This entry was posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012

Back in the good old days, anything could happen in the FA Cup. Sutton dispatched the holders Coventry. Wrexham knocked out the Champions Arsenal. Yet these days, such upsets are rarer than a raw steak. Tamworth can be backed as high as 38.0 on Betfair to overturn Everton, but we think even the out-of-sorts Toffees will romp to a comfortable victory. Everton at -2.5 on the Asian Handicap (9/10 with Bet365) looks decent value.

The Fylde Coast derby this weekend sees Fleetwood fans dreaming of overcoming their local rivals Blackpool. Nobody has netted more than Fleetwood in the Blue Square Premier, so we expect both sides to score (1.72 with Betfair) and we’re happy to back over 2.5 goals at 8/11 with Blue Sq. The 14/1 Ladbrokes offer on a 2-2 scoreline also appeals.

On Saturday, high-flying Spurs face League 2 side Cheltenham and the North London club should blow them away even with the expected team rotation. Roman Pavlyuchenko may have fallen down the pecking order, but is still a striker of real quality which is why we like the look of 4/1 with Ladbrokes on him bagging a brace.

Bristol Rovers sacked their manager Paul Buckle on Tuesday following a hopeless display in a 2-0 defeat at Barnet, which saw them extend their winless run to eight LEAGUE matches. Villa may be terrible but at 27/20 to win at -1.5 on the Asian Handicap with Bet365, we think McLeish’s men provide tremendous value this weekend.

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