FA Cup 4th Round Picks: Stick With The Goliaths On This Fixture

Martin Green

Thursday, January 25, 2018 8:05 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 8:05 PM UTC

There are plenty of ties that see more evenly matched teams facing one another and there is a great deal of value to be had for punters. Here are some of the most interesting games to look out for:

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There are some real David v Goliath ties to look forward to in the FA Cup fourth round as Yeovil host Man Utd and Newport play Tottenham. Both games pit League One sides against elite Premiership clubs and offer the chance of giant killings that would shock the world.

Yeovil v Man Utd

Jose Mourinho takes cup competitions seriously and he will be desperate for silverware this season after seeing Man City take a huge lead in the Premiership, so expect him to field a strong team. He will have the league cup embarrassment against Bristol City in mind and should roll out big guns like Paul Pogba for this one. They should batter Yeovil and the odds are low, just -666 with Pinnacle, so for more value you could go for Man Utd and over 3.5 goals at +130 with sportsbooks like Ladbrokes.

Peterborough v Leicester

Leicester has a great chance of reaching the fifth round of this famous competition – the oldest soccer tournament in the world – as it faces minor league opposition in Peterborough. The Foxes won the Premiership title a couple of years ago and still have extremely dangerous players like Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy in their ranks, so they can make a big splash in this tournament. They are clear of relegation danger and cannot trouble the league’s top four, so they might as well go for the FA Cup. You can get -165 with Bovada on an straight Leicester win in this away game and that looks excellent.

Liverpool v West Brom

Liverpool is another team that stands a great chance of winning the FA Cup as it has a dangerous roster of players and can beat anyone on its day. It has shored up its defense with the $100 million signing of Virgil Van Dijk, a world record for a defender, and is devastating going forwards. It may have lost Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, but Mohamed Salah is on fire, while Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are full of pace, invention and trickery. They should be able to overwhelm a West Brom team that is desperately battling relegation and should have no desire to go on an FA Cup run. Liverpool -1.5 handicap is -104 with Pinnacle and that looks good.

Middlesbrough v Brighton

Premiership team Brighton impressed by knocking out fierce rivals Crystal Palace in the last round and there is great value on it winning away at Championship side Middlesbrough this time. It too is battling relegation, so motivation levels may be an issue, but odds of +272 with Pinnacle on them winning this one look far too attractive to ignore. Brighton has a vastly superior team and if it displays the ambition and desire it showed against Palace in the last round it can win this game comfortably.

Swansea v Notts County

Swansea is bottom of the Premier League but pulled off a surprise victory against Wolves, the top team in the league below (the Championship), in the last round. Swansea is another team that could do without the FA Cup as it fights relegation, but that did not stop it overwhelming a strong Wolves team. Notts County is nowhere near the same level as Wolves or Swansea, as it plays in League Two (the fourth tier of English football), so Swansea should win easily and odds of -109 with Pinnacle, Betway and various other books looks great.

Wigan v West Ham

Another game here that sees a lower league team face a Premiership opponent. Wigan won the FA Cup a few years ago, but has since seen a sharp decline in fortunes and currently plies its trade in League One, the third tier of English football. West Ham has been on an upward curve since David Moyes replaced Slaven Bilic as manager and has clawed its way out of relegation danger. It is remarkable to see West Ham as the underdog in this game as it is a vastly superior team and a much larger club, with far greater resources and better players than Wigan can call upon, so a straight moneyline West Ham win looks an amazing bet at +195 with Bovada, +202 with Pinnacle.

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