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Kidderminster Harriers vs West Ham in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Feb 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Kidderminster Harriers vs West Ham in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Feb 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

The exact sort of tie that exemplifies the ‘magic of the FA Cup’ phrase. Regardless of the end result, this will be a big day in the history of Kidderminster Harriers.

What makes games like this so special is the huge gap in league positions across the English football league system, and no matter what the gulf in class is, an FA Cup underdog will always dream of that big upset, so they can’t be underestimated.

Kidderminster compete in the National League North division, five tiers below their Premier League opponents West Ham.

Kindly note that all information in this preview, including whether or not the event will take place, is subject to change due to Covid-19.

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Wining MarginWest Ham to win by 2 Goals
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West Ham To Win By Exactly Two Goals

West Ham are skinny odds, as you would expect, but the 2/7 on offer for an away win does actually look quite generous. At such a small price, though, that one looks better used in an acca.

The Harriers are on a good run at the minute in the league - winning their last five - but this is obviously a different kettle of fish for them.

We don’t expect them to be pushovers, but even if David Moyes makes several changes, the Hammers have a deep enough squad to get the job done with relative ease here. Our selection for the game is West Ham To Win By Exactly Two Goals at 11/4. The hosts are a side who can dig in and make things tricky for West Ham, but the quality of the away side should see them into the next round.

Kidderminster Harriers Form, squad news, opinion

Kidderminster have already been on quite the journey to reach this stage of the competition. Prior to this match, they’ve competed in six other rounds - seven games in total, given one went to a replay.

Undoubtedly their biggest victory so far came in the previous round against Championship outfit Reading.

After going behind just before half-time, the Harriers equalised through Sam Austin. His shot proved too powerful for the Reading goalkeeper to keep hold of and it snuck through and rolled into the net.

In the 82nd minute, Russell Penn’s men found the winner. A huge scramble after a corner resulted in Amari Morgan-Smith netting, and that sparked huge celebrations from the home crowd. A pitch invasion occurred at full-time as the upset was complete and it’ll be a win the locals won’t forget in a hurry.

In terms of their league position, Kidderminster are 4th in the National League North. They head into this one in very solid form, and certainly have enough about them to make life hard for West Ham.

West Ham Form, squad news, opinion

The Hammers had a sloppy run of form that covered the majority of December, but four wins on the spin quickly got them out of that slump.

Since then, they’ve lost two on the trot, but overall, David Moyes will be happy with where his side are at this stage of the season.

One of those recent defeats came against Leeds United. A week prior to that game, though, West Ham beat the Whites in the third round of the FA Cup. Goals from Manuel Lanzini and Jarrod Bowen gave Moyes’ team a fairly easy passage into this stage of the competition.

West Ham have exited at this round of the tournament in three of the last four seasons (at the hands of Manchester United, West Brom and AFC Wimbledon respectively), prior to this year, but they’ll fancy their chances of progressing, given the draw they’ve been handed.

If they do that, they’ll remain fighting on three different fronts. They’ll soon be gearing up for the knockout stages of the Europa League, and given they’re 5th in the Premier League and still sniffing around the top four, they won’t have given up hope of gaining Champions League qualification domestically.

History

This is the first ever meeting between the sides in any competition.

About the Venue

The Aggborough Stadium has plenty of history behind it. The ground first opened way back in 1890. It has a capacity of 6,444, 3,140 of which can be seated. Interestingly, it was the first ever venue to host a floodlit FA Cup match in 1955, as Kidderminster beat Hereford 4-2 in a preliminary round replay.

It certainly has that quirkiness to it that many lower league stadiums have, and with plenty expected in attendance, it will be quite a different experience for the West Ham players on match day.

Conclusion

It’s the type of game that even neutrals get invested in as there’s the potential for such a big upset. We don’t see that happening here, but nevertheless, it doesn’t mean it won’t be an entertaining contest.

Expect Kidderminster to put blood, sweat and tears into their efforts. Ultimately, however, sometimes that isn’t always enough, and West Ham should prove too strong overall.

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