AFC Wimbledon vs West Ham United predictions, preview and betting tips for the FA Cup fourth round fixture on Saturday 26th January. Can the visitors seal a place in the fifth round in this London derby or will AFC Wimbledon caust a shock after squeezing past Fleetwood earlier this month?
There’s no doubt that the home side’s primary goal this campaign will be to retain their League One status, but for the time being a local FA Cup clash against Premier League opposition in front of the TV cameras will be a welcome distraction.
I’ll start of by making an extremely bold claim – this bet might be the diamond of the weekend! Looking purely at the facts, AFC Wimbledon are rooted at the bottom of the third tier and have won just three times at home all season. What is there, then, to convince the average punter that they have a chance at pulling off what would certainly be one of the biggest shocks of the competition so far?
I’m not having it, not for a second, although I concede there’s not much value in the price available on West Ham to win for my AFC Wimbleon vs West Ham predictions. Surely Manuel Pellegrini will view the FA Cup as West Ham’s best chance of winning silverware this campaign so you’d expect the Chilean to take it seriously. Play a half sensible side and the 7/5 currently up for grabs on the visitors winning with a -1 handicap should look silly value come full-time.
Marko Arnautovic’s omission from the squad that travelled to Bournemouth on Saturday tells you all you need t0 know about his West Ham career. The popular Austrian is unlikely to play for the club again which is good news if you’re Andy Carroll. The 6ft3 striker – who has been capped several times by England – should thrive in the cut and thrust environment of a clash against lower league opposition and is likely to figure given that West Ham’s attacking options looks depleted at present.
I think 6/4 on the ex-Newcastle forward notching at some stage looks reasonable for the AFC Wimbledon vs West Ham betting tips this weekend; not necessarily because of his ‘form’, which is difficult to analyse given his limited appearances, but because if he can’t score against AFC Wimbledon then his days could look number at West Ham.
You won’t find many Wombles fans confident of their side getting a result this weekend, and with very good reason. With a new stadium on the horizon which they’re extremely unlikely to fill, securing League One status has never been more important. A home tie against West Ham, then, is unlikely to be considered a priority for Wally Downes.
The Hammers shouldn’t have to do too much more than turn up to progress to the fifth round as the gulf in quality between the two sides ought to be there for all to see. A 2-0 win for the visitors at 13/2 appears a popular choice for people’s FA Cup betting tips at the moment and would also tick off our handicap betting prediction!
AFC Wimbledon to win – 11/2 with Betfred.
Draw – 10/3 with Betfred.
West Ham to win – 8/15 with Betfred.
Unsurprisingly the visitors are big favourites to win here which is almost always the case when a top flight team comes up against a club from League One. Fancy both teams to score in West London on Saturday? That’s rated as an evens chance by Betfred.
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