Mon, Jan 29, 11:40am by Staff Writer
The FA Cup took centre stage this weekend as several EPL sides were in action against lower league opponents. With West Ham suffering at the hands of League One side Wigan Athletic in the shock result of the 4th Round.
Wigan had cruised past EPL opposition in a 3rd Round replay at home to Bournemouth and were in similar form as they put two goals past West Ham without replay. The Hammers were the most high-profile casualties of the famous FA Cup upsets. Their indifferent form in the league meant they had no reply for the enthusiasm and drive of Wigan.
Having last won the famous old trophy as recently as 2013, Wigan could be shock contenders at $101.
West Brom booked their place in the 5th Round draw with an impressive away win against a Liverpool side struggling for consistency. The Baggies bounced back from conceding early to charge into a 3-1 lead by half time. Although Liverpool got another goal back they could not deny West Brom who stand as an outside bet at $31.
A clinical performance from Leicester saw them easily past League One Peterborough United. The 5-1 victory means their name will be in the pot for the 5th Round draw on Monday evening (GMT). If the draw is kind to them they could be contenders for a surprise first ever FA Cup victory priced at $15.
Spurs will have to successfully negotiate a replay against Newport County if they are to lift a first major trophy since 2008. League Two Newport almost provided the shock of the Round as they led heading into the final ten minutes of the match. Harry Kane secured the goal that sends the tie to a replay with Spurs priced at $5.50 to win the FA Cup.
A potential FA Cup upset was on the cards as Manchester United travelled to League Two Yeovil. The EPL side avoided any shocks, however, as they comfortably beat the home side by four goals. United gave Alexis Sanchez his debut as he impressed in his new colours. United have a proud tradition and incredible record in this competition and stand at $4.50 to add to their tally.
Michy Batshuayi was the star of the show for Chelsea who cruised past fellow EPL side Newcastle United. Priced at $4.50, Chelsea are certainly contenders to lift the trophy this season. Despite indifferent form this season after last year’s title success, they remain capable of going onto win the FA Cup.
Manchester City’s incredible form continued with a relatively comfortable 2-0 win over Cardiff City. Although an injury to Leroy Sane soured the result a little. Cardiff’s tactics have been questioned as they looked to apply a little pressure on the run away EPL leaders. It was to no avail though as City were still able to play their brand of football throughout. They stand at $3.
All sides now await the 5th Round draw.
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