham Stadium. They wanted two ties to get previous Boreham Wooden, with Tommy Leigh scoring the ninety-seven-minute penalty to qualify for this competitors part. The Englishman is their finest scorer in all competitions, they usually hope to tug off a shock in a David in opposition to Goliath battle.

The Whites wanted a replay to get the higher of Cardiff within the third spherical. They got here from two objectives down to attract 2 – 2 within the first spherical however had been dominant within the second recreation, thumping them 5 – 2.

They’ll now be hoping to do a double in opposition to sides within the Championship for the primary time since 2002-03 once they knocked out three groups from the second tier of English soccer within the Cup.

Jesse Marsch had led Leeds to a first-ever fourth-round tie since 2016-17, the place they misplaced to non-league facet Sutton United and haven’t reached the fifth spherical since 2015-16 once they had been managed by Steve Evans once they knocked out Bolton within the fourth spherical.

Their assault has been numerous, with three gamers scoring a brace (Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo, Willy Gnonto) within the FA Cup, making them a harmful facet in entrance of aim.

Our Prediction: Accrington 0 Leeds 2 (13/2)

FA Cup Fourth Spherical – Southampton V Blackpool

Two struggling sides from totally different divisions face off on the weekend.

Southampton has severe Premier League issues sitting backside of the Premier League desk with relegation issues shaking the Saints devoted. Nonetheless, they’ve excelled in home competitions, triumphing 2 – 1 within the third spherical in opposition to Crystal Palace and beating the title-chasing Manchester Metropolis 2 – 0 to ebook a spot within the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.

The final time the 2 sides performed one another, the Saints went all the way in which to win the trophy, successful 3 – 1 on this encounter. They’ve progressed twenty-four instances of their final twenty-six ties in opposition to sides from decrease divisions than them.

Sekou Mara has been a daily within the home competitors and made his mark by scoring the opening aim of their win in opposition to Manchester Metropolis could possibly be the distinction within the high quality of the assault.

Blackpool and Southampton haven’t performed one another within the FA Cup for the reason that 2010-11 season, the place the guests misplaced 2 – 0 however met in 2012 within the Championship, the place the Tangerines received 3 – 0.

The travelling facet has been knocked out eleven instances within the final 13 fourth-round encounters managing to succeed in the fifth spherical simply as soon as this century which was within the 2011-12 season. Nonetheless, they are going to be assured taking part in one other Premier League facet after knocking out Nottingham Forest within the third spherical.

On the street is the place they’ve struggled within the FA Cup, particularly in opposition to top-flight opposition, as they’ve didn’t win in twenty-one away FA Cup video games (drawing 5, dropping sixteen).

Jerry Yates is their finest participant in entrance of the aim, with ten objectives this marketing campaign and is their finest menace up entrance.

Our Prediction: Southampton 2 Blackpool 1 (15/2)

FA Cup Fourth Spherical – Bristol Metropolis V West Brom

Bristol Metropolis and West Brom all needed to undergo replays to succeed in the fourth spherical of the FA Cup.

The house facet has been eradicated in all their three FA Cup ties once they face West Bromwich Albion, with their most up-to-date efficiency dropping 1 – 0 in a third-round replay.

Bristol had certified for the fifth sound twice within the final 4 seasons (2020-21 and 2018-19); earlier than that, that they had failed to succeed in the stage within the earlier seventeen editions.

The hosts haven’t conceded a couple of aim of their eleven FA encounters, conceding 9 objectives.

John Swift (three objectives, six assists) and Jed Wallace (4 objectives, 5 assists) have the very best numbers in aim involvements.

West Brom received 2 – 0 in opposition to Bristol Metropolis the final time the 2 sides met within the Championship through the festive season. They hadn’t received two away video games in the identical season since 2007-08, once they triumphed in opposition to (Coventry and Peterborough).

The Baggies have been nice on the assault, scoring in eighteen FA Cup video games, solely failing to bag a aim on one event in a goalless encounter in opposition to Brighton.

Their scoring expedition has seen them rating not less than three objectives of their final two video games; the final time they carried out this effectively in entrance of a aim noticed them attain the semi-finals in 2007-08.

Nahki Wells (9 objectives, three assists) will lead the Baggies line. He’s but to characteristic within the FA Cup, making this the proper platform to debut within the FA Cup.

