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Thursday, 22nd January 2015
Cambridge Utd v Man Utd (7.55pm, Friday 23rd January 2015)
The first of the weekend's live FA Cup fourth round ties is Cambridge United against Manchester United on Friday evening and the League Two side certainly warmed up for this one very nicely. They beat Newport County 4-0 last time out and they could ask a few questions of their Premier League opponents at the Abbey Stadium.
Fixtures like this take me back to my days at Cambridge when we played United in the cup, as well as a couple of other matches against Arsenal, and it is fantastic to see these big ties back at the club . I think they will make a real game of it on Friday as not all seems to be well with Manchester United at the moment. It is a worry when your fans are telling you what formation to play, as Man United's did last weekend, and they obviously lost to lower league opposition when MK Dons knocked them out of the League Cup earlier in the season.
Louis van Gaal's side did beat Yeovil in the last round of the FA Cup but I think Friday's match should be a good test and I'll take the Premier League outfit to win a tight match 2-1.
Match Result Tip: Man Utd to win @ odds of 2/9 with Bet Victor.
Correct Score Tip: Man Utd to win 2-1 @ odds of 10/1 with Bet Victor.
Liverpool v Bolton (5.30pm, Saturday 24th January 2015)
There is another good fourth round game in store on Saturday evening as Liverpool take on Bolton at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers' team have enjoyed a good run after going unbeaten in their last nine matches but they are still not totally convincing and it is amazing to think that it has taken so much of the season to get to this point. There is still a long way to go for them as they have the look of a team still trying to find its way and they are yet to really produce the goods as a fluid unit.
It should be a tough fixture with a Bolton side who have done well since Neil Lennon took over as manager. We all knew they had a good squad and you do have to wonder what went on at the club before 'Lenny' arrived. He has done what any good manager would do as he has simplified things and he has got good players to perform to the best of their abilities.
It is great to see someone like Darren Pratley playing well week-in week-out and he could be influential in what should be a decent North West derby. It isn't too far for Bolton to travel but Liverpool's extra quality should tell and I'll take the home side to win 2-1 at Anfield.
Match Result Tip: Liverpool to win @ odds of 1/3 with Betfred.
Correct Score Tip: Liverpool to win 2-1 @ odds of 17/2 with Bet Victor.
Bristol City v West Ham United (2.00pm, Sunday 25th January 2015)
The beauty of this weekend's FA Cup ties is that you have got lower league opposition in good form taking on Premier League sides and that ensures there is the potential for an upset or two. It is a similar story on Sunday lunchtime as Bristol City come up against West Ham and if we are honest Bristol City are a League One team in name only. The Robins have spent a fair bit of money to assemble this squad and they are paying good wages, so for me they are effectively a Championship club playing in League One at the moment.
I saw West Ham get thrashed 5-0 by Nottingham Forest in this competition last year and because of that Sam Allardyce will be taking nothing for granted at Ashton Gate this weekend. The Hammers will have to be at their very best to win this game because I think City are capable of getting something out of this and I'm going to back a 1-1 draw.
Match Result Tip: The draw @ odds of 13/5 with Bet 365.
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 correct score @ odds of 13/2 with Bet Victor.
Brighton v Arsenal (4.00pm, Sunday 25th January 2015)
The later kick-off on Sunday is then Brighton against Arsenal and Brighton are another team who are finding some form under a new manager. Chris Hughton has seen his side win four out of their last five following Wednesday's win over Ipswich and it is a similar scenario to Bolton where I'm left wondering what the current manager's predecessor was doing.
Brighton have got a new lease of life under Hughton but it will be very difficult for them to beat Arsenal. You will want to wait and see what team Arsene Wenger puts out but he should be pretty close to full-strength for my money as the Gunners have to view winning this competition as one of their main priorities for the rest of the season. The Premier League side should be too strong for a game that involves two good footballing sides on the South Coast and I'll back them to win 2-0.
Match Result Tip: Arsenal to win @ odds of 4/7 with Betfred.
Correct Score Tip: Arsenal to win 2-0 @ odds of 7/1 with Betfred.
Rochdale v Stoke (8.00pm, Monday 26th January 2015)
Finally, the fourth round ties conclude with Rochdale against Stoke on Monday night and Rochdale will be looking to cause another upset. I think a few people would have tipped them to beat Nottingham Forest in the last round but not many would have expected them to win as confidently as they did.
Rochdale did brilliantly in the third round but Stoke certainly won't be the pushover that Forest were. Mark Hughes will be desperate to win this competition and his team are well-equipped to go to the Spotland Stadium, particularly as their away form has been much better this season. Monday night's trip won't hold any fears for them and I'll take Stoke to win 1-0.
Match Result Tip: Stoke to win @ odds of 8/11 with Betfred.
Correct Score Tip: Stoke to win 1-0 @ odds of 13/2 with Betfred.com.
This weekend's treble comes from League One and League Two:
A treble returns just under 5/1 with BetVictor.com.
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