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Wigan v Bournemouth FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 17th January 2018

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Wigan v Bournemouth FA Cup, 17th January 7.45pm

League One side Wigan get a good shot at pulling off an FA Cup upset now as they return to home soil to take on Premier League side Bournemouth. The Latics nearly got this done at the first attempt, being denied a win at the Vitality by a 92nd-minute equaliser by the Cherries. Will the underdogs finish the job this time around at home? Wigan are 6/4 at Betfair to take the win with Bournemouth at 9/5 and the draw at 12/5* (Betting Odds taken from January 13th, 2018 at 2:34 a.m.)

Wigan v Bournemouth FA Cup Betting Tips

The Latics will fancy their chances at the DW Stadium of getting the job done in the FA Cup third round replay. They were so nearly over the line at the Vitality at the first attempt until they conceded a stoppage-time equaliser to burst their bubble. Wigan are going well in League one this season, topping the division and they have conceded just the twelve goals in their 26 league fixtures this season, while average nearly two per game for the course of the season. So they were always likely to make life difficult for the cherries in this FA Cup tie. The Latics are unbeaten in their last twelve games across all competitions, winning seven of those. Their defence is pretty secure and they have collected a clean sheet in six of their last seven games played. Wigan to win to nil at Betfair may have some appeal or at least they have every chance of keeping this game under the 2.5 goal line anyway. They are unbeaten in their last six at home as well with five clean sheets in their last six there. Their last three home games have all ended in a 0-0 draw which warrants a look in the correct score market over 90 minutes.

The last time that these two were together in the FA Cup, it was Wigan who won a third-round replay to get through. Will history repeat itself? In the last seven meetings between the two sides, Bournemouth are slightly up with a W3 D2 L2 record against the Latics. Wigan have lost just one of their last twelve home games against the Cherries.

Bournemouth have started to pull their Premier League form together a bit and collected a great win over Arsenal on the weekend. Still, they have won just two of their last thirteen games across all competitions and both of those wins were at home (both by a 2-1 scoreline as well). One notable difference between them recently is that their goal output has increased. They have scored at least two goals now in each of their last five games in all competitions. Still, their defence hasn’t improved one iota in contrast as they have gone without a clean sheet now in their last twelve matches across all competitions. So that will leave them vulnerable in his FA Cup tie which just got a little bit tougher. They are winless in six road games as well, with a failure to score in three of those. They have conceded eight goals in their last three away games now. There is still a hint of a cup upset happening in this tie.

Who will win – Wigan v Bournemouth FA Cup Predictions

When a top tier side survives such a scare as Bournemouth did, you would usually back them to get through the replay. However, Wigan still appeal in this one with home advantage behind them. The Latics are playing well and competed superbly against the Cherries at the Vitality. They may just have the edge to pull this off.

16th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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Swansea v Wolves FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 17th January 2018

Swansea

Swansea v Wolves FA Cup, 17th January 7.45pm

It was to many people’s surprise that Swansea are still actually in the FA Cup. They faced a tough game out at Molineux against the Championship leaders but they managed to hang in there and get this back to a replay. It’s an interesting tie because Swansea have bigger concerns about avoiding Premier League relegation while Wolves have more interesting on winning the Championship. It’s hard to say who will want this more. Swansea are 6/4 at BetVictor to get the home win, with Wolves at 15/8 and the draw at 11/5* (Betting Odds taken from January 13th, 2018 at 2:21 a.m.)

Swansea v Wolves FA Cup Betting Tips

The Swans get another shot at their Championship opposition in this FA Cup replay back at the Liberty Stadium in midweek. The Swans did have their chances in the first attempt but this is still a difficult time for them. They have to be far more worried about their position at the foot of the Premier League table than in really making a good FA Cup run. The Swans have won just one of their last eight games in all competitions and of the six victories that they claimed across the season, four of those have been out on the road. So their form at the Liberty Stadium is pretty shocking this season. Overall Swansea are W2 D2 L8 at home this season and they have failed to score in five of their last seven. So under 2.5 goals at BetVictor looks a good option for the game as the Swans have not been terrible at the back at all. It is no secret that Swansea does not possess much firepower in them so both teams not to score is probably the right option for this game. Swansea have just two goals in their last seven home games in all competitions.

