The English Premier League takes a breather this weekend. From January 22 through January 24, EPL teams battle teams from other English soccer clubs in the English FA Cup. One EPL versus EPL at the English FA Cup match is Liverpool against Manchester United on Sunday. We analyze and make a free pick for that huge game as well as some of other more interesting FA Cup battles happening this weekend. Let’s take a closer look at some of the upcoming Round 4 matches so you can get all set and make your bets against their FA Cup odds.
Top English FA Cup Games to Watch this Weekend (Jan. 22 – Jan. 24)
Friday, January 22nd Match
- Wolverhampton -2 ½ (-105) / Chorley +2 ½ (-131)
Chorley has won 3 in a row. Let’s not kid ourselves, though. Victories against Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United, and Derby County won’t help the underdogs versus a solid Premier League squad like Wolverhampton. But will the Wanderers beat Chorley by more than 2 goals? Because Wolverhampton offers a better payout, we’re going to hope the Wanderers do.
Soccer Free Pick: Wolverhampton
Saturday, January 23rd Matches
- Plymouth Argyle +552 / Sheffield United -263
The odds imply Sheffield dominates. They probably will, but Plymouth Argyle has played some good soccer this month. They drew versus Crewe Alexandra in their last. Plymouth beat Huddersfield Town on January 9. We’re taking a shot.
Soccer Free Pick: Plymouth Argyle
- Blackpool +1 ½ (-151) / Brighton & Hove -1 ½ (+108)
In their last match against an English Premier League squad, Blackpool played great. They upset West Brom via penalty kicks. Brighton is a better team than West Brom. Also, we can’t lay the -151 on the Blackpool handicap. B&H is the play.
Soccer Free Pick: Brighton & Hove
- Doncaster +1 ½ (-103) / West Ham -1 ½ (-111)
The Doncaster Rovers are 4-1 on the moneyline in their last 5. Too bad they’re up against hot West Ham United on Saturday. West Ham has won 3 in a row, including beating Everton and Burnley. They drew with Southampton on Dec. 29. Laying the goal and a half makes sense.
Soccer Free Pick1: West Ham
- Crawley Town +466 / Bournemouth -212
Crawley Town has 4 wins and a draw in their last 5. We’d say the wins weren’t quality but in their last match, they beat Leeds United 3-0. Bournemouth lost 0-1 to Luton Town on January 16. Crawley can notch a big upset win.
Soccer Free Pick: Crawley Town
- Bristol City +252 / Millwall +102
Nottingham Forest beat Millwall 3-1 in their last. That’s not a good sign. Although Millwall is the chalk, Bristol City has won 3-of-4. Still, Millwall beat Bristol 2-0 on December 15. We’ll back the home team at better than expected odds.
Soccer Free Pick: Millwall
- Manchester City -2 ½ (-114) / Cheltenham Town +2 ½ (-120)
Sometimes, the Sky Blues lay off when they battle teams that aren’t nearly as good as they are. Cheltenham Town doesn’t come close to Man City. If this were an English Premier or Champions League match, we’d say go with Man City to cover the handicap. It isn’t.
Soccer Free Pick: Cheltenham Town
Sunday, January 24th Matches
- Luton Town +2 (-114) / Chelsea -2 (-119)
Chelsea dominated their last English FA opponent, Morecambe, 4-0. Luton Town is much better that Morecambe. LT beat Bournemouth 2-0 in their last FA Cup game. They can hang with Chelsea. Consider both Luton at +2 and the draw. We like the draw.
Soccer Free Pick: Draw
- Burnley +212 / Fulham +116
Burnley has lost their last couple. The good news? They played tough in both. In their last couple, Fulham drew with Tottenham and lost 0-1 versus Chelsea. The home favorite figures to get it done on Sunday.
Soccer Free Pick: Fulham
- Liverpool +145 / Manchester United +150
On January 17, Pool and Man United drew 0-0. Not much will have changed when these two battle in an English FA Cup match on January 24. One thing that will change? Man United gets Pool at Old Trafford for the rematch. That’s enough of a reason to back United to upset Pool on the moneyline.
Soccer Free Pick: Manchester United