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Will There Be Any More FA Cup Shocks in This Weekend’s Fourth Round Games?


This coming weekend sees the Fourth Round of the FA Cup take place with some big games due to be played from Friday through to Sunday. The 32 teams taking part across the 16 matches are all hoping to make it into the Fifth Round and they are just three more wins away from a possible Wembley appearance in one of the two semi-finals.

In the Third Round we saw plenty of surprise results, with a few real giant-killings notable in that round. Nottingham Forest probably produced the biggest result of the round with a fantastic 4-2 victory over holders Arsenal at the City Ground. Other notable shocks included Coventry City’s superb win over Stoke City, Wigan’s replay victory over Bournemouth and Newport County’s stunning victory over Leeds United.

One of the current favourites for the trophy this year, Chelsea, also only just made it through in dramatic fashion as despite being reduced to 9 men in their replay against Norwich City, they managed to scrape through 4-2 on penalties after two drawn games against the Canaries.

At the present moment, there are just 32 teams remaining the tournament, so let’s see how Coral Sport ranks their chances as the Outright Winner of the FA Cup in 2018.

FA Cup Outright Betting with Coral

It’s unsurprising that the Premier League’s big guns dominate the top five spots in the betting with Coral and in truth there is little to choose between the 3/1 favourites Manchester City, their city rivals Manchester United at 4/1 and the trio of teams who are 11/2 shots (Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool).

Outside of this elite group of five teams, the odds increase dramatically with Leicester the next best chance at 20/1. Of course, it is sensible not to discount these higher priced teams as the draw can pit the top teams against each other and that does allow longer odds teams to progress as the then non-league Lincoln City did last year when they reached the quarter final stage of the tournament.

Here’s the full rundown of the odds for all 32 teams remaining in the FA Cup 2018 with Coral Sport.

  • Manchester City – 3/1 Favourites
  • Manchester United – 4/1
  • Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs – 11/2
  • Leicester City – 20/1
  • Southampton – 25/1
  • West Ham & Watford – 40/1
  • Swansea City & Newcastle Utd – 50/1
  • West Brom, Brighton, Huddersfield Town – 66/1
  • Middlesbrough & Sheffield Wednesday – 80/1
  • Sheffield United – 100/1
  • Hull City – 125/1
  • Reading, Preston, Millwall, Nottingham Forest, Birmingham City – 150/1
  • Cardiff City – 200/1
  • Wigan Athletic – 250/1
  • Peterborough, Rochdale, MK Dons – 400/1
  • Coventry City – 500/1
  • Notts County – 750/1
  • Newport County & Yeovil Town – 1,500/1

Who is our tip for the FA Cup 2018?

As you may have guessed, while we can see some of the longer odds teams reaching perhaps to the semi-final of the FA Cup, or perhaps even reaching the final, I find it hard to see anybody bar one of the top five choices in the betting ending up as the winner.

The only possible exceptions to this I would say are Leicester or perhaps West Ham United, who have both got new managers and who are performing at a much higher level now than they were earlier this season.

That said, I still think against one of the five big teams in a one off match, it’s likely the bigger team will win and while the money is on Manchester City taking the FA Cup, I think a solid option is Manchester United at 4/1. Jose Mourinho will know the FA Cup is the best chance for domestic success this season given City’s lead in the Premier League and I think his strong team selections in the tournament give him a strong chance of him leading United to the trophy.

The FA Cup Fourth Round – Forthcoming Fixtures

Outlined below are the matches taking place from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th January 2018 in the FA Cup Fourth Round. The odds shown are the best available odds on each team winning the game, with the draw odds shown in brackets following. All Kick Offs are also 3pm unless stated.

Friday 26th January

Sheffield Wednesday (5/4) v Reading (34/13) (Draw – 27/11) – 7.45pm

Yeovil Town (19/1) v Manchester United (3/16) (Draw – 7/1) – 7.55pm

It’s very difficult to see how Yeovil Town could cause an upset against the mighty Manchester United in Friday Night’s live televised FA Cup game on BBC TV. The game has been picked with that a possibility for sure, but Jose Mourinho has picked strong teams in the FA Cup of late and I can see no reason why the Portuguese manager would do anything different here and he can also call on Alexis Sanchez for this game too, with the Chilean not cup-tied after his spell with Arsenal.

As such, I think United win that game easily and that doesn’t make for any particularly interesting bets. However the Sheff Wed v Reading game is much more an even contest and with the teams having drawn 0-0 in the league just a few weeks ago, it is clear that they are well-matched.

Goals tend to be at a premium when these teams meet but I do fancy Sheffield Wednesday to just about get the job done, perhaps by a 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline. So, I am going to back the Owls to win to nil, which you can back with Coral at odds of 12/5.

Saturday 27th January

Peterborough Utd (53/10) v Leicester City (5/8) (Draw – 16/5) – 12.30pm

Huddersfield Town (4/6) v Birmingham City (26/5) (Draw – 29/10)

Hull City (16/11) v Nottingham Forest (20/9) (Draw – 28/11)

MK Dons (15/13) v Coventry City (54/19) (Draw – 5/2)

Middlesbrough (11/8) v Brighton (22/9) (Draw – 23/10)

Millwall (3/4) v Rochdale (51/10) (Draw – 3/1)

Notts County (7/2) v Swansea City (19/20) (Draw – 13/5)

Sheffield Utd (13/10) v Preston North End (27/10) (Draw – 12/5)

Southampton (Evens) v Watford (7/2) (Draw – 51/19)

Wigan Athletic (11/5) v West Ham United (7/5) (Draw – 5/2)

Newport County (19/1) v Tottenham Hotspur (3/16) (Draw 36/5) – 5.30pm

Liverpool (4/13) v West Brom (11/1) (Draw – 27/5) – 7.45pm

I usually like to do an FA Cup accumulator with Coral for my selections but seeing as the company hasn’t yet priced up all the markets for Saturday at the time of writing, I’m going to instead bring you some of the bets available with Coral right now. These bets are outlined below:

  • Middlesbrough v Brighton – Draw at 2/1
  • Southampton v Watford – Southampton to win and both teams to score – 29/10
  • Notts County v Swansea – Swansea to win to nil – 2/1
  • Wigan Athletic v West Ham – Draw at 11/5
  • Liverpool v West Brom – Liverpool to win and both teams to score – 2/1

In addition to these single bets, I would also likely back a nice Draw Double bet here with the Middlesbrough v Brighton and Wigan v West Ham games very likely to be draws in my view. A bet of £10 with Coral on this draw double would return £96 if your bet is a winner.

  • Sunday 28th January

Chelsea (2/5) v Newcastle United (9/1) (Draw – 43/10)

Cardiff City (10/1) v Manchester City (1/3) (Draw – 11/2)

Both of these games are being shonw live on Sunday and I think the odds are heavily in favour of both Chelsea and Manchester City winning these games, although I think both may need to pick slightly stronger teams than they normally do in this competition at this stage.

The odds on a Chelsea and Manchester City double are not that great with a £10 bet returning just £18 in total, so instead I am going to back Chelsea to win to nil and Manchester City to win to nil, which offers you odds of 5.06/1, which is far more tempting and would return £50.60 for a £10 stake.