ALEX CROOK FA CUP PREVIEW

AUTHOR: Lewis Williams

ALEX CROOK PREVIEW: FA Cup Weekend

talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent ALEX CROOK has cast his eye over three of this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round ties…


🔴 BRISTOL CITY V NOTTINGHAM FOREST 🌳
Friday, 7.45pm

Bristol City capable of pulling off another FA Cup shock

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Bristol City may be marooned in mid-table in the Championship, but they were worthy winners of their third-round clash with West Ham.

After earning a hard-fought 1-1 draw at London Stadium in the initial tie, Liam Manning’s well-drilled team came through the replay with a 1-0 victory that could have been by a greater margin such was their dominance over David Moyes’s men at Ashton Gate.

In contrast, Forest needed extra-time after a replay to see off League One Blackpool in round three and I fear for Nuno Espirito Santo’s injury-depleted outfit, especially given their poor away form.

The Tricky Trees have won just one of their last nine games on the road and if the hosts can reach the same levels they did against West Ham then I think Bristol City to win in 90 minutes at 21/10 with starsports.bet is very generous.

Top-scorer Tommy Conway bagged home and away goals against the Hammers and looks certain to be the next City player to a decent transfer fee and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Alex Scott and Antoine Semenyo. I do like the look of him to score the first goal.


⚪️ FULHAM V NEWCASTLE ⚫️
Saturday, 7pm

Newcastle can heap more misery on Fulham

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Fulham are bidding to bounce back from League Cup semi-final heartache as they host Newcastle on Saturday night in an all-Premier League tie.

Visitors Newcastle have only managed to win one of their last six matches in all competitions, although that was a huge north east derby victory over Sunderland in the last round, and Eddie Howe knows a prolonged run in this competition can keep their season alive after dropping off the pace in the race for a European spot via the Premier League and having already been dumped out of Europe.

The Magpies have had rotten luck with injuries all season but are starting to get key players fit, and Anthony Gordon and Alexander Isak are both expected to start at Craven Cottage.

Newcastle thrashed Fulham 3-0 in their recent Premier League meeting and I am backing them to take advantage of the physical and mental toll Wednesday’s aggregate defeat to Liverpool will have taken on Marco Silva’s troops. Newcastle to win in 90 minutes is 13/10 with starsports.bet

I am also looking to Isak to find the net for a fifth successive game. The in-form Swede to score the first goal is 17/4 with starsports.bet


⚪️ WEST BROM V WOLVES 🟠
Sunday, 11.45am

Back the Baggies to stifle Wolves

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They may not be the two biggest clubs in the draw, but there’s no doubt the most eagerly-anticipated fixture amongst the respective fans this weekend is the Black Country derby between West Brom and Wolves on Sunday morning.

The police advised pre-midday kick-off time is a reflection of the animosity between the two sets of supporters, and this means much more than just a place in round five of the FA Cup.

Wolves haven’t won at the Hawthorns since Iwan Roberts bagged a hat-trick way back in 1996, although it’s worth pointing out there haven’t been too many renewals of the rivalry in the intervening years due to the two clubs being in separate divisions for much of that time.

West Brom boss Carlos Corberan has done well to pilot the Baggies to fifth place in the Championship table without having a particularly sizeable budget and much of his success is down to an impressive home record of just two defeats all season, one of those inflicted by runaway league leaders Leicester.

Wolves are not the best travellers either having won only three of their last 13 games away from Molineux.

I was at the Amex Stadium on Monday and while Gary O’Neil’s troops were more than a match for a good Brighton team, they lacked a cutting edge in front of goal, while West Brom will be aiming to keep the game as tight as possible.

Therefore, I am putting up a build-a-bet of the game to be a draw after 90 minutes and under 2.5 goals which returns 3/1 with starsports.bet

Good luck,

ALEX CROOK


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West Brom v Wolves Build-a-bet: Draw and under 2.5 goals 1pt at 3/1 with starsports.bet


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