FA Cup Round 4 Previews and Predictions

Thomas Atzenhoffer@socceratzCorrespondent IIJanuary 26, 2012

FA Cup Round 4 Previews and Predictions

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    Defending champions Manchester City were knocked out in Round 3 leaving only second place side Stoke City to remain out of the finalists.

    The two biggest matches of the weekend will both be Saturday with Manchester United traveling to Anfield Road against Carling Cup finalists Liverpool, and Chelsea heading to Loftus Road to face Queens Park Rangers.

    Both matchups led to controversy the last time they met in the English Premier League and should produce rather interesting affairs this go around.

    There are plenty of great matches this weekend as we start to narrow the field as only 16 clubs will remain after Round 4.

Watford vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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    Date

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    Venue

    Vicarage Road Stadium

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    Tottenham should have this in the bag against the lower-half championship side, but there is always a chance of a surprise.

    Match Prediction

    Watford 1 - 3 Tottenham

    Key Players

    Marvin Sordell (Watford) and Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs)

Everton vs. Fulham

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    Date

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    Venue

    Goodison Park

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    Fulham have been on fire lately as Clint Dempsey and the attack of Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson is starting to click. Everton are hoping their new additions continue to serve them well also.

    Match Prediction

    Everton 2-3 Fulham

    Key Players

    Landon Donovan (Everton) and Clint Dempsey (Fulham)

Queens Park Rangers vs. Chelsea

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    Date

    Saturday, January 28th, 2012

    Venue

    Loftus Road

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    Chelsea return to the scene of John Terry and Anton Ferdinand's bust up earlier this campaign. It should be all Blues, but they have had their trouble at times this season with lesser squads.

    Match Prediction

    QPR 2-2 Chelsea (Replay)

    Key Players

    Joey Barton (QPR) and Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

Liverpool vs. Manchester United

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    Date

    Saturday, January 28th, 2012

    Venue

    Anfield Road

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    Liverpool booked their place in the Carling Cup final over Manchester City on Wednesday with an impressive display to fight back twice, and the Reds will be keen to continue their cup run for the FA Cup.

    Manchester United knocked the Reds out last year in this competition and the match should be an interesting one as the last time they met was when the Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra controversy erupted.

    Match Prediction

    Liverpool 2-1 Manchester United

    Key Players

    Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) and Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

Blackpool vs. Sheffield Wednesday

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    Date

    Saturday, January 28th, 2012

    Venue

    Bloomfield Road

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    Blackpool are a point out of the playoff spots in the Championship and are on fine form while Sheffield Wednesday are charging up the League One table at fourth. It should be a fine matchup.

    Match Prediction

    Blackpool 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday

    Key Players

    Kevin Phillips (Blackpool) and Gary Madine (Sheffield Wednesday)

Bolton vs. Swansea City

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    Date

    Saturday, January 28th, 2012

    Venue

    Reebok Stadium

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    Bolton just managed a shock victory over Liverpool in the league, but Swansea are in far better form at the moment and should dispatch the home side.

    Match Prediction

    Bolton 2-3 Swansea

    Key Players

    Mark Davies (Bolton) and Scott Sinclair (Swansea)

Derby County vs. Stoke City

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    Date

    Saturday, January 28th, 2012

    Venue

    Pride Park Stadium

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    The Rams are a championship victory away from the promotion playoffs while Stoke City are cruising at eighth in the EPL. It should be a good match and I think the Rams could pull off an upset.

    Match Prediction

    Derby 2-1 Stoke

    Key Players

    Theo Robinson (Derby) and Jonathan Walters (Stoke)

Hull City vs. Crawley Town

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    Date

    Saturday, January 28th, 2012

    Venue

    Kingston Communications Stadium

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    The Tigers are sitting well in the promotion fight of the Championship while lowly Crawley Town are in a fight to make it to League One. However, the championship side should have it covered.

    Match Prediction

    Hull City 3-2 Crawley Town

    Key Players

    Matt Fryatt (Hull) and Matthew Tubbs (Crawley Town)-FA Cup second leading scorer

Leicester City vs. Swindon Town

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    Date

    Saturday, January 28th, 2012

    Venue

    The King Power Stadium

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    Leicester are fresh off a great victory over Southampton while League Two Swindon have not lost in their last three matches in all competitions.

    Match Prediction

    Leicester 4-2 Swindon

    Key Players

    David Nugent (Leicester) and Matt Ritchie (Swindon)

Millwall vs. Southampton

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    Date

    Saturday,January 28th, 2012

    Venue

    The New Den

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    Millwall are struggling at the bottom of the Championship while Southampton are the exact opposite at the top of the league. It should be a scrap at the New Den for sure.

    Match Prediction

    Millwall 1-3 Southampton

    Key Players

    Darious Henderson (Millwall) and Adam Lallana (Southampton)

Sheffield United vs. Birmingham FC

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    Date

    Saturday, January 28th, 2012

    Venue

    Bramall Lane

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    Both clubs are in the playoff positions of their respected leagues and should put on a good display. Birmingham however, should have the edge but are on upset alert.

    Match Prediction

    Sheffield United 2-2 Birmingham (Replay)

    Key Players

    Ched Evans (Sheffield United) and Marlon King (Birmingham City)

Stevenage vs. Notts County

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    Date

    Saturday, January 28th, 2012

    Venue

    Broadhall Way

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    A League One showdown should produce a great all out English football display with the tie really going to either side.

    Match Prediction

    Stevenage 2-2 Notts County (Replay)

    Key Players

    Chris Beardsley (Stevenage) and Jeff Hughes (Notts)

West Bromwich Albion vs. Norwich City

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    Date

    Saturday, January 28th, 2012

    Venue

    The Hawthorns

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    West Brom have been riddled with midfield injuries lately while Norwich City continue their strong run this season. The Canaries are strong favorites.

    Match Prediction

    West Brom 1-3 Norwich City

    Key Players

    Peter Odemwingie (WBA) and Grant Holt (Norwich)

Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Newcastle United

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    Date

    Saturday, January 28th, 2012

    Venue

    Amex Stadium

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    Brighton & Hove Albion have been a tough team all year. Despite suffering a dip in form in the last months, they are still a strong side and with Newcastle missing three of their best at the African Cup of Nations and their defense suspect, the Seagulls should be able to clip one for the Championship.

    Match Prediction

    Brighton 2-1 Newcastle

    Key Players

    Ashley Barnes (Brighton) and Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle)

Sunderland vs. Middlesbrough

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    Date

    Sunday, January 29th, 2012

    Venue

    The Stadium of Light

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    Both clubs are in fine form as Martin O'Neal has brought renewed life to the Black Cats while Tony Mowbray has been building quite a championship contender out of Middlesbrough as they seek a return to the EPL.

    Match Prediction

    Sunderland 2-3 Middlesbrough

    Key Players

    Stephane Sessengnon (Sunderland) and Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough)

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa

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    Date

    Sunday, January 29th, 2012

    Venue

    Emirates Stadium

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    Arsenal should advance but Aston Villa proved they could knock off a Top-Four side when they beat Chelsea not too long ago in a convincing display.

    Match Prediction

    Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa

    Key Players

    Robin Van Persie (Arsenal) and Darren Bent (Aston Villa)

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    It should be an exciting weekend of action in England's oldest cup competition, and be sure to put your predictions at the bottom.

    Thanks for reading and be sure to check out more on Bleacher Report and at the links below. You can follow me on Twitter @thedailyatz and Facebook or visit my Website.

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