Surprisingly each of the last four between these two clubs in South Wales have actually all gone over 2.5 goals and there have been some thrillers. The last time they were together at the Liberty Stadium there was a 4-4 between them in the Premier League back in 2012. Each of the last three meetings between them have now been drawn and it leaves things even at one win each and three draws in the last five meetings. Swansea have won just one of their last five home games against Wolves (D1 L3).

Wolves are going strong at the top of the Championship and will probably be up in the Premier League next season. They handled themselves well against Premier league opposition at Molineux in this third round FA Cup tie but couldn’t find the goals. Wolves are in great form with a fourteen match unbeaten streak of form going in all competitions and they have posted a wonderful W10 D4 record in that sequence. They have not shipped a goal in any of their last three games and therefore a Wolves to win to nil wager at BetVictor may have some appeal going in this one considering how few goals Swansea have produced at home. Their away from really stands up as well as they have gone W5 D2 in their last seven away from Molineaux and they scored at least two goals in four of those seven games while keeping a clean sheet in five of them. They should still be well in this tie without a shadow of a doubt. They have the defence and the scoring quality to claim that Premier League scalp still.

Who will win – Swansea v Wolves FA Cup Predictions

This is a tough one to call. Swansea had more possession and more shots than Wolves at Molineux, but Wolves looked the better side for most of the match. Swansea looks to be toughening up a little bit under Carlos Carvajal and may be able to grind out a home win here.

16th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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Chelsea v Norwich FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 17th January 2018

Chelsea

Chelsea v Norwich FA Cup, 17th January 7.45pm

The Blues made a lot of changes for the game at Carrow Road and couldn’t come up with a winner. Norwich had their moments in the game as well, to be fair. This is just an extra game that Chelsea really didn’t want right now as they don’t get a break. They will probably go much stronger in an attempt to close out this tie. Chelsea are 1/6 odds on at Paddy Power to win, with the draw at 11/2 and Norwich at 16/1* (Betting Odds taken from January 13th, 2018 at 2:10 a.m.)

Chelsea v Norwich FA Cup Betting Tips

The Blues had a bit of a misfire out at Norwich in the third round of the FA Cup. They made a lot of changes to their starting line up, but it still was expected to be strong enough to have not needed a replay in this tie. But after a 0-0 draw here they are. Following a 0-0 home draw with Leicester in the Premier League on the weekend, the Blues have now produced three straight 0-0 draws in all competitions. So they have gone off the boil a bit and certainly main striker Alvaro Morata, who came on as a sub at Carrow Road, isn’t looking all that close to scoring anytime soon. Even though they are not winning games at the moment Chelsea are not losing. The last side to beat them was West Ham back on December 9th, leaving the Blues unbeaten in their last ten games. They have claimed a clean sheet in six of their last seven games and Chelsea to win to nil at Paddy Power has to be weighed up, especially against a low scoring side like Norwich.

There is plenty of history between the two sides and most of the recent stuff has just been dominated by Chelsea. The Blues are unbeaten in their last fourteen games against Norwich in all competitions (W10 D3) so they are strong there. They have also kept a clean sheet in three of their last four against the Canaries too. At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have gone W7 D1 in their last eight in all competitions against Norwich.

Norwich are not a powerful attacking force by any means and the Championship side are the lowest scorers of everything currently in the top eighteen in the league. They have hit a little bit of form though with a five-match unbeaten streak of form going (W3 D2) across all competitions and they have been tight at the back as well. They have conceded just one goal in their last five games and therefore under 2.5 goals with Paddy Power really looks a solid option to weight up for this replay. Chelsea have had such a busy fixture list recently, that they may well rest players again because they don’t look particularly sharp at the moment. The Canaries are unbeaten in their last three away games but have just two wins in their last eight (D2 L4) in all competitions and they have been out on the road to face Premier League opposition this season, going down 2-1 at Arsenal in the EFL Cup. The Canaries have failed to score in three of their last six away games (four goals in total). The winner of the tie gets a home fixture against Newcastle in the fourth round.

