Spurs Favourites In FA Cup Betting

Tottenham Hotspur edged into pole position as the bookmaker’s favourites to win this season’s FA Cup following their 3-1 fifth round replay victory against Stevenage.

The League One side looked to cause an upset when they took a shock lead after four minutes at White Hart Lane. Joel Byrom scored from the penalty spot but Jermaine Defoe equalised after 26 minutes.

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor put the Premier League side in front 10 minutes after the break with a penalty and Defoe netted his second 15 minutes from the end to ease Harry Redknapp’s side into a quarter final tie against Bolton Wanderers.

The previous evening, Chelsea won their first match under caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo with a 2-0 victory at Birmingham City.

The in-form Championship club kept the scoreline goalless until 54 minutes when Juan Mata scrambled the ball over the line and Raul Meireles sealed victory six minutes later with a spectacular finish.

Chelsea were the biggest movers in the betting, cut from 5.5 to a best-priced 4.0 with the bookmakers fancying them to reach the semi-finals of the competition.

The Blues have home advantage in the quarter finals against the remaining Championship side in the FA Cup, Leicester City.

Elsewhere, Everton host Sunderland while recent Carling Cup winners and second favourites to win the FA Cup, Liverpool, play Stoke City at Anfield.

Best odds available for all teams remaining in the FA Cup:

  • Tottenham Hotspur @ 3.75 (Bet Victor)
  • Liverpool @ 3.8 (Ladbrokes)
  • Chelsea @ 4.0 (Betfred)
  • Everton @ 8.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Sunderland @ 10.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Stoke City @ 23.0 (bet365)
  • Bolton Wanderers @ 34.0 (Boylesports)
  • Leicester City @ 67.0 (Betfred)

Sunderland Slashed In FA Cup Betting

Sunderland have seen their odds on winning the FA Cup 2012 slashed following their weekend victory against Arsenal, but Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool remain the bookmakers favourites.

At the Stadium of Light, a Kieron Richardson goal five minutes before the break and an own-goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after 78 minutes saw Arsenal tumble to a second Cup defeat in the space of a few days.

In Sunday’s evening kick-off, Liverpool swept aside the challenge of Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion with an emphatic 6-1 victory at Anfield.

Martin Skrtel opened the scoring after just five minutes but Brighton were back on level terms after 17 minutes when Kazenga LuaLua equalised. An own goal from Liam Bridcutt a minute before half-time gave Liverpool the advantage and Andy Carroll put the Reds 3-1 ahead after 57 minutes.

A second own-goal from Bridcutt and a third by Brighton, this time from Lewis Dunk put the match beyond doubt but Luis Suarez added gloss to the scoreline with a sixth five minutes from the end.

Earlier that afternoon, resilient Stevenage held Tottenham Hotspur to a goalless draw but the Premier League side will be hot favourites to progress to the quarter finals with the replay at White Hart Lane.

Louis Saha saw a goal ruled out for offside in the second half after his effort struck Scott Parker on the goal line.

Spurs were not the only Premier League side held to a draw – Birmingham City drew 1-1 at Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

David Murphy struck from close range after 20 minutes to give the Championship club a shock lead but Daniel Sturridge eased some of the pressure from under-fire manager Andres Villas-Boas with an equaliser just after the hour mark.

One top-flight club that did not survive the fifth round was Norwich City, who were beaten 2-1 at Carrow Road by improving Leicester City.

Sean St. Ledger gave the Championship side the lead after five minutes but Wes Hoolahan equalised for the Canaries on 23. Former England-cap David Nugent struck the winner after 71 minutes, meaning the Foxes are the only non-Premier League club guaranteed a place in the quarter finals.

Elsewhere, Stoke City ended Crawley Town’s FA Cup run. Despite home advantage, Crawley succumbed to a Jon Walters penalty late in the first half and a goal from Peter Crouch seven minutes after the break.

The Potters overcame a controversial sending off for Rory Delap and the defeat meant Crawley went out of the competition at the fifth round stage in successive seasons.

Everton eased past Blackpool with a 2-0 victory at Goodison Park. The tie was wrapped-up early on after two goals in the first six minutes. Rosyton Drenthe broke the deadlock after just 49 seconds before Denis Stracqualursi added a second barely five minutes later.

Bolton Wanderers also eased past Championship opposition with a 2-0 win at Millwall. On-loan Arsenal starlet Ryo Miyachi scored after four minutes and former Liverpool striker David Ngog added a second just before the hour.

Quarter Final Draw

Liverpool have home advantage when they take on Stoke City for the fourth time this season. Tony Pulis’ team earned a draw at Anfield when they met in a Premier League fixture in January.

