Liverpool Under the Hammer in FA Cup Tie

West Ham have beaten Liverpool twice this season already.

The FA Cup fourth round is due to be contested over the course of the weekend, and it promises to be an action-packed few days. Derby will look to put another dent in Louis van Gaal’s season at Manchester United on Friday night, while MK Dons have a high-profile tie at home to Chelsea on Sunday. We’re concentrating on Saturday’s games though, where several good value bets stand out on the coupon.

West Ham have beaten Liverpool twice this season – home and away in the league – and look a little overpriced to come away with at least a draw in the teatime kick off at Anfield. The Hammers pushed Manchester City all the way last weekend, while Liverpool suffered 120 minutes of football in midweek as they came through the Capital One Cup tie with Stoke on penalties.

In other bets Bournemouth travel to fellow south coast side Portsmouth in a local derby, and we expect the Premier League side to show their class. Sheffield Wednesday visit League One Shrewsbury, and are fancied to come away with the win, while Watford face a tough trip to Notts Forest where we think a slight upset might be on the cards.

Liverpool v West Ham

West Ham or Draw looks more than decent at  -110  with BoyleSports

Liverpool played a competitive cup tie against Stoke in midweek, eventually coming through after extra-time and penalties. Stoke had won the match 1-0 over 90 minutes to level the scores from the first leg and force the extra minutes, but it was Jurgen Klopp’s men who were left celebrating a trip to Wembley. However, that will have taken its toll on player fitness and West Ham have the distinct advantage of having had all week off to prepare. It’s also worth noting that Stoke won the game, giving Liverpool a record of just two wins in the last six at home.

West Ham have lost just once in eleven and won 3-0 here back at the end of August. They followed that with a 2-0 home victory over the Reds in early January. Manager Slaven Bilic opted to rest a few first teamers in the previous round against Wolves, where a late Jelavic goal gave them victory, but he is likely to play something closer to a full strength side here. The Irons play at home to Aston Villa next Tuesday in the Premier League, while Liverpool face a tough away trip to top-four challengers Leicester.

With the Europa League, the Premier League and the Capital One Cup final to fight for over the rest of the season, Liverpool are stretched, and the Hammers really only have the Premier League and this competition to play for.

Nottingham Forest v Watford

Nottingham Forest are a decent price at  +190  with BetVictor to cause a small upset when Watford come to visit on Saturday afternoon.

The Hornets have confounded expectations this season in the Premier League, and with 32 points on the board already, they look almost certain to survive for another year. They’ll fancy a tilt at the FA Cup, but Forest are quietly moving up the Championship table and are now unbeaten in 13 matches.

The home side are also on a run of six wins in nine games at home, and are more than capable of being competitive in this fixture at a big price. Watford had lost four out of five prior to the 2-1 win over Newcastle last weekend, but their last two away trips have ended in defeat and they face a tricky run of London derbies after this against Chelsea, Spurs and Crystal Palace. If the Premier League side choose to rest players here they could come unstuck.

Portsmouth v Bournemouth

Portsmouth beat Championship side Ipswich after a replay in the previous round, but Bournemouth are a different proposition at  +150  With BetVictor

While Premier League survival is paramount to Eddie Howe and his men, their second string side were good enough to beat Birmingham away in the third round, and should be good enough for League Two Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon. A 3-0 win over Norwich and a 1-1 draw away at Sunderland – both relegation rivals – has given the south coast club a boost in confidence in recent weeks, and they’ve won their last four matches against Pompey.

Portsmouth’s priority will be working their way out of League Two, but they are now seven points off the automatic promotion spots after a damaging 1-0 defeat at home to Oxford last weekend. They may also opt to rest players as they prepare for the second half of the season, but even with a full strength side they’ll struggle to overcome the Cherries.

Shrewsbury v Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday are the final tip at  +105  with Bet365Ladbrokes and Coral when they travel to League One strugglers Shrewsbury.

The Owls are on a great run of six wins in eight games, and that has lifted them to sixth in the Championship, just inside the play-off places. Victories on the road have been hard to come by this season, but they’ll be playing against a team that has lost three of its last four games on home soil.

Shrewsbury had high hopes of back-to-back promotions after coming up from League Two last year and investing relatively heavily in the squad. However, very little has gone to plan this term and they find themselves in 20th position just a point above the drop zone. Oldham, Barnsley and Swindon have all won here in recent weeks, and Sheffield Wednesday are a decent side in that context.

Once again its a game where both sides may decide to rest players with more important league matters in mind, but the Wednesday squad has much more depth to it.

Tips Summary

West Ham or Draw
Saturday 30th January 17:30 GMT
Odds:  -110

Nottingham Forest to beat Watford
Saturday 30th January 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +190

Bournemouth to beat Portsmouth
Saturday 30th January 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +150

Sheffield Wednesday to beat Shrewsbury
Saturday 30th January 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +105

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