This FA Cup Preview sees two televised matches take place, at both ends of the football spectrum.

The first match sees Southampton take on Arsenal at St.Mary's with the Saints enjoying an excellent result in midweek against Liverpool. For Arsenal it looks like another season without a Premier League title, meaning they will be targeting this competition.

Southampton vs Arsenal – Saturday 28th January 2017 – 17:30 - BT Sport 1 

Saints Arsenal

Southampton welcome Arsenal to St.Mary's in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with the Saints on a high after reaching the EFL Cup final.

The Saints come into this match on the back of a 1-0 win against Liverpool, with the Saints handing Liverpool their second successive home defeat.

Shane Long (90+1) scored the only goal of the game for the visitors, who have conceded just once in the EFL Cup this season.

It was another counter attacking move that gave the Saints the winner, with Southampton breaking at pace from their own penalty area.

Liverpool endured another night to forget, with the Reds annoyed that Divock Origi was denied a penalty after a foul in the Saints penalty area.

They were also narrowly denied an opener after Fraser Forster fumbled a long-range effort, the Saints keeper just clawed it back off the line.

Southampton In Great Form

The Saints have had a reasonably mixed bag throughout the season, they are in great recent form though.

They have won four of their last six matches, including two wins against Liverpool, they have conceded just once in the EFL Cup.

Claude Puel will be delighted that they have reached a major final, with the chance to go down in Saints folklore at stake.

Saints Underdogs

Southampton come into this match as underdogs, despite their excellent recent form and having home advantage.

This will be a tough fixture for Claude Puel's side, with Arsene Wenger's side knowing this is one of their only realistic chances at silverware.

The Saints will be looking to draw on the earlier performance against Arsenal, where they registered a 2-0 win.

Southampton are 5/2 with  Shane Long at 6/1 to score first.


Gunners Dig Deep

The Gunners come into this match in good form, securing a late win against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.

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.

Gunners At The Double

The Gunners are now unbeaten in five matches, although they will still be smarting from the Bournemouth draw.

Wins against Burnley, Swansea, Preston, Crystal Palace and West Brom, as well as the defiant draw against Bournemouth mean they remain unbeaten.

The priority for Arsenal will be the league, even an FA Cup win may not be enough to appease the Gunners fans this season.

Giroud has been absolutely key, with Alexis Sanchez returning to form of late to give Arsenal a huge boost.

Gunners Favourites

Arsenal come into this match as favourites, with their excellent record this season informing those odds.

The Gunners will be looking to avenge the loss in the EFL Cup, where Southampton won by 2-0 at the Emirates.

Arsenal will be looking to continue their overall form against Southampton, they have won 39, drawn 22 and lost 20 of their 81 meetings.

Arsenal are 21/20 with Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez at 9/2 to open the scoring.


The second fixture sees non league Sutton take on Leeds United, with the non leaguers the lowest ranked side left in the competition. Leeds are in great form and bounced back in style against Nottingham Forrest in midweek.

Sutton vs Leeds – Sunday 29th January 2017 – 14:00 - BT Sport 1 


Sutton United welcome Leeds to the Borough Sports Ground, in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The hosts come into this match on the back of a 3-2 win against Worthing, with the club through to the third round of the FA Trophy.

Omar Bugiel (42) opened the scoring for the hosts Worthing, who went into the first half break with a 1-0 lead.

Roarie Deacon (53) equalised early in the second half, they doubled the advantage with Adam May scoring in the 79th minute.

Worthing dug deep with an equaliser in the 85th minute through Sam Lemon, though the pressure finally tolled in the 102nd minute, with May scoring his second.

Big Match For Sutton

This fourth round fixture is one of the biggest matches in Sutton's history, given their league form this match is a huge priority.

They have lost just one of their last six matches, with the defeat against Braintree their only blemish.

Sutton come up into this match in 15th place in the Conference, with the sides three leagues apart.

Sutton Underdogs

The non-leaguers come into this match as underdogs, understandable given Leeds excellent form and the difference in leagues.

This will be a tough fixture for the non-league side, despite Leeds congested fixture list either side of this game.

This is the first meeting between the two sides in any competitive fixture.

Sutton are 19/5 with Matt Tubbs at 17/2 to score first.


Whites In Great Form

Garry Monk's side come into this match on the back of a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forrest, bouncing back from the Barnsley defeat.

Chris Wood continued his fine season with the opening goal (55), incredibly that was the forward's 20th goal of the season.

Souleymane Doukara (74) scored Leeds second, with a stunning right-footed effort thundering into the top left-hand corner.

It was the perfect response from Leeds, who suffered a frustrating result against local rivals Barnsley at the weekend.

Monk will be delighted to see his side return to winning ways immediately, it leaves them well placed in the Championship.

Championship Priority

Leeds find themselves third in the Championship, with 51 points from 28 games, winning an incredible 16 times.

They face a Sutton side who are struggling in the Conference although with a heavy fixture schedule it remains to be seen how much priority the FA Cup is taking.

Despite what has been an excellent season so far, Monk will want to remain competitive and mount a charge for automatic promotion.

They squeezed past Cambridge United in the third round, with the Whites winning 2-1 away from home in that match.

Leeds Favourites

Leeds come into this match as the favourites, with their excellent form and the three leagues difference informing that.

They will be looking to gain their fifth win in seven matches, with the Whites in imperious form.

This is the first meeting between the two sides in a competitive fixture.

Leeds are 7/10 with Chris Wood at 3/1 to open the scoring.


Betting Tips Odds

Tip 1 – Sanchez to score first @ 9/2 and 2-2 draw @ 12/1

Tip 2 – Wood to score first @ 3/1 and Leeds to win 2-1 @ 7/1

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *