A top-four place may be the number one priority for both Everton and Tottenham, while retaining their league title will undoubtedly be the main focus for Manchester City, but all three sides will fancy their chances of silverware this season in the FA Cup.
You just have to look at the starting 11 that each side sent out in the previous round of the competition, all against lower-league opposition, to see the importance of this competition in the eyes of each of the clubs’ respective managers.
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Manchester City to beat Stoke City @ 7/10
This fixture sees a repeat of the 2011 FA Cup final in which Man City emerged 1-0 victors thanks to a second-half strike from Yaya Toure, ending a 35-year trophy drought for Roberto Mancini’s men.
The Premier League champions head into the game on the back of five successive victories in all competitions, including a 3-0 win at home against Watford in the previous round, with a full-strength side proving too strong for the Championship club.
Mancini’s team have the tightest defence in the top flight and have recorded clean sheets in their last four outings, while only three sides have scored more than the Blues this season, who are averaging just under two goals a game.
City comfortably saw off their hosts 3-0 at the Etihad on New Year’s Day, but the Britannia Stadium hasn’t proved a happy hunting ground in recent years, as they’ve failed to win on their last six trips, this season’s clash ending in a 1-1 draw.
However, Tony Pulis’ side have conceded seven goals in their last two league home matches – a 3-3 share of the spoils with Southampton followed by a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea – while their last outing saw them go down 3-1 away at Swansea City.
It took a replay and extra time for the Potters to overcome Crystal Palace in the previous round and with just one win in their last eight league matches, the visit of City this weekend is unlikely to provide any relief for Pulis and his players.
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Everton to beat Bolton Wanderers @ 31/50
With Champions League qualification a genuine possibility this season for Everton, who sit just three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, some might say the FA Cup could serve as a distraction for David Moyes’ men in their quest for a top-four finish.
That certainly wasn’t in tune with the Scot’s approach in the last round of the competition as he resisted the temptation to field a weakened team in his side’s third-round trip to Cheltenham Town, where a full-strength outfit comfortably emerged 5-1 victors.
The Toffees head into this fixture on the back of just one defeat in their last 11 matches in all competitions, which has in large part been down a solid foundation, with only Man City and Chelsea conceding fewer goals than Everton in the league.
The Premier League club have recorded successive clean sheets in their last two fixtures and while a home draw would have been favourable, a trip to struggling Championship side Bolton shouldn’t hold much fear for the 2009 runners-up.
It’s been a disappointing season for the Lancashire club, who currently occupy 16th position, with a return to the top flight at the first time of asking looking an uphill struggle at present as they sit 12 points adrift of the final play-off position.
The arrival of Dougie Freedman at the club following the sacking of Owen Coyle hasn’t had quite the impact some might have hoped and despite overcoming Sunderland in the third round, a place in the fifth round draw looks to be Everton’s to lose.
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Tottenham Hotspur to beat Leeds United @ 31/50
A top-four finish is the main aim for Tottenham this season, but Andre Villas-Boas showed he won’t be taking this competition lightly after naming a strong line-up to see off League One side Coventry City 3-0 at White Hart Lane in the previous round.
Spurs head into this tie in great form as they find themselves undefeated in their last eight games in all competitions, their previous outing seeing them snatch a 1-1 draw at home to Premier League leaders Manchester United courtesy of a late strike from Clint Dempsey.
They have looked strong on their travels this season, picking up maximum points on six occasions, and they are currently averaging two goals a game away from home, which is a worrying statistic for their hosts, who have been far from defensively strong this term.
Leeds have conceded 44 goals in 28 league matches, but they’ll take hope from the fact they have won six on the bounce at home, even if their previous Elland Road fixture was an unconvincing 1-0 win against bottom club Bristol City on a frustrating afternoon.
There’s certainly the potential for an upset in front of what will be a bumper crowd in West Yorkshire, where both Everton and Southampton were put to the sword in the Capital One Cup before Chelsea emerged 5-1 victors to progress into the semi-finals.
However, Villas-Boas will see this as a realistic chance of silverware in his first season at the club, so he is unlikely to take any chances with his team selection and given the form his side are in, they should have more than enough quality to win the game.