Oldham v Liverpool – FA Cup Round 4 – Sunday 27 January 4pm Live on ITV
FA Cup fever has reached Oldham Athletic’s Boundary Park. League One Latics host Premier League Liverpool searching for a giant-killing in front of the TV cameras, but is a shock result likely?
The two sides faced each other in the 3rd round last season, the difference being that fixture was played at Anfield. The Reds triumphed 5-1 on that occasion.
Boundary Park is a very different stadium to Anfield. One side is missing and it is the coldest football ground in the country! The League One club will be hoping that their opposition has failed to packed their thermals and they not fancy the freezing conditions.
Oldham have not been in great form in the league. They have lost their last three matches since beating Nottingham Forest in the third round and they have lost each of their last four matches at home. Those signs don’t give too much hope of an upset, but FA Cup ties have a tendancy of throwing out the form book.
They have some talented players, including former Everton forward Jose Baxter who will be looking to put one over on his former club’s big rivals. He has 10 goals to his name so far this season and has the skill which will worry the Liverpool defenders. He’ll be their biggest threat and is 4/1 (Blue Sq, Coral) to score anytime.
Liverpool come into the game on a high after thrashing Norwich 5-0 last time out. They should have more than enough to get through this tie without any scare, but that was also the case in Round 3 and they struggled to get past non-league Mansfield Town, sneaking to a 2-1 victory.
New signing Daniel Sturridge has got off to a good start in a red shirt with three goals in three games for his new club. He’s 10/3 (Bet365) to open the scoring.