The last 32 of the FA Cup takes place this weekend. Across the sixteen ties, here is our idea of the potential upsets to provide betting value

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West Ham United to beat Liverpool at 7/2 Sportingbet

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With the FA Cup being very much a secondary competition for many top sides in recent seasons, with Premier League finishing positions all important, that has led to team rotation in the cup competitions and provided upset opportunities. After this weekend there is a full round of Premier League games next midweek which can be expected to impact motivations for these games

Liverpool v West Ham

For Liverpool this game is sandwiched between the Capital Cup semi-final second leg against Stoke City and the trip next Tuesday to Premier League leaders Leicester City both important games likely to see a full strength team selection. The FA Cup game, like the two third round games against Exeter City, is going to see a much changed team and against tough opposition. West Ham are two points and a place above Liverpool in the league table and yet prices for the game have Liverpool 4/5 and West Ham available as high as 7/2,a price that assumes a West Ham win would be a big upset. I don’t think it will be.

West Bromwich Albion v Peterborough United

West Brom, with a much changed team needed a replay to progress past championship strugglers Bristol City in the third round and face an important home game against Swansea City next tuesday. Peterborough are dangerous opponents, a young team full of flair with plenty of goal-scoring potential under manager Graham Westley.

West Brom have been installed at a price you would expect for a Premier League team at home to a side two divisions lower, 4/6 with Peterborough available at 9/2. Peterborough can be backed at 11/4 with Skybet “draw no bet”. I think that is a good value price.

Oxford United v Blackburn Rovers

Oxford produced one of the performances of the third round, beating Swansea City 3-2 whilst Blackburn overcame Newport County 2-1 in south Wales. Under impressive manager Michael Appleton Oxford are a side going very well in league two currently in an automatic promotion position, playing a counter-attacking style with talented young players. Blackburn meanwhile started well under new manager Paul Lambert but in recent weeks have really struggled, with no league wins in seven and the side struggling to adapt in style.

This appears to be a real opportunity for the lower ranked side to progress, at 13/10 with Skybet.

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Peterborough United 11/4 Draw no bet verus West Bromwich Albion Skybet

Oxford United to beat Blackburn Rvers 13/10 Skybet