If Chelsea see off Birmingham City at St. Andrews, they will face another Championship club in Leicester City. However, if Chris Hughton’s side win, it will mean a Championship team is guaranteed a place in the semi finals.

Tottenham Hotspur should win their replay against Stevenage in front of their own fans but whoever wins the tie has home advantage against Premier League strugglers Bolton Wanderers.

The last quarter-final is guaranteed to be an all-Premier League affair when Everton host in-form Sunderland.

Best odds available for all teams remaining in the FA Cup:

  • Tottenham Hotspur @ 3.5 (Betfred)
  • Liverpool @ 3.75 (Bet Victor)
  • Chelsea @ 5.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Everton @ 8.0 (bet365)
  • Sunderland @ 10.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Stoke City @ 21.0 (Coral)
  • Bolton Wanderers @ 3.5 (Sportingbet)
  • Birmingham City @ 51.0 (Boylesports)
  • Leicester City @ 3.5 (Paddy Power)
  • Stevenage @ 751.0 (Bet Victor)

Spurs Favourites In FA Cup Betting After Fifth Round Draw

Tottenham Hotspur have been instilled as favourites to lift the FA Cup in 2012 following the fifth round draw yesterday.

A goal from Rafael Van Der Vaart three minutes before the break was enough to edge past Championship side Watford at Vicarage Road on Friday night. Harry Redknapp’s side were rewarded with another potential banana skin at Stevenage who won the League One fourth round battle against Notts County.

But, the bookmakers expect Spurs to progress against lower league opposition and they can be backed at a current best price of 4.5 (Paddy Power).

Following their 2-1 defeat of Manchester United on Saturday, Liverpool are joint favourites at best odds of 4.5 (Betfred). A ding-dong affair at Anfield was set for a replay after goals from Daniel Agger and Park Ji Sung saw the match all square at 1-1.

But, Dirk Kuyt’s winner two minutes from time set up a fifth round home tie against Championship giant-killers Brighton & Hove Albion. A Mike Williamson own goal saw the Seagull shock Newcastle United with a 1-0 victory at the AMEX Stadium on Saturday evening.

The third side currently available at 4.5 (Sky Bet) is Chelsea. A Juan Mata penalty after 62 minutes was enough for the  Blues to creep past London rivals Queens Park Rangers and face Championship form team Birmingham City, who thumped Sheffield United 4-0, at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal survived going into half-time 2-0 down against Aston Villa after Richard Dunne and Darren Bent looked to cause an upset. However, Villa imploded during a seven minute spell where the Gunners scored three goals. Two penalties from Robin Van Persie either side of a deflection in off Theo Walcott earned Arsene Wenger’s side a trip to either Sunderland or Middlesbrough, who drew 1-1 at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

If you think Arsene Wenger can end Arsenal’s seven year wait for a trophy, you can back them at 6.5 (Sportingbet).

With new arrivals during the transfer window, there may be some interest in 1995 winners Everton. The Toffees saw off Fulham on Friday night and have a favourable home tie in the fifth round against either Blackpool or Sheffield Wednesday. David Moyes’ team are available at 17.0 (Ladbrokes).

Stoke City are another unfashionable side progressing nicely in the competition and can also be backed at 17.0 (Coral). After winning at Derby by a two-goal margin in the fourth round, last year’s finalists face a potentially difficult trip to Crawley Town. The League Two big spenders have already dispatched Championship duo Hull City and Bristol City from the competition this season.

Norwich City have home advantage in the fifth round and face Championship opposition in Leicester City, who eased past third round giant killers Swindon Town. After winning at West Bromwich Albion for the second time in three weekend (as predicted here), Paul Lambert’s Canaries are available at best price of 34.0 (bet365).

Bolton Wanderers, who saw off the challenge of Swansea City on the weekend, will progress to the quarter finals if they win at either Millwall or Southampton. A tricky tie, but one against opposition from a division below nonetheless. Owen Coyle’s improving side can be backed at 41.0 (Sportingbet).

