FA Cup action returns with a weekend of drama up and down the country. The remaining 32 teams will all be hopeful of taking another step towards Wembley, and we’re backing three of them to do it in style on Saturday afternoon.
Nobody really wants a replay at this stage of the season, so we can be optimistic that all teams will be looking for the wins. With a chance to turn £10 into £56, this cup treble has got to be worth a punt.
Liverpool V West Bromwich Albion
It was a case of classic Liverpool on Monday night as the Reds failed to follow up the win against Manchester City, falling to a disappointing loss at Swansea. This weekend’s FA Cup break will therefore be seen as a welcome distraction as they look the get back to winning ways against Alan Pardew’s Baggies.
Liverpool have been brilliant at Anfield this term, and should be eager to get back to winning ways. While it’s likely that there will be a small number of changes, the hosts are likely to play a strong side, and should have more than enough to beat a West Brom side that hasn’t won an away game against Premier League opposition since August’s win at Brighton.
The visitors will be more interested in league survival, and could rotate their squad too. If they do, it should leave the door open for Liverpool to prevail. Even if they don’t, the lack of quality in key areas is likely to shine through at Anfield.
While he is doing a good job, manager Jurgen Klopp knows that he needs to win silverware at some stage. This competition is their best shot at doing it this season, and we expect them to take another positive step here.
Liverpool win @ ¼ with Betfair
Millwall V Rochdale
Having lost just one of their last six, Neil Harris’ Millwall can enter this weekend’s action with a huge sense of confidence, not least because they enter a Rochdale side that has struggled in the league below. In truth, a home win should be on the cards at the Den.
A win at Doncaster in round three is Rochdale’s only win in nine competitive matches and Keith Hill’s men are likely to struggle with the step up in quality against Championship opposition. While Ian Henderson and co. are capable of scoring goals, chances could be few and far between. When coupled with defensive deficiencies, even securing a replay would signal a huge result.
The expectation will rightly be with the hosts, and they have been scoring a fair few goals in recent weeks. Steve Morrison, Aiden O’Brien and Lee Gregory should all pose a continued threat. If they can perform to their potential, it could be a relatively easy day’s work for the Championship outfit.
Quality, momentum, and home advantage are all on Millwall’s side. Back them to seal their progress in style.
Millwall win @ 11/20 with Betfair
Wigan Athletic V West Ham United
David Moyes has had a positive influence since taking over at West Ham, but a rotated side needed 210 minutes to see off Shrewsbury in round three. They face an even greater potential banana skin as they make the trip to the DW, and there’s a good chance that there will be a Premier League casualty.
The Hammers have no choice but to rotate this time around. Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini, and Marco Arnautovic have all picked up injuries in the last week or two, joining a couple of other first team players on the sidelines. This could seriously damage the away side’s chances, and the Latics will want to capitalise.
Paul Cook’s men have already seen off Premier League opposition in Bournemouth, and enter this match on the back of a 14 game unbeaten streak in all competitions. This will be one of their more difficult tasks, but it is one in which Will Grigg and co. can come through.
There’s always going to be a couple of cupsets, this could well be one of them. At odds of 19/10, the in-form hosts are too good to ignore.
Wigan win @ 19/10 with Betfair
A £10 treble pays £56.20 with Betfair