FA Cup Preview – 6 January 2013

This entry was posted on Sunday, January 6th, 2013

The Third Round of the FA Cup used to be the most glamorous day in the football calendar, but with games now spanning three days and five offerings on your television, you could be forgiven for slightly losing interest by the time Cheltenham host Everton on Monday night. However, there’s always some shocks to ensure we all get to talk about the ‘magic of the cup’ – so here are four tips to keep your interest.

For the likes of Reading, QPR, Southampton and Wigan there is no prize bigger than staying in the Premier League this season and you’d be a fool to think they’ll be putting out full strength line-ups this weekend. Team news will be all important – but if we are to pick one struggling top flight outfit to bow out, it’ll be Brian McDermott’s men who travel to League One Crawley, who famously made it to a Round Five match at Old Trafford in February 2011 whilst a non league side. Reading have failed to register a goal in four of their last five away games and at 3.2 on Betfair the home side have to be the selection.

Fulham averted some fears that they could be dragged into a relegation fight, with a fine win at West Bromwich Albion in midweek. They are priced up at 4/6 with Bet365 to overcome Championship side Blackpool, who arrive in London having taken just two points from the last 12 on offer in the League. Given we expect a reasonably strong side from Martin Jol, the price offers good value.

If you’re looking to bet on an outsider, you could do worse than back Blue Square Premier side Luton to get the better of Wolves, who currently lie 18th in the Championship. They are horribly out of form with four defeats in their last five and they failed to score in three of those defeats. Luton meanwhile have 22 goals from their last 10 games in all competitions and with Wolves likely to put out a second string, we’d advise laying the Midlands outfit at 2.16 on Betfair.

Another Championship outfit struggling for form at the moment is Birmingham City, who lie 20th and just four points off the relegation spots. Their priorities are certainly not on the FA Cup and they travel to a Leeds side, which, whilst poor on their travels of late, have impressively put together a run of five consecutive home Championship wins. At Evens with Blue Square it looks to be the value selection.

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