Best odds available for all teams remaining in the FA Cup:

  • Tottenham Hotspur @ 4.5 (Paddy Power)
  • Liverpool @ 4.5 (Betfred)
  • Chelsea @ 4.5 (Sky Bet)
  • Arsenal @ 6.5 (Sportingbet)
  • Everton @ 17.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Stoke City @ 17.0 (Coral)
  • Sunderland @ 26.0 (Boylesports)
  • Norwich City @ 34.0 (bet365)
  • Bolton Wanderers @ 41.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Southampton @ 81.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Leicester City @ 81.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Brighton & Hove Albion @ 151.0 (Coral)
  • Birmingham City @ 126.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Middlesbrough @ 151.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Blackpool @ 201.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Millwall @ 251.0 (bet365)
  • Sheffield Wednesday @ 251.0 (Betfred)
  • Crawley Town @ 301.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Stevenage @ 751.0 (Bet Victor)

FA Cup Fourth Round Betting Preview 28 January 2012

The FA Cup fourth round is in full swing on Saturday 28 January and here are some insights into all 12 matches taking place including the titanic lunchtime kick-off at Anfield where Liverpool take on Manchester United!

Queens Park Rangers vs Chelsea

A potential powder keg awaits at Loftus Road which may explain the midday nature of the kick-off. It’s the first time both London sides meet since the race row between Chelsea’s John Terry and QPR’s Anton Ferdinand and it’s likely the focus will surround that rather than the action taking place on the pitch.

New QPR manager Mark Hughes got his first victory since taking charge when his side beat lowly Wigan Athletic last week and have a solid chance at home against stuttering Chelsea. The Blues were held to a goalless draw last week and were unconvincing in a 1-0 victory against Sunderland the week before.

This could turn out to be a bad tempered game and one which may need a replay.

Verdict: Draw @ 4.0 (Sky Bet)

Liverpool vs Manchester United

The second fixture dogged by racist abuse is also set for an early kick off on Saturday. This will be the first time both teams have played eachother since Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches for abuse directed at Patric Evra during a 1-1 draw last October.

Liverpool were good value for their 2-2 draw against Manchester City midweek, a result which set up a Carling Cup final clash against Cardiff City (correctly predicted here and here). Kenny Dalglish’s team will not fear United and the FA Cup is a welcome distraction from their poor league form which sees a top four finish increasingly unlikely.

United demonstrated their quality when they beat Arsenal late on at the Emirates last weekend and while Sir Alex Ferguson would prefer this tie not to need a replay, there is a strong chance it will.

Verdict: Draw @ 3.3 (Bet Victor)

Blackpool vs Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday caused an upset in the third round when they defeated Championship high-fliers West Ham 1-0 at Hillsborough but they may find the visit to Blackpool a much tougher prospect.

Blackpool still have the on-form Matt Phillips, who has scored seven goals in his last six games for the Seasiders, including two hat-tricks, after the club rejected a bid from Cardiff City.

Ian Holloway’s team are unbeaten in their last six matches at Bloomfield Road and haven’t tasted defeat in their home turf since Nottingham Forest beat them 2-1 last October. Wednesday have won their last six out of seven league and cup matches on the road, but I feel they will come unstuck against Blackpool.

Verdict: Blackpool @ 1.91 (bet365)

Bolton Wanderers vs Swansea City

Bolton Wanderers are in real danger of relegation from the Premier League this season but proved they will not go down without a fight by beating Liverpool 3-1 last Saturday.

Swansea City are also doing their best to remain in the top flight but their results are as excellent as they are awful. At home, Brendan Rogers’ side are a match for anybody – as proven in their 3-2 victory against Arsenal. But, on the road, they are prone to defeat and have lost seven out of 11 against Premier League opposition this season.

Let’s not pretend Bolton are any great shakes at home either – the victory against Liverpool was only their second of the season. But with Swansea almost incapable of scoring goals away from the Liberty Stadium, the bet has to be Bolton.

Verdict: Bolton Wanderers @ 2.5 (Betfred)

Derby County vs Stoke City

After a bright start to the Championship season, Derby now find themselves in eleventh place but are just two points behind sixth placed Birmingham City. The Rams have won their last five league and cup fixtures at home, including beating West Ham United on New Years Eve and Carling Cup semi finalists Crystal Palace in the third round.

Stoke appear to be stuttering of late. Last weekend they lost 2-1 at home to West Bromwich Albion (as predicted here) and have won just once in their last six Premier League outings. It could be that Europa League involvement is taking it out of their relatively small squad.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis may want as high a finish as possible in the Premier League as a priority to FA Cup progress and with ground to make up on Liverpool in seventh, a few fringe players may be selected here.

Verdict: Derby County @ 3.5 (Betfred)

Hull City vs Crawley Town

Hull are progressing quietly and confidently under Nick Barmby this season and occupy fifth spot in the Championship table. The Tigers have won five of their last six league and cup fixtures at home, including a confident 3-1 dispatching of Ipswich Town in the third round.

League Two Crawley have been excellent value in the FA Cup this season. They are unbeaten in their last 10 league and cup fixtures on the road since they were thumped 6-0 by Morecambe last September. Steve Evans’ side defeated Championship outfit Bristol City in the last round and will be looking for another scalp here.

