The big boys enter the world's oldest cup competition - take a look at this treble.
Man Utd v Derby – Friday 20:00
Utd have been held to draws in their last two at Old Trafford and whilst we expect them to get back to winning ways here, we don’t think they’ll be emphatic in victory. Derby are up in 2nd in the Championship and are unbeaten in their last nine on the road, conceding just once in the last four of these. Utd haven’t won by more than one goal in their last six at Old Trafford, whilst they’ve won by more than one in just five of 16 there in this competition since 2008/09. Derby won at West Brom and got a draw at Leicester last term and given they’re an improved side this season, they’re more than capable of being competitive here – we’re siding with the Rams +2 on the Handicap.
Bournemouth v Wigan – Saturday 15:00
Issues at the back continue to plague Bournemouth as they’ve conceded 16 goals in their last six in all competitions, and that’ll give plenty of encouragement to a Wigan side that tops League One and haven’t conceded a goal in five games. League One teams have avoided defeat in half of their last eight trips to Premier League teams in the 3rd and 4th Rounds and since Wigan are a top League One side whilst Bournemouth are towards the bottom of the Premier League, we think the Latics can get a result here. They have an excellent recent record in this competition having won it in 2012/13 and got to the semis in the following season, whilst Bournemouth were hammered 3-0 by Millwall at this stage last season – we’re siding with Wigan on the double chance.
Fulham v Southampton – Saturday 15:00
Saints were winless in eight ahead of the visit of Palace earlier in the week and so this looks an excellent opportunity to take them on at a relatively short price. Fulham had won their last three at Craven Cottage before Ipswich visited on Tuesday night, whilst they’ve lost only three of 14 home FA Cup games since 2009/10. Saints have won just one of their last four on the road in this competition as they were held to draws at Norwich and Millwall and went down 1-0 to Sunderland. Despite some consistent recent seasons in the Premier League they last made it beyond the 5th Round way back in 2005, so this isn’t a tournament they’ve had much success in. What’s more, Championship sides avoided defeat in 29 of 51 3rd and 4th Round home games against Premier League opponents excluding the Big Six since 2006/07 and given Southampton’s poor form we’re siding with Fulham Draw No Bet.