FA Cup Preview – 15 February 2013
This entry was posted on Friday, February 15th, 2013
With Wembley just a week away for League Two Bradford City, there’s as much cup fever as we can recall in recent years and with Luton still flying the flag for non-league football in the FA Cup, there’s still plenty of romance to go around. You’ll have to cope with Adrian Chiles and Ray Stubbs instead of Sky Sports this weekend, but hopefully our tips will help you be rewarded.
Arsenal have never exited the FA Cup to lower league opponents under Arsene Wenger and we don’t expect that to change come Saturday afternoon. Blackburn have some recent horror memories of The Emirates having lost 7-1 last season and 6-2 back in 2009/10, but their Premier League days seem a distant memory as they currently lie eighth in the Championship, six points outside the playoff spots. Wenger made numerous changes to the side for the game at Brighton and with a huge game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday we can expect a similar approach. The Gunners are no value at a general 2/7, so instead we’ll back an under strength side to come through in a low scoring affair. Under 3.5 goals at 3/4 looks good with Ladbrokes.
Luton became the first non-league side to knock out a Premier League team in the FA Cup but we can’t see them getting the better of Millwall in the fifth round. It’s just one point from nine in the League for Luton since beating Norwich and whilst Millwall’s form of three defeats since beating Aston Villa is clearly poor, they’ve done enough this season to convince us they’ll pull through. We were surprised to see them at Even money with Bet365 and that’s good enough for us.
Oldham have parted company with former Scotland striker Paul Dickov since beating Liverpool in the last round and they have a chance to complete a Merseyside double when they welcome Everton this weekend. At a general 1/3 we can’t advise backing The Toffees but we do the like the look of both teams to score at 5/6 with Blue Square. Everton have just four Premier League clean sheets all season, the joint second worst, whilst Oldham showed even against Liverpool that they have attacking prowess.
Our final pick comes from the MK Dons v Barnsley tie where we feel The Tykes are overpriced as they travel to League One opposition. The Dons arrive on the back of a surprise home defeat to relegation threatened Oldham and a goalless draw at Doncaster whilst Barnsley who had looked doomed to relegation, find themselves on a magnificent run of six wins from seven. We’ll back Barnsley to make it to the Quarter-Finals and we like the price of 3.1 on Betfair.