But, Hull are a different prospect to the Robins, who have hovered around the lower reaches of the Championship all season. Crawley will certainly not be underestimated but the team from the higher division will progress here.

Verdict: Hull City @ 1.91 (bet365)

Leicester City vs Swindon Town

Swindon Town caused arguably the shock of the third round when they beat Premier League strugglers Wigan Athletic. Just like Hull vs Crawley, this match pits a confident League Two outfit against a Championship side expected to beat them.

A few weeks ago, I would have given Paolo Di Canio’s side a much better chance of turning over City but this is not perhaps the best time to play against the Foxes. Things appear to be clicking into place under manager Nigel Pearson and in their last two matches, Leicester won at Southampton in the league and smashed local rivals Nottingham Forest 4-0 in a FA Cup third round replay.

Just like Crawley at Hull, Leicester will not underestimate the quality Swindon possess but with confidence high at the Walkers Stadium, I expect the Foxes to be in the draw for the fifth round.

Verdict: Leicester City @ 1.57 (Ladbrokes)

Southampton vs Millwall

After an incredible first half of the season, Southampton’s league form has been patchy. A 3-0 away victory against Nottingham Forest was sandwiched between defeats against Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Bristol City. Indeed, the Saints have lost two of their last three in front of their home supporters.

Millwall have spent most of the season near the bottom of the Championship and are in mixed form themselves. Their last two results have been positive – a 3-1 away win at Barnsley in the league and a 5-0 thumping of Dagenham & Redbridge in a third round replay but prior to that Kenny Jackett’s side lost four out of six in the Championship. Including a 6-0 mauling at the New Den by Birmingham City.

Neither side are in great recent form but with the Saints winning 11 out of 14 at home in the Championship this season and beating Millwall 1-0 at St Mary’s earlier in the campaign, I will side with Nigel Adkins’ team.

Verdict: Southampton @ 2.6 (Coral)

Sheffield United vs Birmingham City

Sheffield United have made excellent progress this season under Danny Wilson. After winning eight out of their last 10 League One fixtures, the Blades are up to third in the table, level on points with second placed Huddersfield Town. But, two of their last four in the league have ended in defeat – most recently last Saturday when table toppers Charlton Athletic beat them 1-0.

Birmingham have won their last four league and cup matches in a row and are unbeaten in their last eight in all competitions. After labouring through the first half of the season Chris Hughton’s side are climbing the table and are into the play-off positions.

United are solid at home, winning 10 out of 14 at Bramall Lane and losing just twice while Birmingham are shaky on their travels, losing seven out of 13 and winning just three times. This tie may need more than 90 minutes to settle it.

Verdict: Draw @ 3.4 (Sky Bet)

Stevenage vs Notts County

An all-League One fixtures pits play-off chasing Stevenage against mid-table Notts County and with a place in the last 16 at stake, neither side will take this match lightly. Stevenage, now under manager Gary Smith are solid, if not spectacular at home – winning six, drawing four and losing three.

That is better than County who are poor on the road, losing nine out of 14 in the league. Indeed, that is a record matched only by Tranmere Rovers in seventeenth and Rochdale and Chesterfield who prop up the table.

County inflicted a 2-0 defeat on Stevenage when the pair met in League One last September but Smith has cup victory experience – leading Colorado Rapids to MLS Cup glory in 2010 and I’m tipping the home side to exact their revenge.

Verdict: Stevenage @ 2.0 (Boylesports)

West Bromwich Albion vs Norwich City

Norwich City recorded a Premier League victory at the Hawthorns just a fortnight ago and it would not be a shock to see Paul Lambert’s side do the same again in the FA Cup.

Norwich are fresh from holding Chelsea to a goalless draw last weekend – their first clean sheet of the season and are riding high in ninth place in the Premier League. The Canaries are decent enough of their travels – winning three, drawing four and losing four in the league.

The Baggies earned a much needed victory at Stoke which kept some distance between the bottom three and themselves but it is their home form which is a huge concern. Two defeats, two draws and seven defeats does not inspire confidence and I choose Norwich to progress.

Verdict: Norwich City @ 4.0 (Ladbrokes)

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Newcastle United

Championship side Brighton needed extra time and penalties to see off the challenge of Conference promotion contenders Wrexham in the last round. But, strangely, they may have an easier time of it against Premier League side Newcastle United.

