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FA Cup picks: Wigan and Middlesbrough to knock out Prem sides?

| 26.01.2018

It’s the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend. And we could be in for plenty of surprises.

We’ve put together our tips for all nine games kicking off at 3pm for you.

Here’s what we fancy…

Huddersfield Town v Birmingham City

David Wagner is set to rotate his Huddersfield side heavily here. But they should still have enough to beat Birmingham at 8/11.

The Blues are 23rd in the Championship and have only won once on the road since last February.

As the home side will field an unfamiliar line-up, Huddersfield to Win and Both Sides to Score looks a good bet at 15/4.

Hull City v Nottingham Forest

Hull are the 11/8 favourites here, but there could be value in backing Forest at 19/10. The away side has won four of the last five clashes between these two.

The Tigers have only won one of their last eight games. Forest have beaten Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers since knocking Arsenal out in the last round.

As these sides have two of the worst defences in the second-tier, Forest and Over 2.5 Goals could be a goer at 18/5.

MK Dons v Coventry City

It’s been a tough season for MK Dons so far. But the cup could provide some respite. They’ve won four of their previous five games against Coventry and are 6/5 to get another victory in this one.

The Sky Blues haven’t scored on either of their last two visits to Milton Keynes. It’s 12/5 for MK Dons to Win to Nil.

Middlesbrough v Brighton & Hove Albion

The hosts are starting to hit form under Tony Pulis now. They’ve won three of their last four games, scoring at least two goals in all of them.

Brighton might be the top-flight side here but they’ve been pretty hopeless on the road this term. Chris Hughton’s side have only picked up seven away points.

Boro are 5/4 favourites, but there’s more value in them to win with a -1.0 Handicap at 4/1.

Millwall v Rochdale

Millwall are big 8/15 favourites to knock out a struggling side Rochdale at home.

Dale are 23rd in League One and only have one win in nine in all competitions. They’ve let in at least two goals in four of their last five away games.

Millwall and Over 2.5 Goals is 6/4.

Notts County v Swansea City

After beating Liverpool last week, this is a great chance for Swansea to build some momentum. Even if they have one eye on Tuesday’s game against Arsenal, they should have enough at 20/23.

Wilfried Bony is working his way back to fitness for the Swans. The big striker could have a key role to play in the second half of the season.

Swansea to win and Bony to score is 5/2.

Sheffield United v Preston North End

There’s only four points between these two sides in the Championship. Home advantage could swing this in the Blades’ favour for a 5/4 win.

Leon Clarke’s been on fire for United this season. He’s the joint-top scorer in the Championship with 15 goals. You can get 7/2 on Clarke to open the scoring.

Southampton v Watford

Southampton are 10/11 to end a run of 11 games without a win against Watford at St. Mary’s. But Watford will have the new manager bounce under Javi Gracia and look tempting at 3/1.

The Watford board accused Gracia’s predecessor Marco Silva of losing focus. The Hornets squad will be keen to impress and secure their place under the new man in change.

The away side have taken four of six points available against the Saints this season too. We like the look of Watford or Draw in the Double Chance market at 5/6.

Wigan Athletic v West Ham United

West Ham needed a replay and extra time to dispatch Shrewsbury Town in the last round.

They could stumble here against League One leaders Wigan. David Moyes will be without several key players and will have to rotate heavily.

Wigan are 7/5 to triumph against the top-flight side. The Latics have kept 12 clean sheets at home this season. They’re 11/4 to Win to Nil.

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All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication



Daniel Anwar

Daniel has covered sports for Squawka, FourFourTwo and iSportconnect. He is a naively optimistic Arsenal fan and is also passionate about music, film and chicken wings.