FA Cup Betting Tips

FA Cup 4th Round Betting Tips

The FA Cup is back again this weekend, and the draw has kindly thrown up some cracking ties. We’ve got another North-West derby as Liverpool take on Manchester United, as well as more opportunities for giant killings up and down the country. The 5th round has also already been drawn, with added motivation for many sides ahead of a potentially easy run-in. For the latest football betting odds on all FA Cup matches, make sure to head over to Bet UK’s online betting.

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FA Cup 4th Round Betting Treble

Southampton To Beat Arsenal @ 9/4

Southampton host Arsenal in one of the few all Premier League ties in Round 4 this weekend. Southampton breezed past Shrewsbury after a rearranged game finally took place on Tuesday, whilst Arsenal needed extra time to beat Newcastle in Round 3. It’ll be the second time these sides have met this season, following a 1-1 draw at the Emirates back in December. But that was a game that Southampton should have won, after 65% possession and 13 shots on Bernd Leno’s goal. Despite Arsenal picking up results recently, two of those wins have come against a dreadful Newcastle side, so it’s tough to see if they are indeed improving. We expect Southampton to edge out a tough tie here and make their way into the 5th round.

Norwich To Beat Barnsley @ 29/20

We backed Norwich to win in our FA Cup 3rd Round betting tips, and after success against Coventry, we are supporting them to repeat that feat against Barnsley. The Championship leaders head to Oakwell hoping to heap more misery on a Barnsley side that has struggled recently. Despite a good run over Christmas, Barnsley have suffered two losses in a row and have slipped away from the playoff places. With a top-six place pretty much inevitable for Norwich, they can afford to take a shot at the FA Cup. But for Barnsley, they might have to sacrifice this tie to get back on track in the league and hopefully sneak into the playoffs. Regardless of that, Norwich still have a better side and should beat Barnsley for the second time in 2021.

Swansea To Beat Nottingham Forest @ 27/25

We take a look at another all Championship tie to finish off our treble, as Swansea host Nottingham Forest. Swansea are pushing Norwich closer than anyone at the top of the Championship. The Swans have lost just four times so far this season and are set to return to the Premier League. For Nottingham Forest, on the other hand, a return to the top flight looks further away than ever before. They are unbeaten in six, but still sit in 19th and similarly to Barnsley, we’ll likely see Forest prioritise their league campaign. Add the fact that Swansea have lost just once at the Liberty this year and we have to back the home side to progress.

Potential FA Cup Giant Killings

The FA Cup is most famous for its giant killings. Whenever a higher league side is drawn against lower league opposition, there are immediate talks of an upset and the ‘magic of the cup’. This year, we’ve picked up three potential games where the underdog could make it to the 5th round.

Chorley (18/1) v Wolves (1/9) - 19:45, Friday 23rd January

Bet On Chorley v Wolves

Just like in the last round when we discussed Marine v Tottenham, we’d be foolish to avoid looking at the lowest-ranked side in the competition when talking about giant killings. Chorley play their league football in the National League North, the 6th level of the English Football pyramid. They’ll take on Wolves on Friday night, hoping for better luck than Marine had in the 3rd round. Chorley themselves beat Derby in the 3rd round, with the Rams suffering from a COVID-19 outbreak. There might not be a similar situation at Wolves, but there is always a chance that an out of form Premier League side underperforms in a tie like this.

Brighton (21/50) v Blackpool (11/2) - 15:00, Saturday 23rd January

Bet On Brighton v Blackpool

As we see so often at this stage of the FA Cup, there is every possibility that we see some Premier League sides sacrifice the FA Cup to focus on their league performance. Brighton look like a perfect example of a side that might do just that. Despite a bounceback performance against Leeds at the weekend, Brighton are still in serious trouble. They’ve looked poor for large parts of the year, and still haven’t won a game at the AMEX, apart from an EFL Cup game against Portsmouth. They even needed penalties to get past Newport in Round 3. Blackpool are hardly world-beaters in League One, but if there’s any Premier League side they would have fancied in Round 4, they definitely would have picked Brighton.

Bournemouth (1/5) v Crawley Town (7/2) - 15:00, Saturday 23rd January

Bet On Bournemouth v Crawley

Bournemouth have performed well in the Championship this season, but we’ve picked them to be potentially upset because of completely contrasting form with their opponents. Bournemouth have won just once in six games, whilst Crawley are unbeaten in their last eight league games. Crawley also have a history of ‘giant killings’ this year. In their three FA Cup wins, two of those have come against sides in higher divisions, including a 3-0 demolition of Leeds United last time out. Leeds might have made changes, but still fielded some first-team players, yet Crawley looked like the Premier League side. That performance has to give them confidence coming into Round 4, and with a chance to play against another Premier League side in Round 5, there’s plenty of motivation for the minnows.

FA Cup 4th Round Kick-Off Times

Game Date Kick-Off TV
Chorley v Wolves 22nd January 19:45 BT Sport 1
Southampton v Arsenal 23rd January 12:15 BT Sport 1
Brighton v Blackpool 23rd January 15:00 BT Sport Extra 3
Millwall v Bristol City 23rd January 15:00 BT Sport Extra 6
Barnsley v Norwich City 23rd January 15:00 BT Sport Extra 5
Sheffield United v Plymouth 23rd January 15:00 BBC iPlayer
West Ham v Doncaster 23rd January 15:00 BBC iPlayer
Bournemouth v Crawley Town 23rd January 15:00 BT Sport Extra 2
Swansea v Nottingham Forest 23rd January 15:00 BT Sport Extra 4
Cheltenham v Manchester City 23rd January 17:30 BBC One
Chelsea v Luton Town 24th January 12:00 BBC One
Fulham v Burnley 24th January 14:30 BT Sport 1
Brentford v Leicester City 24th January 14:30 BT Sport Extra 2
Manchester United v Liverpool 24th January 17:00 BBC One
Everton v Sheffield Wednesday 24th January 20:00 BT Sport 1
Wycombe v Tottenham 25th January 19:45 BT Sport 1


Does The FA Cup Final Go To Penalties?

Yes, the FA Cup Final will go to penalties if the result is a draw after 90 minutes and extra time. However, there have only been 2 FA Cup Finals decided by a penalty shootout. They came in back to back years, as Arsenal beat Manchester United in 2005, and Liverpool beat West Ham in 2006.

Does The FA Cup Final Go To A Replay?

No, the FA Cup Final will be decided on the day. This has been the case since 1998, when the FA decided to introduce the penalty shootout, rather than a replay. Prior to that change, there were 14 occasions where the FA Cup Final went to a replay, with the last time being Arsenal’s victory over Sheffield Wednesday in 1993.

Who Won The First FA Cup Final?

The first FA Cup Final was won by Wanderers, in a 1-0 win against Royal Engineers. That final took place in 1872, making this year the 148th FA Cup Final. Full back Morton Betts was the scorer that day, becoming the first ever player to score in a FA Cup Final.

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