Premier League side West Ham United welcome League One outfit Doncaster Rovers to the London Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend. The Hammers have found some form in recent weeks and will start as the huge favourites against their lower league opposition.
Where and when: London Stadium – 23 January, kick-off 15:00
Where you can see West Ham vs. Doncaster: BBC
Last time: These clubs haven’t faced each other since they were in the Championship together in 2011/12. Went Ham won 1-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium before a 1-1 in the return at Upton Park.
West Ham v Doncaster Predictions and Preview
There’s no chance of a return after this clash between West Ham United and Doncaster Rovers. There are no FA Cup replays this year due to the pandemic, with this fourth round clash certain to produce a winner come what may on Saturday afternoon.
The home team are the strong favourites to book their place in the next round, after battling to a hard-fought 1-0 victory away to Stockport County in round three. Doncaster also recorded a 1-0 victory away from home to reach this stage, beating the Championship’s Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
There aren’t too many further similarities between these clubs though. West Ham are up in the top half of the Premier League table following a strong run of form, while Doncaster play their football down in the third tier. However, Rovers are in the upper echelons of League One, and will go top if they win their two games in hand over table-topping Lincoln City.
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There’s no doubt Donny start as the huge underdogs in this game though. They are best priced at 21/2 in the latest odds for this West Ham v Doncaster preview, in what would be a significant FA Cup shock. West Ham are 3/10 for the win inside 90 minutes with William Hill, with a draw after normal time priced at 5/1.
This game has the potential to go all the way to extra-time and penalties. With that in mind, the Irons are 1/8 to have their name in the hat for the fifth round, with Doncaster 11/2 for the same bet. If David Moyes plays a strong team, surely there’s only one winner.
West Ham kept four clean sheets prior to their midweek game against West Brom, winning three. The away team will hope for plenty of rotation though, which could disrupt their hosts’ rhythm and bring Donny into the reckoning.
One to watch for West Ham: Jared Bowen assisted the Hammers’ winning goal in the last round, and he is 5/1 to net the opener himself in these West Ham v Doncaster predictions.
One to watch for Doncaster: Fejiri Okenabirhie is Rovers’ top scorer so far this season with nine goals in all competitions. He is 16/1 to net his second FA Cup goal of the campaign by breaking the deadlock on Saturday afternoon.
Long shot: Any sort of Doncaster win has to be a considered a long shot. Rovers upset the odds to beat Blackburn 1-0 away from home in the last round, and Darren Moore’s side are 25/1 to win by the same scoreline here. With Okenabirhie getting the goal, those odds rise to an eye-popping 390/1.