The 5 Best Bets For Saturday’s FA Cup Fourth Round Ties

Southampton v Crystal Palace: Draw or Palace Double Chance – 2.25

Southampton needed a (pretty dreadful) replay to get past Ipswich Town in the third round after a draw at St Mary’s, and although it is true to say that this is a meeting of two teams who have both won their last three games, it is Crystal Palace who’ll arguably arrive more buoyant.

Alan Pardew has got the Eagles flying, and he would relish knocking his former club out of the FA Cup whilst they are on the crest of such a wave.

He might not do it here, but a replay at Selhurst Park isn’t out of the question.


Liverpool v Bolton: Fabio Borini to score at any time – 2.43


If it was felt to be somewhat unfair of Brendan Rodgers to leave Fabio Borini out of the team for the Capital One Cup clash with Chelsea after his goal at Aston Villa, then the Northern Irishman was rewarded for his decision by the performance and goal of Raheem Sterling.

Rodgers is set to rotate again for Liverpool’s visit of Emile Heskey and Bolton Wanderers to Anfield, and Borini could make the most of a start at the head of the Reds front three by notching a goal.

Whether that’s enough to earn him a start at Stamford Bridge next Tuesday remains to be seen.

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Blackburn v Swansea: Bafetimbi Gomis to score at any time – 2.90

In Swansea’s post-Wilfried Bony world the Frenchman Bafetimbi Gomis is a hugely important player despite continual links elsewhere.

The former Lyon man scored twice in the last round of the FA Cup in Swansea’s 6-2 win at Tranmere Rovers, and he is again likely to lead the line as Garry Monk’s men make the trip to the north-west for a meeting with a Blackburn side who have won just one of their last eight at home.

Back him to net.


Manchester City v Middlesbrough: City to win and both teams to score – 2.95

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There’s something not quite right at Manchester City at the moment, and although minds are likely to turn to next weekend’s huge clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which could either end or revitalise their title hopes, they have to beat Middlesbrough first.

Becoming the first team other than Wigan to beat City in the FA Cup in three years might be beyond Aitor Karanka’s men, but the former Real Madrid defender has got his team playing nice football, and they will give the hosts a good game at the Etihad.


Birmingham v West Brom: Under 1.5 goals in the game – 3.20

Ever since Tony Pulis came down from the stands following a concession of a goal to West Ham’s Diafra Sakho 10 minutes into his first match in charge, West Brom haven’t let another one in.

That run now stretches to 350 minutes of action, and a tight game is expected as they make the short journey to St Andrew’s for this Midlands derby which is going to be full of effort and energy, but perhaps short on quality and goals.