Millwall v Aston Villa heads the list of potential FA Cup fourth round upsets

This weekend marks the return of the FA Cup as the remaining 32 sides compete in the fourth round of the competition. Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea continue to share favouritism at 5/1 in the latest outright betting, with United and City in action on Saturday against Fulham and Stoke respectively, while Chelsea travel to Brentford on Sunday.

Rafa Benitez will be hoping his side avoid a potential upset at their League One opponents, although there are plenty of other sides who look primed for a 'cupset' and we've picked out five fixtures that look to have the potential for a 'giant-killing'....

Millwall v Aston Villa - Friday (7.45pm)

It is open to debate as to which teams goes into this match at the New Den as the 'plucky underdogs'. A look at the odds would suggest that league positions count for little as Millwall go in as 7/5 favourites with Coral, while Villa are 9/5 and the draw is 12/5. This would still rank as an upset of sorts as Villa are a Premier League side after all, while Millwall are currently a mid-table Championship outfit.

Despite their relative standings in the football league pyramid, there is no doubt that Villa are a club in freefall and all of the pressure is on Paul Lambert and his young side going into this game. Their humiliating aggregate defeat to League Two's Bradford in the Capital One Cup will have done little to inspire confidence and Millwall will no doubt look to bombard a brittle Villa defence.

Bolton v Everton - Saturday (3pm)

Everton have already tasted defeat to lower league opposition this season and they have suffered their fair share of cup upsets in recent seasons. They lost to Leeds in the Capital One Cup earlier this term and they will be keen to get back to winning ways after successive 0-0 draws with Swansea and Southampton in the league. Nikica Jelavic appears to have lost his goalscoring boots for the moment but the Toffees still start 8/11 odds on favourites.

Bolton will be keen to claim another Premier League scalp and they can be backed at 7/2 to win or 11/4 draw. The Trotters head into the match full of confidence thanks to a four-match unbeaten run, including a 2-0 win at Sunderland in their FA Cup third round replay.

Macclesfield v Wigan - Saturday (3pm)

The worry for Wigan fans will be the fact that their side have bigger fish to fry ahead of their tricky trip to Macclesfield on Saturday afternoon. Roberto Martinez's side are battling for survival in the Premier League once again this season and a cup run isn't very high on the agenda. They have already lost to Bradford in the League Cup before needing a replay to beat Bournemouth in the previous round of the FA Cup.

The Latics will hardly be relishing a visit to Blue Square Premier side Macclesfield, who go into the game ninth in their league table. The Moss Rose Stadium should provide a classic FA Cup atmosphere and the non-league side are 5/1 to cause an upset, while they are 11/4 to draw, with Wigan currently 8/11 odds on in the latest betting with Coral.

Norwich v Luton - Saturday (3pm)

Another Blue Square outfit will be looking to cause a real 'giant killing' on Saturday as Luton travel to an out-of-form Norwich. Luton are currently sixth in their league table after enjoying a run of form that has seen them win eight of their last 11, including a stunning 1-0 win over Wolves in the previous round of the competition.

They are a juicy 9/1 to beat Norwich, who are 3/10 odds on but in the midst of a dismal run of form. Chris Hughton's side are winless in six, losing five, and they have struggled against lower league opposition already this season as they lumbered to wins over Scunthorpe and Doncaster in the Capital One Cup.

Leeds v Tottenham - Sunday (2pm)

Leeds are still battling to find their way back into the Premier League but cup ties like these give them a great opportunity to prove their worth. They have already beaten Champions League hopefuls here this season as they beat Everton 2-1 in the League Cup. They will hope to do likewise against Tottenham and Neil Warnock's side are 4/1 to cause an upset after winning their last six matches in a row at Elland Road. The atmosphere is sure to be white hot and Spurs, who are 4/6 favourites, will have to be right on the money if they are to avoid a shock in front of the television cameras.

Latest 2012/13 FA Cup Outright Betting

5/1 Manchester United
5/1 Chelsea
5/1 Manchester City
8/1 Tottenham
9/1 Arsenal
10/1 Liverpool
11/1 Everton
33/1 BAR

Odds supplied by Coral.com, who provide live betting in-running for all of the weekend's FA Cup fourth round ties.

Posted: Wednesday, 23rd January 2013
Author: Chris James

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