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FA Cup Acca Tip – 25th & 26th January

It is FA Cup Fourth Round weekend which means we now have to negotiate the potential minefield of teams that do not pick full-strength teams for games, which means that those lesser teams that have unappealing long odds, suddenly can cause an upset.

Therefore, I have tried to second guess how teams will approach their games this coming weekend and in my rationale for each game, I have tried to indicate whether I feel a team will be at full strength, almost at full strength or significantly weaker and how I then see that affecting the outcome of the game.

Over the years, these games in the earlier rounds of the FA Cup have produced a fair few shocks and while it is temping to say, back a Fulham to beat Man City or Shrewsbury to beat Liverpool, even with their second string team out, both the Premier League giants should still win those games comfortably.

As such, I’ve tried to stick with games where I am more confident and where I feel that any team change could have a clear and obvious affect on how a team performs against their opponent and offer the potential of something of a shock, which I have done for one game.

Anyway, here’s this week’s tips for the FA Cup ties across Saturday and Sunday.

FA Cup Accumulator – 25th & 26th January 2020

    • 3:00
    • Sat - Burnley v Norwich - Home Win
    • 3:00
    • Sat - Millwall v Sheff Utd - Home Win
    • 3:00
    • Sat - Southampton v Tottenham - Home Win
    • 5:00
    • Sun - Shrewsbury v Liverpool - Away Win
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Bet Analysis: Saturday 25th January

Burnley v Norwich City – Home Win

I think both of these teams will feel that this season the FA Cup is something of an imposition as both are battling to remain in the Premier League. Having played two games in the week, I expect both managers to name much-changed sides here, which may give a chance to some fringe players like Norwich’s young striker Adam Idah, who netted a hat-trick on his debut in the last round. That said, Burnley are tough to beat at home and Norwich’s defensive weaknesses are only likely to be worse with a few first teamers rested and as such, I think Burnley scrape a narrow victory in this one.

Millwall v Sheffield United – Home Win

Having played two big Premier League games over the past week, I can see Chris Wilder electing to give some of his team a rest ahead of this trip to Millwall. However, I believe this could be a real problem against a side that have been impressive in the Championship this season, losing just six game (the same as second placed Leeds) to lie 8th in the table. I don’t think Sheffield United have the strength in depth, especially in their more creative areas, to go to a place like the New Den with a below strength team and pick up a win. Millwall have beaten some big teams at this ground over the years, most recently Everton, and I feel that this is a potential banana skin for the Blades if they do decide to rest some key personnel for the game.

Southampton v Tottenham – Home Win

Southampton defeated Tottenham 1-0 at St Mary’s on New Year’s Day in the Premier League but I do expect the Saints and Tottenham to name much-changed sides to their league games in midweek. Spurs are struggling for goals without the injured Harry Kane to spearhead their attack and with their focus likely to be on Champions League qualification in the Premier League, this I feel gives Southampton, who have some talented youngsters to come into the team, a chance here. Spurs form isn’t great and with home advantage once again, I can see Southampton stealing the win, especially with both sides probably desperate to avoid a draw.

Bet Analysis: Sunday 26th January 2020

Shrewsbury Town v Liverpool – Away Win

While I expect Shrewsbury to be at full-strength for this game, Liverpool certainly won’t be and I envisage almost a total change of personnel from their midweek game at Wolves. However, having beaten Everton in the last round and with players like Matip, Shaqiri, Lallana and Origi to come in alongside some very talented youngsters, I still feel the Reds should have more than enough to travel to Shrewsbury and come away with a win, just like they did in 1996 when they landed a 4-0 victory against today’s opponents in this competition.

Dean Wyatt

Author: Dean Wyatt

Dean Wyatt is the founder and editor here at Acca Nation. He’s been betting sports for over 20 years and is a profitable sports trader on the exchanges.

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