English FA Cup 4th Round: Best Bets – Odds, Predictions, and Picks
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 11:02 PM (England)
The FA Cup returns this weekend and the fourth round has dished up some intriguing matchups. I’m expecting to see plenty of goals when Southampton host Tottenham, while Liverpool’s youngsters travel to Shrewsbury for a potentially tricky tie. Can Portsmouth get the better of Barnsley?
Let’s check out the best value bets for the FA Cup fourth-round fixtures.
Portsmouth vs. Barnsley – 1/25/20
Portsmouth are currently seventh in League One and the south coast side are enjoying a pretty successful season so far. On the other hand, Barnsley sit just inside the Championship relegation zone after only managing to win five of their 29 league games this term. I don’t see a huge difference in quality between these two teams right now, so I think Portsmouth's home advantage will give them the edge in this fixture. It’s also worth mentioning that Barnsley have won just one of their last 20 visits to Fratton Park – losing 13 and drawing six. 2.25 is a great price for a home win.
Pick: Portsmouth to Win – 2.25
Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur – 1/25/20
Despite starting the season poorly, Southampton are now just three points behind Tottenham in the Premier League table. However, it’s fair to say that Spurs also endured a disappointing start to the campaign. Saints have climbed to ninth in the top-flight standings, but only Aston Villa and Norwich City have conceded more goals than Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side in the division. When you also consider that Spurs have kept just two clean sheets in their previous 17 games in all competitions, both teams to score makes sense for this matchup.
Pick: Both Teams to Score – 1.60
Shrewsbury Town vs. Liverpool – 1/26/20
Shrewsbury find themselves sixteenth in League One following a five-game winless run. Still, the third-tier outfit overcame Championship side Bristol City in the previous round. By contrast, Liverpool are probably the best team in the world right now. But Jurgen Klopp has used domestic cup competitions as an opportunity to rest the majority of his first-team regulars and give opportunities to the club’s young players. The Reds beat Everton 1-0 in the previous round with an extremely inexperienced line-up. Liverpool’s youngsters should have enough to beat Shrewsbury, but I don’t think it will be a high-scoring game. The Liverpool win is at 1.36, so add the under 3.5 goals market into the mix to boost your odds.
Pick: Liverpool to Win and Under 3.5 Goals – 2.26