Saturday’s 10/1 FA Cup FavFour accumulator from the oddschecker team backs four favourites from the weekend’s FA Cup matches.
Blackburn vs Birmingham – Blackburn win
The first leg of our FavFour sees Blackburn host Birmingham in the FA Cup. Blackburn haven’t won in their last two games, after drawing for the first time in the Championship. They’re still sitting within the playoffs in 4th place, but it is very tight behind Burnley and Sheffield United.
As for Birmingham, they have lost their last five in the league, last beating Reading in mid-December. They edged past Forest Green in the third round to secure their fourth round place, but with the awful form they are in, we expect their cup run to end here. We think Blackburn will progress to the next round of the cup.
Southampton vs Blackpool – Southampton win
The second leg of our FavFour sees Mick McCarthy’s Blackpool travel to St Mary’s to face Southampton.
Nathan Jones’ side are still in both domestic cup competitions, with their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Newcastle still to come, and with the Saints' in poor league form they might want to boost morale in the cup competitions in order to gain some momentum.
The same can be said for Blackpool, as they desperately need some momentum with the Tangerines sitting 23rd in the table. Mick McCarthy hasn’t managed his first game yet, with their last match against Huddersfield being postponed, so this is a chance for the former Ipswich manager to gain some support from the Blackpool fanbase.
However, with the quality in the Southampton squad and their success in the cups, we see the Saints winning against Blackpool in their weekend clash.
Fulham vs Sunderland – Fulham win
The third match from our FavFour is the game between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage. Fulham have been high flying in the Premier League, currently sitting in 7th, but have lost their last two games to Newcastle and Tottenham. It might be a good time to play the Cottagers, but Marco Silva will want to get a win under the teams belt before a trip to Stamford Bridge next week to play Chelsea in the Premier League.
As for the visitors, the Black Cats are currently sitting in 9th place in the Championship, after being promoted last season. Sunderland scored two late goals against Shrewsbury to book a tie against Fulham, and won last weekend against Middlesbrough, so they come into this with optimism of progressing, or even a chance for a replay.
However, we think Fulham will win at home to book their place in the next round.
Ipswich vs Burnley – Burnley win
The final leg sees two inform sides in Ipswich and Burnley face at Portman Road.
Ipswich battered Morecambe 4-0 in their recent fixture, but have been rather inconsistent in League One. They currently sit in third place, four points behind Sheffield Wednesday in the automatic promotion spot.
As for Burnley, Vincent Kompany’s men are on fire in all competitions, winning all of their last six, including knockout out Premier League opposition in Bournemouth in the last round of the cup. They sit top of the table in the Championship, five points ahead of second place Sheffield United, and 18 points ahead of Watford in 3rd.
It will be a big clash and both sides have the quality to go and win the game, but with Ipswich’s inconsistency and Burnley’s brilliant form at the moment, we think the visitors progress to the next round of the FA Cup.