Despite leading at half-time against Fulham last weekend, Alan Pardew’s side were thumped 5-2 at Fulham and are unquestionably missing the likes of Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote who are on Africa Cup of Nations duty. While not terrible away from the Sports Direct Arena, the Magpies are vulnerable to defeat.

Brighton are solid enough at home, winning seven out of 13 and five of their last six, including a 3-0 victory against Southampton. Under Gus Poyet the Seagulls play good football and Craig Mackail-Smith is always a danger when fit.

Verdict: Brighton & Hove Albion @ 4.0 (Paddy Power)

FA Cup Fourth Round Betting Preview 27 January 2012

The FA Cup fourth round gets underway tonight with two matches. Championship side Watford host London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, while a third team from England’s capital, Fulham, travel to Everton. If you fancy a flutter on a Friday night, here is where we believe profits can be made.

Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur

Watford are going through a tough spell in the Championship right now. Three defeats in their last three league matches sees them hover six points above the relegation zone in eighteenth place. The Hornets were unbeaten in December, winning twice and drawing three times but the losing run began on 2 January in a 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth.

However, Watford will be buoyed by the fact Spurs have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 away matches and there are likely to be a host of changes made to the third placed Premier League team that lines up at Vicarage Road.

Key players Gareth Bale and Scott Parker are doubtful with thigh and hamstring injuries while Younes Kaboul is also struggling with a groin injury. Ledley King is likely to be rested for this match.

We are likely to see a similar side that beat Cheltenham 3-0 in the last round so there could be starts for Carlo Cudicini, Niko Kranjcar, Stephen Pienaar and Roman Pavlyuchenko. I don’t like backing teams at short odds-on away from home but even a weakened Spurs side should have too much quality for Sean Dyche’s team.

Verdict: Tottenham Hotspur @ 1.5 (Coral)

Everton vs Fulham

Everton have been poor this season in the Premier League but the FA Cup could offer some respite for David Moyes’ side. After struggling to hold relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers to a draw on Saturday (as predicted here), they take on a Fulham side who have a wretched record at Goodison Park.

In their last 11 visits, Fulham have lost 10 and drawn just once. The draw came way back in 2004 when Francis Jeffers snatched a last gasp equaliser for a 1-1 final score in an FA Cup fourth round tie. Martin Jol’s team are without an away win in seven attempts and not even top goalscorer Clint Dempsey inspires confidence.

The 15-goal USA international may have blasted a hat-trick against Newcastle United last weekend but he has scored just three times away from Craven Cottage this season.

Expect a low scoring affair tonight too – Everton have not scored two goals in a match involving Premier League opposition since beating Bolton Wanderers 2-0 last November. They also managed the same scoreline against Conference side Tamworth in the last round of the FA Cup. Since the Bolton result, 10 of their 11 matches have featured two goals or less. It’s a similar tale with Fulham – in their last 19 away matches, only three have featured more than two goals.

Everton have offered little in recent home matches but Fulham even less on the road. With home advantage crucial in matches like this, a narrow victory for Everton is the call here.

Verdict: Everton @ 2.15 (Bet Victor)

Wolves vs Birmingham City Betting

Midlands rivals Wolves and Birmingham City face each other again in an FA Cup third round replay after the goalless snorefest both sets of supporters endured the first time around, this is hardly likely to be a classic.

Wolves are finding life in the Premier League hard going this season and find themselves just two places and one point above the relegation zone. Mick McCarthy’s side have not won in eight matches in all competitions since beating Sunderland 2-1 at Molineux on 4 December.

But, they are not losing many either. Five of their last six matches have ended in a draw with three of those results ending 1-1. Wolves are proving tough to beat in recent times but they need wins if they are to survive in the top flight this season.

Opponents Birmingham are an improving team and after a tough first half of the season, are up to seventh in the Championship – just two points off a play-off place. Chris Hughton’s team are unbeaten in six in all competitions and their last result was a 6-0 battering of Millwall at the New Den.

However, their away form has been patchy in the league, with seven defeats in 13 matches on the road along with three victories and three draws.

This is likely to be another tight, cagey affair with neither side wanting to lose. Another 90 minutes draw is a likely result, leading into extra time and possibly penalties that neither manager will particularly want.

Verdict: Draw @ 3.4 (Ladbrokes)

Other Results:

  • Wolves @ 2.10 (bet365)
  • Birmingham City @ 3.8 (Bet Victor)

First Goalscorer

Wolves have been hugely reliant on their striker Steven Fletcher in recent matches and he can be backed at a best priced 6.0 (bet365) to open the scoring. Former Burnley striker Fletcher has scored three times in his last five matches in all competitions and nine for the season in a struggling side.

