We’ve seen plenty of upsets over the years, but will the magic of the FA Cup produce more in this season’s fourth round? Here’s a round up of the most likely Premier League teams to be dumped out by lower league opposition….
Boro to Repeat 2009’s 8-1 Demolition of City?
Well, maybe not that extreme, however Middlesbrough are going strong this season, sitting fourth in the Championship having only lost once in all competitions since mid-October. They are up against a Man City side without a win in two games and come off the back of a disappointing display in Sunday’s home defeat to Arsenal. Yaya Toure’s absence has left a hole in the middle of the park for City- If Boro can exploit the Ivorian’s missing presence in midfield and show why they boast the best defence in the Championship, they could see past Pellegrini’s men and, at least, earn a replay.
Tip-Middlesbrough double chance (win or draw) @ 3/1
Bournemouth to Breeze Past Villa…
The South Coast outfit are on the up, whilst the top tier ever presents are on a downwards spiral. This will be a tricky test for Aston Villa, who have found the net only eleven times in the league since it kicked off back in August. Bournemouth sit top of the Championship and everything seems to be going their way; they couldn’t have picked a better Premier League side to face, albeit away from home in this fourth round tie. If both sides continue their current form they may not face each other next season in the League- With the Cherries representing the Premier League whilst Villa may drop down to the second tier.
Tip- Bournemouth to win @ 2/1
Heskey to Haunt Liverpool on Anfield Return?
The England and Liverpool legend will partner Eidur Gudjohnson in a strike partnership that would frighten even the most experienced Premier League centre backs, once upon a time. Since the appointment of Neil Lennon in October, Bolton seemed to have turned the corner of what was a disastrous start to the campaign. They are now unbeaten since Boxing Day and will be looking to at least grab a draw against a Liverpool side who’s defensive form is far from convincing.
Tip- Bolton double chance (win or draw) @ 5-2
For all of these tips to come in you can place a treble at 41/1 – well worth a punt with your spare change!