We’ve had a couple of weeks of Premier League madness, from Arsene Wenger asserting himself as North London’s answer to Al Capone and Pep delivering on his pre-empted nickname of Fraudiola. Now, the FA Cup returns to our screens to try and deliver more excitement than a night out with Renton and Sick Boy.
Home Sweet Home
Time for the fourth round. We’re expecting minimal shocks, maximum goals and a strong dose of excitement. All of the Premier League ‘big six’ avoided each other in the draws, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham all playing on home turf.
With a top four spot tougher to secure than a ticket for U2 at Croke Park, the Cup offers the big boys a chance of silverware. A chance to prove their Lust for Life.
Liverpool are yet to find a league win in January, but should be buoyed by the fact that Wolves head to Anfield having only won two of their 26 visits there. In eight Premier League meetings between these sides, they have won once. The Reds only just grabbed a one-goal lead when they visited Plymouth in the third round replay, but with cold turkey flashbacks of losing against Southampton fresh in Klopp’s mind, they are 2/7 to win.
Chelsea’s head into their West London showdown game eight points clear at the top of the table, and with just one away win against The Blues in 78 years, Brentford could be subject to the Peterborough treatment, who were hammered 4-1 by Conte’s in the last round. Chelsea are 1/5 to secure the win.
Tottenham and Wycombe’s eyes will meet for the first time this weekend, like looking through the smog of a sweat-soaked rave. Spurs have lost one game in their last 11 matches in all competitions, a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford. Since that loss, they have racked up 23 goals and conceded five. They are 1/7 to seal the deal.
FA Cup winners in 2013, Wigan ready for a visit to Jose Mourinho. This will be their tenth visit to the Theatre of Nightmares, where they lost all previous nine games, conceding 33 goals and scoring once in the process. United won’t fancy spoiling their impressive home record, and despite the shocking display against Hull in the week are the 2/11 favourites here.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United all to win looks a safe bet at 2/1, and if it lands, stuff the cash in a suitcase and run.