More First Goalscorers:

  • Kevin Doyle @ 7.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Sylvan Ebanks-Blake @ 7.5 (Bet Victor)
  • Marlon King @ 8.5 (Betfred)
  • Jamie O’Hara @ 9.0 (Coral)
  • Nikola Zigic @ 10.0 (bet365)
  • Adam Rooney @ 11.0 (Betfred)
  • Stephen Hunt @ 12.0 (Betfred)
  • Matthew Jarvis @ 13.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Michael Kightly @ 13.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Chris Burke @ 15.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Nenad Milijas @ 15.0 (Coral)
  • Stephen Ward @ 15.0 (Coral)
  • No Goalscorer @ 10.0 (Sky Bet)

Anytime Goalscorer

Again, it’s Steven Fletcher who looks likely to get on the scoresheet at some point during the game and is a stand out 2.5 (bet365). With the form he’s in, it’s not a bad price at all against Championship opposition.

More Anytime Goalscorers:

  • Sylvan Ebanks-Blake @ 3.0 (bet365)
  • Kevin Doyle @ 3.1 (Sportingbet)
  • Marlon King @ 3.5 (Sportingbet)
  • Jamie O’Hara @ 3.6 (Coral)
  • Nikola Zigic @ 4.0 (bet365)
  • Adam Rooney @ 4.2 (Paddy Power)
  • Stephen Hunt @ 4.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Matthew Jarvis @ 5.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Michael Kightly @ 5.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Stephen Ward @ 5.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Nenad Milijas @ 6.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Chris Burke @ 6.5 (Paddy Power)

Correct Score

Three of Wolves last six matches have ended in a 1-1 draw and it is not surprising the bookmakers have priced it up as 7.0 (Ladbrokes) favourite. The local derby element coupled with Wolves’ recent run of results suggests this is going to be a close, low scoring match.

More Correct Scores:

  • Wolves 1-0 @ 7.0 (Betfred)
  • Wolves 2-0 @ 9.5 (Sportingbet)
  • Wolves 2-1 @ 9.0 (Boylesports)
  • Wolves 3-0 @ 19.0 (bet365)
  • Wolves 3-1 @ 19.0 (Boylesports)
  • Wolves 3-2 @ 29.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Draw 0-0 @ 10.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Draw 2-2 @ 17.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Birmingham City 1-0 @ 11.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Birmingham City 2-0 @ 19.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Birmingham City 2-1 @ 13.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Birmingham City 3-0 @ 51.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Birmingham City 3-1 @ 34.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Birmingham City 3-2 @ 41.0 (Sportingbet)

FA Cup Third Round Replay Betting

Tuesday night sees a host of FA Cup third round replays with teams involved from the top five divisions in the English pyramid system. Generally speaking, FA Cup betting is a minefield so here we go hunting for rewards that are worth the risk.

Leicester City vs Nottingham Forest

There is no doubt about it, Leicester City have underachieved this season. For all their financial clout in the transfer market, they sit fifteenth in the Championship table and have dispensed of one manager this season. It is down to Nigel Pearson, now in his second spell in charge of the Foxes, to pick up the pieces.

Given their league position, it is not surprising the team are inconsistent at home with six wins, three draws but worryingly, five defeats. However, they are in much better shape than their Midlands rivals Forest, who find themselves in the relegation zone this season.

Forest have lost seven on the road this season, winning four times and drawing once. They have scored just 10 goals in this sequence too. But, Forest’s last away trip saw them beat Ipswich 3-1 in the league and given the local derby element of this encounter, Steve Cotterill’s side could snatch an unlikely victory at a big price.

Verdict: Nottingham Forest @ 5.4 (Bet Victor)

Millwall vs Dagenham & Redbridge

Dagenham did their supporters proud when they held Millwall to a goalless draw at Victoria Road but they face a tall order to beat the Lions on their home turf.

Millwall sit just one place and two points above the relegation zone in the Championship and even though they are struggling this season, that’s still a full two divisions above their opponents. The Daggers are not in great shape themselves and are in danger of dropping out of the Football League this season. Only goal difference is keeping them above both Northampton Town and Plymouth Argyle at the bottom of League Two.

Kenny Jackett’s team are in wretched form and were thumped 6-0 at home by Birmingham on the weekend. That said, their home form isn’t that bad with five wins, five draws and just two defeats compared to Dagenham who have lost seven out of 11 on the road. Class should prevail in this one.

Verdict: Millwall @ 1.44 (Boylesports)

Wrexham vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Conference leaders Wrexham arguably got the result of the round when they held Championship side Brighton to a goalless draw at the AMEX Stadium. Despite playing three divisions below Brighton, Andy Morrell’s side could cause an upset on Tuesday night.

