This preview sees the return of the FA Cup, with the fourth round in full flow.

The first match sees Derby take on Leicester at the iPro Stadium, with Derby already completing a giant killing in round three.

Derby vs Leicester – Friday 27nd January 2017 – 19:55 - BBC One


Derby welcome Leicester to the iPro Stadium in the FA Cup fourth round, with both sides looking to progress to the 5th round.

The Rams come into this match on the back of a five-goal thriller against Reading, with Derby winning 3-2.

John Swift (16) opened the scoring for the visitors, who are enjoying an excellent season under Jaap Stam.

Darren Bent (36) equalised for the Rams, ensuring that the home side went into half-time with honours even.

Tom Ince (63) and Will Hughes (74) ensured that Derby secured the win inside 11 second half minutes, taking the score to 3-1.

A goal from Yakou Meite (80) ensured that Steve McClaren's side had a nervy last ten minutes, although Obita's sending off late on was the only further incident.

Rams Looking To Promotion

Derby's main aim this season will be promotion, they are just two points off the play-offs, Sheffield Wednesday narrowly above them.

They have lost to both Norwich and Leeds in their last six matches, despite having renewed confidence since McClaren's return.

The Rams come into this match at the expense of West Brom, who they beat in the lst round, courtesy of goals from Darren Bent and Tom Ince.

Derby Favourites

Derby come into this match as favourites despite their own mixed form, with home advantage key.

This will be a tough fixture for Steve McClaren's side, with Leicester desperate to do well in the cups having seen their league season crumble.

The Rams will be looking to better their recent record against the Foxes, they have lost the last three encounters.

Derby are 13/8 with Thomas Ince and Darren Bent at 11/2 to score first.


Foxes In Poor Form

Claudio Ranieri's side come into this match on the back of a hammering away from home, with Southampton beating them 3-0.

James Ward-Prowse (26) opened the scoring for Southampton, with Jay Rodriguez doubling the advantage just 13 minutes later.

Dusan Tadic completed another miserable afternoon for the Foxes, with an 86th-minute penalty.

It was another dreadful performance and result from Leicester, who now face the realistic threat of relegation.

Consistency Needed

Given Leicester's away form this season it is imperative they pick up home points, that was a truly terrible performance though.

They face a Derby side who are in mixed form themselves, they are one league below the Premier League champions as well.

That was Leicester's 11th defeat of the season, they only lost three throughout their title winning campaign.

Champions Leicester find themselves 15th in the Premier League, three places and five points above the relegation zone.

Leicester Underdogs

Leicester come into this match as the underdogs, with their dismal away record informing those odds.

They will be looking to gain some momentum, given their appalling efforts in the league this year.

Ranieri's side will be looking to better their overall record against Derby, with the Foxes winning 22, drawing 21 and losing 28 of their 71 meetings.

Leicester are 17/10 with Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy at 11/2 to open the scoring.


The second match sees Burnley take on Bristol City at Turf Moor, with Burnley going well at home in the Premier League. Bristol City desperately need a result from somewhere, they are on the clubs worst run of form with eight successive defeats.

Burnley vs Bristol City – Saturday 28th January 2017 – 15:00 


Burnley welcome Bristol City to Turf Moor in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with Bristol City in particular in need of a win.

Sean Dyche's side come into this match on the back of another away defeat, this time a narrow 2-1 defeat against the Gunners.

There were no goals in the first half, with the deadlock broken in the 59th minute by defender Shkodran Mustafi.

Burnley left it late to find an equaliser but they were awarded a penalty in the 93rd minute, with Andre Gray stepping up to score.

But that wasn't enough with Alexis Sanchez scoring a penalty of his own in the 98th minute, to give Arsenal all three points.

Clarets In Mixed Form

Burnley come into this match in mixed recent form, with the Arsenal defeat ending back to back wins against Southampton and Sunderland.

They will be looking to continue that run and make it four successive home wins, although they are still to win away from home this season.

Dyche's men will be looking to complete a run in the FA Cup, they are just 14 points from the magical 40 point mark in the league.

Burnley Favourites

The Clarets excellent home record continues, they will be looking to continue that run in the FA Cup.

A win will mean it is four wins in seven matches for the Clarets, they will be wanting to win away at some stage though.

Sean Dyche's men will be looking to continue their recent form against Bristol City, they have won the last four successive matches.

