Liverpool’s Hopes May Go West – FA Cup Preview
It’s Fa Cup time again, and the 4th round brings us 3 all-Premier League matches, all of which look worth having a bet in.
Aston Villa vs Manchester City (Saturday 3pm)
Manchester City have progressed to the next round after all three of their previous FA encounters with Aston Villa, though Villa did hold City to a draw the only time they played them at home, before succumbing in the replay.
Last year’s beaten finalists Villa should also be in a positive mood after hitting a bit of form with a battling home draw against Leicester preceded by a victory over Palace, and proceeded by an away draw at West Brom.
City, after a mid-season dip, are however also putting together a nice run of form that sees them unbeaten in their last 4 Premier League away games, though two of them have also been draws.
The last 3 games in which Villa have hosted City have produced 1 win each and a draw, and the value looks to be in laying City.
Lay Manchester City @ 1.7 (Betfair)
Crystal Palace vs Stoke (Saturday 3pm)
Stoke have had the upper-hand in their 2 previous FA Cup clashes, winning 1-0 in 1989, and more recently winning 4-1 after extra-time. However, it is Palace who have dominated their recent Premier League encounters with 3 wins and a draw from the last 4 matches. Palace have hit a bit of a flat-spot though, and have dropped to 11th in the Premier League after 4 defeats in their last 5 games.
Stoke have also lost their last 2 away games against West Brom and Leicester and, though they did win 1-0 at Anfield in the second-leg of their Capital One Cup, they still lost-out on a trip to Wembley by way of penalties.
As Stoke may struggle to pick themselves up from that Capital One exit, and Palace have dominated recent clashes, Palace may be the answer.
Crystal Palace @ 5/4 (William Hill)
Liverpool vs West Ham (Saturday 5.30pm)
The pair clashed in the 2006 FA Cup Final where Liverpool won in extra-time, but West Ham will have high hopes of taking their revenge after already doing the Premier League double over their opponents this season, winning 3-0 at Anfield and 2-0 at home. Liverpool may also lack a cutting-edge after already making it through to the Capital One Cup Final – and West Ham look the value.
West Ham @ 17/5 (Wiliam Hill)