Preview: FA Cup at Superbru
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The FA Cup fourth round fixtures can be seen below. Non-league Barnet - the lowest ranked club left in the competition - stand out when reading through these matches as they entertain Brentford. The headline game sees Arsenal take on Manchester United on Friday night. With 13 and 12 Cup wins respectively, those two Premier League giants are the FA Cup's most successful clubs.
Following Derby's replay win over Southampton on penalties last night, we now have a confirmed #FACup fourth round fixture list!— Superbru (@Superbru) January 17, 2019
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Our predictor game will cover every fixture between now and the end of the tournament, including any fourth round replays. This year, fifth round replays have been scrapped from the FA Cup meaning from that stage onwards games will be settled by extra time and penalties if required. At Superbru, games that go to penalties are considered a draw meaning your pick should allow for extra time if you believe the game will be a draw after 90 minutes.
The fourth roundThough not the most thrilling fourth round draw, this weekend should be very interesting as several of the 'smaller clubs' have been handed ties they may just win which would create a very exciting fifth round draw. After defeating Sheffield United away in the third round, Barnet will feel they have a chance against Brentford at home, while Gillingham can travel to Championship side Swansea with confidence after defeating Cardiff at home to progress.
Team selection is the major headache Superbru players face in this tournament as the teams who are performing well in the Championship for example can sometimes be more of a liability than those who are struggling as they look to prioritise promotion to the Premier League. Derby are one such club given their current play-off place, however, their spirited performances against Southampton in the third round suggest Frank Lampard will take this game against Accrington as seriously as he took the games against Manchester United and Chelsea in the League Cup earlier this season. Middlesbrough are a team to pick cautiously for the same reason as they come up against Newport County of League Two who eliminated Leicester City in Round Three.
Finally, the all-Premier League ties look fairly tough to call as again we have to judge motivation as well as ability. Newcastle vs. Watford looks extremely even while Crystal Palace will feel they have every chance against a Tottenham side who look weak in terms of squad depth. Spurs have a League Cup semi-final this evening against Chelsea which they will prioritise as well as a league game against Watford on Wednesday following their trip to Selhurst Park on Sunday.
Arsenal and Manchester United are both likely to field strong XI's for their clash on Friday given the rivalry they share and the winnable home games they each have in next week's Premier League round. United have the better form of the two teams and are arguably slight favourites for this game as a result though it's important to remember Arsenal have been strong at home this season; as they showed with a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the league last time out.
Best of luck to all! Feel free to name any upsets you see coming in the comments..