2017-18 FA Cup Fourth Round: Sunday

After an dramatic Saturday which saw West Ham lose at Wigan, Tottenham only manage a draw in Newport and Liverpool crash out at home to West Bromwich Albion, what will Sunday bring?

Sunday’s action sees Newcastle United make the long trip to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea at lunchtime on BT Sports 2.

Cardiff City of the Sky Bet Championship then hosts Manchester City in the teatime match on BBC1.


Chelsea vs Newcastle United (1:30pm)

Can Antonio Conte guide his Blues to their first back to back weekend wins of 2018?
Antonio Conte will want a positive win here as he tries to turn attention away from his publicised views over Chelsea’s transfer policies.

Newcastle United come here buoyant by making their first signing this month in Kenedy. The Brazilian however is on loan from the Blues, making him ineligble for this match.

From nine original ties, Chelsea have a (W4, D2, L3) record and have won the two replays need against the Magpies in this competition.

Since a home defeat to Newcastle in the league during 2011-12 season, the Blues have won their last five at Stamford Bridge against the Geordie based team

With all other North East teams out, Newcastle will be keen to cause a cupset here. Chelsea meanwhile are looking for back to back weekend wins, despite an injury crisis. 

Although Rafa Bentiez and Newcastle will come here fighting, I fancy Chelsea to just have that extra quality.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United

Result: Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United


Cardiff City vs Manchester City (4:00pm)

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Can Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City avoid a cupset?
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City shouldn’t expect a easy ride here because three past FA Cup meetings have needed replays out of five original meetings.

One of those ties needed two replays before being settled, showing just how tight this fixture could be.

Add in the fact that the Bluebirds have won their last two home meetings in this fixture, then it looks a real possibility.

Form wise, Cardiff enter this fixture unbeaten since losing at QPR on New Year Day, so will be confident of a cupset.

Man City meanwhile have also lost just once this month, against Liverpool in the league a fortnight ago.

I definitely can see a tight battle here but the visitors’ cup exploits are bound to catch up with them soon.

For that reason, I fancy Cardiff to just pull off a cupset here.

Prediction: Cardiff City 2-1 Manchester City

Result: Cardiff City 0-2 Manchester City 

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