By News Team
24th January 2020
FA Cup magic sweeps the country this weekend, with teams up and down the nation dreaming of watching their side lift the coveted silverware at Wembley.
But there’s a long way to go before that as Premier League clubs look to avoid potential banana skins and lower league opposition look to dish out some ‘cupsets’.
Back Bees to sting Foxes
It’s safe to say Brentford fans are enjoying watching their side at the moment, with just one defeat in eight games as they chase promotion from the Championship.
The Bees are now just five points off the automatic promotion places and manager Thomas Frank will be hopeful of causing an upset on Saturday as they continue their final FA Cup campaign at Griffin Park.
Premier League visitors Leicester are their opponents and it has been a bit of a struggle for the Foxes of late, having seen their chances of challenging for the title devoured by a ravenous Liverpool side.
Brendan Rodgers had seen his team lose successive games against Southampton and Burnley in recent weeks, while they were also held by relegation-threatened Aston Villa on their own patch just before that, though they did get back to winning ways with their victory over West Ham on Wednesday.
With the Bees winning eight of their previous nine home games in the league, the stadium is sure to be bouncing come kick-off time, and Brentford to win at 16/5 should give you a run for your money.
Hammers can avoid slip-up against Baggies
Things have been pretty bad for West Ham of late. Their squad may look too good to get relegated from the Premier League, but the table says otherwise as they hover just above the drop zone.
This weekend turns attentions to the FA Cup and it may just be the distraction David Moyes’ side need. Nevertheless, winning is crucial as the recently-appointed boss bids to bring back the confidence.
Many will be looking at this game against West Brom as a potential cup upset, with the Baggies currently sitting top of the pile in the Championship, having lost just three of their 28 games so far this campaign.
However, they have won just one of their last eight league games and it’s safe to say things are getting a little nervy at the Hawthorns, especially following the injury of star man Grady Diangana.
The youngster, who is on loan from West Ham, wouldn’t have been able to play regardless and he’s a huge creative miss for the Baggies who have failed to score in two of their previous four games.
West Ham struggled in midweek against Leicester, being on the wrong end of a 4-1 trouncing, but they should have enough here and the 4/5 is too big to miss.
Fulham to fail Premier League audition
Another side with aspirations of being promoted from the Championship are Fulham, who will have the chance to test their Premier League credentials when they take on Manchester City.
It’s an unenviable task, though the west London side couldn’t arrive in much better form having lost just one of their previous seven games in the tricky league. That said, their away form still isn’t the greatest.
They secured three points in just one of their previous four away from the comfort of Craven Cottage, losing against Preston and Brentford, as well as a disappointing draw at Luton.
City’s shortfall in the Premier League this season has placed even more pressure on Pep Guardiola to win some other silverware – and the FA Cup will be high up on the list.
The Citizens are favourites to lift the trophy at Wembley and a strong side is expected to be fielded, so City to score four or more at Evens is worth a single or a place in the accumulators.