Everton and Wolves are amongst two of several Premier League teams looking to avoid a cupset on Fourth Round Saturday, so here’s a guide to the best ties to watch out for.
Having needed a replay and penalties to stun Southampton, Derby will be hoping they aren’t on end of a cupset here against Accrington Stanley.
Whilst Derby have lost none of their last four ties against lower league opposition, Accrington have won three of their last four home meetings with higher league opposition in all cup competitions.
I therefore can see a tight game here given that Accrington have scored in their three FA Cup games so far, of which all have been at home.
Derby however have plenty of quality on the bench if needed to come on and guide them past a potential cupset.
Prediction: Accrington Stanley 1-2 Derby County
Result: Accrington Stanley 0-1 Derby County
If looking for a cupset amongst the three o ‘clockers then all eyes need to be on the Riverside Stadium as Middlesbrough aim to avoid a shock exit against Newport County, who knocked out Leicester City of Premier League in last round.
Boro’s home performances in past month (5-0 win over Peterborough in last round aside) haven’t been particularly strong of note, needing a late penalty last weekend to claim a point against struggling Millwall.
Newport meanwhile play with a strong abundance of energy and quality about them as Leicester found out and if the likes of Daniel Ayala and co nod off at back, I can see trouble heading to Teesside.
Ultimately, Boro’s defence is traditionally one of the best in EFL and although be great if they won, I feel that this one might need to go to Rodney Parade to get sorted.
Prediction: Middlesbrough 1-1 Newport County
Result: Middlesbrough 1-1 Newport County
The Den is often a tough place to go in cup competitions so this will be a real test of Everton’s progress under Marco Silva.
Millwall might be struggling in Championship but have knocked out the last three top flight sides to visit (Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester all in 2017-18 season), which will boost belief that Everton’s name can be added to that list.
My biggest gripe with the Toffees is their inconsistency with just three wins in last eight of which one was their third round victory over Lincoln City. They cannot to continue that here otherwise Millwall will punish them if aren’t careful which would raise questions surrounding Marco Silva, given the talent in that squad.
If I was an Everton supporter, my best hope would be to get this back to Goodison Park then sees what happens in the replay.
Prediction: Millwall 1-1 Everton
Result: Millwall 3-2 Everton
Having already met in the Carabao Cup this season, this should be a fascinating tie given how fiery the previous meeting went.
Both sides come into this with dodgy records because Wimbledon are yet to knock out a top flight team, whilst the Hammers have progressed from two of their last four clashes with a League One team.
West Ham however have come on leaps and bounds since August and will be difficult to outclass, so am going for an away win.
Prediction: AFC Wimbledon 0-2 West Ham United
Result: AFC Wimbledon 4-2 West Ham United