Written 24th January 2020
FA Cup 4th Round Betting Tips
The FA Cup is back again this weekend, with another round of fixtures getting underway from Friday. The 3rd round saw some close fought fixtures, with one or two giant killings along the way. Tranmere beat Watford after forcing a replay in the North West, while Derby, Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday all had wins against Premier League sides. This weekend, there are fewer all Premier League ties, so there is definitely potential for some upsets. For the latest football betting odds on all FA Cup matches, make sure to head over to Bet UK’s online betting.
FA Cup Hit The Target Treble
Each week, Bet UK puts together a boosted Hit The Target Treble, and it’s no different for the FA Cup. This weekend, we’ve boosted Newcastle, West Ham and Sheffield United all to win from 5/1 to 6/1.. Check out all of our boosted bets and accumulators over at Bet UK’s Price Boosts.
Newcastle have a perfect opportunity to reach the FA Cup 5th round for the 1st time in 14 years as they face Oxford United at home. Steve Bruce has always maintained the idea that the cups were a priority for his time at Newcastle, and his team selections so far have backed that idea up. A full strength side was played against Rochdale in the 3rd round, and they comfortably won 4-1 in a replay at St James’ Park. In midweek, Jonjo Shelvey, Allan Saint-Maximin and Fabian Schar were all rested, so expect another full strength team at the weekend. They will face an Oxford side that started 2020 off very brightly, but have fallen off the pace in recent weeks. They are without a league win in 4 games and have fallen from title favourites to playoff hopefuls following a poor run.
West Ham fans haven’t had much to cheer about this season, but the FA Cup could be a real chance for the Hammers to win some silverware. David Moyes put out a full strength team away at Gillingham, and with no extra games around this time of the season, there is no excuse for West Ham not to take this game seriously again. They face a West Brom side that might be top of the Championship, but have only won once in the last 7 games. So, whilst West Ham might put a full strength team on the pitch, West Brom might have their attention on their league run. At the end of the season, promotion will be a much higher priority than an FA Cup run for West Brom, so don’t expect a complete lineup.
Sheffield United have been the surprise package of the Premier League so far this season. They’ve shocked teams by coming into the league and continuing to play the same fluid football that saw them promoted in the first place. In particular, their form away from Bramall Lane has been impressive. They’ve lost just twice on the road, away at Liverpool and Manchester City. That’s a record that should see them be fancied against anyone on their travels. This weekend, the test will be a trip to The Den to face Millwall. Millwall are on a strong run at the moment, unbeaten in 6 on their rise up the table. In fact, as things stand, they have an outside chance of making the playoffs this season. That would be a huge achievement for a Millwall side that has a new manager and struggled massively in parts last season. We expect them to put their full focus on their playoff push, rather than an FA Cup run.
Potential FA Cup Giant Killings
The FA Cup is most famous for its giant killings. Whenever a higher league side is drawn against a lower league opposition, there is immediate talk of an upset and the ‘magic of the cup’. This year, we’ve picked up 3 potential games where the underdog could make it to the 5th round.
- Portsmouth to beat Barnsley @ 6/5 - Saturday 25th January 15:00
This isn’t a traditional ‘giant killing pick’, with Portsmouth actually coming into the match as favourites, despite sitting a league below Barnsley. But, with Barnsley currently sitting 22nd in the Championship, it’s easy to see why they might not be fancied this weekend. On the other hand, Portsmouth have picked up their recent form after a dreadful start to the season. They’ve won their last 5 games in all competitions, and will definitely fancy their chances against Barnsley on Saturday. If they did make it into the 5th round, it would be the furthest the club has gotten in the FA Cup since finishing as runners up in 09/10.
- Hull City to beat Chelsea @ 21/4 - Sunday 26th January 15:00
Chelsea are such a hard team to predict these days, that we could see any result in their game with Hull on Sunday. One week they are winning away at Spurs, the next they are losing at home to Southampton. That’s the type of form that will inspire Hull to line up a potential 5th round tie. Although they sit in mid table at the moment, and hardly have inspiring form, they do have Jarrod Bowen to rely on for goals. The 23 year old has scored 17 goals so far this season and has attracted interest from a few Premier League clubs. On his day, he looks unstoppable and will be the key to unlocking Chelsea’s defence.
- Brentford to beat Leicester City @ 3/1 - Saturday 25th January 12:45
Leicester City have been one of the best teams in England at times this season, but recently, they have looked vulnerable. In their last 4 games, they’ve drawn with Aston Villa, lost to Burnley and Southampton, before a win against a poor West Ham side in midweek. That poor run of form has seen them lose a commanding grip on 2nd place in the league. With that being said, we might see a weakened Leicester side at the weekend. As with most of the teams we have mentioned, Leicester might have to focus their efforts on the league, rather than the FA Cup. The Foxes have a very serious chance of making the Champions League next season, and already have a good opportunity for a cup final in the League Cup. Sacrificing the FA Cup might be tough for Leicester fans to take, but in the long run, it could be hugely beneficial for the club.
FA Cup 4th Round Kick Off Times
Game | Date | Kick Off | TV --- | --- | --- Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday | 24th January | 20:00 | - Northampton Town v Derby County | 24th January | 20:00 | BT Sport 1 Brentford v Leicester City | 25th January | 12:45 | BBC One Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur | 25th January | 15:00 | - Millwall v Sheffield United | 25th January | 15:00 | - Reading v Cardiff City | 25th January | 15:00 | - West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion | 25th January | 15:00 | - Burnley v Norwich City | 25th January | 15:00 | - Coventry City v Birmingham City | 25th January | 15:00 | - Newcastle United v Oxford United | 25th January | 15:00 | - Portsmouth v Barnsley | 25th January | 15:00 | - Hull City v Chelsea | 25th January | 17:30 | BT Sport 1 Manchester City v Fulham | 26th January | 13:00 | BBC One Tranmere Rovers v Manchester United | 26th January | 15:00 | BT Sport 1 Shrewsbury Town v Liverpool | 26th January | 17:00 | BBC One AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal | 27th January | 20:00 | BT Sport 1
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