After an exciting Third Round of games, that saw its fair share of upsets, we once again head back to the FA Cup this weekend with the 16 games in the Fourth Round of the tournament. The top game of the weekend is the Arsenal v Manchester United clash on Friday night but there are plenty of other games where potential upsets could be found.
In this article, we are going to preview each of the 16 games and give you our tip for the match result market of that game, together with the odds provided by bet365 Sport and correct as of 11.40am on Tuesday 22nd January.
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Without any further ado, here is our tips for the games in the FA Cup Fourth Round.
FA Cup Fourth Round Preview and Tips
All games are 3pm Kick off on Saturday 26th January 2019 unless otherwise stated. All the odds displayed were correct as of 10.50am on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 with bet365 Sport.
- Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers (Fri – 7.45pm)
Both these Championship sides have endured very differing fortunes this season, while Bristol City are pushing on for Premier League promotion or at least a playoff spot, Bolton are fighting against the drop back into League One. With off the field issues dogging the club, Bolton also had the disadvantage of playing on Monday night ahead of this game, which means to me that Bristol City to win at 1/2 is the obvious choice here.
- Arsenal v Manchester United (Fri – 7.55pm)
A massive Premier League clash between two top six sides is the glamour tie of the FA Cup Fourth Round. Arsenal are in good form following their 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend, but so too are United who have been flying under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning all of their games since the Norwegian took over from Jose Mourinho. This should be a cracker but I feel home advantage could be key, hence I am backing an Arsenal win at 29/20 here between the FA Cup’s two most successful teams.
- Accrington Stanley v Derby County
Accrington Stanley have been doing relatively well in League One for such a small side but they face a real test here against a Derby team that have performed their best in cup competitions, notably in victories against Manchester United and Southampton and in defeat at Chelsea. This will be a tough game for Derby but I expect their quality and pace to be the determining factor. Back Derby to win at 17/20.
- Brighton v West Brom
West Brom come into this game in third place in the Championship and in with a chance of a swift return back to the Premier League, where Brighton currently lie in 13th position. The Seagulls have a strong record at home this season and with West Brom only playing on Monday night, I think the fresher Brighton team, with home advantage, should just do enough to grab the win. I’m taking Brighton to win at 10/11.
- Doncaster Rovers v Oldham Athletic
League One Doncaster face League Two Oldham with the intriguing possibility that Oldham could be managed by ex-Manchester United and England star Paul Scholes. Even so, I think it would be a huge ask for Oldham to win the game as Doncaster are going well in League One and are the far stronger of the two teams. Doncaster to win this relatively comfortably at 3/4.
- Manchester City v Burnley
It is the turn of Burnley to try and earn a victory at the Etihad against what is likely to be a below-strength Manchester City team as Pep Guardiola rests key players. Even so, City will still field an extremely strong side and as they have shown already this season, their youngsters and fringe players would walk into most other Premier League sides. Burnley are 22/1 to win this game and that tells you all you need to know, at 1/10, Man City are the obvious pick.
- Middlesbrough v Newport County
Newport County managed a draw with Spurs in the FA Cup last season and beat Leicester City in the third round, so they know an upset when they see one. Middlesbrough though are going well in the Championship and have the quality in their team to keep Newport quiet and one goal should be enough for Middlesbrough at 1/3 to claim the victory here.
- Newcastle United v Watford
I can see both managers resting a couple of key men for this game which makes it a tricky one to predict. Both sides are in relatively decent form heading into the game and Newcastle have home advantage. They beat Watford in the Premier League this season at home, drawing away and I fancy the home side to just about edge this one, Take Newcastle to snatch a victory here at 2/1.
- Portsmouth v QPR
This should be a good even contest between League One leaders Portsmouth and Championship mid-tablers QPR. Both sides have had financial problems in the recent past and are battling back from that and while QPR have the edge in terms of quality and being in a better league, Pompey are in form and flying in League one and I think home advantage could be key, hence I am backing a Portsmouth win here at 11/8.
- Shrewsbury v Wolves
Both these teams recorded stunning wins in the third round to reach this stage, Shrewsbury coming from 2-0 down to beat Stoke 3-2, while Wolves ended Liverpool’s ambitions with a 2-1 win at Molineux. The Shrews will make this a very tough evening for the visitors I have no doubt, but I fancy Wolves better quality to be decisive and I’m taking Wolves to win at 1/2.
- Swansea City v Gillingham
After a slow start to the season, Swansea boss Graham Potter has got his team playing more consistently now and they start as the clear favourites against a League One Gillingham side that have struggled for form and consistency themselves this season. The Swans extra quality, particularly in midfield and attack allied to a shaky Gills defence means a Swansea win at 9/20 is the bet to back here.
- Millwall v Everton (5.30pm)
The New Den is always a tough place to go and get a result and inconsistent Everton will find out how tough it is on Saturday evening. The home side will be really up for this game and in truth, I think Everton’s additional quality may not be quite as decisive as they’d like it to be. Millwall battle hard and I can see this one ending in a draw, which is a 14/5 option.
- AFC Wimbledon v West Ham (7.45pm)
These two teams met in the Carabao Cup earlier on in the season and AFC Wimbledon had West Ham on the rack before conceding three second half goals to lose the game 3-1. Since then though their season has nosedived, while West Ham’s has improved markedly, although the Hammers are still dogged by inconsistency. Even so, the Hammers to win at 9/20 with bet365 is the bet to back here.
- Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday (Sun – 4pm)
There’s no doubt that Mauricio Sarri was very unhappy with Chelsea’s performance levels against Arsenal last weekend, with the Italian lambasting his players in the press following that defeat. He’ll make several changes for this game, resting some players, and I think that could be a problem for Sheffield Wednesday who have endured an inconsistent season in the Championship. Chelsea should record a comfortable home win here at 1/6.
- Crystal Palace v Tottenham (Sun – 4pm)
This could be a tricky one for Spurs with Son, Kane and Alli all likely to be absent and them facing a Palace side who have beaten Man City and ran Liverpool very close at Anfield last weekend. Spurs just about snatched a win at Fulham but Palace are a stronger side than the Cottagers and as such this could be a very close game. I can see both teams scoring but I think this one will require a replay, hence I am backing the draw at 12/5.
- Barnet v Brentford (Mon – 7.45pm)
The final Non-League team left in the FA Cup face a London derby against Brentford at Underhill. Barnet are struggling a little in the National League whereas Brentford’s form this season had dropped off a cliff in recent weeks, seeing them tumble down the Championship table after a bright start. This will be close and I feel that a replay is on the cards, hence I’m backing the draw which is an appealing 3/1 with bet365.