Wrexham are in excellent home form, winning 10 of their 14 league matches at home this season and losing just twice. In addition to this, they have scored 26 goals and conceded just nine. They are very tough to beat at the Racecourse Ground.

Putting the obvious gulf in class aside, Brighton have not been great on their travels this season. Gus Poyet’s side have lost seven out of 13 and scored just eight goals. The bookmaker’s smell an upset in this one too hence a best price shorter than 3.0 on a side not even in the Football League.

Verdict: Wrexham @ 2.9 (Ladbrokes)

Bolton Wanderers vs Macclesfield Town

League Two side Macclesfield put in a tremendous performance against Premier League Bolton when they met the first time in the third round. Gary Simpson’s side came from a goal behind to lead their top flight opponents 2-1 with 13 minutes to go before David Wheater equalised to spare the blushes.

Unfortunately, I don’t think there will be an upset this time around. Macclesfield have not won a league match on the road since beating Crewe last October and eight defeats in 11 away fixtures does not inspire confidence.

Bolton are not without their own problems. Owen Coyle’s side have tasted victory at home just once in 10 Premier League matches and lost eight in front of their own fans. This could be a frustrating evening for Wanderers but I expect them to take their place in the fourth round.

Verdict: Bolton @ 1.29 (Coral)

Queens Park Rangers vs MK Dons

The new manager in charge at QPR, Mark Hughes, has his work cut out to ensure the club do not slip back into the Championship at the first attempt. His new side suffered a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday and face confident opposition in MK Dons.

The Dons have won seven in 12 on the road this season and scored 24 goals – the same as League One leaders Charlton Athletic. Currently sitting in fifth place in the league, they won’t be phased by the visit to Loftus Road and could pull off a shock on Tuesday night.

Hughes’ priority is undoubtedly keeping Rangers in the Premier League and he may use this fixture to take a look at some fringe players in his squad. QPR have won just once at home this season and have scored just nine goals in 10 matches – there is no value in backing them at odds-on.

Verdict: MK Dons @ 4.5 (Bet Victor)

Chelsea Favourites To Win FA Cup After Fourth Round Draw

Chelsea have been instilled as the new favourites to win the FA Cup after the fourth round draw was made.

Following a comfortable 4-0 victory against Portsmouth in the third round, the Blues must now travel to either Queens Park Rangers or MK Dons.

Manchester United, who won a thrilling cup tie at bitter rivals Manchester City (as predicted here), are no better than third favourites among most firms having been drawn at Liverpool.

United’s visit to Anfield will be the pairs first encounter since the race row concerning Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra. However, Saurez is set to miss the mach through suspension.

Sticking with controversy, Chelsea could play QPR again days before John Terry makes his court appearance having been charged with making a racist comment to Anton Ferdinand during their match last October.

One club going about their business quietly in the FA Cup is Tottenham Hotspur, generally second favourites after being drawn at Watford. Harry Redknapp’s side beat League Two side Cheltenham Town in the last round.

Arsenal are fourth favourites, despite not being guaranteed a place in the fourth round yet. They face Leeds United tonight with Thierry Henry set to make his second debut for the club after signing on loan from New York Red Bulls.

Liverpool’s tie against Manchester United sees them fifth favourites while Newcastle United, who edged past Blackburn Rovers in the third round, are sixth favourites. Alan Pardew’s side will visit either Conference leaders Wrexham or Brighton & Hove Albion of the Championship.

The bookmakers are convinced the winners will come from one of those six teams as the odds start drifting for the rest of the pack. Sunderland face a tough local encounter against Championship rivals Middlesbrough while Everton tackle fellow Premier League side Fulham.

Stoke City face a potential banana skin when they visit Derby County in the fourth round while Aston Villa will play either Arsenal or Leeds United.

League Two outfit Swindon Town, who shocked Premier League  Wigan Athletic, face a trip to either Nottingham Forest or Leicester City. Fellow League Two club Crawley will look to dump out yet another Championship opponent when they visit Hull City.

There will be at least one League One club in the fifth round, as Stevenage and Notts County were drawn together in the fourth round.

A selection of the FA Cup outright winner odds are as follows:

  • Chelsea @ 5.5 (Paddy Power)
  • Tottenham Hotspur @ 6.5 (Coral)
  • Manchester United @ 7.0 (Boylesports)
  • Arsenal @ 9.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Liverpool @ 11.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Newcastle United @ 21.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Sunderland @ 21.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Everton @ 23.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Stoke City @ 34.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Fulham @ 41.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Aston Villa @ 51.0 (Coral)
  • Crawley @ 751.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Notts County @ 751.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Swindon Town @ 751.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Stevenage @ 1001.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Wrexham @ 5001.0 (Ladbrokes)

FA Cup Third Round Preview

The FA Cup third round takes place this weekend, promising big matches, tales of giant killing and maybe just a little romance in the cynical world of football.

