It’s FA Cup fourth round weekend in England which means the big boys of the English Premier League get to pit their wits and financial muscle against the small fry of lower league football.
The history of this prestigious competition is littered with giant killings, tales of David over coming Goliath on uneven bogs marked up as football pitches while sleet snow and hail batter the combatants. Unfortunately, with the rise of the EPL and the money now being thrown about by the big boys, these fables are now becoming few and far between it’s been a long time since Wrexham turned over the reigning English Champions Arsenal.
But you just never know in this sport and here at sportsbetblog.com.au we feel there are two ties in particular this weekend that could throw up a surprise making them well worth a free punt thanks to Sportsbet.
Liverpool Vs Bolton Wanderers
You may think I am totally crazy by even suggesting that lowly Bolton could come close to beating the mighty reds. Brendan Rodgers men have had an up turn in form recently. After a shocking start to the season they have lost just once in their last 15 matches, but looks can often be deceiving. The majority of those games have come against teams below them in the league with the likes of Burnley, Aston Villa and Swansea all being disposed of. They are coming off the back of a credible draw with Chelsea in the Capital One Cup but Liverpool still have obvious defensive frailties which could be exposed if Bolton come out with a nothing to lose attitude. You also have to question how seriously the reds are taking this years FA Cup with the news that youngster Jordan Rossiter will make just his second appearance for the club on Saturday.
Aston Villa Vs Bournemouth
Lets just be frank with this one Aston Villa have been absolutely awful for the majority of this season. They have just 11 goals in 22 EPL matches and face a Bournemouth team that top the Second Tier of English football. Bournemouth have a pretty solid defence having conceded just 11 league goals away from home all season and they play nice football going forward. The only thing that could work against them is their lack of experience of playing matches on the big stage, but against a hapless Villa side they are certainly in with a chance. Sportsbet agree making Villa just slight favourites to over come their lower league opponents. My money is on a great FA Cup shock with a comfortable 2-0 win for Bournemouth at the whopping price of 14.00.