Four Premier League wins make up latest FA Cup price boost
One of the big draws of the FA Cup and one of the reasons why it is widely regarded as the best domestic competition in world football is because of its penchants for upsets.
In the third round this year, eight teams went through at the expense of opposition from a higher division.
However, Premier League teams are expected to make their extra class tell in the fourth round, with Coral’s enhanced price fourfold increasing from 2/1 to 9/4 that Manchester City, Southampton, Sunderland and Hull all move into round five without the need for a replay.
Man City v Watford
It has been a little over a week since Blackburn were swatted aside 5-0 at the Etihad and this result only enhances the prospects that another Championship side will be on the receiving end of a beating away at Manchester City.
Watford are better Championship travellers than Blackburn as they have drawn their last seven on the bounce on the road in all competitions.
But Man City represent a far tougher assignment than Ipswich, Bournemouth and Bristol City, and Watford lost at the Etihad 3-0 in the competition last season, when they were arguably a bit stronger.
Southampton v Yeovil
Yeovil have historically been one of the biggest giant-killers in the FA Cup and it would be another to add to their portfolio if they could secure victory at St Mary’s.
However, they have only won two of their last 12 away days in the competition and lost on their three most recent away trips to Southampton.
The Saints have only lost one of their last 17 FA Cup games with lower-division opposition too.
Sunderland v Kidderminster
Gus Poyet has intimated that Sunderland may make 11 changes from the team that knocked Manchester United out of the Capital One Cup semi finals on penalties.
But this game should not be underestimated, as non-league Luton won away at Premier League Norwich in the fourth round last season.
Southend v Hull
Phil Brown will get most of the headlines ahead of this one, with former club Hull visiting Southend and the speculation is that the clash will result in Roots Hall being a sell out for the first time in five years.
Southend have won three in succession at home too, including the 4-1 trouncing of Millwall in the third round.