Who will win – Chelsea v Norwich FA Cup Predictions

The Blues are likely going to be far more comfortable and focused in this one back at the Bridge. Norwich really doesn’t have the firepower to compete at the end of the day with one of the strongest sides in the country. Chelsea to win by a 2-0 correct score has some appeal.

15th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 16th January 2018

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Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle FA Cup, 16th January 7.45pm

Wednesday have new boss Jos Luhukay in charge and in his first game, he avoided defeat in the Steel City Derby on Friday night in the Championship as the Owls held out for a 0-0 draw against Sheffield United. They turn their attention back to the FA Cup now in midweek as they try and see off League Two side, Carlisle. The Cumbrians are just struggling for form and could miss out at Hillsborough. Sheffield Wednesday are 6/10 to take the win at William Hill, with the draw at 3/1 and Carlisle at 9/2* (Betting Odds taken from January 15th, 2018 at 0:40 a.m.)

Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle FA Cup Betting Tips

The Owls collected a good point for themselves at Bramall Lane in the Steel City derby on Friday night with new boss Jos Luhukay in charge for the first time. Will he be able to improve their fortunes? A good cup run would really give them a bit of confidence because nothing is happening for them in the league in terms of any genuine promotion or play off push. The Owls have won just one of their last twelve games in all competitions now and have been having a pretty miserable time. They have not hit the back of the net in any of their last four games and therefore under 2.5 goals at William Hill for this FA Cup replay is well worth a look. Sheffield Wednesday were a formidable force at Hillsborough last season, this season, well not so much. They have lost their last three home games, scoring just the one goal in the process. But they looked pretty lively under their new boss on Friday night and may be able to turn the corner. It is not as if they are particularly short on quality or anything and Jordan Rhodes heads up the anytime goalscorer market for the reply. The first meeting out at Burton Park was a tricky game for them against the Cumbrians, but the Owls are likely going to be far more comfortable back on home soil. A Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 correct score at William Hill for 6/1 odds looks tremendous value to consider* (Betting Odds taken from January 14th, 2018 at 11:52 p.m.)

Their meeting back on January 6th in the third round of the FA Cup was their first clash since the 2011/12 League One season when the Owls won both meetings. They are unbeaten in four now against Carlisle in all competitions and from the overall head to head between them, things are actually quite tight with Sheffield Wednesday 10-8 ahead with the ten drawn games.

Carlisle landed a 1-0 home win in League Two over Crewe on the weekend and that snapped a three-match winless streak of form that they were on. They haven’t been particularly hot at all with just a W4 D4 L4 record in their last twelve games home and away across all competitions. They haven’t been that bad out on the road really with just the two defeats in their last ten games but their failure to get anything from home advantage against the Owls will probably end up hurting them in this one. To their credit, the Cumbrians have scored in all but one of their last ten away games and the both teams to score option is something to be considered because of that and the poor home form of the Owls. At the end of the day, Carlisle are only a mid-table league two side out on the road against a Championship side. There may be a good battle for them, but the quality to finish the tie may not be there. The winner of the tie plays Stevenage or Reading in the next round.

Who will win – Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle FA Cup Predictions

Back the home side to edge through this one. They played pretty well on Friday night in a tough situation and there were brighter moments from them. Don’t expect an explosive Cup replay here, and the Owls to win this 1-0 has some decent appeal.

15th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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West Ham v Shrewsbury FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 16th January 2018

West Ham

West Ham v Shrewsbury FA Cup, 16th January 7.45pm

The Hammers were always going to get a really tough game out at the New Meadow in this FA Cup third round tie. But they survived the ordeal against the League One high-flyers and will expect to be far more comfortable back on home soil. The Shrews are defensive powerhouses though and have every chance of putting in another decent shift against their Premier League opponents. West Ham are 1/2 at Coral for the win, with the draw at 16/5 and Shrewsbury at 6/1* (Betting Odds taken from January 13th, 2018 at 0:57 a.m.)

