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FA Cup odds: Clarets and Saints to repeat league wins

We have studied the latest FA Cup odds for this weekend's fourth-round matches and picked out our five best bets from Saturday's action.

Manchester City (9/4) and Liverpool (9/2) predictably lead the way in the outright FA Cup betting but the road to Wembley is a long one and there are likely to be more upsets this weekend.

Our FA Cup predictions for Saturday can be backed as a five-fold at 35/1 which qualifies for a 10% bonus thanks to the BetStars acca bonus offer.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

If you want to combine all our predictions, the FA Cup odds are just over 35/1 for a winning 5 fold.

FA Cup betting tips: January 25

Burnley vs Norwich (Sat, 15:00)

Norwich have already suffered one defeat at Turf Moor this season and there is little evidence to suggest they can avoid another in the FA Cup.

The Clarets won the Premier League meeting at this venue in September when Chris Wood's early brace proved decisive and Norwich have lost nine of their 12 away games, winning just one and scoring only six goals.

Burnley are yet to draw a home game and with both teams keen to avoid a replay as they battle for Premier League survival, we expect this tie to be settled at the first attempt.

Sean Dyche's men - full of confidence after a midweek win at Manchester United - look good value at evens to kick off our FA Cup betting tips.

Reading vs Cardiff (Sat, 15:00)

Reading made a slow start to the season and gave their fans little to cheer in the first couple of months but their 3-0 win against Cardiff in August was an exception.

George Puscas put them in control with a first-half double and John Swift extended their lead, although the margin of victory could have been even greater but Alex Smithies saved a late penalty from Yakou Meite.

Both teams have changed managers since then and the Royals have been much improved under Mark Bowen.

They had won four matches during a seven-match unbeaten run which was finally ended at in-form Millwall last weekend and are fancied to make the most of home advantage here.

Cardiff have only managed two away wins in the Championship where they have the second-worst defensive record with 31 goals conceded, and they shipped three goals in a third-round replay at League Two strugglers Carlisle.

Southampton vs Tottenham (Sat, 15:00)

Southampton's revival under Ralph Hasenhuttl is turning into one of the stories of the season in the Premier League.

There were fears for the Austrian's job and Saints' top-flight status when they were thrashed 9-0 at home by Leicester in October during a dismal run of form.

They are now the form team in the Premier League outside the top two though after Tuesday's 2-0 win at Crystal Palace took their points tally to 16 from the last seven games.

Saints enjoyed a 1-0 victory at home to Tottenham on New Year's Day and appeal at 9/5 in the FA Cup odds to win again this weekend.

Spurs had gone three league games without a goal prior to Wednesday's 2-1 win at home to struggling Norwich and needed a replay to scrape past Middlesbrough in the last round.

This weekend's best bets

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West Ham vs West Brom (Sat, 15:00)

West Brom may still be leading the way in the Championship but their form has fallen off a cliff in recent weeks and they are 23rd in the form table for the last six games, with no wins in that time.

They have managed four draws during that spell but given they have faced four of the bottom eight during their poor run, there are clearly problems.

Monday night's 1-0 defeat at home to Stoke was the latest setback and it came at a cost, with the influential Matheus Pereira subsequently being banned for three matches due to violent conduct which means he will be absent on Saturday.

West Ham are also fighting to be in next season's Premier League and have shown little sign of improvement under David Moyes, who could use this fixture to try and boost confidence.

Despite their poor league form, the Hammers should have too much quality and a home win looks a solid addition to our FA Cup predictions.

Hull vs Chelsea (Sat, 17:30)

Chelsea begin the fourth round as one of the leading contenders in the FA Cup winner odds at 9/1 ahead of a televised trip to Humberside to face Championship opposition again.

The Blues were 2-0 winners at home to Nottingham Forest in the previous round when Frank Lampard fielded a relatively strong team.

Top scorer Tammy Abraham was absent but first-half goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley set up a comfortable victory for Chelsea, who limited Forest to just one shot all match.

Hull needed an injury-time winner from Tom Eaves to get past 10-man Rotherham in the previous round and have failed to find the net in defeats by Fulham and Derby since then.

Jarrod Bowen has the quality to test Chelsea's defence but the visitors should be too strong in all areas so an away win in Saturday's late game completes our FA Cup acca.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football