- City travel to Spurs in pick of fourth round ties
- Chelsea host Villa
- Newcastle travel to Fulham, Blades host Brighton
In the upcoming fourth round of the FA Cup, some enticing fixtures await football fans and punters promising a mix of intense clashes and potential upsets. Betting.com bring you an overview of the key matchups.
Spurs host City, Villa travel to Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur are set to host the defending champions, Manchester City, in what promises to be a thrilling encounter. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has proved to be a difficult ground for Pep Guardiola, with Spurs managing to triumph in all of their five previous home matches against City.
Another intriguing all-Premier League clash will unfold at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea will face off against high-flying Aston Villa.
Having secured a victory against Wigan Athletic, Manchester United’s next challenge is an away fixture against either League Two’s Newport County or National League side Eastleigh. The Red Devils are keen to make their mark in the competition.
Maidstone United, the lowest-ranked club remaining in the cup, will test their mettle against Ipswich from the Championship. Maidstone caused a stir by defeating League One’s Stevenage in the previous round.
The fourth round also features other all-Premier League ties, including Fulham hosting Newcastle United and Brighton travelling to face Sheffield United. Additionally, West Ham United and Nottingham Forest could set up a clash, while Luton awaits the winner between Crystal Palace and Everton.
Should Wolves emerge victorious in their third-round replay against Brentford, they will face local rivals West Brom, who are eyeing promotion from the Championship.
The matchup between Bristol Rovers (League One) or Norwich (Championship) and Liverpool adds an extra layer of anticipation, as both teams vie for a coveted spot in the next round.
Scheduled for the weekend of Saturday, 27 January, the FA Cup fourth-round fixtures promise plenty of excitement and potential for surprises as teams from various tiers of English football compete for advancement.
FA Cup fourth round draw
Watford v Southampton
Blackburn Rovers v Wrexham
Bournemouth v Swansea City
West Brom v Brentford or Wolves
West Ham or Bristol City v Nottingham Forest or Blackpool
Leicester City v Hull City or Birmingham City
Sheffield Wednesday v Coventry City
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Ipswich Town v Maidstone United
Liverpool v Norwich City or Bristol Rovers
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
Leeds United v Plymouth Argyle
Crystal Palace or Everton v Luton Town or Bolton Wanderers
Newport County or Eastleigh v Manchester United
Sheffield United v Brighton & Hove Albion
Fulham v Newcastle United
FA Cup Betting
Manchester City are the bookies favourites to win the FA Cup, despite a difficult trip to Spurs on the horizon. At the time of writing, City are 3/1 with bet365, ahead of Liverpool, 4/1, Manchester United, 8/1, with Newcastle, Spurs and Chelsea at 10/1. Bettors need to look at the fourth round draw and weigh up whether there are value in any of the odds for the leading teams, given the different levels of challenge provided by the draw.
There is also a chance of bettors to go through the door to spot any potential upsets, where for instance a more fancied team may find it necessary to rest players.
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