West Ham v Shrewsbury FA Cup Betting Tips

The Hammers seem to be moving clear of Premier League relegation issues after pounding Huddersfield on the weekend. They do have to go again though against the Shrews in the FA Cup after surviving their first trial against them. West Ham have not been in any sparkling form really, but their levels of resilience have been upped since David Moyes arrived. West Ham are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions but have just the two victories in their last seven games. So this could be another tight duel between the two sides, but over 2.5 goals at Coral does have some appeal because there should have been goals in the first meeting and West Ham will probably be a little bit stronger here to ensure progress. West Ham have only won two for their last seven home games though in all competitions, and both wins in that sequence were by a one-goal margin. West Ham have just two clean sheets at home in their last seven. It could really end up being a pretty exciting replay as Shrewsbury turn up with nothing to lose.

This will be just the sixth meeting between the two clubs. The previous ones prior to them getting drawn in this season’s FA Cup were all in Division two from 1979 to 1981. The two of them landed two wins each from those four meetings so everything is even in the head to head between them.

The Shrews are going well near the top of League One but they did lose on the weekend but perhaps had their eye on this replay? Overall they have been on cracking form and their defence is rock solid as well. Their 3-1 away loss at Blackburn snapped a ten-match unbeaten streak of form that they were on, during which they collected seven clean sheets. Blackburn are just a place beneath them in the league standings so that was a tough game. Away from home, they have not been prolific as they have been at home and the League One side have gone W3 D4 L3 in their last ten road games, winning just one of their last four. Out at a Premier League side, they may come up short, but they have in them to battle and scrap because they do look a confident side at the moment. In the Coral correct score market a West Ham 2-1 scoreline returns a price of 7/1 which backs the Shrews making them sweat, but ultimately just coming up short* (Betting Odds taken from January 15th, 2018 at 00.33 a.m.). The winner of the tie moves on to play either Bournemouth or Wigan.

Who will win – West Ham v Shrewsbury FA Cup Predictions

Back the Hammers to squeeze their way through this one as that is what generally happens in situations like this. The higher-ranked side usually comes good back on home soil. However, the Shrews are a decent form and may only slip by the one goal margin.

15th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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Reading v Stevenage FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 16th January 2018

FA Cup & League Cup Betting

Reading v Stevenage FA Cup, 16th January 8.00pm

Champions strugglers Reading are still likely to have a scrap on their hands in this FA Cup third round replay. They couldn’t get the job done at the first time of asking against their League Two opponents so will they be able to handle themselves back on home soil? Stevenage though are having their struggles down in League Two and this tie becomes much more difficult now. Reading are 4/9 odds-on at Coral to win this tie, with the draw at 10/3 and Stevenage out at 7/1* (Betting Odds taken from January 13th, 2018 at 1:10 a.m.)

Reading v Stevenage FA Cup Betting Tips

The Royals are not having a great season in the Championship and they are only five points above the drop zone and haven’t won for a while either. Reading are actually without a win in any of their last eight games in all competitions now, including their 0-0 draw out at Stevenage in the first meeting. It also leaves them without having scored a goal in any of their last three games. So immediately this has the look of going under 2.5 goals again. The Royals have drawn their last two games 0-0 and in the Coral Correct Score market that is an 11/1 poke* (Betting Odds taken from January 15th, 2018 at 00.37 a.m.). Reading’s form at the Madjeski has seen them win just one of their last six games there and in their last home game they were stunned in a 2-0 defeat against Birmingham who are second from bottom in the league. That was a huge blow for them. If they do battle their way through this one then it is hard to see them doing so by no more than a one-goal margin at best.

Only three times now these two have met before and they have all been in the FA Cup. The first meeting was in 2011 with reading taking a 2-1 away win, but then Stevenage got revenge twelve months later by winning 1-0 at the Madejski. Then there was the 0-0 draw this go around in the third round.

