FA Cup Tips: Away joy to come easier to Man United than West Ham

Juan Mata scored as Man Utd won 3-1 at Derby in the FA Cup fourth round
Juan Mata scored as Man United won 3-1 at Derby in the FA Cup fourth round
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The FA Cup fifth round Opta stats point to goals at Bournemouth, parity at Blackburn and success for Man United...

"The Red Devils have lost just one of their last 45 FA Cup games against lower-league opposition."

Recommended Bet: Back Draw/Man United @ 4.3100/30

Bournemouth v Everton (Saturday, 17:15, BBC One)

There have been 18 goals scored in the four meetings between the two teams

The highest-scoring spectacle of the quartet was their maiden Premier League showdown three months ago at the Vitality Stadium, a thrilling 3-3 draw which featured four goals in the closing 11 minutes, including two in the 90th minute.

Despite being 11th, Everton are the fourth most prolific team in the division, firing five times more than title favourites Arsenal and just two less than Leicester and Manchester City. They have netted ten times in their last four road trips in all competitions, notching three at both Chelsea and Stoke.

Bournemouth have only been shut out in one of their last eight games and kept one clean sheet, while their last four FA Cup ties all delivered at least three goals.

Recommended Bet: Back over 2.5 goals @ 1.875/6


Blackburn v West Ham (Sunday, 14:00, BT Sport 2)

West Ham have won just one of their last nine away games in all competitions

When you start the season with successive away victories over Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, it is natural for that kind of standard to prove unsustainable and West Ham certainly aren't the travelling force now that they were in August and September.

It leaves them slightly vulnerable at Blackburn, who Opta note have eliminated Premier League sides at this stage in two of the previous three campaigns. They were pretty big ones too: Stoke last term and Arsenal at the Emirates in 2012/13. The Gunners haven't lost an FA Cup encounter since.

Slaven Bilic is also severely short of right backs and strikers for the trip to Ewood Park to exacerbate the problem, but the good news is that the Irons are unbeaten in 11 clashes with Blackburn. The latter five were draws, and that again looks like the most plausible outcome.

Recommended Bet: Back the draw @ 3.39/4


Shrewsbury v Man United (Monday, 19:45, BT Sport 2)

The Red Devils have lost just one of their last 45 FA Cup games against lower-league opposition

Having lost two away matches in six days to supposedly inferior opposition against Sunderland in the Premier League and FC Midtjylland in the Europa League, many will conclude that Man United have been set up for another almighty fall in the FA Cup at the Greenhous Meadow.

However, the trends are overwhelmingly positive. The Reds have progressed from six consecutive fifth-round ties, they average 2.4 goals per contest in their last eight FA Cup collisions with League One foes and Louis van Gaal is undefeated in his four away FA Cup outings, winning three.

There is value in backing them to leave it until the second half to get the job done though, as all four of those aforementioned uplifting experiences under the Dutchman were goalless at the interval.

Recommended Bet: Back Draw/Man United @ 4.3100/30


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