It’s round four of the FA Cup, and that’s the competition we’ll be looking to on Saturday as we look to end a very profitable January with another winning treble.
There will be a few upsets over the weekend, but we’re backing this trip of Premier League outfits to overcome those scares by booking their places in round three.
At odds of over 9/2, it has to be worth a punt.
Colchester United V Tottenham Hotspur. 12:45PM
Mauricio Pochettino’s men may be focused on securing a top four finish in the league, but Spurs also know that they have a fantastic chance to do great things in the FA Cup. In truth, they should have no problems beating Colchester United in this lunchtime kick-off.
The Premier League club are likely to rest a couple of faces, but their squad has more than enough depth to deal with the challenge as they visit League One’s bottom club. Not only are the hosts rooted to the foot of their division, but they have only managed two wins since the middle of November.
Those victories did come in this competition, but Kevin Keen’s won’t be able to handle this step up in class. Their defence has leaked 65 goals in League One, so it’s hard to see them keeping Spurs at bay. Those frailties will be the difference.
There’s a chance that Colchester might frustrate Spurs for a while. But the visitors will find a breakthrough at some stage.
Tottenham Win @ 2/5 with Betfred
Portsmouth V Bournemouth. 3PM
League Two’s Pompey have enjoyed a brilliant run to this stage, including a fantastic third round victory over Championship side Ipswich. Unfortunately, Paul Cook’s men are likely to see their cup adventure end as they welcome Bournemouth to Fratton Park.
Under normal circumstances, Eddie Howe’s visitors would be forgiven for concentrating on Premier League survival but the local rivalry ensures that the Cherries will take this seriously. Even if they do rotate slightly, their extra quality should shine through in this derby.
Bournemouth have enjoyed a fairly decent run of form in recent weeks too, so they should be confident about pulling out a positive result here, especially as Portsmouth suffered a home defeat to Oxford last weekend.
Portsmouth will put up a fight, but the quality of Glenn Murray and co should be too much for the hosts.
Bournemouth Win @ 11/8 with Betfred
West Bromwich Albion V Peterborough United. 3PM
After being taken to a replay by Bristol City in round three, Tony Pulis’s men won’t want to make the same error as they take on Peterborough United at the Hawthorns. While the Baggies aren’t the most effective team in the final third, they should have enough attacking talent to see of the defensively vulnerable visitors.
West Brom haven’t been brilliant at home this season, so this is a great opportunity for Salomon Rondon and co to build some confidence with a big win. With Posh conceding 21 goals in 14 league games on the road, you would have to fancy the hosts to grab at least a couple.
Graham Westley’s men are more than capable of scoring, as they’ve shown on many occasions this term. However, they do enter this clash having fired blanks in two of their last three. That lack of confidence, combined with the gulf in quality, could be a recipe for further disappointment in the cup.
The Baggies might need to work for their victory but we do expect them to get it. Home win.
Albion Win @ 4/6 with Betfred
A £10 treble returns £55.42 with Betfred