But, does the FA Cup hold any winning opportunities this weekend or is it going to be the cause of many a busted betting slip?

Friday Night Banana Skin

The bookmakers will hope a number of coupons are sunk before a ball is even kicked on Saturday when Liverpool host League One side Oldham Athletic on Friday night.

Of course, a home win should be a formality but Liverpool have been out of sorts recently. You are not going to get much better than 1.13 (Boylesports) on Liverpool which on a cold, windswept evening game against an unknown quantity playing the game of their careers, does not scream “value” to me.

One to avoid I think.

Draws Galore

A number of fixtures taking place this weekend look difficult to call, so there could be plenty of opportunities for punters willing to back the draw. Here, I have identified eight matches which could require replays. Home advantage can be a great leveller for sides playing a division below their opponents while out of form sides taking on opposition from a division below can also be held over 90 minutes.

Birmingham City vs Wolves @ 3.3 (Bet Victor)

Dagenham & Redbridge vs Millwall @ 3.6 (Betfred)

Barnsley vs Swansea @ 3.4 (Sky Bet)

Doncaster Rovers vs Notts County @ 3.4 (Ladbrokes)

Hull City vs Ipswich Town @ 3.75 (Bet Victor)

MK Dons vs Queens Park Rangers @ 3.3 (Sky Bet)

Nottingham Forest vs Leicester City @ 3.3 (bet365)

West Bromwich Albion vs Cardiff City @ 3.8 (Coral)

Predict the Cupsets

Who doesn’t love a Cup upset? It’s one reason we watch the games after all.

First of all I am going to take Gillingham to beat Stoke City @ 6.0 (Boylesports). Last season Tony Pulis’ side reached the final for the first time in their history but with the club going well in the Premier League and still involved in Europe, he may opt to rest a few key players. The Gills are gunning for promotion in League Two and if there is going to be a “huge” upset this weekend, I think it’s going to happen at Priestfield Stadium.

Charlton Athletic can be backed @ 8.0 (Bet Victor) to beat Premier League side Fulham at Craven Cottage which is a huge price. The Addicks are set for promotion from League One this season and the derby element of this fixture will see them raise their game even further. Fulham look shaky despite beating Arsenal and they could face a third round exit.

Those of you looking for an upset on Sunday may fancy Peterborough United to beat Sunderland @ 4.0 (Ladbrokes). The Posh are free scoring at home and Sunderland may go into this match a little too over confidently after winning four and drawing one out of six matches since Martin O’Neill became manager.

The Manchester Derby

On Sunday, all eyes will be on the Manchester derby and it will be viewed as a “rematch” following City’s 6-1 trouncing of United at Old Trafford back in October. United are in poor form going into this match, having lost 3-0 to Newcastle on Wednesday and 3-2 at home to Blackburn Rovers last weekend.

However, prior to those back to back defeats, they won their last four matches convincingly, scoring 16 goals and conceding just one. City are experiencing mixed form themselves. They beat Liverpool convincingly on Tuesday night but lost 1-0 at Sunderland last weekend and were held to a goalless draw at West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.

With home advantage, City are expected to win but they will be without the Africa Cup of Nations bound brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure.

I don’t believe City are going to have things their own way this weekend which is why I am backing Manchester United to win @ 3.6 (Bet Victor).

Monday Night Football

If you haven’t had enough of the FA Cup by Monday, Arsenal vs Leeds United is televised for your entertainment. Arsenal, are of course short-priced favourites but there could be some value in opposing them.

You may remember that Leeds held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw at the Emirate at this stage of the competition last season before losing the replay 3-1 at Elland Road. Interestingly, Arsenal have lost just one of their last 35 FA Cup matches at home under Arsene Wenger – a 1-0 reverse against Leeds back in 1997.

Can Leeds frustrate the Gunners yet again? If you think they can, the draw is available @ 6.0 (Paddy Power).

Bookmaker Specials

If you enjoy the money back specials offered by Paddy Power you will be interested to know if a red card is issued in any of the following televised matches, you get your losing first / last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast singles refunded on that match:

  • Birmingham City vs Wolves
  • Bristol Rovers vs Aston Villa
  • Manchester City vs Manchester United
  • Arsenal vs Leeds United