Burnley are 4/6 with Andre Gray and Sam Vokes at 4/1 to score first.


City In Poor Form

Lee Johnson's side come into this match on the back of another defeat, this time away at Nottingham Forest.

Ben Osborn scored the only goal of the game (67), to end Forest's own dismal record without a win.

This is another big blow for manager Lee Johnson, who despite a bright start to the season is enduring a very tough run of results.

The hardest recent result to take would have been the 3-2 defeat, in the Severnside derby against Cardiff.

It was their 8th successive defeat in the Championship, they have managed to scrape a win against Fleetwood during that time though.

Cup Relief

The FA Cup could provide welcome relief for the visitors, who Championship struggles have been well documented.

They are just two points off the relegation zone, with Wigan and Burton narrowly behind them.

Their passage into this round was less than smooth, they struggled to beat Fleetwood Town over two legs, eventually triumphing 1-0 away.

Bristol Underdogs

City come into this match as the underdogs, with their dismal record informing those odds.

They will be looking to gain their second win in their last ten matches, with their last win coming away in the FA Cup.

Johnson's side will be looking to better their overall record against Burnley, with City winning 6, drawing 7 and losing 9 of their 22 meetings.

Bristol City are 4/1 with Tammy Abraham at 5/1 to open the scoring.


The final fixtures sees an FA Cup London derby between Chelsea and Brentford. The Blues are on an excellent run of form and are top of the Premier League by a distance. Brentford find themselves comfortably away from promotion but also away from relegation as well.

Chelsea vs Brentford – Saturday 28th January 2017 – 15:00 


Chelsea welcome Brentford to Stamford Bridge in the fourth round of the FA Cup, this the second meeting between the sides in four years.

The Blues come into this match on the back of a 2-0 win against Hull, with the Blues continuing their incredible season.

Diego Costa (45+7), scored a late first half goal, to put a week of transfer speculation behind him.

Gary Cahill (81) put the horror incident with Ryan Mason behind him, to score Chelsea's second and the winner.

With all the controversy surrounding Diego Costa, this was the perfect response from Chelsea's forward line.

Chelsea Target Domestic Double

The Blues have had an excellent season so far, they have no European commitments so domestic glory will be the target for Conte.

They are top of the Premier League by a distance, with 8 points separating them and Arsenal, who have Champions League commitments coming up.

Antonio Conte will know that the league isn't guaranteed it is theirs to lose though, an FA Cup would be another great addition as well.

Chelsea Favourites

The Blues come into this match as favourites, with their excellent form and home advantage key.

This will be a tough fixture for Conte's side, despite the league's gap Brentford will come to the Bridge under no pressure.

Chelsea will be looking to continue their overall record against Brentford, they have won 6, drawn 2 and lost 4 of their 12 meetings.

Chelsea are 2/11 with Diego Costa at 9/4 to score first.


Bees In Mixed Form

Brentford come into this match on the back of a narrow 2-1 defeat, away against struggling Wigan.

Sam Morsy (28) had an excellent game and he opened the scoring for the Lactics, who desperately needed this win.

Wigan doubled their advantage just four minutes later, with an unfortunate own goal from Harlee Dean (32).

Substitute Jota Peleteiro Ramallo (86) ensured a nervy finish for Wigan, with the consolation goal coming four minutes from time.

Consistency Needed

That was their second 2-1 defeat in succession, with Championship chasing Newcastle also beating them at home.

They did have an excellent result to progress to the fourth round, thumping Eastleigh 5-1 at Griffin Park.

That along with the 3-1 result against Birmingham had seen Brentford come into the game in great form, that has slightly deserted them of late.

Brentford find themselves 15th in the Championship, comfortably away from the relegation places for now.

Brentford Underdogs

The Bees come into this match as the underdogs, with the gap between the two sides enormous, but anything can happen on the day.

They will be looking to gain their third win in five matches, they will also be looking to end a run of successive defeats.

The Bees will be looking to register their first win against Chelsea in 78 years, with the last win a 3-1 result in 1939.

Brentford are 14/1 with Scott Hogan at 17/2 to open the scoring.


Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Slimani to score first @ 11/2 and Leicester to win 2-1 @ 9/1

Tip 2 – Abraham to score first @ 5/1 and Burnley to win 3-1 @ 12/1

Tip 3 – Batshuayi to score first @ 3/1 and Chelsea to win 4-1 @ 17/2

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