Stevenage started the season strongly enough in League Two but they have really been struggling since around early October last year. So they aren’t a side who are very reliable at the moment and they have little away from to speak about. The Boro have not won any of their last ten games away from the Lamex Stadium (D2 L8). It’s been pretty horrific and they have failed to score in six of those ten away games. That should lend a bit of value towards a Reading to win to nil option at Coral for the replay. It’s unlikely that this is going to produce a lot of goals as the form from Stevenage just isn’t there. In that first meeting, Stevenage really had the better of things in terms of attacking threat at the end of the day and missed a couple of decent chances. But it should be much more difficult for them out on the road against a higher-tiered side. The top scorer for Stevenage this season is Matt Godden and he has four goals in three FA Cup appearances this season as well. The prize for winning through this tie is a game against Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday away from home in the fourth round.

Who will win – Reading v Stevenage FA Cup Predictions

The battle for underdogs Stevenage is much tougher now and they will probably slip to an exit in this one. Reading are not in any great form but the Royals should have enough in the tank to ensure that they don’t miss out on the fourth round.

15th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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Mansfield v Cardiff FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 16th January 2018

FA Cup & League Cup Betting

Mansfield v Cardiff FA Cup, 16th January 7.45pm

It was a little surprising that the Bluebirds failed to get the win on the board at the first attempt against their League Two opponents. That may  end up being a bad result the end of the day because the Stags have been in decent form. Cardiff will have a tough away replay to try and manage. Cardiff are 11/10 to get the win with Ladbrokes, with the draw at 11/5 and Mansfield are 27/10 for the victory.* (Betting Odds taken from January 13th, 2018 at 0:30 a.m.)

Mansfield v Cardiff FA Cup Betting Tips

The last time that the Stags got through to the fourth round of the FA Cup was back in 2008. They were not really overawed by their Championship opposition in the first meeting down in South Wales in front of what was a paltry crowd. There should be a better atmosphere for this one as the League Two side will harbour the belief that they can make a real fist of this. They have really improved their form this season and have scrapped their way into the play off places in League Two where they are unbeaten in six. Mansfield are in great form at home as well because they have gone W5 D3 at Field Mill in their last eight home games in all competitions and they have taken a clean sheet in four of their last seven there. So they will be a threat in this one, clearly and the Stags have scored at least two goals in four of their last five home games. They more than matched their opponents in Cardiff and there were times that they had them on the ropes, particularly in the second half after a poor first half by both. A Mansfield double chance at Ladbrokes is a decent 3/4 option to look at* (Betting Odds taken from January 14th, 2018 at 7:36 p.m.).

That meeting back on January 6th was the first meeting between them since the 2002/03 Division 2 season. Cardiff won both of those league meetings 1-0 and four of the last five between the two have gone under 2.5 goals so that’s probably a decent way to swing for this replay. From the overall head to head between Mansfield and Cardiff, the Bluebirds are 19-6 up with 10 drawn matches.

Cardiff landed a league win on the weekend, a 4-0 Championship victory over Sunderland and they needed that too as it snapped a five-match winless streak of form that they were on in all competitions (D1 L4). So Neil Warnock’s men have been having their difficulties lately and they are W2 D1 L3 in their last six games away from home. They have conceded exactly two goals in each of their last three away games as well. So this is not going to be the easiest of replays for them at all. Both teams to score at Ladbrokes is at a quote of 10/11* (Betting Odds taken from January 14th, 2018 at 9:52 p.m.). The winner of this tie will move ahead to face Manchester City in the next round and that because that’s a bit of an inevitable FA Cup dead end, Cardiff may perhaps just focus back on the league and no go full strength in this one. The top scorer for the Bluebirds this season is midfielder Joe Ralls actually who just shades Junior Hoilett. Kenneth Zohore goes the outright favourite though in the anytime goalscorer market for this FA Cup replay.

Who will win – Mansfield v Cardiff FA Cup Predictions

There is a genuine chance of an upset in this one and the home side are worth backing to get something out of this through a double chance. They handled themselves well in the first leg and with the home support behind them, they may well keep their FA Cup dream alive.

