Following my success in the last FA Cup Home Heroes earlier this month, I go into this weekend’s fourth-round fixtures with an overwhelming feeling of optimism that Manchester United, QPR and Norwich City can do the business against Fulham, MK Dons and Luton Town respectively.
In Fulham, United face a side who they traditionally dominate at home, while Harry Redknapp’s Rangers will want to keep their recently-acquired momentum going by disposing of the League One Dons and Norwich face the luxury of playing the second-lowest-ranked side still in the competition in the non-league Hatters.
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Man Utd to beat Fulham @ 3/10
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have beaten Fulham in five of the last six meetings in all competitions and in every single game at Old Trafford since 2003.
United won 3-2 when the sides met in Manchester in August and since then, Fulham’s away record has been mediocre, winning just two of 12 on the road and losing half of them.
The Reds Devils have lost just once at home all season and Fulham don’t look like bucking that trend. Back a comfortable home win.
QPR to beat MK Dons @ 57/100
A couple of months ago, QPR might have been considered fodder for the FA Cup shock cannon but Redknapp has injected a bit of steel into the Rs and they go into the match unbeaten in their last five games.
Rangers will also be buoyed by the knowledge that they beat Dons at Loftus Road in the FA Cup almost exactly a year ago to the day and by the fact that they haven’t exited the competition to a team from a league below them since 2007.
MK Dons will be no pushover, but the Rs should be too strong in the end.
Norwich to beat Luton Town @ 7/25
Norwich might be on a difficult run in the Premier League but there are full 85 league positions between themselves and Luton and that will be just too much for the Hatters to bridge.
The hosts have won the last three meetings between the sides and their poor recent record has a lot to do with the fact that they have faced Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool in the last month.
Luton knocked Wolves out in the last round but they have lost home advantage in this one and so will struggle to repeat that impressive feat.
Expect the Canaries to be in the hat for the fifth round come 5pm on Saturday.