Prediction Panel 2007/8: FA Cup 4th Round, 27 Jan 2008 - previews and predictions


Antony Melvin

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27/01/2008 10:00:00.
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Three games to round off the cup weekend; top of the bill in undoubtedly Manchester United against Tottenham Hotspur - interestingly Juande Ramos hasn't lost a domestic cup game since 2006. United's City rivals travel the thirty-odd miles across the Pennines to face Sheffield United managed by Bryan Robson. Whilst Cardiff's veterans travel to League Two high-flyers Hereford.

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Sunday, 27 January 2008; FA Cup Fourth Round

Hereford United (72) vs Cardiff City (28), KO 12:30

Hereford will be outsiders for this clash at Edgar Street, as Cardiff have assembled a squad that contains a number of good players - even if many of them are well past their best. Jimi Floyd Hasselbaink remains a predatory striker, and ex-Villa keeper Peter Enckelman is a good player for this level. Hereford have had a number of financial problems in recent years - and nearly went into administration six years ago before Paul Parry was sold to Cardiff, and he will return today. Such is the league gap between the two Cardiff will be expected to win, but in blustery conditions Hereford will be quietly confident.

Colin Illingworth: Home
Hugh Larkin; Draw
Antony Melvin: Draw

Manchester United (1) vs Tottenham Hotspur (11), KO 14:00

The big match of the day and probably of the weekend (with the obvious exception of Havant's shock elimination at Anfield) sees last season's beaten finalists play a Spurs team whose improvement is accelerating. So often Spurs' trips to Old Trafford end in disappointment, most Spurs fans can reel off a list of 6 or 7 injustices in the last ten season's; including a handball shout earlier this season and the time that Roy Carroll threw Pedro Mendes' shot into his own net - without the officials spotting it. United will certainly rest some players and this could be Spurs best chance in years for a win at Old Trafford.

Colin Illingworth: Draw
Hugh Larkin; Home
Antony Melvin: Draw

Sheffield United (34) vs Manchester City (7), KO 16:00

Bryan Robson is being given a hard time by his own fans at the moment, and given his long association with Manchester United he can expect the City fans to try to encourage any dissent. Will the first cry of 'Robson out' come from the away section? United are mid-way between the play-offs and relegation and neither seems likely this term; so a Cup run would be a welcome relief. Sven Goran Eriksson has a great domestic Cup record - winning in three different leagues, but a number of clubs with more pressing league concerns have struggled this weekend - will City be another?

Colin Illingworth: Away
Hugh Larkin; Draw
Antony Melvin: Away

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