Wigan and Notts to claim top flight scalps


The FA Cup fourth round draw threw up some of the most romantic ties imaginable as Yeovil play host to Manchester United, while Tottenham get set to visit Newport.

However, while those big-priced underdogs are unlikely to deliver, there is money to be made backing some lower league teams this weekend.

We start with League One leaders Wigan, who won the FA Cup in 2013, and their home encounter with West Ham on Saturday.

The Latics have already eliminated Premier League opposition this season, thrashing Bournemouth 3-0 at the DW Stadium in the last round. Paul Cook’s men should have finished the job at Bournemouth, throwing away a two-goal lead but showed their appetite for the cup in the replay.

Wigan are currently on a 14-game unbeaten run in all competitions, keeping clean sheets in a large majority of those matches. The 29/20 on offer for them to reach the fifth round therefore catches the eye, especially given all the injuries the Hammers have to cope with.

The Londoners currently have fitness concerns over 10 players and having only just squeezed past Shrewsbury after a replay in round three, West Ham looked primed to become cup victims.

The biggest upset of the weekend could come at Meadow Lane where Notts County, second in League Two, are preparing to face the Premier League’s bottom club, Swansea.

The Magpies sprung a surprise in round three when they knocked out Championship side Brentford and they have been tough to beat at home this season, going unbeaten at Meadow Lane until this month.

The cup might be more of a hindrance than anything else to the Swans as they battle the drop and the Welsh side are set to make a raft of changes for the game. The 16/5 for a Notts win is the way to go here.

The final tip does not feature an upset with Sheffield Wednesday fancied to beat fellow Championship side Reading at 23/20 on Friday night. The Owls are unbeaten under new manager Jos Luhukay and they are going up against a Royal team who are more concerned by relegation after an eight-game winless run in the league.

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