FA Cup 4th Round Preview
The FA Cup returns this weekend with many big teams still involved in the competition, while some EFL teams will be desperate to cause an upset with an eye of the fifth round.
Flying Southampton face Tottenham in an all Premier League clash on Saturday, while struggling Bournemouth face Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal on Monday night. There’s potential for giant killings in a number of fixtures as Oxford United travel to Newcastle, Shrewsbury host Liverpool and Hull take on Chelsea. League Two Northampton FC are the lowest ranked team left in the competition and will be looking to knock out a Derby side with FA cup winner Wayne Rooney in their side. We covered the FA cup last week too and asked if the magic has gone from the competition.
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Newcastle v Oxford
Newcastle have been leaving it late recently but their injury time winner against Chelsea last weekend and two goals in the closing stages against Everton on Tuesday night extended Newcastle’s unbeaten run to five in all competitions. Steve Bruce’s side were forced into a replay by League One side Rochdale in the previous round of the FA Cup but secured a comfortable 4-1 win in the return fixture at St James’ Park.
Oxford are in good form and have only lost two games in their last eight in all competitions. There away form has been decent this season, having lost just six games from 16 in all competitions. Karl Robinson’s side are one of the highest scorers in League One, finding the net 43 times in 26 games, the second highest return in the league.
Dwight Gayle (thigh), Javi Manquillo (thigh), Jack Colback (knee), Paul Dummett (thigh
Ki Sung-Yeung (knock), DeAndre Yedlin (knee), Yoshinori Muto (groin) and Jeto Williams (knee) are all ruled out for Newcastle but Andy Carroll could return. Ben Woodburn will be out for Oxford with a fractured foot but otherwise have a full squad to choose from.
Newcastle’s squad is stretched very thinly and another game this weekend will give them little time to recover which will play into Oxford’s hands. Newcastle will be clear favourites, but Oxford could snatch a draw in Newcastle on Saturday.
Newcastle – 4/11
Draw – 4/1
Oxford – 15/2
Southampton v Tottenham
Southampton are in sensational form. Their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday was their sixth win in their last eight matches. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have kept four clean sheets in their last eight in all competitions after going 13 games without keeping a clean sheet. Striker Danny Ings has 10 goals in his last 13.
Tottenham’s only win in their last six matches came in the FA Cup third round when they beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in a replay after being held 1-1 in the previous leg. Spurs have only managed three goals in their last five matches and have kept just one clean sheet in ten. They have won one away match in their last seven.
Jan Valery and Cedric Soares have been ruled out through injury but Jan Bednarek could return from a calf injury. Harry Kane (hamstring) and Moussa Sissoko (knee) will be out until April while Ben Davies (ankle) and Hugo Lloris (elbow) will both be unavailable. Danny Rose and Tanguy Ndombele look set to return for Spurs this weekend.
Southampton’s upturn in form has been incredible recently and they will continue their good run against a struggling Spurs side who are struggling to find any momentum.
Southampton – 15/8
Draw – 5/2
Tottenham – 7/5
Millwall v Sheffield United
Millwall are six games unbeaten and have only lost one game in their last 14. They have kept three consecutive clean sheets and have let in one goal in their last five matches. Gary Rowett’s side have won their last four home matches and have only lost two games at home all season.
Sheffield United have been fairly inconsistent recently having lost three, drawn two and won one of their last six fixtures. Chris Wilder’s side had one of the best defences in the Premier League until recently as they have kept just one clean sheet in seven. The Blades were unbeaten on the road until recently and they have lost two and drawn one of their last three.
Millwall’s Shaun Williams is suspended, but the Lions otherwise have a fully fit squad ahead of the fixture. David McGoldrick is a doubt for the Blades with an ankle injury.
Millwall’s home form will provide a tough test for Sheffield United and this may prove too much for Chris Wilder’s side, who have been slightly struggling recently.
Millwall – 2/1
Draw – 23/10
Sheffield United – 11/8
West Ham v West Brom
David Moyes has had an instant impact for West Ham, they have lost one match of his four in charge so far, they had won two of their previous 14 before his appointment. The Hammers have kept three clean sheets in their last four and conceded only one goal. They have struggled at home this season and lost six of their 11 games at the London stadium this season.
West Brom are top of the Championship currently, despite a big dip in form recently. The Baggies have registered a solitary win in their last seven fixtures. They are the highest scorers in the league, but have scored just six and conceded eight n their last seven. Slaven Bilić’s side are in good form away from home having lost one match in 15 this season.
Jack Wilshire (groin), Felipe Anderson Pereira Gomes (chest), Ryan Fredericks (thigh), Andriy Yarmolenko (thigh) and Lukasz Fabianski (thigh) are all ruled out for West Ham but Michail Antonio could return for the Hammers. Grady Diangana may be out with a hamstring injury for West Brom.
West Ham are building a decent run of results and will make things difficult for West Brom. However, the Baggies have been exceptional away from home and will earn themselves a replay in a score draw.
West Ham – 5/6
Draw – 14/5
West Brom – 3/1
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