The FA Cup | Five Likely Cupsets This Weekend

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Cup fever makes a welcome return to our screens this weekend, and, as usual, there is bound to be an upset or two in this round! Well actually, we've picked five where a Cupset could well be on the cards! Is it a tricky away tie? A non-league giant-killing? One of the big sides out of form? Maybe all three? Well, look no further to gain some inspiration from us ahead of your accumulator this weekend!

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Liverpool’s form in 2017, it’s fair to say, hasn’t been great. At all. People have started asking whether Jurgen Klopp has turned into Brendan Rodgers over Christmas, although we think that his high pressing and intense style – without the Winter break he had in Germany – isn’t something the Reds manager can use long-term in the Premier League.

Following their latest defeat at home to Southampton in the EFL Cup in midweek, the pressure is on for Klopp to get the right result when Wolves visit Anfield, especially with a home tie against Chelsea coming up in the league. Liverpool have won the last three games against Wolves, but Paul Lambert’s side have won two out of their last three in all competitions – including a victory at Stoke in this same competition in the last round.

What We Sayin’?

We feel there’s value in the draw, especially if Klopp opts to play the kids again. It’ll be much harder than the last round against Plymouth Argyle, and going without any experience again could prove to be the Reds’ downfall. A draw at 5/1 is surely worth some money, or 1-1 is 9/1. Goalscorer-wise, Matt Doherty is a full back who does find the net for Wolves and he’s 10/1 to bag anytime at Anfield.



Cupsetters from the previous round against Ipswich Town, Danny Cowley’s Lincoln City face another Championship club this weekend as Brighton & Hove Albion head to Sincil Bank. Our boring stat of the weekend is that Brighton boss Chris Hughton’s son Cian appeared over 60 times in two seasons as a Lincoln player, which are Hughton Jnr’s only appearances as a professional. A win for Lincoln will ensure a Fifth Round FA Cup match for the first time in 130 years.

Anyway, Lincoln are top of the Conference but come into the game against their opponents who are top of the Championship on the back of a heavy defeat at Barrow. Surely this will be blamed by having one eye on this game? At least that’s what normally happens, anyway. The visiting Seagulls may rest their big hitters in a bid to remain fit and firing for the remainder of the domestic season, which could play a part in the hosts making it another shock in the FA Cup.

What We Sayin’?

Brighton are pretty imperious in their division at the moment, but with it being the FA Cup, anything can happen! Lincoln have the best home record in the Conference and score an average of just over two goals per game, compared to Brighton, who find it difficult to find the net away from home. A scorecast selection of Matt Rhead to score first and 2-0 to Lincoln comes in at 125/1.



It was this time last season when Oxford knocked out Swansea City of the same competition, and they’re on the hunt to do the same to Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Yellows, the Toon are better on the road than they are playing in front of their home supporters on Tyneside.

The hosts are strong at the Kassam Stadium and have conceded just 11 goals on home turf and have won 6 of their 14 games at home this term. They also come into this game on the back of a great 0-4 win at Rochdale as well as having a winger in form in Chris Maguire who’s found the net 11 times already this season.

What We Sayin’?

Like Brighton, Newcastle may well be tempted to rest some of their big names and opt to give game time to some of the fringe players. It may well be tight and a BTTS shout at 8/11 could well be a secure bet.



Still on a high from reaching the EFL Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, Southampton take on Arsenal at St Mary’s in a re-run of the 2003 FA Cup Final, which the Gunners won in CardiffStuart Taylor was on the bench that day for Arsenal, and he’ll likely be a substitute at the weekend as well, but this time for Southampton.

The Saints have only lost once in the last five meetings and are also unbeaten in the last five games against Arsenal at St Mary’s, so it’s fair to say Claude Puel’s team have the upper hand against the Gunners judging by recent form.

What We Sayin’?

There’s a reason we’re put this game in amongst out potential Cupsets and we think they will beat Arsene Wenger’s side down in Hampshire. A 2-0 victory for the upbeat hosts along with Shane Long to score first comes in at a 75/1 shot.



Walter Mazzarri desperately needs a result, but his luck just isn’t in, especially considering the and his team will be making the short trip south to take on Millwall at the atmospheric Den in South Bermondsey.

Millwall are unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions and have won four of their last four home games in that sequence as well. Compare that to Watford who haven’t won on the road in their last seven trips away, losing six of those, which included a game against Sunderland!

What We Sayin’?

We’re behind Millwall to sneak the victory in south London this weekend. The Lions are in great form and take on a Hornets side lacking both sting and confidence. 2-1 to the hosts would be our top tip at 9/1!

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