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Your Ultimate FA Cup Fourth Round Guide

January 26, 2017

- Grant Whittington

 

It’s the most prestigious trophy in domestic football and nothing quite beats the magic of it. Yes, the FA Cup is back. It’s an accumulator destroyer, a bookies nightmare; it’s the competition where anything could happen.

The Fourth Round will be no different. The beginning of January saw a number of giant kills setting up another David vs Goliath batch of fixtures which could see the likes of Lincoln City and Sutton United do the seemingly impossible.

It all kicks off tonight with an East Midlands derby between Derby and Leicester at Pride Park and could see the Rams start the weekend with the round’s first upset. The Championship side are pushing the play-offs in their league and have already knocked out Premier League opposition in the FA Cup.

It’s going to be a fantastic weekend of action, and at BetHut we’ve got our eyes on a number of fixtures…

The Bankers

Tottenham Hotspur vs Wycombe Wanderers

It’s been over a quarter of a century since Spurs last lifted the FA Cup and after the disappointment of missing out on the Premier League last season they’ll be desperate for silverware. Pochettino’s men have been in fine form this season so it’s unlikely the League Two high-flyers will have any hand in this fixture, even if they do have a history of upsetting the FA Cup odds.

Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic

In a similar fashion, Jose Mourinho will also be looking at collecting silverware in his first season at Old Trafford. The defending champions go into the game on the back of a 17 game unbeaten streak in all competitions and are looking really good to hit the Premier League top four as well as being amongst the favourites to lift the FA Cup come May.

Wigan are no slouches in the FA Cup however, they upset the odds back in 2013 and are on a three-game winning streak. When you put Ibrahimovic in front of the likes of Dan Burn and Jake Buxton however, it’s really no contest. Check out the treble odds deals to maximise your bet too.

Chelsea vs Brentford

Favourites to clear up this season, Chelsea won’t be making the same mistake as they did against Bradford a few years ago, and will be going all-out to reach the next round. Antonio Conte fielded a strong side against Peterborough in the Third Round and will likely do the same again.

It’s a home banker all the way with Brentford having won only one of their last five in the Championship, the only question is can Chelsea go the whole way?

Where The Surprises Could Lie

We love a good cup upset and there are a few fixtures this weekend that would be well worth dumping a few free bets on.

Derby County vs Leicester City

First up is Derby County vs Leicester City this evening. Live on BBC One, Steve McClaren’s men have overcome a sticky patch in the league by beating Reading last weekend and have already knocked out West Bromwich Albion in this year’s competition.

Leicester on the other hand look a far cry from what they were last season and rather than focussing on the FA Cup may have half an eye on climbing back up the Premier League. The Foxes currently sit in 15th, just five points off relegation and have been far from convincing. They are a giant just waiting to be scalped…

Lincoln City vs Brighton & Hove Albion

While Lincoln City look dead set on rejoining the Football League come April, Brighton are well on their way to joining the Premier League for the very first time. They won’t want that disrupting, meaning they could be there for the taking.

Danny Cowley is doing an incredible job at Sincil Bank and has developed a well drilled and talented side. He proved that against Championship side Ipswich and he won’t fear the league leaders at all. With the crowd behind them and a sprinkle of the FA Cup’s magic dust, anything could happen!

Fulham vs Hull City

This is undoubtedly a fixture Hull City do not want right now. Stuck second from bottom in the Premier League and ravaged by injury, the club’s progression in the trophy will be the least of their worries and with the need to recover from a midweek game at Old Trafford, Fulham will fancy it.

The Cottagers sit just outside the Championship play-offs with one of the best goal scoring records in the league. Going up against a defence which have conceded 47 in just 22 games, this could be vital.

FA Cup Fourth Round Fixture Kick-off Times

Fixture Date Kick-Off
Derby County v Leicester City Friday 27th January  19:55
Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers Saturday 28th January  12:30
Blackburn Rovers v Blackpool Saturday 28th January  15:00
Burnley v Bristol City Saturday 28th January  15:00
Chelsea v Brentford Saturday 28th January  15:00
Crystal Palace v Manchester City Saturday 28th January  15:00
Lincoln City v Brighton & Hove Albion Saturday 28th January  15:00
Middlesbrough v Accrington Stanley Saturday 28th January  15:00
Oxford United v Newcastle United  Saturday 28th January  15:00
Rochdale v Huddersfield Town  Saturday 28th January  15:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Wycombe Wanderers  Saturday 28th January  15:00
Southampton v Arsenal  Saturday 28th January  17:30
Millwall v Watford  Sunday 29th January  12:00
Fulham v Hull City   Sunday 29th January  12:30
Sutton United v Leeds United   Sunday 29th January  14:00
Manchester United v Wigan Athletic   Sunday 29th January  16:00

Fancy A Flutter?

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