The Premier League sides who need to beware an Emirates FA Cup shock
The dust may only have just settled on another dramatic weekend of Premier League action, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round.
Kicking off on Friday night, 16 ties between 32 sides will take part across the weekend, with the winners pitching their names into the hat for the Fifth Round.
With the ante cranking up in the leagues, a good or bad result here could make or break a campaign, so there’s plenty on the line.
Ahead of this weekend’s cup action, Ladbrokes News have taken a look at a few sides who could be heading towards a banana skin…
Derby v Leicester
The difficult times could be set to continue for Leicester, who face a short yet fiendishly tricky trip to Derby.
The Rams are going well in the Championship, and put together a seven-game winning spell in the Autumn.
They very rarely concede at home, and with a trio of Leicester’s star men still recovering from or still on AFCON duty, there’s a scalp here ready and waiting.
Millwall v Watford
Millwall’s timing couldn’t be better. Watford haven’t won any of their last seven league games, and are quickly entering a relegation scrap.
The Lions are going steadily in League One, and are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions.
Currently galvanized after a threat to be forcibly moved from their home, a jumping Den could make things very difficult for the already-under fire Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri.
Fulham v Hull
Hull City’s priority is to avoid relegation to the Championship, and despite improvements under Marco Silva, an Emirates FA Cup run can only be a distraction.
The Tigers reached the final in 2014, but that coincided with a drop down the table from 10th to 17th, winning just four games.
But now they face a Fulham team who are going well in the second tier, and harbour hopes of reaching the play-offs.
The Cottagers are banging the goals in this term too, and that’s bad news for a Hull defence with just one clean sheet in their last 23 games in all competitions.
And those three aren’t the only ones who ought to exercise caution this weekend.
Liverpool’s shock loss to Swansea last weekend will have given great hope to Wolves, who make the trip to Anfield, while Tottenham’s defensive injury crisis should similar give Wycombe all the impetus they need to land a Cup upset at White Hart Lane.
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