15th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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Leicester v Fleetwood FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 16th January 2018

Leicester

Leicester v Fleetwood FA Cup, 16th January 7.45pm

The Foxes get a second bite of the cherry in this FA Cup third round tie. The Premier League side played really poorly at Fleetwood in the first attempt and have to squeeze this extra game in. They made a lot of changes for that game but will probably be stronger for this. The Cod Army battled well in that first game but may get a tough time at the King Power. Leicester are 2/9 odds on at Betfair to win, with the draw at 5/1 and Fleetwood at 14/1* (Betting Odds taken from January 13th, 2018 at 0:25 a.m.)

Leicester v Fleetwood FA Cup Betting Tips

The Foxes put in a great shift at Stamford Bridge on the weekend to draw 0-0 with Chelsea in the Premier League. They now turn their attention back to the FA Cup as they try and finish off Jamie Vardy’s former club Fleetwood. The Foxes, because of so many changes probably, were really poor in the first meeting, playing out a 0-0. Under 2.5 goals again at Betfair is a quote of 6/5* (Betting Odds taken from January 14th, 2018 at 7:21 p.m.). That is back to back games in which Leicester have actually failed to score now, but they did create a stack of chances against Chelsea, more than enough to win the game really. Leicester to win to nil at the end of the day may not be a decent option to consider. Vardy, who missed the first game against Fleetwood because of injury, is fit then and he heads up the first goalscorer and anytime goalscorer markets for the game. The winner of this tie will get a run out away from home against League One side Peterborough in the Fourth Round.

Can Fleetwood pull off a shock still? That was their first ever game against Leicester when they met at Highbury. The Cod Army are a mid-table League One side but they have won three of their last four league games so are carrying a bit of positive form with them. Uwe Rosler’s men though are out of for, at home, but they are going great guns on their travels. They are on a five-match winning streak away from Highbury, collecting two clean sheets in that sequence. They have scored at least two goals in each of their last five away games and in nine of their last eleven games out on the road. They have come through FA Cup ties against Chorley and Hereford FC already away from home in this season’s FA Cup. Top scorer for the Cod Army this season is Devante Cole and he has two goals in four FA Cup appearances as well this season for them and he is trading at 16/5 in the Betfair anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds taken from January 14th, 2018 at 7:21 p.m.). Usually, underdog sides fall in their second bite of the cherry away at a top-tier club, but backing them to at least make a mark on the game could be done in considering the both teams to score option. Fleetwood have never made it past the third round of the FA Cup before.

Who will win – Leicester v Fleetwood FA Cup Predictions

Leicester are likely to get the job done at the second attempt. They were poor in that first game but still didn’t lose and probably will go at this replay with a little more gusto to get through to the next round of the FA Cup. Home win to nil

15th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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Man City lead the way in FA Cup 2017/18 Betting Odds

FA Cup & League Cup Betting

There is still plenty of action to come from the Third Round of the FA Cup as eight ties still needing to be settled through replays. The big shock of the Third Round was the fall of Arsenal who suffered a 4-2 defeat at the City Ground against Championship side Nottingham Forest. Arsene Wenger risked fielding a weakened side and paid the price, losing in the Third Round for the first time ever in charge of the Gunners. Manchester City had no such problems as they cruised past fellow Premier League side Burnley at the Etihad, while Manchester United steeled themselves to see off a stern challenge from Championship promotion hopefuls Derby.

Liverpool made their way through to the Fourth Round at the first attempt with a home victory over rivals Everton in a thrilling Merseyside derby, while Tottenham were on cruise control against Wimbledon. It leaves Manchester City as 3/1 favourites at Bet365* (Betting Odds taken January 8th, 2018 at 11.42pm) to win the trophy this season, followed up by joint second-favourites Manchester United and Liverpool. Chelsea’s odds may shorten a bit if they get past Norwich in their replay at Stamford Bridge, while Leicester needs another attempt to try and get past League One opponents, Fleetwood.

