2016/17 FA Cup
Published: 09:52 24/01/2012
It's almost forty years since Sunderland last won the FA Cup but Martin O'Neills revitalised side are undoubtedly the form and value pick heading into this weekend's 4th round stage.
Available at odds of 20/1 with bookmakers Coral and Ladbrokes , Sunderland must overcome local rivals Middlesbrough at the Stadium Of Light on Sunday to progress to the FA Cup 5th round for the first time since 2004 .
The Black Cats renaissance under O'Neill has been staggering with the sixteen points taken from the last eight Premier League games putting them joint second on form in that period alonside Manchester City. Sunderland have suffered just two league defeats since O'Neill took charge both narrow unlucky away defeats at Spurs and Chelsea and can now be reasonably expected to finish in the top half of this season's Premier League.
Boro' are enjoying a great season in the Championship but Tony Mowbray's side who are currently fourth have struggled in recent weeks winning only once in their last five matches and losing the last two.
The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup has thrown up six all Premier League clashes and only four Premier League teams including Sunderland will face opposition from a lower league in this round. Whilst Liverpool and Manchester United play each other , Chelsea , Spurs and Arsenal all face tricky games and non Premier League teams could account for almost half of the teams going into the fifth round .
Martin O'Neill has an excellent Cup record and can help the Black Cats to their best FA Cup run since reaching the semi-final in 2004 .
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