With Derby looking nervously over their shoulder at the final play-off spot in the Championship, the last thing they need is the distraction of a Cup run, especially when the chances of them actually winning it are miniscule.
The Rams have struggled somewhat for form in the league as well, winning just two of their last seven and are only in the top six by virtue of teams below them producing poor results of their own.
Accrington Stanley, on the other hand, can approach this game as a free hit. They sit 14th in League One, definitely not going to make the play-offs and are almost certainly not going to be relegated to League Two.
Stanley have also already knocked out Championship opposition already. Granted, that was Ipswich and they may as well be in League at this stage, but it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world if they dumped Derby out also on Saturday.
Millwall may be 19th in the Championship, but they come up against an Everton team struggling desperately for consistency.
The Toffees have a strong side on paper but that has so far failed to yield a decent run of results. Last weekend’s defeat to Southampton was a particularly insipid performance and their season already seems to be petering out.
After 23 league games, Everton have recorded back-to-back victories just once and it leaves them in the bottom half of the league, despite a big transfer window last summer. A strong Everton team was also underwhelming at home to Lincoln City in the third round of this competition.
A mid-table Everton maybe suited for a Cup run this season, but their Wembley dreamy could end early.
Millwall have proved tough to beat in recent weeks, and their performances have somewhat belied their league position. They will prove tough to break down at the Den on Saturday evening.
Hopefully we’ll still be running and the final leg will banish those Monday Blues in style!
Barnet arguably pulled off the shock of the third round when they beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. For a non-league club to win at home to a promotion chasing Championship team is one thing, but to do it away from home is something else.
They have home advantage this time round and while the and may just replicate the feat they pulled off in the third round.
The formbooks suggest that this should be a routine Brentford win who, after a difficult few months, appear back on track,
They’re undefeated in seven games in all competitions, while Barnet, on the other hand, are struggling for consistency in the Conference, lying closer to the bottom of the league than the top.
However, this is the Cup and form goes out the window, if we are to believe the clichés.
Add in the recent FA Cup exploits of non-league clubs Sutton United and Lincoln City, as well as this being a live game on a cold Monday night and there’s a chance that lightning will strike twice.
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