When peering over the list of FA Cup fourth-round fixtures for potential Premier League banana skins, there aren’t too many more yellow and slippery looking than Fulham’s trip to Bramall Lane.
Despite the two-division size gap between them, the very real possibility of a televised FA Cup shock is backed up by
Sheffield United’s status as marginal 7/4 outsiders for victory compared to 6/4 on a Fulham win – the draw being labelled 12/5.
Aston Villa have already found out to their peril what this Blades side are capable of, as Nigel Clough’s outfit left Paul Lambert red faced with a 2-1 victory at Villa Park in round three.
Facing battles against the drop in their respective divisions, neither will fancy the replay, though another potentially televised payday suits the League One outfit more.
Punters considering backing underdogs will also be interested to know that this tie represents the clubs’ sixth FA Cup encounter, of which the Blades have triumphed four times and drawn on the other occasion.
Given Fulham’s current predicament, where they hover one point above the Premier League relegation places, Rene Meulensteen has already showed his hand in round three by fielding a second-string in round three.
Meanwhile, the hosts’ position in the League One standings may mirror that of their top-flight hosts, but at least their home form is good – where they’ve not lost since November.
In front of a packed out Bramall Lane Clough’s side will throw the kitchen sink at keeping that momentum going.
Having scored and conceded in their last six games straight, the bumper bet here is the 4/1 about both teams scoring in a an upset-causing home win.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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