League Two side Newport recorded a big shock in the Third Round of the FA Cup as they dumped out Championship side Leeds and they have pulled in a huge tie of facing Premier League opponents Tottenham. Yeovil, also from League Two get a dream home game against Manchester United while Coventry, who took out Premier League opposition in Stoke in the third round make a visit to the MK Dons.

FA Cup Odds*

Man City 3/1, Man United 5/1, Liverpool 5/1, Chelsea 11/2, Tottenham 13/2, Leicester 25/1, Southampton 40/1, Newcastle 50/1, Watford 50/1, West Ham 50/1, 66/1 bar* (Betting Odds taken January 8th, 2018 at 11.42pm)

Fourth-round draw in full:

Liverpool v West Brom

Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester

Huddersfield v Birmingham

Notts County v Wolves/Swansea

Yeovil v Manchester United

Carlisle/Sheffield Wednesday v Stevenage/Reading

Cardiff/Mansfield v Manchester City

MK Dons v Coventry

Millwall v Rochdale

Southampton v Watford

Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace

Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham

Hull v Nottingham Forest

Newport County v Tottenham

Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle

Sheffield United v Preston

FA Cup Third Round Replay Dates

January 16th
Leicester v Fleetwood
Mansfield v Cardiff
Reading v Stevenage
Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle
West Ham v Shrewsbury

January 17th
Wigan v Bournemouth
Swansea v Wolves
Chelsea v Norwich

9th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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Brighton v Crystal Palace FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 8th January 2018

Crystal Palace

Brighton v Crystal Palace FA Cup, 8th January 7.45pm

This will probably be a tight FA Cup battle down on the south coast after a 0-0 draw between them in the Premier League already this season at the Amex. Brighton have the defensive strengths to keep themselves in the time but lack a little going forward. For Palace, it is the other way around. Brighton are 13/8 to get the home win, with the draw at 23/10 and Crystal Palace out at 19/10.

Brighton v Crystal Palace FA Cup Betting Tips

Given the lack of goals that Brighton have produced recently this is probably going to be a low scoring affair. The Seagulls have failed to score in five of their last seven games and it has been a real struggle all season for them putting the ball in the back of the net. Looking at a positive thought for them, they have been really hard to beat at the Amex with a W1 D6 L1 record in their last eight there. Of course the negative is that they haven’t done too much winning. Brighton have actually scored in three of their last four games at home but still under 2.5 goals with Paddy Power has to be the sensible option in this one. If either of these manages to get a win on the board then you probably aren’t going to be looking at anything other than a 1-0 correct score option for either of them.

There was a 0-0 draw played out at the Amex between them earlier in the season and it has left Brighton without a goal in four of their last five games against Palace. From the last five meetings between the two of them, Brighton are W1 D2 L2 against the Eagles. At home, they are just W1 D1 L3 against Crystal Palace. So the head to head suggests Palace will be in favour. Both teams have failed to score in each of the last five clashes between the two of them so that’s a good trend to ride at Paddy Power for this FA Cup clash.

Roy Hodgson has done wonders for Crystal Palace and they got themselves a great away win at Southampton on Tuesday to pull themselves further clear of relegation issues. The Eagles have lost just one of their last eleven games now and that lone defeat was against Arsenal. Out on the road after having lost their first seven away games, they have responded to go unbeaten in their last five away from Selhurst Park with a W2 D3 record. They are perhaps carrying more of an attacking threat with them as they have Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha to create something from them and they are 9/4 and 5/2 respectively in the Paddy Power anytime goalscorer market. The Eagles have collected three clean sheets in their last five away games, so there’s a decent chance that they will keep Brighton at arm’s length. If they get this to a replay, they will be favourites to get through.

Who will win – Brighton v Crystal Palace FA Cup Predictions

The draw is hard to pass up on this one and that would probably suit Palace more. Brighton may just not have enough going forward to take down the Eagles, and given their improved form recently, Palace aren’t too likely to lose.

6th January 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting

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