2016/17 FA Cup
Published: 10:19 26/01/2012
Watford welcome Tottenham to Vicarage Road in the Fourth Round FA Cup and are 7/1 outsiders to win the tie with Stan James, who give up to £150 free bets to new customers. Welcome offers from online bookmakers can be used to place free FA Cup bets this weekend.
WATFORD 7/1 OUTSIDERS TO UPSET TOTTENHAM IN FA CUP
Championship side Watford must put behind their indifferent league form if they are to become the first club to book a place in the Fifth Round on Friday night. Sean Dyche’s side have lost their last three Championship games and are just six points above a relegation place in 18th position. The FA Cup Fourth Round clash against the Premier League title contenders will be a welcome diversion and with nothing to lose, Watford can go all out to upset the bookies’ odds.
Watford brushed aside League Two side Bradford City in the FA Cup Third Round, an 88th minute goal from Bradford’s Neil Wells giving a respectable look to the 4-2 scoreline. Watford’s Scottish midfielder Craig Forsyth opened his account with two goals after joining the club from Dundee in the summer and is 15/2 at bet365 to get his name on the scoresheet on Friday night. 20-year-old Marvin Sordell is Watford’s leading scorer this season with nine goals, overshadowing former Wolves striker Chris Iwelumo who has managed just one goal for his new club so far.
The visitors arrive on the back of a solitary defeat in ten games, when they can be classed unfortunate to lose a five-goal thriller to a last gasp penalty against Manchester City at the Etihad last Sunday. Tottenham deserved at least a point against the Premier League leaders and could have taken all three had Jermaine Defoe made better contact when sliding in on Gareth Bale’s cross in front of an empty net.
Defoe opened the scoring for Tottenham in the 3-0 home win against Cheltenham in the FA Cup Third Round and will want to put his costly miss behind him and get back to scoring ways at Vicarage Road. The Tottenham striker will be hoping to get picked ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor for the FA Cup game and Defoe is 6/5 with bet365 to score against Watford.
Tottenham have a 100% record against Watford in the FA Cup, with four wins and scoring 17 goals in the process. Best priced at 1/2 for the win, those odds won’t make much appeal to the casual observer watching the match live on ESPN. The last time to the sides met, was in the Carling Cup in December 2008 when Watford were unable to hold on to a lead and lost 2-1 at Vicarage Road. Watford would do well keep it to a similar scoreline against their high-flying opponents, Tottenham to win 2-1 is 8/1 at Ladbrokes.