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Our Prediction: Bristol Metropolis 0 V West Brom 2 (9/1)

FA Cup Fourth Spherical – Blackburn V Birmingham

Blackburn Rovers would have been delighted to be drawn in opposition to Birmingham, who’ve received their final 5 video games in opposition to them in all competitions. The Blue and Whites are additionally unbeaten in opposition to them of their earlier eight video games at Ewood Park (successful 5, drawing three), a wonderful document to hold to the tie.

They’ve received their final 4 fourth-round FA Cup ties and could be anxious to seem at this stage for the primary time since 2016-17, the place they received 2 – 0 in opposition to Blackpool right here.

Nonetheless, they misplaced their earlier three video games on house soil within the FA Cup. For a squad absolutely embroiled within the promotion battle, they may hope for a great efficiency.

Ben Brereton boasts the very best output in all competitions, with 9 objectives and 4 assists that might present high quality in entrance of the aim.

Birmingham Metropolis has triumphed in all their 4 encounters in opposition to Blackburn within the FA Cup, with their most up-to-date engagement a 2 – 1 win courting again to the 2019-20 season.

They’ve progressed from solely two FA Cup video games in opposition to groups taking part in within the high two divisions with their win in opposition to their hosts their final triumph.

The Blues got here from a aim right down to win 2 – 1 in opposition to Forest Inexperienced within the third spherical and might be stuffed with confidence to carry out.

Kevin Lengthy scored the successful aim within the match and will once more be influential on the rotation as they attempt to recuperate their league type after dropping the final 5 consecutive video games.

An FA triumph will considerably have an effect on their confidence, particularly on the street.

Our Prediction: Blackburn 1 V Birmingham 1 (5/1)

FA Cup Fourth Spherical – Brighton V Liverpool

Brighton has discovered pleasure taking part in Liverpool taking 4 factors from them within the league currently, successful 3 – 0 earlier this month and drawing 3 – 3 within the first assembly.
They are going to be hoping to win consecutive video games in opposition to the Reds for the primary time of their historical past as they work on progressing to the fifth spherical of the FA Cup.

They’ve a poor document in opposition to the reigning Champions of the FA Cup once they meet on this competitors, dropping each ties once they performed Arsenal, each coming within the fourth spherical (2 – 0 in 1979-80, 3 – 2 in 2014-15).

Nonetheless, the Seagulls have a wonderful document within the fourth spherical, having proceeded in three of the final 4 ties however dropping 3 – 1 to Spurs at this stage final season.

Roberto De Zerbi is flourishing together with his staff and can have a look at Solly March for inspiration in opposition to Liverpool after scoring a brace in opposition to them the final time they met.

The Reds have progressed from three of their 5 FA Cup encounters in opposition to the Seagulls, taking part in them final in 2012, the place they triumphed 6 – 1.

In an detached season, Liverpool has been struggling to impose their dominance and management recreation this marketing campaign. Nonetheless, the title defence sees them earn revenge in opposition to one of many difficult sides to play in opposition to, who just lately thumped them 3 – 0.

Jurgen Klopp’s facet sits ninth, seven factors off the European slots; with the way in which the league has progressed, successful the FA Cup to qualify for the Europa League could possibly be achievable.

Mohammed Salah has been their standout performer, however the dipping staff type has seen his aim output drop. Nonetheless, he nonetheless exhibits glimpses of his excellence, and we anticipate we may see that on this match.

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Our Prediction: Brighton 1 V Liverpool 2 (9/1)

FA Cup Fourth Spherical – Video games Schedule

Video games might be performed as follows;

Friday – Manchester Metropolis v Arsenal (2000 GMT).

Saturday (1500 GMT until said) – Accrington v Leeds (1230), Walsall v Leicester (1230), Blackburn v Birmingham, Bristol Metropolis v West Brom, Fulham v Sunderland, Ipswich v Burnley, Luton v Grimsby, Sheffield Wednesday v Fleetwood, Southampton v Blackpool, Preston v Tottenham (1800) Manchester United v Studying (2000).

Sunday – Brighton v Liverpool (1330), Stoke v Stevenage (1400), Wrexham v Sheffield United (1630).

Monday – Derby v West Ham (1945).

The draw for the FA Cup fifth spherical takes place on Monday. We are going to deliver you the entire draw and response subsequent week.

Author: Frank Campbell